Ideas for Yarn Storage

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Ideas for Yarn Storage
Crafters have many options for practical yarn storage. (YARN BASKET image by brelsbil from

Those who knit and crochet love their fibres and find it hard to resist picking up skeins that catch their eye whenever they visit a new yarn store. This can create a problem. Where do you stash the stash? The various yarns need to be kept in an organised way, remaining visible and accessible. But they also need to be protected from pets, dust and, in some cases, moths. If you're a knitter or crocheter with more yarn than you can use, create storage that will serve you well over the years.

Dedicated Space

The best scenario for a large amount of yarn is a dedicated space. A corner of a family room or den, one whole closet, a basement or attic room or one wall of an unused bedroom can work. Whether the dedicated space is filled with plastic tubs with lids, plastic and mesh bags, cardboard file boxes or stacked wooden cubes, one place that is used only for yarn storage will keep your stash organised and within reach.

Clear Containers

Clear containers help crafters see their yarns so that they can pull out the skeins they want without going through everything. Store yarn by weight in clear plastic tubs or shopping-bag-size plastic bags. Label the bins and bags. Keep all natural-fibre yarns, except those you are working with at the moment, in the tubs, where moths can't get at them. If you're working on a project, keep your yarn. needles and pattern in a separate canvas bag.

Stacked Storage

Stacked storage is a practical solution for limited space. Stack plastic milk crates from floor to ceiling in a corner of a room. Other stackable items that can hold yarn include large-diameter cardboard tubes cut in half, wooden cubes and flexible plastic laundry baskets. These items, turned on their sides and stacked on top of each other, possibly tied, glued or nailed to each other for stability, make handy open storage for yarn. Again, keep natural fibres that are attractive to moths in closed containers.

Repurposed Storage

Hanging shoe organisers make practical see-through yarn storage containers that fit in closets. Coat hooks in rows on a wall make it easy to hang skeins of yarn in plastic bags. Simple wall shelves suffice for yarn storage in work spaces or craft rooms. Wine racks and hanging three-tiered wire baskets work if you have a small amount of yarn to store.

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