Like most of the rest of you, I’m currently stuck indoors trying to do my part to help stem the spread of covid-19. It’s looking likely that this will become the norm here, right through the spring and early summer.
I’m tackling cabin fever in two main ways – planting stuff, and making stuff.
I’m planting stuff because I haven’t had a ‘proper’ vegetable garden for the last few years, and I’ve missed it. Also, right now, visiting the supermarket is a whole new kind of craziness, so I’m trying to reduce the number of trips I need to make.
It’s also a good way of making sure I get some sunlight and fresh air without mixing with other people. I’m so grateful for our garden right now!
Making stuff is always a good plan. I bet I’m not the only one with a house full of crafting supplies leftover from various projects? So, I’m turning my attention to finishing up my UFOs (unfinished objects), and a bit of stash-busting.
I’ve finished a linen stitch scarf this week, and although I didn’t make it with scraps, it would be an amazing project for using up odds and ends of yarn … and you don’t even need to weave in the ends! Check out the pattern here.
Today’s task is to finish up this cardigan – just the pockets left to do and ends to sew in. My kids are all amused that I’m knitting one (mostly) grey cardigan while wearing another grey cardigan. (And those aren’t the only grey cardigans I own!)
Is it possible to have too much grey in my wardrobe? Maybe. I did a huge wardrobe cull a couple of years ago and left almost exclusively black and grey items – kind of a capsule wardrobe, I suppose, but without any planning or intention really. Perhaps it’s time to bring some more colour back in. Anyway, that’s not really what this post is about…
I’ve been trawling Pinterest and looking for ideas and inspiration to help me work through some of the yarn and fabric lurking here.
The following list is a big compilation of my favourite knitting, crochet, and sewing stash-busting projects. Hopefully, you’ll find one or two things you’d like to try too.
If you’d rather take some time to tackle your mending basket, why not take a look at my post to learn how to darn your socks?
This is my own, ongoing, stash-busting project.
I’ve been working on my sock yarn ten-stitch twist off and on since I was pregnant with my youngest (yup, the youngest who is almost six!)
Sometimes I wish I’d just bought aran weight yarn to make this, so that it would knit up faster, but I love the little remnants of every pair of socks I’ve ever made, and a fair few shawls and scarves too.
This one has been on my radar for a long time, but I’ve never actually made a start.
I love how it looks though, and I love the potential for on-the-go stash-busting it provides. Each tiny unit is made separately, so you can pretty much keep one with you all the time!
Imagine how cosy it would be as a bedspread in the winter?
Such a beautiful take on a knitted patchwork quilt. Stunning.
(Make sure you click through and watch the little video that goes along with the post – I challenge you to watch it and not want to make this!)
I’m not sure I’m up for a full-sized quilt like this, but I love the idea of covering my floor cushions with hexipuffs!
How gorgeous is this?!
So many wonderful colours – and such a lot of stash-busting potential.
Simple, mindless knitting, for the most part, and all that fringe means very little sewing in. (Have I mentioned how much I loathe sewing in ends?)
Stash-Busting Crochet Ideas.
For a long time, our sofa was covered in a chunky scrapghan made from lots of random yarn held together, much like this pattern.
Sadly, when the sofa went to the dump, the blanket, sewn around a badly-damaged cushion, went with it. I wish I’d remembered to salvage it!
Anyway, the scraps are building up here again now, and the sofa in the back room, where the boys sit to play X-box, could do with a little love.
A basket to store your yarn stash, crocheted using your yarn stash. Very meta!
You can never have too many pretty baskets around the house. They’re so useful for storing all kinds of things. So, even if you manage to work your way through your entire yarn stash, and stick to your commitment not to buy any more, you’re sure to find a use for this.
I have a definite soft spot for scrappy crochet blankets.
My Great-Gran taught me to crochet when I was little, and she also made beautiful scrappy crochet blankets for me and my siblings. (I still have one, draped over my chair).
I’ve also got a soft spot for projects that span a long period of time. Any kind of quilt or blanket that’s made by hand will encompass a big chunk of the story of your life, just by virtue of the amount of time you’ve spent working on it.
This one’s beautiful. The soft, vintage colours, and the many, many hexagons that make it up, just everything about it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. (Apart from the bit about there being 4,000 ends to sew in!)
Scrappy Sewing Projects.
Clear and simple instructions for making quilt blocks out of all those little bits and pieces of fabric you have left from other projects.
Any kind of patchwork makes a fab scrap-busting project. I especially love this one because it makes good use of those really skinny bits of fabric that aren’t really much use for anything else.
I’m seeing a lot of interest in reusable alternatives to disposable items lately. People are trying to reduce their need to go to the shops, and even when they do go, they’re often not able to buy the things they’d usually buy.
So, reusable face pads are a simple stash-busting project that can help you reduce your consumption of disposable items, and let you keep your usual beauty routine, even when you can’t get to the shops.
These are a great use for little scraps of pretty fabrics and a way to repurpose towels and facecloths that are past their best.
I came across these years ago, and I keep popping back every now and again just to look at them.
I’ve never actually taken the plunge and tried making any though – which is ridiculous really, given how simple they look.
I’ve got a peculiar affection for tiny things that have a lot of work in them, and these fit the bill perfectly. Maybe it’s time.
Share Your Stash-Busting Projects.
I’d love to see your favourite stash-busting projects – for any kind of crafty stash, not just fabric and yarn. Feel free to join my group board and share your favourite destashing projects.