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A-Z of great ideas to use up leftover wool scraps

After a big project you may be left with a small amount of wool which you just can’t bring yourself to give away, even though you don’t have any immediate plans.

So rather than be left with lots of wool oddments, why not try these different wool crafts and make something really useful?

Below is an A to Z of some of the mini projects you could try out with the scraps of wool you have left.

A…is for animal stuffing
If you crochet, knit or sew stuffed animals, you will need some kind of soft material to pad out the insides. Why not use leftover wool as an organic and alternative stuffing?

B….is for bookmarks
No pattern needed, a crocheted or knitted book mark makes a great personal present and best of all only uses a tiny amount of wool.

Monkey knitted bookmark

Monkey knitted bookmark : www.etsy.com – Oksana Eremenko

C…is for card making
Why not make your cards stand out by gluing some wool on to make a personal and textured card? You can either decorate shop-bought cards or make your own entirely from scratch, depending on your level of expertise.

D…is for dish cloths
If you want to use an entirely natural and organic dish cloth, then a knitted design will be your best option. Easily washable and totally natural, you can either combine scraps or use just one colour to create an eco-dishcloth.

E…is for ear muffs
Whether it’s to block out sound or keep ears warm in cold weather, ear muffs are a slightly more complex make for your scrap stash suggestions.

F…is for flowers
Whether you decide to use them for creating a brooch, adding to a bag or decoupaging a picture frame, tiny oddments of wool can be great.

G…is for granny squares
One of the first projects most crocheters try, granny squares only take up a small amount of wool so you can make whole squares from small amounts of wool. When you have a big pile, why not sew them together to make a blanket?

H…is for handbags
Even if you don’t have lots of wool in the same colour, all you have to do is grab some of those granny squares you crocheted earlier and sew them together to make a fabulous custom handbag. Very retro chic!

I…is for individual fruit cosies
If you want to help your apple stop getting battered about in your bag, why not create an individual fruit cosy which will protect your snack from getting bruised and damaged.

J…is for jewellery
If you want to stand out from the crowd, why not knit yourself some tiny pendants or other jewellery items using teeny-tiny oddments of wool you have in your bag? Different and eclectic, it won’t take much to look fabulous.

K…is for knitting needle case
A perfect crafting item to use up your spare wool, knitting a needle case from oddments is the ideal purpose for your leftover wool. If you’re proficient at sewing you could add a little zip or else it’s easy to use kam snaps to secure.

L…is for lace
A technique not everyone can master, learning to knit lace is time consuming and tricky, but the final results are simple breathtaking. Try it out using your leftover wool, perhaps aim for a small project such as a coaster or placemat first.

M…is for mug coasters
Another simple project suitable for novices too, you can make a multi-coloured mug coaster from the oddments of wool that you have.

N….is for nest material for the birds
Our feathered friends are always looking for scraps of soft material in the springtime. You could see your wool made into a woolly nest!

O…is for ornaments
Rather than the breakable kind, use your scraps to create beautiful ornaments you can enjoy looking at. If there’s a special holiday season coming up, such as Halloween you could even make themed ornament for a party.

P…is for pom-pom balls
Simple to make and great for using up small scraps, it doesn’t matter how many different colours of wool you use to make a pom-pom. Try a Pom-pom maker to speed the process up.

Q…is for quilt
Use the pom-pom balls you have just made to create a custom quilt; simply stitch them onto a piece of fabric and then back it for a fluffy cover.

R…is for rugs
Create a multi-coloured and beautiful rug for the floor by using of several various techniques. Either create one huge design by either knitting or crochet, sew together small pieces or else felt your rug after knitting it but before you use it on the floor.

S…is for snuggles
Phone snuggles are the perfect way to protect mobiles when you’re out and about and you can either create a custom pattern or just use up tiny scraps you have. You won’t need a complex pattern and you could even add a press-stud or a kam snap for extra security.

T…tug of war dog toy
Strong and resilient, leftover wool oddments can be knitted to make a strong and durable tug of war toy for your pet pooch who will simply love your forever. He probably will anyway…

U…is for up cycling
The trend is for re-using items that would have otherwise been thrown away; why not use your wool to decorate and up cycle something. Use your imagination – even an old can could be cleaned and a cover knitted to create a pen holder pot!

V…is for Valentine hearts
Hearts are always a great decorative item and don’t have to take much wool at all. How you choose to use them in decoration is then up to you!

W…is for wrist cuff
Either add a watch to it for the perfect piece of functional adornment or else keep in plain, you could even felt it and add some fasteners too if you want to make it more complex.

X…xtra tiny teddies
Ok, we know this is a tiny bit of a cheat, but miniature makes are hot right now and crocheting a small teddy or tiny animal could be achieved with just a small amount of leftover wool.

Y…is for yarn bombing
There’s lots of groups all over the country who are yarn bombing cities to make them a more pleasant and colourful place to be. You could contribute your time as well as your wool scraps to join in with a local group.

Z…is for Z
If you have youngsters in the family, why not try using your scraps of wool to crochet or knit free standing letters of the alphabet? A great way to introduce learning whilst having sensory fun, children will love to explore letters in such a hands-on way.

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