50 Best Leftover Yarn Projects Anyone Can DO

47 Outstanding Yarn Craft Ideas

50 Best Leftover Yarn Projects Anyone Can DO

When I started searching for new yarn use ideas, it looked there weren't too many new ideas. But I did find some great projects and I thought I'd share these finds with you.

I've gradually added more yarn crafts, with some of them including crochet or knitting projects. As I find new projects, I will continue to add on to this list.

I've included a picture of the yarn project and the site address where you can find the directions. I've only listed craft ideas where there were directions included.

Make the super cute birds shown above by following the tutorial at the Marrietta blog.

This is a great craft to use in conjunction with the American Indian classroom lessons. The dream catcher is always a tried and true yarn craft to do with the kids. For the directions, go to handmade by kelly.

Choose favorite yarn colors and textured yarns to make a beautiful wall hanging for your bedroom or home. So simple and yet so pretty. Go to Nostalgiecat for the instructions to make a yarn wall hanging.

The kids will find that it is very easy to make these Christmas trees. Find the directions at One Creative Mommy

You'll find that making your flip flops very fashionable will be easy if you follow the tutorial at DREAM A LITTLE BIGGER. Imagine how many pairs of flip flops you can make for all your summer outfits.

Decorating for the fall holidays will be so easy with the addition of these easy to make yarn wrapped pumpkins. You'll find the tutorial for making these pumpkins at shelterness.

Aren't these just the cutest little hair bows? They are easy to make by following the instructions that you'll find on the happytogether site.

I really love this idea. I using the Swiffer duster, but I don't enjoy always having to buy refills. This is a great gift idea for a housewarming gift or a bridal shower. Find the tutorial for making this duster refill at Verdigris Knits.

This project looks a whole lot more involved than it actually is. You'll find all the information that you'll need to make this Indian maiden at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers.

I love the idea of making my own wall decorations and I think this project may be of interest to young girls or a mother decorating a baby's room. Choose the colors that contrast with the décor in your room, and then go to A Beautiful Mess for the tutorial for making this wall weaving art.

Isn't this little puppy just too cute for words? If you wish to make one of your own, go to HANDMADE CHARLOTTE for the directions.

So easy to make and yet a decoration that you could be proud to display. Mr. P Blog is where you will go for the directions. Imagine making a couple of changes and having snowmen using these same basic instructions.

I love these little nesting cups. Choose a color that accents your décor and then make these for your own.


This yarn craft, that is a take away from art which originated with the Huichol people of Mexico, is simple but oh so beautiful. Go to zombies wearing helmets for the directions.

Your holiday table will really be set for the season with these snowflake coasters. While you are making a set for yourself, consider who on your list would appreciate a set of their own. You'll find the instructions for making these snowflake coasters on the Red Heart site.

I suppose I shouldn't call monsters cute, but these yarn monsters can certainly be called cute.

These nice Halloween crafts, made with yarn, are great for the kids to make. For the instructions for making these super easy Halloween crafts, go to the favecrafts site for the directions.

Gift card, credit cards or id cards will all fit into this useful and attractive holder. This would be a perfect gift to give a high school or college girl. Maybe even add a purchased or crocheted chain to hide the holder around the neck. For the directions, go to Don't Eat The Paste site.

Dress up your office desk with these cute little pencil holders—-then make some to give as gifts. The directions can be found at Craft Passion.

Imagine all the places you can use flowers these. Add a pin back and use one as a corsage or add one to a hairclip for your hair. For the directions, go to Crafts Unleashed.

For the tutorial for this towel topper, go to Thrifty Fun. Some patterns just beg to be used in more ways than those stated. This looks one of them.

Form your name, your initials or any word you want with pipe cleaners and then cover with yarn. Simple but outstanding. Go to b kids for the directions.

I had never heard of Japanese temari before I found this craft, but I'm really impressed with the craft. I think it is terrific. If you would want to try your hand at this project, go to SUZY'S artsy-crafty.

A cute little pink piggy that could decorate a child's room. For the directions, go to Craftideas.

