52 FREE Scrap Yarn Projects – Stash Busting Challenge

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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 those 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.

Together, we have compiled a total of 52 free crochet patterns, perfect for using up your small amounts of scrap yarn or odd skeins left over from other projects.

I have arrange them all into easy to browse categories. Decide on what you feel like crocheting, and use the skip-to menu below, to find the perfect scrap yarn project!

Share your projects made from these free patterns on social media, using #sbchallenge, so we can see your stash busting progress! 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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Stash Busting Ideas For The Home

Here, we have a great selection of free scrap busting crochet patterns for coasters, decorative home items, kitchen items, and bathroom items.

Crochet Coasters and Mug Rugs

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 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 photo of some eyeball shaped crochet coasters in various colours

Eyeball Coasters by Hooked On Patterns

These eyeball coasters are a fun way to use up your tiny little scraps. You’ll only need between 2-9yds of each colour. They’re great for Halloween decorations, too!

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 2 lacy shell stitch crocheted mug rugs, one in blue, and one in white

Seaside Mug Rug by Desert Blossom Crafts

Want a super quick scrap yarn project? Pretty up your coffee table with these dainty mug rugs.

A photo of 3 USA crocheted mug rugs on a table

USA Mug Rug by Remington Lane Crochet

With the 4th of July approaching, how about turning your red, blue and white scraps into some patriotic mug rugs?

Decorative Home Accessories and Baskets

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 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 purple and white crochet placemat with a lacy effect design

Penelope Placement by Made by Gootie

These beautiful placemats will bring a touch of elegance to your dinner table. Learn how to work the Iris stitch in a rectangle to make your own set.

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 😉

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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.

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 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.

Crochet Kitchen Items

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C2C Lemon Peel Dishcloth by Loops and Love Crochet

With dishcloths, its all about finding the right texture for the job. The Lemon Peel Stitch gives a lovely scrubby texture which is ideal.

A close up photo of 2 richly textured dishcloths featuring the crochet feather stitch

Pankh Dishcloth by Knitter Knotter

Learn how to crochet the Feather Stitch and make some richly textured dishcloths with this free pattern. The texture will help make cleaning a breeze!

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 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.

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Thick Crochet Potholder by My Crochet Space

Keep your fingers safe from burns with this super thick pot holder pattern. It uses the Thermal Stitch, so perhaps you’ll be learning a new stitch while your at it!

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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.

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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 hand using a blue potholder with white stripes over a pot handle

Classic Striped Potholder by Joy of Motion Crochet

If you’ve made some Classic Striped Dish Towels for your kitchen, why not go matchy matchy with some new pot holders too!

Crochet Bathroom Items

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 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.

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 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…


Make clothing and accessories from leftover yarn!

Don’t write off those little multicoloured scraps of yarn just yet, you can still create some striking clothing and accessories with them!

Crochet Clothing Patterns

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Happy Scrappy Sweater by Carroway Crochet

Get creative and turn those left over bits of yarn into a fun and cosy sweater with this free crochet pattern!

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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 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.

Crochet Scarves and Shawls

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 colourful crochet scarf wrapped around a mannequin bust

Paige Mod Scarf by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

With its luxurious texture, this scarf will look just as fab made in a single colour, variegated yarn, or in blocks of whatever you have left over.

A photo of a model wearing a scrap yarn crocheted scarf

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.

Crochet Scarves and Shawls

A photo of a white blouse with an orange coloured crochet belt wrapped around it

Any Way Skinny Wrap by Through the Loop Yarn Craft

Whip up a cute little accessory with your left over yarn. This skinny scarf can be used to dress up an outfit in many ways!

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.


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Scrap Yarn Bag and pouches projects

Combine your leftovers to create impressive bags, or make some handy pouches with your smaller scraps.

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 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!

A photo of a crochet pouch with a Monstera leaf design worked in green and white

Monstera Clutch by E’Claire Makery

If you fancy a bit of colourwork, how about getting tropical with this Monstera leaf clutch bag?

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.

A photo of a crocheted yarn wedge shaped project bag with some crochet work and hook

Wedge Project Bag by Blue Star Crochet

Is it about time you made something for yourself? How about a handy project bag, so you can keep crocheting on the go.

A close up photo of a crochet WIP bag with the working yarn coming through the side while crocheting

WIP Bag Pattern by Fosbas Designs

Tired of your ball of yarn rolling around while crocheting? Make yourself a WIP bag to keep everything nice and tidy.

Small Crochet Pouches

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 close up photo of a light blue crocheted gift bag with a shell stitch pattern design

Gracie Gift Bag by Crafting Each Day

Forgot to buy wrapping paper? Grab some yarn and your hook to whip up this pretty little gift bag instead!


Appliques and Small Projects Perfect for Small scraps

Those teeny tiny scraps of yarn can still make beautiful crochet pieces. Check out these little scrap yarn projects!

Crochet Appliques

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.

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Jellyfish and Octopus Appliques by Raffamusa Designs

Turn your scrap yarn into adorable little jellyfish and Octopus appliques. These would be great for embellishing plain baby blankets, or children’s clothing.

Small Crochet Projects

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 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 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 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!

A close up photo of a triangular crocheted granny square hanging on bunting

Triangle Bunting by Three Fates Creation

Not sure what to do with your itty bits of scrap yarn? Decorate your room with it! This triangle flag bunting will be sure to bring some cheer.


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Use your Scrap Yarn to make Cosy Blankets

Your spare yarn can be keeping you warm and cosy, instead of taking up space in your yarn cupboard!

Cosy Crochet Blankets

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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!

Crochet Squares For Blankets or Cushions

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 crochet square with red and white diagonal striping

Candy Cane Blanket Square by Knitting with Chopsticks

Tired of making basic granny square blankets? Give this fun striped Candy Cane square a go instead. Perfect for Christmas!


52 Stash busting Scrap Yarn Projects

And there you have it! A total of 52 awesome scrap yarn project ideas to get you using up those leftovers.

I hope these projects have helped you clear out your yarn cupboards, ready to stock up on some nice new yarns!

Want Even More Scrap Yarn Projects?

Check out all of my other free crochet patterns! Most of these are quick projects, which can be made with small amounts of yarn.

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