34 Adorable Things To Do With Leftover Bits Of Yarn

Busting stashes, taking names.

1. Use yarn scraps to wrap your gifts.

From Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, which you should definitely own if you’re a knitter who likes simple but beautiful projects, pretty pictures, and the thrill that comes with finishing a piece in under an hour.

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2. Knit a bookmark.

Also from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.

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3. Make a collage with tiny rolled-up yarn balls.

Here’s how.

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4. Knit (or crochet!) greeting cards.

It’s like if Mondrian were a kindly fiber artist.

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5. Make tiny bunnies.

Ohhhhh myyyy godddddd. You can use these as toys for kids, catnip playthings for a feline friend, or just surround yourself with them for all eternity.

(A few of the patterns in this post are only accessible if you have a Ravelry account, which is free and absolutely something you should have anyway if you’ve made it this far.)

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6. Or even tinier bunnies.

Jesus H. Christ. Pattern available here.

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7. Crochet a quick and simple doily for an ornament.

Even if you’ve never made a doily before, don’t be daunted; this pattern is totally doable and well-written. Incidentally, I have four of these in various sizes currently sitting on my desk at work.

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8. Or crochet smaller ones to make earrings.

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9. Store and display your yarn on clothespins.

Here’s how.

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10. Knit little booties.

Directions here.

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11. Wrap a block to make a yarn stamp.

As seen in Print Workshop.

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12. Turn corks into cabled trees.

Pattern here.

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13. Make someone you love a merit badge.

Or keep it for yourself; chances are, you’ve earned it.

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14. Knit a braided necklace.

Or bracelet.

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15. Pom-poms make bookmarks you won’t want to stop playing with.

Directions here for both pom-poms and the bookmark.

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16. They’re also great for garlands.

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17. And taxidermy.

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18. Knit a small hedgehog.

Pattern available here.

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19. Or some wee mittens.

Directions here.

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20. An itty-bitty acorn.


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21. Little hats.

Directions here.

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22. Or a sweater fit for a mouse.

Truth time: I once made a whole bunch of these for my friends intended to be worn around the necks of beer bottles, because IDK.

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23. Crochet some hair bows.

Or use them to adorn gifts.

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24. Make wall art.

All it takes are some nails or tacks and the depths of your imagination.

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25. Give a clock a much-needed sweater.

Instructions here.

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26. Also some string lights.

Pattern here.

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27. Make tassels for a necklace.

Here’s how.

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28. Or a garland.

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29. Knitted flags make great bunting as well.

These directions are in Swedish but a) Google Translate exists and b) knitted/crocheted triangles are super simple to figure out.

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30. Crochet cute cotton coasters.

Say that five times fast.

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31. Knit a couple of dishcloths.

I would highly recommend using cotton yarn.

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32. Wrap pipe-cleaner letters in yarn.

Directions here.

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33. Add some to a feeder for birds to use in their nests.

It’ll be a lovely, colorful surprise.

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34. Pay homage to your craft with a downright cascade.

They’re not full balls of yarn, but rather Styrofoam balls wrapped with a small amount of leftovers.

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