35 Ingenious Uses for Yarn Scraps

Facebooktwitterpinteresttumblr

What to do with all those yarn scraps?

The possibilities are endless! From tiny ornaments and amigurumi to massive yarnbombs, there’s a solution.

Here are more than 35 that I hope you enjoy!

Gorgeous Gift Wrap

Scrap Yarn Gift Wrap
From 4 Creative Ways to Gift Wrap Using a Ball of Yarn by Andrea of Strawberry Chic

Pompoms, ribbon, and interesting patterns.
Andrea demonstrates four simply elegant ways to wrap gifts using scrap yarn on her blog.
Check out her photos at 4 Creative Ways to Gift Wrap Using a Ball of Yarn

Snowflake Gift Bags and Ornaments Pattern from Yarnovations
Snowflake Gift Bags and Ornaments from Yarnovations
pattern

The pattern includes small, medium, large and wine gift bag instructions. Each bag uses a different snowflake. With decorative paper gift bags costing $2 to $4 each, it’s cheaper to crochet your own, especially with scraps!
Click here for the pattern.

source
source

Custom embellishments to wrap with “Love.” Use scrap yarn, pipe cleaners, or corrugated fabric (pictured) to create a custom embellishment like the word Love above.

Stephanie of Ste Creazioni used music-printed kraft paper, satin ribbon, and other materials in neutral colors to create this elevated rustic look.

Wine Hats and Scarves
Wine Hats and Scarves by Amy Allen Clark
source

These little wine hats and scarves are the cutest ever, and with all the holidays coming up, you’ll be set for giving a knockout, everyone-talked-about gift by taking the common gift of wine and elevating it to something really special.

The ones shown are knitted, but I would take the simpler route and make the scrap yarn hat ornaments (see below) that are almost as simple as making pompoms.
Click here for the knitting pattern by Diana McKay.
Click here to jump to the easy-to-make scrap yarn hat ornaments.

Twine Gift Embellishments
tutorial

While sipping your wine, use a little twine, yarn, and some cardboard to make these darling little gift embellishments by Katrina of Splash of Something.
Click here for the tutorial.


Oodles of Ornaments

Crocheted Christmas Lights
Crocheted Christmas Lights by Marinke of A Creative Being
tutorial

Marinke uses the clearest photos and detailed step-by-step tutorial to walk you through the making of this garland. Great photos make such a difference!
Click here to see the tutorial.

Pineapple Angel and Ball ornament Patterns from mytreasuredheirlooms
Pineapple Angel and Ball Ornament from mytreasuredheirlooms
pattern

Holiday ornaments like this little Christmas angel make great decorations and meaningful gifts that can be treasured from year to year.

Crocheted Christmas Baubles by Ana Carrilho
Crocheted Christmas Baubles by Ana Carrilho
source

These sweet Christmas baubles are great inspiration. The cores are styrofoam surrounded by crochet in varying shades of white, red, and gold. I like the little snowflakes on the top ones.
Click here to purchase or request a custom order from Ana’s Knits and Pieces.

tutorial
tutorial

These little scrap yarn hat ornaments have a knitted look, but they’re made very simply by wrapping yarn around cardboard.
Click here for the tutorial by Lisa Gutierrez at GoodKnits.

Crochet Ornament Charms Pattern
Crochet Ornament Charms by Nattypat
pattern

Fabulous Fashion

pattern
source

These crocheted yarn scrap slippers from Crochet Craft Santini are adorable. You can create a designer look with leftover yarn and look like you picked them up at a resort shop!
Get the pattern – click here.


Graphic crocheted hats – great ideas for scraps by De’Anna of Unique2Who
Click here to order a custom Minecraft-inspired hat.
Click here to see the Fox beanie.

Crocheted Glasses
Crocheted Glasses from Maindish via Miraco
source
Crazy Crochet Slipper Boots
Crazy Crochet Slipper Boots from FunkyCrochetArt
source

These are so awesome! They look like the blue guy from Monsters, Inc. merged with a reggae band on a ski slope full of muppets!

I am so glad this pair is sold, because they are my hands-down favorites, and I’m trying to be frugal. Great inspiration, though.
Click here to see the others in FunkyCrochetArt’s Etsy Shop.


Divine Decor

Scrap Yarn Bowl
Scrap Crochet Yarn Bowl by Elisabeth Andrée
image source

With a mixing bowl, yarn, and some paste, you can create a fun or elegant yarn bowl with leftover yarn. Elisabeth (image above) used multiple yarn scraps in a variety of colors.

You can also use a single color and strand for a more uniform look like that in the tutorial.
Click here for the original tutorial by Carolyn Garris of Homework.

Crochet Christmas Wreath
tutorial

Lucy of Attic24 always has something exciting to share. She used all kinds of colors and techniques to make this happy little wreath.
Click here for her step by step walkthrough.

Easy Scrap Yarn Rug by Rosanne Kropp
Easy Scrap Yarn Rug by Rosanne Kropp
pattern

Oh, you could have a lot of fun with the colors in this little rug!
Click here for the pattern.

