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7 Clever Ideas for Organizing and Storing Yarn

See the storage solutions that have worked well for other crafters.

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Photography by: Jeff Sowder

Your craft room can take on a life of its own. Yarn remnants from old projects provide a colorful reminder of all the joy that knitting or crochet brings into your life. We know that we should store our yarn to keep it from getting tangled or dirty, but there are more ways to do this than locking it up in a cabinet or drawer. Think of storage as another way to decorate. Colorful hanks, skeins, and balls of yarn can be stored so that they are found at a glance and are easily accessible, all without ever looking cluttered. From bookshelf makeovers to rolling carts, try these solutions for storing and organizing yarn once and for all.

 

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Wall Cabinet

Something as simple as a cubbyhole shelf can be turned into storage for yarn and other craft supplies. Organize the skeins by color, weight category, or even fiber. The individual square shelves keep the yarn separated and neat in a visual display.

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Photography by: Ryan K Liebe

Baskets and Bins

Keep your yarn organized with this sturdy denim storage bin. This DIY project uses six pieces of denim of various sizes that you sew together and fold to create the storage baskets. Made from a double ply of denim, it's just the stuff for keeping knitting supplies, needles, and yarn all together and tidy. Organize by color and type of yarn then stack the bins.

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Photography by: Jimena Peck

Hanging Closet Organizers

Take notes from Anne Weil of Flax & Twine, who came up with an inventive storage solution for organizing her yarn by color. "I use hanging sweater storage to organize my yarn by color. I love storing yarn this way so it's always at my fingertips and visually inspiring at the same time," she says. "If I have an idea, I can easily grab a fiber or color that complements my idea. I store large sweater-quantities of yarn in see-through bins." Have extra closet space? Then this might work for you, too.

 

Stair Bookcase

Do you have a tidy bookcase located under the stairs? Crochet designer and Instagrammer Sarah Zimmerman of Repeat Crafter Me uses this extra space to store her yarn. It adds gorgeous color to the wall bookcase and makes it easier to find the yarn she's looking for.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I shared a pic of my yarn stash in my stories and got a ton of messages about it! So I thought I’d share a little more about it in a post. I threaded all my balls of yarn onto wood dowels and used two strands of rope and knotted them together to hold the dowel up. It’s not perfect or super organised but I was tired of rummaging through buckets and having a tangled mess of balls and thought up this idea one day. This isn’t my full stash, I do still have a few buckets of larger yarns and my fine yarn cones, not to mention all the yarn I have for sale! It’s funny, I don’t have tags for 95% of my stash but I could confidently tell you what fibre it was, who made it and when I bought it! Tap for some of the makers ❤️ You won’t find any acrylic here 🙅🏻‍♀️ #yarnstash #yarnstorage #weavingaustralia #yarnporn #supportsmallbusiness

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Wooden Dowel Rods

Over at The Unusual Pear, Rainie Owen places her balls of yarn on wooden dowels that were then held together by rope. It's a flexible method of storage that also maximizes small spaces. "It's not perfect or super organized but I was tired of rummaging through buckets and having a tangled mess of balls and thought up this idea one day," she explains in an Instagram post.

 

 

Rolling Cart

Ashley Erika of Ashley Erika Designs turned an IKEA shopping trip into inspiration for storing her yarn. Not only is this rolling cart a cute way to store your yarn, but it can also go wherever you go. This is a great storage solution for anyone who moves all around the house when working on projects.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wall Pegboard

Secure tools, needles, and yarn of any shape onto the wall with this DIY pegboard, as shown by LeaAnn of @leeleeyazz. The genius in this idea is that you can hang most anything (craft tools, scissors, rolls of tape) from pegs. The pegs are moveable, so you can reposition items wall until they look just right. Geometric shapes and colorful yarn take workroom storage to a whole new level.