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8 Clever Scrap Yarn Crochet Ideas You Need To Know

8 Clever Scrap Yarn Crochet Ideas You Need To Know


Scrap yarn crochet ideas is something you should always look for. I mean, there’s no reason to always purchase new yarn & not use all the scraps or left over yarn. Because –  You too have them right? A pile of leftover yarn that you are not sure what to do with, but you don’t have the heart to trow away?

My pile used to grow gradually for each crochet project I finished. I had left over yarn from that project & other scrap yarn from the next. However I figured out that I needed to collect all the scrap yarn crochet ideas I could find & use them to inspire you. I’ve also made quite a few of these now, & have also made some crochet patterns especially with scrap yarn in mind.


Related: 8 Creative Scrap Yarn Crochet Ideas You Need To Know

Resource: The Crochet Pattern Shop to find some crochet patterns that works great with scrap yarns.


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The list of what you’ll need for these scrap yarn crochet ideas:



The term “scrap yarn” or left over yarn can easily feel like a boring thing. Like the finished project will not end up in the same great quality as your other crochet projects. I totally know the amazing feeling when I’ve been able to purchase a some new yarn, & are ready to make something special with all the new yarn.

However if you’re like me you’ll easily end up with purchasing too much yarn for each project, ending up with way too much scrap yarn. Even though you could easily skip purchasing too much yarn by either calculating yardage or by calculating how much yarn you need by weight.


Related: How to calculate yardage. 


There’s many reasons why you should use your left over yarn though. First of all it’s more friendly to both your wallet & the environment. Essentially you don’t really need that new yarn if you’ve got some other yarn to use. I have to admit I need to work on this part too!

Finally the last reason is that there’s so many amazing projects that’s perfect for scrap yarn. If you keep reading, I’m ready to share 8 of these with you right now. But if you find that these 8 are not enough, I’m  also eager to tell you that I’ve got a list of 50 scrap yarn ideas you could download right now by clicking the picture below:




1. Headphone or phone charger covers.

Make your headphones or phone charger unique with this amazing scrap yarn crochet idea. The idea is to cover the cords with yarn using a crochet hook. Make sure you do it in a safe way – no broken cords & fire Hazards.

Follow the link & learn how to do this:

Headphone or phone charger covers.

It’s from UK Crochet Patterns.


2. Scrap yarn blanket

scrap yarn crochet


This is an amazing project, but can take YEARS to make! In the picture you can see a blanket my grandmother made. It has so many amazing colors & is really lovely. By saving your scrap yarn for weeks, months, years & decades you can make a wonderful blanket like this one. I don’t have any actual pattern for this one. But you can easily make it with any crochet stitch, & can be made as easy as with just single crochet stitches.

Start yours today & keep on adding each time you have scrap yarn to spare. This will be a truly unique project.

Remember to take yarn weight into consideration when choosing your crochet hook & yarn for this project.


3. Coffee cozies

scrap yarn crochet


This is an amazing idea & it is an overwhelming amount of inspiration on Pinterest. My best advice for you is to put in the search words “crochet”, “coffee” & “cozies” on Pinterest & find YOUR favorite inspiration.

However I will also inspire you to try one of the stitches you can find on my page & make one of your own. Try making one with the single crochet if you just have started crocheting, or try the “bubblepattern“.


HOW TO make a coffee cozy with Joy of Motion:

1. Find your favorite cup.
2. Chain the number of stitches that is needed to reach 1 round around your cup.
3. Turn & start crocheting your favorite stitch. Finish as many rows needed to make your coffee cozy in the size you want.
4. Crochet together the short ends & fasten thread.


Finally you could check the “8 Mason Jar Crochet Covers“, as you could easily follow their instructions for your coffee cozies.


Related: Single crochet stitch (A part of the Beginners Guide to Crochet).

Related: Bubblepattern. 

Also related:  8 Mason Jar Crochet Covers (also a scrap yarn idea). 


4. Mobile covers

scrap yarn crochet


You can easily use your scrap yarn to make mobile covers. My favorite way to do it is to also line the mobile case with fabric.

I have a few crochet pattern for mobile cases & purses in my shop.

What I love so much about them is that they will keep your mobile safe as well as they are amazing gifts! Make one & let me know how it turned out.


Related: How to line crochet projects with fabric.

Resource: The Crochet Pattern Shop to find mobile cover crochet patterns.


5. Hearts & other cute shapes

This is also something  I have seen a lot of times on Pinterest. There are a huge amount of hearts & heart patterns over there. Just search for “hearts” & “crochet” to find your favorite.

One of the ones that stood out to me was “The Easiest Crochet Heart Pattern Ever!” by Michelle from The Painted Hinge. Such detailed description. See them here:

The Easiest Crochet Heart Pattern Ever

Pin: https://no.pinterest.com/pin/422423640034691686/


6. Coasters

scrap yarn crochet


Once again there was an overwhelming amount of amazing crochet patterns on Pinterest. I chose once again to send you over to Pinterest to search for your favorite crocheted coaster.  I used search word “Crochet” & “Coaster”.

Most crochet coasters are made by crocheting in circles. To make them you would have to add just enough stitches each round to make sure they end up flat. These can also be made by choosing your favorite stitch & make your own.


Finally I’ve found this amazing crochet pattern from Olives & Okra, that will guide you through making some amazing coasters. You should definitely take a look at them here:

Hexagon Jute Trivet Coster Crochet Pattern


7. Make a Christmas card

Use your scrap yarn to make your own Christmas cards & gift tags. I suggest combining making hearts or shapes with this idea. I love how beautiful the crochet hearts from Kelly on Live Laugh Row looks (Thank you for sharing!).

See the amazing the great result here:

Crochet Heart on Christmas Tags

Pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/422423640023035702/


8. Chair leg covers

This is an amazing idea is perfect to save your wood floor. It also is amazing when it comes to the sound from the chairs against floors. I simply think it’s amazing! Crochetbug has shared this amazing pattern & you should definitely check this out here:

Chair Leg Socks

Pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/422423640023029544/



  1. Start by downloading the 50 amazing scrap yarn ideas.
  2. Find your favorite scrap yarn project to make.
  3. Check the “What you need list” listed above once more to make sure you’ve got what you need.
  4. Enjoy crocheting a scrap yarn crochet project!
  5. Finally comment below & let me know what you made!


Hope you enjoyed this!

Related: 8 Other Creative Scrap Yarn Ideas

Also related: 7 Spring Crochet Ideas




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Comments (9)

  1. Thanks for this post! I learned how to crochet this year and surely enough I am accumulating a bunch of scraps!

    JessI Frankman
    Nov 6, 2014 Reply
    • Yes, that has been my problem too! But I found it is amazing how much you can do with your scarp yarn! I’m glad that you liked it!

      Nov 6, 2014 Reply
  2. IT’s a very useful post! Thanks for ideas!

    Nov 7, 2014 Reply
  3. wow so many pretty ideas
    i gave up on crocheting and knitting years ago, but maybe i´ll start again 😉

    thanks for the inspiration

    Nov 7, 2014 Reply
    • Yes, you can really make so much pretty with yarn. These small projects is a great place to start! They are quick & that makes it really motivating to start off with.

      Nov 7, 2014 Reply
  4. Love this! I do the scrapghan’s as I call them!

    Lara Girdler
    Jul 28, 2015 Reply
  5. My mom and grandma both use kitchen cotton to make dish cloths and hanging towels. They send me their leftovers and I use them to make scrubbies. One side is tulle and the other is kitchen cotton.

    Monica Quirk
    Dec 16, 2015 Reply

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