7 Creative Yarn Holder Ideas That Will Keep your Skeins Clean

  • Miranda
  • April 28, 2013 11:17 pm

how to keep yarn free from knots

Pinterest has revolutionized the internet!  My sister, Corina, and I are both huge fans of Pinterest! We find so many creative pins that have improved our lives. From homemade laundry soap to borax slime we are saving money and learning new ways to engage with our kids. Of course, we won’t mention the HOURS we have lost while in the black hole time warp of Pinterest!

In fact, Pinterest has become such an obsession of mine that a friend and I actually created a blog where we test Pinterest Pins and share our results! That has been quite a fun and revealing adventure for us.

So, when looking for ways to manage yarn while crocheting, I of course turned to Pinterest for ideas.

No surprise to me, I found several very cool yarn managing tips!

You can click each picture to go straight to the source.

Yarn in a Bottle

yarn stored in a bottle The good old yarn in a bottle trick! This is a great way to keep your yarn from tangling up as you crochet or knit. I know you are asking- How do you get the yarn INTO the bottle?? I wondered as well! Which is why you really should click through to the article, which explains exactly how to place the yarn inside the bottles for easy storage and tangle free projects.


Toilet Paper Dispenser

Yarn on Toilet Paper dispenser

I couldn’t find the original source to this image, other than on Pinterest but it is definitely a good idea. Putting yarn on a toilet paper dispenser would keep it up at a good height while you sit and crochet. It would also keep it from tangling up or getting the way. However, the problem I see is having to wind your yarn onto the toilet paper roll! But if you are cleaning up old tangled skeins of yarn anyway- this is brilliant!


Baby Wipe/Yarn Dispenser

yarn in baby wipe dispenserOMG. I love this idea! Place your skein of yarn into an empty wipe dispenser and let the opening be the guide to keeping your yarn clean! Now I am thinking those Clorox wipe bottles could be of good re-use as well! This one is so simply brilliant that I feel ashamed for not already thinking of it on my own! But then again, why would have to think creatively on my own when I have Pinterest!?



Yarn in Mason Jar

Yarn in Mason Jar

Yarn in a mason jar. Well, that would sure be a beautiful way to keep your yarn clean! I would do this to decorate my home with something colorfully creative. Looks like you can just pop a hole into the top of the mason jar to feed your yarn through. Use the taller jars for your long skeins and these smaller ones for the left-over or balls. Pinterest has given me a love for Mason Jars which I had never known before!



String Yarn through a Colander

yarn into a colander strainer Who comes up with this stuff? Of course! Colanders have perfect little holes in them that would be great for stringing your yarn through. String more than one! Great way to use a practical kitchen item while keeping your yarn clean and easy to use.


Pipe Cleaner Crafty


Working with Rayon can be tricky in itself. One problem fixer shared her way of managing rayon through Pinterest. She uses a pipe cleaner to feed her yarn off the cardboard tube. It is a great way to manage and keep your rayon or other limp yarns knot free.


Sugar Shaker

yarn in sugar shakerSort of like the mason jar idea- you could also use a sugar shaker to keep yarn clean. I like how these ideas can add some personality to your home in between working on your projects as well.  A sugar shaker is of course, the best place to put sweet things! Oh boy- that was a little TOO cheesy! Maybe I have had enough Pinterest excitement for one night!


What is Pinterest Missing?

How do you keep your yarn knot free?



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Miranda is a freelancing work at home christian mother. In between making meals, caring for kids and running a house- you can find Miranda behind the computer. With every spare moment Miranda operates multiple websites and is a freelance graphic designer. You can learn more about Miranda in this article she wrote on her personal blog, CasuallyFriday.



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  1. You forgot one. I use the empty cleaning wipe containers to dispense my yarn. [like the Lysol ones]

    Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink


  3. Marcy says:
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I use an Easter bucket. Works great

  4. crystal says:
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    the toilet paper holder is great for crochet thread. the type that comes on the cardboard tubes. also a knitting needle though a box works wonders as well if using more than one color of yarn/thread. i have also seen but not tried skeins in a wine carrier like for wine coolers or 6 pack beer bottles. just put a hole in the side and feed yarn though that and work away

  5. Diane says:
    Posted October 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    You missed the teapot one I saw. Get a cute teapot at the thrift store, pop in your yarn cake and use a crochet hook to thread the yarn out the spout. Works perfectly and looks cute sitting out.

  6. Lynn R says:
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    I use zip lock baggies. That way I put them in my knitting bag and off I go and don’t have anything real bulky

  7. Tracy says:
    Posted October 5, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    A binder clip and a bowl! I’ve been using this idea for a while now, from this blog: http://pocketpause.com/fiber-fridays-diy-yarn-bowl/ Works pretty well, but sometimes the yarn wraps itself over the top of the clip, but it’s not a huge problem…just takes a second to unhook it. Certainly easy and cheap!

  8. Vickie Meinen says:
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    50 years ago, my mom used the cardboard oatmeal containers to hold yarn. Just poke a hole in the cover. She even wrapped the outside with wallpaper to make it look like part of the decor. The idea still works today.

  9. Jenna says:
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I use the TP holder in my living room. Since the cardboard rolls can collapse I had the hubby cut PVC to just shy of the length of the holder, which is longer than a normal tp roll. I have also found that I can slide my caked yard directly off the winder onto the pvc roll. Another trick with the TP holder is to hand a plastic grocery bag off the sides by the handles. It secures on with the tp holder. Yarn holder and trash bin all in one.

  10. Brooke says:
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I use the binder clip one too! I take it with me places and people always comment on how clever and brilliant it is…and I always take the credit of course! 🙂

  11. Jean Allen says:
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Better than the small Mason jars — all you need is the largest size, WIDE mouth Ball jar! Heavy enough to sit on the floor without tipping, holds several smaller balls or one or two larger balls, no need to adapt it in any way, and the lid keeps your yarn dust-free when you’re done. 🙂 P.S. They’re sold in packs of 6 or 8, but they have MANY, MANY practical uses.

  12. Linda says:
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I have used a wooden paper towel holder with the smaller dowel pin and the paper towel holder spindle. I also used a marble paper towel holder. These work o.k. Thank you… I like the idea of a stainless steel colander. Thank you.

  13. Leni says:
    Posted July 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    The original source for the toilet roll holder is on reddit, I can’t seem to link it though! Thank you for the different ideas, they are all so cheap too!

  14. Lisa says:
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been using coffee cans with holes cut in the lids for years. Works a treat, unless the ball is super sized!

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