I HATE sewing in the ends of my crochet projects. It feels like a waste of time when I’m already chomping at the bit to get started on the next thing!
But at the weekend, we had a day out which involved a bit of a car journey, and it seemed like a good opportunity to get this job done, and a couple of projects actually properly finished!
And I did it, and I was suitably pleased with myself.
But I was left with this pile of riotously coloured ends, that I couldn’t bear to just throw out.
So I posted in the Make Do and Mend-able Facebook group for inspiration, as well as asking Twitter, and trawling Pinterest, and have compiled this list, just for you…
1. Leave them out for the birds
I think this was the most popular suggestion!
Apparently, if you leave them out for the birds, they come and take them to make their nests with. Not only are you helping out our feathered friends, you should also end up with some pretty funky looking nests around your garden!
You can put them in a cage-y thing like this from Fiber Farm:
Or you can make your own holder from an old t-shirt, like this one I found on Pinterest!
If you make toys or any kind of stuffed thing (think decorative hearts and the like) then saving up all your yarn ends is a super thrifty way to save on stuffing
3. A Yarn ends bowl
This has to be one of my favourite things on Pinterest. It looks so cool! I have no idea how acheivable it is, or how practical the finished item is, but I’ll say it again, It looks so cool!
The picture is from MaRRose CCC and there is a great tutorial too!
This pin recommends sewing the yarn ends between two sheets of plastic. My zero waste inner voice was wincing at this (although it does look adorable), so I got thinking, and thought that they would look pretty cool in a clear bauble on the Christmas tree (is it too early to mention the ‘C’ word..?!)
5. Felted wool balls for the kids
There are some instructions for these on Give Me a Purl, and they sound super easy!
I wonder if these would work as tumble dryer balls too?
6. Make your own fabric!
This tutorial from PinTangle uses something called ‘dissolvable fabric’, and I have no idea of it’s eco-credentials, but it does like an awesome way to use up yarn and fabric scraps!
7. Make pipe cleaner letters and wrap them in yarn
There’s some instructions here from BloesemKids.
8. Make a printing block
Wrap your yarn scraps around a block of wood, as demonstrated in the Print Workshop book, or if your ends are super short like mine, then glue them on, and make a stamp! You can make some super thrifty and very funky wrapping paper using this!
9. Make little felted beads for jewellery
Like these ones from Cut Out + Keep
Or these smaller ones from Julie k
10. Make flat felt, and embellish it with your yarn ends
And if all else fails, I am reliably informed that local playgroups, pre-schools and schools might be grateful for them to use in their craft boxes!
What do you do with your yarn ends-do tell!