FREE Scrap Yarn Projects – Stash Busting Challenge 2021

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I have joined forces with some fabulous designers to bring you the Stash Busting Challenge and some amazing scrap yarn projects!

Challenge yourself to use up odd balls, and left over skeins, of yarn you have stashed away! Let’s see just how much you can turn into beautiful, useful, finished crochet projects.

Over the next 3 weeks, we’ll be giving you a list of crochet patterns, perfect for using up your small amounts of scrap yarn or odd skeins left over from other projects.

During the Stash Busting Challenge event, you’ll be able to grab the PDF downloads for the week’s featured patterns, for FREE!

The weeks will be featured as follows:

To grab your free PDF downloads, check out the featured patterns below, and click through to visit the pattern’s blog post. Then simply scroll down the designer’s blog post to find this download button:

Click on the button to be taken to their Ravelry listing and enter Coupon Code: SBCHALLENGE at the checkout. The code will be valid throughout the week the pattern is featured, from start of day Wednesday until end of day Tuesday, EST time.

Share your projects made from these free patterns on social media, using #sbchallenge, so we can see your stash busting progress and cheer you on! How many patterns do you think you’ll be able to make with your stash?


Various Scrap Yarn Crochet project Ideas

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A collage of various pastel coloured crochet projects as examples of what can be made from scrap yarn

Stash Busting Challenge – Week 1

To start you off, we have 15 free stash busting patterns for you!

Free PDF downloads valid from June 9th 2021 until June 15th 2021, EST time. Simply click through, find the download button, and enter coupon code SBCHALLENGE

A close up photo showing the Heart Jar Cosy free crochet pattern design - A scrap yarn project.

Heart Jar Cosy by Hooked On Patterns

This pattern is great for using up small amounts of scrap yarn, especially cotton yarn. Crochet these sweet heart shape jar cosies to upcycle your empty glass jars. Use them as handy containers around the home, or pop a candle inside to use as a pretty candle holder.

Crochet Glasses Case by Joy of Motion Crochet

Protect your sunglasses (or regular glasses) from scratches by whipping up a crocheted glasses case! This pattern features a lovely bubble stitch texture to provide extra padding.

A photo of the Fold Over Phone Case free crochet pattern

Fold Over Phone Case by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Make yourself a fun new phone case with your random coloured scrap yarn. This pattern is fast and easy to make, and will explain how to customise the size for a perfect fit for your own cell phone.

A photo showing 4 crocheted coasters on a wooden table

Super Simple Crochet Coaster by Sigoni Macaroni

Make something useful from your odd balls of scrap yarn; make coasters. They are so handy to have around the house, and they make great quick gifts too! Here’s a beautiful simple pattern to get you going.

A scrap yarn project - A photo of the Linen Potholder free crochet pattern

Linen Potholder by Knitting with Chopsticks

If you have some spare T-shirt yarn laying around, this would be a great project for you! Put them to use by making some handy potholders. Being thick and 100% cotton, most T-shirt yarns would be an ideal heat resistant material to work with.

A photo of the Lotte Lace Crocheted Corner Bookmark on a book

Lotte Lace Corner Bookmark by Blue Star Crochet

If you have some pretty 4 ply (#2 Fine Weight) yarn leftover from making a shawl, why not make some of these beautiful little bookmarks? These dainty bookmarks would make lovely gifts too!

Sunflower Applique Free Crochet Pattern - A scrap yarn project.

Sunflower Applique by Raffamusa Designs

These sweet little sunflower appliques only need the smallest amount of yarn. You can use other bright colours to make other flowers too! Attach them to blankets, hats, bags, or anything else you’d like to decorate.

A photo of a hot pad made using the iris stitch in a square crochet stitch pattern

Iris Stitch Hot Pad by Made by Gootie

Got some spare cotton yarn in your stash? Learn how to work the Iris Stitch in a square, and create some useful hot pads while you’re at it!

A photo of a person holding a crocheted clutch bag featuring a leopard skin style design

Leopard Clutch by E’Claire Makery

How about using your scraps to make a funky leopard print clutch purse? This would look HOT in neon colours too, why not experiment with what you have in your stash!

A photo of 4 white square crocheted coasters with golden yellow shell stitch borders - A completed scrap yarn project.

Sunshine Crochet Coasters by Crafting Each Day

These lovely simple coasters would make a beautiful addition to your coffee table. Grab some scrap yarn and get hooking! You’ll have these worked up in no time.

A photo of a colourful chevron crocheted pouch

Chevron Stripes Pouch by Loops and Love Crochet

Here’s a great pattern to use your variegated yarn on. Mixing multicoloured yarn with a solid colour gives a fabulous eye-catching effect, and this chevron pattern really makes it pop!

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Super Scrappy Scarf by Carroway Crochet

If you have lots of odd skeins of yarn to get through, this fun and easy pattern will help you get through them all at once! Go wild with mixing and matching random yarns to create this fun crochet scarf.

A photo of a crocheted palm tree keyring

Palm Tree Key Chain by Through The Loop Yarn Craft

If you have some green and beige yarns in your stash, how about crocheting yourself a palm tree key chain? Perhaps it will act as a memento of that special beach vacation you took? Or a reminder for you to take one soon!

A photo of a crocheted face scrubbie with a puff stitch texture - A example of a completed scrap yarn project.

Puff Stitch Face Scrubbies by Desert Blossom Crafts

Put those scraps of cotton yarn to good use by crocheting some washable and reusable face scrubbies. These puff stitch scrubbies provide a great texture for a nice deep cleanse, to wash the day away.

