How to Store Your Yarn: Neat Ideas and Smart Solutions for Your Stash

You've Got Lovely, Lovely Yarn. Now... How to Store it?

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Is it Time to Organize Your Stash?

If you are a crafter who works with yarn, sooner or later, you'll find yourself longing for ways to organize and store your yarn. While you love all those brightly colored balls and skeins and gladly horde 'em too, when tangled up in a messy jumble, after awhile, they don't look quite so appealing.

While a few balls can be tucked away in a bag somewhere, once you've progressed to the point of being a die-hard crafter working on multiple projects, those few balls and skeins will have grown to a sizable stash. And you'll find you need a way to organize and store your yarn.

Many people buy yarn when it is on sale and thus obtain multiple skeins at a time or they buy their yarn in yarn lots with an eye to saving money on shipping. Others find a stash of yarn at a yard sale and snaffle it up. Whatever the scenario, if you take collect yarn, sooner or later, it will outgrow the nooks and crannies it's stored in and will start to pile up.

Having the right storage containers can help you to keep your yarn stash orderly. Many different types of containers are available, which, in the long run, can make things so much easier for those of us who love working with yarn.

This article looks at yarn storage products. We'll start with soft containers and move on to their harder counterparts. There's a surprising variety out there and it pays to do your homework ahead of time, so that you can find solutions that are a fit for you.

You've stored your yarn in an open container and Kitty decided this made a cozy bed to curl up in. When you go to use your yarn, you find there's cat hair all o

Storing Yarn for Long Periods? A Lidded Container Will Keep it Dust Free and Keep Kitty Out of it

Looking for Soft Storage?

There are some surprisingly good soft storage containers and these work very well for storing yarn.

What a neat idea! These make the perfect yarn holders and all without being overly heavy.

InterDesign offers a range of soft storage containers, so make sure you check out what's available. You can choose larger or smaller, open or lidded, depending on your needs.

If you have a cat, you know how "curious kitty" is attracted like a magnet to small balls of yarn which kitty thinks are play objects. Zippered Storage bags can

Zippered Storage Bags

Zippered storage bags can also be actually purchased. This was a new one to me. You can find the odd one on Ebay. Additionally, sometimes when you buy comforters, they come in these. Instead of discarding these bags, why not use them for your yarn? They are usually made from a sturdier plastic, so they stand up to re-use. If you have odds and ends of yarn, these bags make perfect containers.

For yarn you won't be using for awhile, storage bags offer a practical solution and can be tucked away in a closet and will keep your wool or yarn free from moths and even mice.

You've placed a cloth tote down, only to find it wet on the bottom because a porch was soaked--or it is raining outside and water pours directly into the top of

Portable Yarn Drum

A yarn drum is a handy container because you can carry up to eight balls of your yarn with you. The lid has an opening for easy yarn retrieval and the drum includes an accessory pouch + a mesh pocket for pattern books. A handle allows you to carry this drum in a couple of ways--in your hand or over the shoulder.

These drums are a great bring-along if you take your crafting with you when you go camping or on your travels.

Best of all, a sensible feature of these drums is the PVC bottom, which protects your yarn against moisture and these withstand wear.

Ever had your a ball go scooting down a staircase? Or it may have wrapped around a table leg, and you now have to stop your work to unwind it.

Now Let's Move on to Hard Storage

The type of storage you choose, whether soft or hard depends on many factors. We've looked at soft storage and the advantages these containers offer, now we'll look at hard storage.

A Holed Lid and No More Tangled Yarn

Yarn Holder/Tainer

For those who have longed for something to hold a single ball of yarn in, a yarn holder or tainer, as it is called, can be a godsend.

These smooth, clear containers have a snap-on lids with holes in them for easy dispensing of yarn. Larger containers are also available, as pictured to the right, for holding additional balls of yarn.

Yarn tainers are a great way to store and dispense yarn, preventing it from rolling around. around, as well as keeping it dust free. For smaller projects, these are ideal.

