Learn this simple yarn organization method to help you store and organize all your leftover yarn after a crochet project.
Here are some supplies you might need:
Multiple Sizes of Ziplock bags!
Rubber Bands! You will need them to help secure your yarn balls. You can also use bobby pins and hair clips.
As I am sure you all know after you crochet something from one skien of yarn you can be left with a half-used skien. A little something like this-
When they are about this size I turn them into a cake. I use my electric winder (sadly it got discontinued!) but there are some regular yarn winders out there that you can use.
Once you wind them up you get a nice little yarn cake like this, which makes it easier to store.
I store all mine in crates that I have pushed up against my wall.
Whenever I want to make something new or design something quick, I go to my crate wall and use my yarn scraps before I got to my big yarn wall that has all my full new skiens of yarn.
Once you use a bit of your caked up yarn scraps, it will get smaller and can become messy. At this point I ball up my yarn!
You take your yarn and wrap it around your three fingers. Just keep wrapping until you have a nice chunk wrapped around like so.
Once you have wrapped it enough around your fingers, you are going to slip it off your fingers and start wrapping around the middle of the yarn. It will start looking like a little bow.
Now you will keep wrapping all around and it will create a little yarn ball.
Once your yarn is balled up you take your rubber band and wrap it around it to secure the ends so it does not come undone!
Soon you will have a lot of yarn balls lying around and that is where the ziplock bags will come in handy.
You can sort and store them by yarn brand, size or color.
I store all my balls of yarn (and ziplock bags full of yarn balls) in a basket I scored at a yard sale.
If you have tiny bits of yarn that you can barely even make a yarn ball out of, you can still save them! I group them by brand and use an old pickle jar to store them.
I use my little baby yarn balls for things like attaching tags to my items or when I lose at a game of yarn chicken and just need a LITTLE more to finish a project.
I hope this yarn organization tip was helpful for you and your leftover yarn! I have another post coming out soon about what I do with my yarn tails. So be sure to check back for that 🙂