Crocheted Sun Catcher by Ana Carrilho
Crocheted Sun Catcher by Ana Carrilho
source

This vibrant sun catcher by Ana Carrilho of Ana’s Bits and Pieces is like a little sun unto itself.
Click here to visit Ana’s Etsy shop.

Snow Reflections Suncatcher
Snow Reflections Suncatcher from Heritage Heartcraft
pattern

Inspired by a seashore vacation, this suncatcher pattern doubles as an ornament pattern.
Click here for the pattern.

Yarn Ball Bouquet
Yarn Ball Bouquet by Lesley Raymond
source

So simple yet so much fun! This little yarn ball bouquet was made with yarn and a glue gun. To make the yarn go further, use styrofoam balls and wrap the yarn around them, then use floral picks to stick them into a styrofoam pad in the bowl.

I’ll bet the yarn balls in the garland below would make a lighter, brighter alternative to the above bouquet: a great idea for warmer climates!

Yarn Ball Garland
DIY Yarn Balls from P&G Everyday
instructions

Yarn, balloons, and paste for a beautiful transformation of leftover yarn.
Click here for the instructions.

Scrap Yarn Pumpkin from Naturally Educational
Scrap Yarn Pumpkin from Naturally Educational
tutorial

The same principles for the yarn balls above are behind this kids’ craft pumpkin.
Click here for the tutorial.


Cute Cat Toys

My Cat's Favorite Mouse by Nyanpattern
My Cat’s Favorite Mouse by Nyan
pattern

Nyan of NyanPon.com made these little scrap mice for her cat Weezer. I don’t know about you, but I’d have to stuff them with catnip for some extra fun.
Click here to get the pattern.

Crochet Cat Toy
Crochet Cat Toy by Jamey Ekins
pattern

Jamey Ekins of Dabbles and Babbles created this fun cat toy by wrapping crochet around a toilet paper tube. Little Milo Fluffy Pasta seems to love it!
Click here for the pattern.


Amigurumi

Little Oddment Hedgehogs
Little Oddment Hedgehogs by Mary Jane (gingergooseberry on Flickr)
source

The little tweed hedgehogs in the photo above were created using Julie Williams’ Little Oddment Hedgehog knitting pattern.
Click here for the pattern information and more photos.

Baby Hedgehog
Baby Hedgehog
pattern

If you have some leftover eyelash or similar novelty yarn, this is a must-do. It’s a challenge, though; the pattern level is expert.
Click here for the pattern.

See more at Mini Crochet Amigurumi: Delightful Tiny, Micro, and Mini Crochet


Granny Gem

Cherry Heart Crocheted Granny Squary Desert Cushion
Cherry Heart Crocheted Granny Square Desert Cushion

Sandra of Cherry Heart used her leftover yarn scraps and a pattern from Attic24 to create this beautiful cushion.
Click here for info and pattern link.


Yarnbombing

Yarnbombs are the ultimate in recycling and upcycling. Scraps, WIPs, old afghans, sweaters, etc. are given new life in yarnbomb projects. After the yarnbombing, they’re cropped and recrafted for donation to charity.

Yarnbomber Keeping Warm
A yarnbomber keeps warm with one of the blanket pieces.6

Click here to read about the Yarnbomb of the Nieuwegein Curl.

Yarn Bombing the Steps of Helsinki’s Cathedral
Yarn Bombing the Steps of Helsinki’s Cathedral
source

Click here to learn more about the Yarn Bombing the Steps of Helsinki’s Cathedral.

Yarndale 2014 Bunting and Ornaments
Bunting and Ornaments at Yarndale 2014
Photo by Sandra of Cherry Heart
source
Bunting at Yarndale 2013
Bunting at Yarndale 2013
Photo by Jilly Harris
source
Yarnbombed Baby Pram
Yarnbombed Baby Pram by Stitches Embroidery & Printing
source

What do you do with a baby carriage that’s been sitting around in the shed? Yarnbomb it and put it in your shop window, of course.
Click here to visit Stitches Embroidery & Printing Gift Shop of Monaghan, Ireland.

Yarnbombed Chair
Yarnbombed Chair for Knit-a-Square
source

This chair was featured in Idea Magazine’s call for submissions to ‘Wool House’ for the HOMEMAKERS Expo held in Gauteng, South Africa.

What do you have that would be improved with a good, scrapbusting yarnbomb?

Yarnbombed Mini Cooper by Yarndoodler
Yarnbombed Mini Cooper by Yarndoodler
source

Beep Beep! That’s all for now!


Related Products

Help support Crocheters Anonymous by using our links when you shop at Amazon and other stores.

Little Christmas Decorations to Knit & Crochet
Little Christmas Decorations to Knit & Crochet
Scrap Crochet Christmas
Scrap Crochet Christmas – Electronic Download
Scrap Happy Calendar

Scrap Happy! Crochet for All Seasons 2015 Calendar
Craft Activism
Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In

 

 

 

 

 

About Pamela 81 Articles
Founder, Crocheters Anonymous®