Here's a spider that I wouldn't mind finding in my house. As a matter of fact, I think I'll be making some him for Halloween this year. The directions for making this yarn spider can be found at eighteen25.

When you want to make a large number of Halloween favor holders for a Halloween party, this will be a quick and easy way to go. The directions for making these Halloween favor holders can be found at My Recycled Bags

If you know how to crochet a simple single stitch, you can make this scarf. Very easy to make, but it will take a little time to make all the single stitch lengths. Go to dollar store crafts for the instructions. Use different weight yarns and different sized crochet hooks to make a beautiful scarf.

You'll find out how to make these cute yarn apples by going to make and takes for the instructions.

To get the directions, go to LOVE TO SEW Imagine all the cute pastel octopi that can be made. Or is it octopusus?

These yarn carrots almost look real. For the directions for making these carrots, go to the homework site. A bowl of these would make a very attractive decoration for the kitchen.

These little yarn chickens are a lot easier to make than you might think. They'd be a nice addition to an Easter or Spring decoration.

The bright and beautiful yarn colors used to make these trees really caught my eye. Find out how to make these lovelies by going to Living Locurto for the instructions.

So very simple to make and a great classroom or home school project. The kids will love making this yarn rainbow art. You'll find the instructions for this art at Parents.

This is such an outstanding wreath and not at all difficult to make. Go to TWO JUNK CHIX for the directions. Using these directions, but different combinations of colored yarn, beautiful wreaths could be made for any holiday or season.

I think girls of all ages would have lots of fun making these wigs. Go to BROWN PAPER PACKAGE for the tutorial.

Making yarn butterflies looks a really easy project. One that even the littlest kids will be able to try their hand at.

These yarn dolls are really an old, tried and true craft. To see how to make these old fashioned yarn dolls, go to the Spud and Chloe site.

These cute little owls are made by wrapping toilet tissue tubes with yarn. This will be a nice and easy craft to make with the little kids. Go to make and takes to see the tutorial for making these yarn wrapped tube owls.

There are so many folks who love owls and everything that has to do with owls, so these folks would love to receive a gift of an owl cup cozy. The easy to follow directions for making this woodland owl cup cozy can be found at Red Heart.

The kids will be so excited when you ask them to help make monster cupcake picks for a Birthday party you have planned. Go to two shades of pink to see how to make these monsters and why they are so much fun.

Now you'll know what to do with the leftover yarn bits that are too pretty to toss. There are so many beautiful colors and thicknesses of yarn that no two yarn balls need be a. See how easy it is to make these textured yarn balls by going to two shades of pink.

You can now add a textured yarn pumpkin to your fall holiday centerpiece. Very attractive and easy to make.

Source: https://feltmagnet.com/textiles-sewing/crafts-using-yarn-or-yarn-scraps

15+ Scrap Yarn Crochet Projects | Stash Busting Challenge Week 1

50 Best Leftover Yarn Projects Anyone Can DO

If you’ve been crocheting for some time, you know that yarn is addicting.

Periodically, we’ll sit back, look at our yarn stash and think, “Why do I have so much yarn?” Or we’ll see a stack of scrap yarn that we threw to the side once we were finished with a projects and now it’s just starting to pile up.

What do you do with it? If you have no earthly idea, I’ll give you 17 scrap yarn crochet projects to bust that stash and make it feel useful.

Today we are a few weeks into the COVID-19 Pandemic/isolation period. With crochet being a very relaxing hobby, everyone’s looking to work on some projects to ease the stress and anxiety of this whole thing.

Stash Busting Challenge

I’ve teamed up with a few other designers to spread the happiness by creating a stash busting roundup every week in the month of April. Depending on how many designers end up participating, we might collectively have over 50+ scrap yarn crochet projects for you in the coming weeks!

Click here to learn more about the Stash Busting Challenge and how it works.

But in a nutshell, this is what you can expect.

Source: https://www.sigonimacaroni.com/17-scrap-yarn-crochet-projects-stash-busting-week-1/

50+ Stash Busters To Use Up Those Bits Of Yarn

50 Best Leftover Yarn Projects Anyone Can DO

If you crochet or knit, chances are you have accumulated a large stash of yarn with partially used skeins in a variety of colors, many too small to use for most projects.

