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How to make fabric scrap yarn

I go through a lot of fabric and have a huge pile of scraps, so in the pursuit of less waste, i’ve been trying to get into the habit of taking scraps and making them into fabric scrap “yarn”. I used it for my scrubby kitchen cloths and mostly for making storage baskets (which if you follow me on instragram you’ve probably seen some, but i don’t think i’ve blogged about them yet).

Here’s how i do it!

First you need to cut your fabric into strips. Here i am using my serger cut offs, they are roughly 1/2″ wide and are really great for knitting scrubby cloths. Starting with two pieces cut a slit into each end.

Thread one of the strips through the slit in the other. Always thread the longest/main strip through the strip you are adding on – it may not seem like a big deal at the beginning, but later on when you’ve added a lot of pieces, and your yarn is getting long, this order will make your life easier.

Now take the remaining end of the strip you are adding on and thread it through the slit on the main piece that you just threaded through. I know this may sound confusing, but try it, and once you’ve tried it makes more sense.

Here is what the join looks like once you’ve pulled the end of the added on strip through the slit

Pull tight!

Now wrap up your ball and save it for using in your next crafty project!

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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9 years ago

Said in my most emphatic voice: I loooove it!!!
What a nice simple thing (that I never would have thought of), thanks so much for sharing.

miss agnes
9 years ago

Great tip. I have saved old torn clothes aside waiting for ideas to use the fabric again. I will do just that.

Lesley Scott
Lesley Scott
9 years ago

What a genius idea Megan. I’ll definitely give this a go.

9 years ago

Love this idea- I’m also always trying to reduce waste in my home and discarding those pesky scraps always bugs me!!

Do you only do this with knits? Any bad experiences with loose threads shedding off of wovens?
Thanks for the tip!!

Veronica Darling
9 years ago

Oh, this is a great idea! xoxo