15 Brilliant Ways To Store Yarn Without A Struggle


Oh, yarn, how we love you. So much so that we regularly buy more than we could ever possibly use. In some circles, this is referred to as S.A.B.L.E., or “Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy”, but we crafters just see such things as a challenge!

Still, I’ve tripped over more than one bag of random wool in the night, or chased a cat through the house after it’s snatched a ball, so while I will never admit to having too much, I will agree that my storage could use an upgrade. I’ve collected a bunch of options, both for mass storage and organization, and for making fibre arts more convenient in general.

1. Reuse an old wet wipe container.

These plastic dispensers even have a notch perfect for pulling yarn through without the ball wandering off across the room (much to the chagrin of your pets). Once you’ve emptied one of its original contents, clean the interior thoroughly and decorate with some pretty paper!

Pinterest | Amunette Dowling

2. You can also use an old teapot!

Which has the added benefit of being adorable!

Chris McCarthy |

3. In a pinch, binder clips or clothespins can help.

Just clip them to the side of a bowl and run the yawn through to keep it from tangling.

4. Who has that many CDs these days anyway?

Narrow shelving once meant for CD cases can still be a great storage solution in narrow spaces.

Morrgan’s Creatures

5. Use shoe organizers to hang yarn in the closet.

Who wouldn’t want a yarn-filled closet?

6. Use a bag on your wrist for knitting on the go.

My mother always knits on long car rides and there have been mishaps over the years. This would be perfect for her!

Etsy | chickenboots

7. Another great yarn ball holder? Domed drink cups!

Just pull the yarn up through the hole for the straw.

8. Hang yarn balls on the wall.

By playing with the colors, you can turn it into functional art for your craft room.

9. Hooray for IKEA!

Take your current projects with you anywhere in the house by storing them in a rolling cart.

10. Keep multiple colors untangled with a plastic basket.

Dollar stores always carry baskets like this one. Honestly, anything with holes in the sides big enough for your yarn to go through will work!


11. Repurpose a crib.

The narrow slats make cribs perfect for holding skeins all on their own.

12. Go old school with a card catalog.

Yes, please! I love antique card catalogs!

Hunter Hammersen

13. Go big with a pegboard.

If you have a lot of yarn, you can scale a pegboard setup to match!

14. Cute sugar dispensers.

You can find glass sugar dispensers at restaurant supply stores or antique malls. Sometimes the dollar store even has similar containers available.

15. Go all the sway with a swatch book.

So you have your yarn neatly organized and stored, but that’s still a lot of stuff to go through when you’re starting a new project. It takes some doing, but making yourself a swatch book like this one will be a huge timesaver in the future.

If you store your yarn in unusual ways, be sure to SHARE pics in the comments!

And don’t forget to TAG any other fiber art junkies you know!

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