25 Scrap Yarn Projects to use up all those bits of Leftover Yarn
Do you have scraps of yarn left over after your knitted or crochet projects, or a basket full of half used balls of yarn? Here are some great ideas for scrap yarn projects to use up even the smallest pieces of yarn and make something useful.
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Regular readers will know that I love scrapbusting!
Be it fabric scraps or yarn scraps, using up little leftover bits of craft materials that may have otherwise been destined for the bin is my absolute favourite type of crafting.
I love being thrifty and using the yarn I have on hand, so no matter what kind of project I have in mind, I’ll always reach for my scrap yarn first.
Why you should make Projects with Scrap Yarn
1. You’ll save money
Using up yarns from your stash is free, so it’s the perfect money saving craft project to keep you busy right now.
2. Encourages you to be creative
Having limited yarn to work with will encourage you to get creative. Mix and match colours, adding stripes or colourwork patterns to use up short yarn pieces always ends with interesting results that you may not have planned for if you had full balls of yarn to choose from.
3. Clears clutter and frees up storage space
It’s amazing how quickly yarn scraps accumulate. Making a concerted effort to use scrap yarn in projects will help you free up storage space to help de-clutter your home (or make room for new yarn). We all know that shopping for new yarn is fun, but you’ll feel less guilty buying more yarn if you don’t have a giant stash of yarn scraps!
4. Reduces waste and is environmentally responsible
Using yarn you have on hand will always be more environmentally friendly than buying new yarn (no matter how organic or ethically produced it is). Diverting scraps from landfill to make something useful like a rug or basket (and not having to buy that product new), is a very tangible way to reduce our consumption and carbon footprint.
5. It’s addictive!
Once you get hooked on scrapbusting you won’t go back. I find scrap yarn projects really fun and satisfying. I’ve made so many that I’m almost out of scraps. If you are keen to increase your stash of scrap yarn for some of the bigger projects featured, ask friends or family if they have yarn they want to get rid of, or look for scrap yarn bags at your local thrift store.
6. So many uses
Scrap yarn can be used in so many ways. I’ve rounded up a list of 25 projects just to get you started. As expected, there are the usual knit and crochet scrappy projects – big and small. But you’ll also find that scrap yarn is great for latch hook craft, making rag rags with, using for kids craft, and you can even recycle small scraps and recycle it into brand new handspun yarn!
Scrap Yarn Project Ideas - 25 Interesting ways to use up leftover yarn
If you are looking for some practical ideas for how to use up that big pile of yarn scraps, I've got you sorted.
Here are 25 leftover yarn projects that you can weave, crochet, knit, spin, stitch and more. There's some great ideas for crafters of any ability, including some cute kids yarn craft ideas.
Using a clever and invisible yarn joining technique, hundreds of little scraps of yarn and leftover yarn ends can be joined to make a giant continuous ball of yarn, in a fun rainbow of colours. Ideal for any knitting or crochet projects where you don't want to weave ends in.
If you are like me and hate weaving in yarn ends, you are going to love making these scrappy blankets with a magic yarn ball. This crochet blanket pattern is adaptable, so the more yarn scraps you have, the bigger the blanket you can make!
Leftover yarn pom poms are a great for using up even the tiniest yarn scraps that were headed for the bin. They are a fun way to embellish and decorate so many things and because they are made of random scraps, each scrap yarn pom pom is unique! I recommend this pom pom maker for perfect pom poms every time.
This shaggy latch hook pillow is a good way to use up a lot of scrap yarn if knitting or crochet really isn't your thing. This craft project is ideal for using up big amounts of leftover yarn in assorted colours and textures. The more you mix and match, the cooler your pillow will look.
This crochet basket is a real yarn eater! Making a scrap yarn crochet basket is the perfect way to use up leftover yarn from random projects and get rid of all that ugly yarn taking up precious space. Any yarn weight or fiber type will work perfectly for this scrapbusting crochet project.
Tassels are an easy way to add a finishing touch to knitting and crochet projects. They are super quick to make, and look great on the corners of throws and shawls, on hats instead of a pom pom, or on the ends of belts and ties.
Wrap some old bangles with leftover yarn, then with a few yarn scraps and a tapestry needle, weave a design into it. These woven yarn bangles look great worn as a stack, so make a few that coordinate together.
Most yarn works fine for making friendship bracelets, but if you are just starting out, a thicker thread (like doubled over yarn) makes it easy to master this craft technique. Read on for detailed instructions for making two fairly easy friendship bracelet designs with yarn scraps.
A quick knitting project ideally suited to make with a magic yarn ball. Combine the colourful yarn ball with a worsted weight yarn to make robust slippers. You can even make the pom poms from yarn scraps!
This is a creative way to use up even the smallest yarn scraps and recycle them into new yarn! If you are familiar with the spinning process you can card the fibers and respin them yourself. Otherwise send your scraps off to this Etsy seller to make you a skein of custom yarn.
These cute Christmas ornaments can be made with just a few yarn scraps in assorted colours. Traditional red, green and white is always a classic choice. But for a modern twist why not use a range of bright colours like we have here. This free crochet ornament pattern is easy to make, even for beginners.
The same technique used to make the baskets featured above has been adapted to make a rag rug using old jeans and lots of leftover cotton yarn scraps. Any hard wearing yarn would be suitable for this rag rug project.
If you are new to knitting, making washcloths are an easy way to practice your skills without having to commit to a large project. Use up leftover cotton yarn scraps to make colourful stripes with this basic knitting pattern.
Combining two styles of cotton yarn gives the washcloths an interesting texture and I’ve used a corner to corner (C2C) crochet stitch which is perfect for showing off the colour changes. Mix up plain cotton yarn scraps with a scrubby style yarn for a hardworking dish cloth.
Any lightweight yarn, embroidery cotton or even kitchen string will work perfectly for this project. Don't be afraid to make the bag multi coloured if you have a few shorter lengths of yarn to work with.
Multi-coloured mandala style crochet patterns are great for using up short ends of bright yarns. They are also an interesting way to learn multiple new stitches without having to commit to a big project like a sampler blanket. This pattern is broken down into 4 parts with step-by-step images.
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