what to do with scraps and extra balls of yarn

On the Krafters Korner listserv, we were discussing ideas for using odd balls and scraps of yarn that are too small for a big project, but too much or too nice to just throw out.

Here are the ideas we came up with, including both small and large projects.  The small projects could use up one small ball of yarn, and the big projects could combine several into an interesting piece.


  • Several people create items from scraps for charity, or as gifts for friends and family.
  • Ornaments
  • magnets
  • bookmarks
  • Tassels for a garland
  • Pom poms for a garland
  • jewelry
  • coasters
  • napkin rings
  • flowers
  • small embellishments for zipper pull
  • Yarn dolls
  • Braids for hair ties or gift packages
  • Hair bands and scrunchies
  • Granny squares which can be used to make many things
  • scarves
  • hats
  • bags
  • ponchos
  • blankets
  • throws
  • prayer shawls
  • Pillow covers
  • rugs
  • Woven placemats
  • table runners
  • wall hangings
  • God’s Eyes
  • submitted by tracy C

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