53 Scrap Yarn Projects
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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.
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Use it to decorate cards and bookmarks.
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.
Retro DIY Plastic Canvas Glasses Case
Scraps are great for plastic canvas projects and hats for the homeless!
Tie them in knots and make a tug-of-war dog toy. Works with fabric, too.
Giant Tassel Keychain Easy Yarn Craft
I like to make simple key chains to give to friends and family.
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.
I use them in the garden to tie things up.
Mini Crochet Projects
I use yarn scraps to crochet flowers!
Use it for stuffing small items.
I use my scraps when I make Coil Baskets.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I like to make a scrappy afghan. I have been thinking about re styling some flip flops with some scraps.
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 blanket...it’s nice because I can reflect back on the centers and remember the project I made with that yarn.
Most of the time I will make a flower vine scarf.
I crochet phone cozies!
I make miniature granny square pendants for necklaces.
Yes, I make little granny squares and put them together for belts, lap blankets or even afghans.................and HANDBAGS!
I use yarn for stuffing small arms and legs on amigurumi and to use for face features.
Yarn is great for small change purses and other small items.
I make dish cloths and face cloths from my cotton yarns, they are great as gifts too.
Tiny Knitting Projects
I make flowers, great way to use up small pieces of yarn.
Native Stripes Knit Blanket Pattern
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.
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.
I made baby booties, pot holder, rugs, and scrunchies.
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.
Half Fisherman Ribbed DIY Headband
Headbands, ear muffs, booties, and wash cloths.
Starburst Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern
I do granny square throws or small projects like gloves, scarves, hats, and baby toys to use up my left over scrap yarn.
"How Do You Use Up Yarn Scraps?"
Here are more ideas for what to do with yarn scraps:
- I donate them to Special Needs preschool in my town.
- Leave them out for the birds! I now have 8 colored robin nests in my trees!
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lindaschaeffer 757 0806
Dec 24, 2019
I double the yarn and use it to make mats for our local animal shelter. So far I have donated 30 mats.
May 23, 2018
I have a large clear plastic container that I put balls of leftover yarn in. I used to use them for plastic canvas projects but don't do much of that any more. They are colorful and cheerful so I used it as a sort of decoration in my craft room, until the kids found them! They have a blast with that yarn and so creative! The only thing I require is that they pick up after themselves.
May 15, 2018
Hold up! All these projects in one place. I'm spoiled for choice, there's no way I'll have any yarn left over after trying these projects. I love the mini crotchet projects, if you're a beginner and you're practicing your stitches, then this is the right collection.
Apr 08, 2016
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.
Jan 16, 2016
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?
Jan 18, 2016
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
Jan 18, 2016
Fave Crafts You Tube video with Carolyn Wainscott - How To Make Pom Poms with a Cardboard Loom https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hVJKREaI4noredirec == t=1
Jan 19, 2016
Hi! I do not believe we have that pattern on our site. We do have a similar one here though: http://www.favecrafts.com/Christmas-Crafts/Pom-Pom-Yarn-Christmas-Trees-from-Red-Heart-Yarn Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts
Jun 12, 2014
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.
sherylbeard42 6765 595
Apr 18, 2014
I made a giant granny square with several different colors and types of yarn. Some fuzzy, some homespun, some regular. Looks very gypsi-ish.
Jul 08, 2013
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!
Dec 29, 2015
Great idea, also could put a small picture in there so the yarn can be filler behind it!
Jun 03, 2013
those are wonderful ideas but I don't know how to crochet granny squares. Could knit them too instead of the granny squares
marylinleininger 2 218419
May 27, 2013
Great ideas. Could I see the afghan made from left over skeins
Jun 03, 2013
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.
Jun 16, 2013
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.
sawyerlisa98 75893 81
May 24, 2013
you cut put out small piece for birds to use for their nest
May 23, 2013
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!
janemarie1960 0578 761
Apr 22, 2013
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.
joeandjosiep 91510 39
Apr 16, 2013
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
Mar 27, 2013
Scrunchies. I get hair bands at the dollar store. Scrunchies make great carry along projects and there are tons of patterns.
Jan 02, 2013
for the birds! I like that.
Jun 25, 2012
Great ideas. Going to use some today!!!
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