Instead of gathering dust in your craft cupboard, here’s a list of free projects you can make featuring a variety items, some useful while others are more decorative or just for fun.

If your skills are at the beginner level, small items these are great for practicing new stitches or techniques (and reading patterns too).

So far there are just over 30 projects listed below, I’ve separated them into two groups (crochet, knitting) for easier browsing.

I’ll be adding more goodies to this collection as I find them so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference. Have fun!

PS: Interested in thread projects? You’ll find a few vintage patterns at the bottom of the page (for a bread tray ruffle and a bun warmer).


These are not only a great way to use up your stash, the items you create are actually useful :).

Bun Warmer Linen: Vintage Crochet Edging

Supplies Needed:

  • J.& P. COATS BIG BALL BEST SIX CORD MERCERIZED CROCHET, Size 30: 1 ball of White; or
  • CLARK’S BIG BALL MERCERIZED CROCHET, Size 30: 1 ball of White
  • Milwards Steel Hook No. 10
  • 1 piece of linen (14×14 inches square)

Gauge: 5 sps or bls make 1 inch; 5 rows make 1 inch.

(Make 4)

Starting at “A” on chart, ch 69.

  • 1st row: DC in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across (22 bls made). Ch 5, turn.
  • 2nd row: Skip first 3 dc, dc in next dc (sp made over bl), (ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc) 20 times; dc in next 2 dc and in top of turning chain (bl made over bl). Ch 3, turn.
  • 3rd row: Skip first dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc (sp made over sp), 2 dc in next sp, dc in next dc (bl made over sp), make 9 more bls, 1 sp and 8 bls, 2 dc in next sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning chain. Ch 3, turn.
  • 4th row: Follow chart across. Ch 3, turn.
  • 5th row: Follow chart across, ending with a bl over last sp (1 bl decreased at end of row). Ch 1, turn.
  • 6th row: Sl st in first 4 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in next sp, dc in next dc (1 bl decreased at beginning of row), follow chart across. Ch 3, turn. Follow chart to “B”. Now repeat last row of chart 26 times more. Break off. Sew 4 corners together to form a square.


  • 1st rnd: Attach thread to any corner, ch 8, dc in same place, * ch 2 and, working along side, dc at base of next dc. Repeat from * across side to within next corner piece, (ch 2, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch) 21 times; ch 2, make dc, ch 5 and dc in next corner and complete other sides and corners the same way. Join to 3rd ch of ch-8.
  • 2nd rnd: Sl st in next sp, in same sp make sc, ch 2 (dc, ch 2) twice and sc; * ch 2, in next sp make (dc, ch 2) twice; sc in next sp. Repeat from * around, working corners as before. Join and break off.

Pin edging in place on linen. Cut out material in back of corners and edge, leaving 1/4 inch for hem. Sew neatly in place. Starch lightly and press.

Source: Vintage pattern sheet from J. & P. Coats

Bread Tray Ruffle

Here’s a pattern for a bread tray ruffle (and ruffly it is!) from a vintage pattern magazine (1948):

I’ve uploaded it in a pdf file for anyone who’d to have it: Bread Tray Ruffle (pdf file).

For starching doily instructions, here’s what they advised:

Directions for Starching Doilies

Starch: Dissolve 1/4 cup starch in 1/2 cup cold water. Boil slowly over a low flame, as it thickens stir in gradually about 1 1/4 cups of cold water. Boil, stirring constantly until starch clears. This makes a thick pasty mixture.

As soon as starch is cool enough to handle, dip doily and squeeze starch through it thoroughly. Wring out extra starch. The doily should be wet with starch but there should be none in the spaces.

Pin center of doily in position according to size and leave until thoroughly dry. If steam iron is used iron ruffle after it is dry. If regular iron is used dampen ruffle slightly before pressing.

Pin folds of ruffle in position and leave until thoroughly dry.

Source: https://tipnut.com/42-kitchen-goodies-cozies-yarn-stash-busters/

55 Yarn Crafts without Knitting or Crochet

50 Best Leftover Yarn Projects Anyone Can DO

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