Lined Wicker Baskets

Trying to carry an armload of yarn can be tricky.

One of my favorites for yarn storage is a large wicker basket. These look homey and attractive and if you don't have room for shelving or haven't gotten around to installing it yet, a large wicker basket can be a convenient container for your yarn. And, with the handles, you can easily move your stash from room to room.

Lidded Plastic Bin Containers

While theoretically, you could try to stack your yarn skeins in the corner of a room or up against a wall, (only to have them tumble over and arrange themselves haphazardly across the floor or carpet), it is far easier to simply place them in a storage bin.

If you have a craft room, these large, lidded stackable bin containers work particularly well. Because they are clear, you see your yarn colors at a glance--very handy when you are looking for a particular shade.

Lidded and/or stackable bin containers are matching and that is a plus, as well. Anything looks more orderly when it is stored in matching container.

A distinct advantage of these is that with their lids, they are stackable--almost like instant shelving but without installation or cost. As your yarn stash grows, more bin containers can easily be added and these can line an entire wall and up to the ceiling if necessary.

With their rectangular shape, these can also be placed in a closet.

One final benefit, if you ever have to move, your yarn is already packed, protected, and ready to go in these sturdy, lidded containers.

Larger Holed Organizers

This larger storage unit looks tailor-made for yarn skeins. What a great offering. This unit would work well in a spare bedroom, a craft room, or could be used to display yarn if one has a yarn shop in their home.

An advantage with these is that they come pre-painted, so you are good-to-go.

How Do You Store Your Yarn?

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Kitty is Just Waiting to Get into Your Yarn

Not Gnarled but Neatly Organized

It can be rewarding to see your yarn neatly organized and ready for your next project. The storage products mentioned above can help greatly in reducing "yarn clutter." You can your yarn sort to color, organize into fiber types, and combat common problems, such as dust and tangling... and of course, pesky kitty who shares your enthusiasm for yarn.

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Anonmousy 2 years ago

When working on projects, I used old coffee cans to hold my yarn (especially if working with more than one color)


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Scarebare,

I'm fortunate to have a room that has shelving, which was becoming a catch-all for my yarn but I found this wasn't workable because my yarn wasn't nearby. I like using my large basket because I can move my yarn, hooks, and current pattern all over the house. I want some tainers, too, so that my yarn doesn't tangle--and now that I've found them, I want a yarn winder. wonderful that they have these products.


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Scarebear146 4 years ago from Warren, Ohio

Shopping bag after shopping bag full of my yarn. I might need to invest in something off here. lol


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Thank you, Alocsin.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Some practical ideas for storing craft items. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Daughter of Matt,

Yes, they do, don't they? I've looked for a long time for something like this. I recently made slippers using multiple strands of yarn which became hopelessly tangled--spent more time detangling than crocheting. I'm definitely getting some of these storage items.


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Wow, those tainers and the tote bag look amazing! I currently have my yarn stacked in a corner lol and it totally ends up all over the place, not to mention it collects dust. Thank you so much for this, I've been dying to get my yarn organized for eons!


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Me, too, Silwen,

I was delighted to discover the yarn tainers as I've longed for something that would keep my yarn balls contained while I'm working on a project.


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Silwen 4 years ago from Europe

I have always had problems organizing my yarns. This hub gives several really great tips. Thank you for sharing.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Yes, if you are using your yarn right away, a handled basket is a good choice because you can move your yarn from room to room--but for storing yarn for longer periods, cubbies would work very well. Thanks for stopping by. i like the sound of your wooden shoe cubbies.


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Bronterae 4 years ago from Nor Cal

I use several of your ideas above but mainly in wooden shoe cubbies that are built into my closet. I have few shoes and lots of yarn! I love the baskets with the liners for my favorite yarns but they work better if you have a built-ins/cubbies to store them. If they sit out too long your skeins with be dusty. Thanks for posting!

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