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38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps + 18 Scrap Yarn Projects

By: Melissa Conner, Editor,
38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps  18 Scrap Yarn Projects
38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps 18 Scrap Yarn Projects
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We asked our Facebook fans, "How do you use up yarn scraps?" Thanks to our readers, we have 38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps + 18 Scrap Yarn Projects so you can better organize your yarn stash and find great yarn craft ideas. These are great ideas to help you get the most for your money.

Whether you're looking for easy yarn crafts or want to find more practical solutions there are plenty of ideas to keep you busy. No matter how you choose to use up your yarn, you can rest assured that you won't waste a thing.

Yarn projects aren't meant for just crocheters and knitters - these scrap yarn projects are perfect for anyone who's in the mood to craft.

Bonus! Are you a visual learner? Follow this video tutorial for How to Make Yarn Pom Poms.

38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps + 18 Scrap Yarn Projects

"How Do You Use Up Yarn Scraps?"

  1. Use it to decorate cards and bookmarks.

  2. I use yarn scraps to crochet flowers!

  3. Use it for stuffing small items.

  4. I donate them to Special Needs preschool in my town.

  5. I make flowers, great way to use up small pieces of yarn.

  6. I use my scraps when I make Coil Baskets.

  7. I make small rounds for cats to chase - like little puffs - which I stick in catnip. With the little pieces I put them out for the birds.

  8. I make granny squares & combine for small blankets (varying from 6 to 12 squares) & donate them to my local animal shelter. The Vet Tech uses then during surgery & post-op recovery to lay under the animals. He says crocheted blankets are the BEST way to keep the animals body temperature up during these times & make for safer surgery & faster recovery times!

  9. I use them to make Barbie blankets, scarves, and belts. I'm about to use some for making crochet flowers, and a scrap-yarn blanket.

  10. Once a year I make a scrap afghan, use them for centers of granny squares, put the small ones in the suit cake feeder and the birds use them in their nest, my kids have even used them as bunny beds when their bunny had babies.

  11. I've seen a scarf where people take different yarns using dice to decide which one is next. I think it was called the Las Vegas scarf. Kind of a neat idea!

  12. I make flowers, bookmarks, candy cane horses, and will often make scrap yarn hats!

  13. Scraps are great for plastic canvas projects and hats for the homeless!

  14. Every year, I try to come up with a new scrap yarn project. Last year it was multi-colored scarves. This year, I'm making long strips for blankets, and I'll donate the finished projects to our local Shelter.

  15. Tie them in knots and make a tug-of-war dog toy. Works with fabric, too.

  16. I like to make simple key chains to give to friends and family.

  17. Leave them out for the birds! I now have 8 colored robin nests in my trees!

  18. Itty bitty pom pom balls.

  19. If I have a fourth of a yard or more left I mix them with other pieces to make outfits for my granddaughters. That is popular now to mix materials together to make cute clothes for children.

  20. I made baby booties, pot holder, rugs, and scrunchies.

  21. Sometimes I make them into small granny squares (and use crocheted black yarn rows for joining strips) for an old-fashioned looking afghan. Other times, I tie the ends of the yarn together, leaving approx 1" tails, crochet into a different kind of pillow topper, or once, even into a small afghan for the cat bed. Kitty loved batting the little lengths that were left hanging, and it really didn't look bad, kinda shabby chic.

  22. I like to make a scrappy afghan. I have been thinking about re styling some flip flops with some scraps.

  23. Make coasters.

  24. If it’s too much to dispose of, I make squares for afghans. Now that I know it’s safe for the birds (I thought only cotton was safe for them) I'll start putting out the smaller scraps for them, also.

  25. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Dip yarn bits thru white glue and run through your lightly pinched fingers to get off drippy excess. Kids can make small designs (or use cookie cutters as a mold. When dry, they make hanging ornaments.

  26. If I only have a very tiny bit, I’ll do the center of a granny square and put away in a plastic container with lid. Then when I have a lot I’ll make a’s nice because I can reflect back on the centers and remember the project I made with that yarn.

  27. Most of the time I will make a flower vine scarf.

  28. I use it for 'freeform' anything goes, colors don't need to match, I knit and crochet anything I want to make with leftovers at the time. I made little wee sock even, bunions, granny squares, curlicues..etc.

  29. I crochet phone cozies!

  30. Amigurumi!

  31. Headbands, ear muffs, booties, and wash cloths.

  32. I make miniature granny square pendants for necklaces.

  33. Yes, I make little granny squares and put them together for belts, lap blankets or even afghans.................and HANDBAGS!

  34. I use them in the garden to tie things up.

  35. I use yarn for stuffing small arms and legs on amigurumi and to use for face features.

  36. Yarn is great for small change purses and other small items.

  37. I do granny square throws or small projects like gloves, scarves, hats, and baby toys to use up my left over scrap yarn.

  38. I make dish cloths and face cloths from my cotton yarns, they are great as gifts too.

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Thank you for such a great list of ways to use up scrap yarn. If I have just tiny pieces left I give them to my kids with some paper and elmers glue and let them come up with some fun yarn creations. its always fun to see what they come up with. Please dont give yarn to birds though. it can very easily get tangled around their legs and hurt them.

Hi I watched the video for making Pom Poms and I was wondering if there is a pattern available for the cute Christmas tree she shows with the pom pom topper?

Hi lynnny55! Can you give me a little more info on where you saw this photo/project? That'll make it easier to find. Thanks! - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

Fave Crafts You Tube video with Carolyn Wainscott - How To Make Pom Poms with a Cardboard Loom https// == t=1

Hi! I do not believe we have that pattern on our site. We do have a similar one here though: Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

I use my scrap yarn to cover wire hangers. The clothes don't slip off, and it seems to reduce the stretching out of shape. I just cast on, and allow it to twist around the wire.

I made a giant granny square with several different colors and types of yarn. Some fuzzy, some homespun, some regular. Looks very gypsi-ish.

At craft stores (and wherever ornaments are sold) you can often find plastic or glass ornaments that are clear, you can take the stem carefully out and "fill" them with scraps of precious memories in yarn and the confetti color will be safe and sound for the life of the ornament... Pretty cool to look at, too, with ribbon and yarn!

Great idea, also could put a small picture in there so the yarn can be filler behind it!

those are wonderful ideas but I don't know how to crochet granny squares. Could knit them too instead of the granny squares

Great ideas. Could I see the afghan made from left over skeins

vanna white has an afghan called granny's daughter that uses 2 yd. pieces for each square. I've made a couple of these. If you do a search for this should be able to find pattern or pictures.

I have made a couple of Granny's Daughter afghans too and have a few thousand centres ready to go again. Every project I have made in the last 5 - 6 years has centres made from left overs which get put in a bag with the rest.

you cut put out small piece for birds to use for their nest

I make wrist cuffs and put little heated rice bags in them for arthritis pain. I also make other shapes to add rice bags to, such as a neck wrap, shoulders, tummy, and a square shape for putting cold feet on while in bed. My family loves them!

I use them for stuffing small projects and I use cotton scraps for making hexagon motifs that I then make into colorful and durable market bags.

I make baby booties with baby yarn,toy snakes for little boys and hexagons which I join together make an undershell,a head 4 legs and a tail and make toy turtles..the kids and adults love them

Scrunchies. I get hair bands at the dollar store. Scrunchies make great carry along projects and there are tons of patterns.

for the birds! I like that.

Great ideas. Going to use some today!!!


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