Stash: Busted!

Leftovers. Orphans. Odd dye lots. Frogged failures.

We all have misfits in our stash, and we all wonder what to do with them. We hate the thought of wasting even an inch of a favorite yarn, so they just pile up (personally, I keep a large basket hidden in the back of my closet and periodically throw little bundles of yarn at it- they might be spilling over by now). When your stash hits critical volume, who you gonna call?

STASH BUSTERS! (Sorry- I couldn’t resist.)

Today we’ve collected our favorite stash busting projects with no knitting required, so you can bust your stash in record time. Because we all know that the real point of all this is making room for more!

WRAP SOMETHING!

It really doesn’t get any simpler than this. Almost anything you can imagine can be transformed by wrapping it in yarn to add a splash of color and texture to your home. Speaking from personal experience, I recommend finishing the project with a thin coat of Modge Podge to help hold everything in place! Try trendy monogram letters, an arrangement of rustic embellished branches, or functional nonslip clothing hangers.

Of course, you could always stick with classic balls of yarn and use them in unexpected ways. Ravelry user LesleyKnitsPretty arranged hers into A Good Yarn Bouquet, and we used ours to decorate a wreath- you can see it hanging in the shop now. Make your leftovers go further by covering small styrofoam balls instead of using yarn all the way through. Or, if you have only the tiniest scraps left, use this tutorial for DIY Yarn Balls to make hollow orbs. Wouldn’t these look fantastic on a string of lights?

Finally, check out this exciting string art. These are so on trend right now. We’ve seen them in all shapes and sizes, from simple shapes like this DIY String Heart, to names or short quotes, and even maps of the world. They’re surprisingly easy to make!

STUFF SOMETHING!

Here’s another incredibly easy way to use your scraps: find an interesting hollow glass object (an ornament, a funky vase, or perhaps a head?) and fill it with small bits of scrap yarn. Our Yarn Head was a gift from our good friend Katey Paulk, and we filled it easily with scraps from around the shop. What a cheerful, quirky decoration!

You can also cut and sew simple shapes using clear vinyl and stuff them with scraps to create playful yarn pillows, ornaments, or toys like this Scrap Heart.

Or if your tangled skeins and leftover bits are truly for the birds, buy a suet feeder and fill it with oddball offerings for your feathered neighbors. They’ll appreciate the excellent nesting material, and you’ll love seeing their nests blooming with familiar colors.

SEW SOMETHING!

I’ve been dying to try this technique for years! It seems unbelievable that you could turn even the smallest, most unimpressive scraps into a wild and fabulous fabric, but just look at the masterpiece above! All you do is sandwich your scraps between two layers of water soluble  stabilizer, then stitch randomly through the whole piece. Stitch in every direction. Stitch heavily. Stitch more than you think you could possibly need- these stitches are all that will hold the finished fabric together. Then dissolve the stabilizer with a quick wash and viola! You have a unique and crazy fabric perfect for art quilting, wall hangings, or other textile arts.

What does your leftover stash look like? What’s your favorite stash busting project? Tell us in the comments below, or send pics- we’ll post them for you!

Happy Stash Busting!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gail
    Aug 03, 2016 @ 15:54:42

    Oh I love all the ideas, what a great way to use leftover yarn! I can’t wait to try some of these ideas. Thanks, you all are the best!!!!

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  2. Sandra David
    Aug 03, 2016 @ 20:56:35

    Just make sure that the oddballs in the suet basket aren’t long enough for tiny birds to get tangled in. I love yarn covered clothes hangars, and one of my friends makes felted yarn balls for the dryer (and I know some cats who would love those, too). Great ideas!

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