How to use scrap yarn? 8 unique ideas

Crochet patterns using scrap yarn – how to use all the yarn that remains

In this post, I wanted to talk about yarn scraps. I will show you some fun and easy crochet scrap yarn patterns so that you can really use every little piece of the yarn.

How to use scrap yarn?

Use it to stuff your amigurumi.

First, and the easiest way to use it is to stuff your creations with it. You can use it instead of fiberfill. I usually put both in the toy, that way it stays soft and bouncy. But make sure you don’t put too much dark yarn in your projects made with light yarn, because it may show through the stitch holes. And you don’t want that.

Scraps and fibefill

The second thing I like to do with yarn chunks is flowers.

There are so many different patterns for cute little flowers; here are some of my favorites. I have put these flowers on hair clips. I have also made earrings with them. They look super cute. Here are a few adorable little flowers you can make with scrap yarn.

First is the easiest and beginner-friendly:


I like this, it is called crochet puff stitch, and the flowers have this beautiful three-dimensional appearance:


Next, are crochet roses. Classical, but always beautiful:


Next flowers are effortless and very fast to make. If you stitch them together, you can create a very colorful scarf or even a blanket:


The last is the flower with a bead. Here is an excellent example of how you can make a simple hat more extraordinary with just one flower.

I love to make little crochet beads with yarn pieces.

They are easy to make, and you can use them for unique pieces of jewelry, like a necklace, bracelet, or earrings.

I have made these beads. All you need is a wooden bead and you crochet around it.

Crochet beads


And here is a youtube video, that shows you how to do it:

You can make a crazy ball of yarn with it.

That means that you tie together all the stripes of leftover yarn and then crochet something with it. You can make a toy, a blanket, or a scarf. Here is the picture from Gabrielle Zillig-de Kreij and the bear on the image is made from Dutch pattern from Stip&Haak;. I suggest you join your ends invisibly with Russian Join or you can just tie it with a knot and wave along the ends while you crochet.


Here is the video that shows you how to do a Russian Join:


And here is a video of magic knot:

Next, the best thing to use yarn scraps is granny square.

There are so numerous patterns available to crochet adorable granny square blankets, cardigans, and shirts. You can even make a bag or a purse with granny square.

Here are some free videos.

Granny square blanket:


Granny square cardigans:


Granny square with the heart in the middle:


Two beautiful tutorials of granny square with flower in the middle:


And the last video tutorial is a triangle granny square. You can make colorful flags and decor your room with them.

I love to make something for my cats.

If they don’t steal my yarn before I finish their toys. Sometimes they are happy just with the string, but sometimes I make them a ball or a little mouse. You can fill the toy with catnip. They will adore it.

Here are two cute ideas that cats will absolutely adore:

Bookmarks always come in handy.

I love to read, and I usually read more than one book at the same time. That is why I need a lot of bookmarks. It is also an excellent idea to use yarn scraps.

Making waves bookmark pattern is here:


And if you read more romantic books than this very elegant crochet bookmark will be the one for you:

And the last idea of how to use yarn scraps is…

You can make face scrubs. They are eco-friendly. If your leftover is cotton yarn, then this is the perfect solution for using it. Cotton is ideal because it is very soft and, you can wash it at high temperatures. I would recommend using organic (bio) cotton.


Here is the tutorial for making simple face scrubs:


I hope you like my ideas on how to use yarn scraps. I would love to see what you do with your leftover yarn. Please share with me in the comments. Thank you.

Have a nice day.


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13 thoughts on “Crochet patterns using scrap yarn – how to use all the yarn that remains

  1. Hey Katja,
    I love your effort to use every last bit of yarn! It’s not cheap and from both an economic and environmental perspective, I appreciate all the great ideas for using what would otherwise be wasted. There are a few ideas here that I’ve never seen before, including face scrubs, what a great idea!
    Look forward to seeing more great content from you

    1. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. I try to give valuable information, and I hope you can use some of my ideas.
      Have a nice day.

  2. So many wonderful resources that I don’t know where to start! Thanks for sharing! My mom used to enjoy making these. I think she’s going to love your site.

    1. Thank you, I couldn’t decide either. That is why I am usually working on more projects at the same time. I hope she will love it; I will post a lot of exciting articles in the future.
      Have a nice day.

  3. Wow! This is really interesting, intriguing and motivational. I am amazed at all the things that can be made from leftovers of wool. I especially liked the Russian join and Magic knot. With these possibilities of what we can do seem endless.
    Great post. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much. I am happy to help. I will post a lot more interesting articles, I hope you will enjoy them too.
      Have a beautiful day.

  4. Thanks for sharing this! My sister crochets a lot, and I’m willing to bet she’s had to make use of leftover string at least once.

  5. Hi Katja
    I love your website. The YouTube videos did a great job in teaching how to Crochet. I was in a training class recently and the lady who sat beside me was crocheting a blanket. She said she is in a group that donated the things that they made to a charity. When the room got too cold, she went to her car for a sweater. She came back with a beautiful pink sweater that she made.

    I believe that your website will do very well because you provided useful and fun information. There are individuals and groups who do crocheting as a hobby, and might be looking for another fun project to work on. It was also good to learn that the scrap yarn can be used to make beautiful items. Nothing wasted.
    All the best.

    1. Thank you very much. There are really endless options of what you can do with yarn. I will write about crochet charity organizations in one of my next posts. There are a few of them and I would like to introduce them.
      Thank you for your wonderful wishes for my website.
      Have a beautiful day.

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