Use Leftover Yarn As Stuffing

Don't throw away those yarn tails and left over small amounts. If you have an extra skein of yarn laying around, it makes great stuffing instead of the polyester stuffing. Just lay it on a flat surface and cut through the skein crosswise every 3-4 inches clear through the skein. Move down the skein and repeat until you have it all cut into 3-4 inch lengths. Store the extra in a clear bag until you need more stuffing.

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The yarn is great for pin cushions and is easier to manipulate than regular stuffing. With a long stout pin or needle you can pull it around to fill out points such as beaks and fingers. You can pick up odds and ends of yarn at thrift stores for very small cost. How about that worn out crocheted or knitted blanket? I have heard polyester stuffing will dull needles and pins after awhile in pin cushions, whereas yarn won't.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

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January 14, 20130 found this helpful

Great idea Annie: I also use yarn that isn't that great anymore, roll it in balls and then use it to make rag balls. Just cut or rip your fabric, hot glue or pin the beginning anywhere and begin to wind. I use the glue to secure it to itself about every 4 wraps.

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If your yarn is still good, tie them together and make scrap hot pads out of them. You simply chain about 16 or 18, then make a single crochet in each stitch around till your work begins to come up like a small canoe.

Then, you keep going till it meets in the back and closes. Leave enough tail to whip stitch it in the back and all your tails are hidden.

It's also fun sometimes just to have a "bowl of balls" where you can see the pretty colors.

Good ideas all!

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