A photo of a chunky, boho style, pink crocheted clutch bag with tassels

Easy Boho Evening Purse by King and Eye

Here’s another great pattern for your leftover T-shirt yarn. Make a lovely boho style handbag out of your spare yarn, ready for a girls night out. You could try doubling or tripling other yarns, to get a nice chunky thickness instead, if you don’t have any T-shirt yarn.

Don’t forget to use #sbchallenge when showing off your work, so we can take a look at how you’re getting on with the Stash Busting Challenge!

Scrap Yarn Projects – Week 2

Ready for some more great scrap yarn projects? Well, here’s 19 more for you!

Free PDF downloads valid from June 16th 2021 until June 22nd 2021, EST time. Simply click through, find the download button, and enter coupon code SBCHALLENGE

No time now? Pin it for later!

A collage of multiple crochet scrap yarn project ideas

A close up photo of a red and pink swirly crocheted coaster.

Candy Swirl Spiral Coasters by Hooked On Patterns

These coasters are a fun way of using up 2 colours of scrap yarn at once. You’ll only need around 9 yards of each colour, so it’s great for those tiny balls of leftovers!

A photo of some crocheted slices of fruit including oranges, lemons, kiwi, and a watermelon on a keychain.

Fruit Slices Keychains by Raffamusa Designs

Turn your colourful scraps into cute fruity keyrings! These are quick and easy to make, and just super adorable.

A photo of 3 textured wall hangings, crocheted in yellow, pink and white.

Minimalist Wall Hanging by Noors Knits

Here’s a scrap yarn project for Tunisian crochet lovers! Make some sweet honeycomb stitch wall hangings to add a splash of colour to your home.

A photo of a blue and white crocheted napkin ring, displayed on a rolled up napkin.

Jorja Napkin Rings by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Have dinner guests coming over? Whip up a bit of fancy with these crocheted napkin rings. We won’t tell, that you’ve just made them out of scrap yarn laying around 😉

A photo of 2 headbands featuring a bow design and the crochet moss stitch.

Moss Stitch Bow Headband by Desert Blossom Crafts

These pretty bow headbands are super easy and quick to work up. The pattern includes guidance for working sizes from Preemie, all the way up to Large Adult too.

A photo of a colourful crocheted square depicting hydrangea flowers.

Hydrangea Square by Knitting with Chopsticks

This crochet square would be great for using up your colourful scrap yarn. You could use these as part of a blanket, or make them into cushion covers.

A photo of a navy blue crocheted soap bag containing a white bar of soap.

Dad’s Soap On A Rope by Through the Loop Yarn Craft

With Father’s Day just around the corner, here’s a fab little scrap yarn project! Soap on a rope, just for Dad… not to say that he needs it or anything…

A photo of a mustard yellow coloured cafetiere crochet cosy with a matching mug cosy.

Cable Cafetiere Cosy by Crochet Cloudberry

How about having a go at crochet cabling? This small cafetiere cover would be a great project for learning the art of crocheted cable stitches.

A close up photo of a crocheted moss stitch kitchen tea towel on a wooden kitchen table.

Kitchen Tea Towel by My Crochet Space

If you have some cotton yarn knocking about, how about making some tea towels to freshen up the kitchen? These tea towels use the Moss Stitch, so they’ll work up quickly.

A photo of an oval shaped crocheted placemat, displayed under a butterfly shaped dish and pink cutlery.

Crochet Oval Placemat Pattern by Crafting Each Day

Pretty up your dining table with some leftover yarn. These lovely oval shaped placemats would be much more useful than straggly balls of yarn sitting in your cupboard.

A photo of a multicoloured thick striped, textured, crochet blanket laying on a couch.

Cottage Blanket by Blue Star Crochet

Got skeins of various colours left over from previous projects? Work them all together into a gorgeous textured blanket with this free pattern!

A photo of a set of 4 crocheted face scrubbies in tones of pink with a flowery trim.

Flower Face Scrubbies by Made by Gootie

These flower face scrubbies are practical and cute! They would also make sweet little gifts, along with some handmade soap or other smellies.

A photo of a model wearing a colour blocked sleeveless crocheted top.

Stash Buster Sweater by Two Brothers Blankets

Put those odd balls of yarn to good use, by crocheting yourself a new sweater. With this striking colour block design, no one will ever know it was just made with leftover yarn.

A close up photo of a blue crocheted towel with 2 white stripes.

Classic Striped Dish Towel by Joy of Motion Crochet

Here’s another option for your cotton yarns. This classic design would look just as great in your kitchen or bathroom, and you can easily adjust the size.

A photo of a model wearing a rainbow coloured crocheted bralette style crop top.

Rainbow Fringe Bralette by Carroway Crochet

Feel the summer festival vibe with this awesome crop top. Go wild and use up all of the random colours you have laying around.

A photo of 3 crocheted cupcakes with candles on top.

Amigurumi Cupcake by Loops and Love Crochet

Want to make something fun out of those scraps? Crochet some sweet cupcakes! These are ideal for having handy, in case someone’s birthday creeps up.

A photo of a crocheted colorwork shawl in tones of pink, purple, white, and teal.

Happily Ever After Shawl by E’Claire Makery

Fancy a bit of colour work action with your odd skeins? Give this beautiful shawl a go!

A photo of a couple of crocheted baskets with wooden lids.

Square Woven Basket by Knitz n Purlz

Baskets always come in handy, and they are great for using up the bulkier yarn in your stash. Or you could work multiple strands of thinner yarns to really get busting through that stash.

A close up photo of a yellow crocheted puff stitch face scrubbie.

Cotton Face Scrubbie by Remington Lane Crochet

Here’s another great face scrubbie pattern. Eco friendly in many ways… using up scrap yarn, using natural cotton fibres, washable, and reusable.

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Leftover Yarn Ideas – Week 3

You’re too early! Come back on Wednesday June 23rd 2021

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