The Scrappy Bag




What to do with all that scrap yarn??? Why make a bag!


Step 1: Supplies

- Scrap Yarn
- Light weight water soluble stabilizer
- Fabric for straps and lining of bag
How much you need of these items depends on the size of the bag you are making.

You will also need to use a sewing machine.

Step 2: Cut!

- Decide the size of the bag.
- Cut out two pieces of light weight water-soluble stabilizer double the length of the purse. This is so you can fold it in half and have the material on both sides of the yarn.
- Cut the lining to the same size as one of the pieces of the light weight water-soluble stabilizer pieces.
- The straps we cut to be about 2 inches in width. at whatever length you desire.

Step 3: Laying the Strings

- Lay strings of yarn all over on half of the light weight water-soluble stabilizer. You could lay it down in a pattern but we just laid them all over in coordinating colors. Have completely covered on that half.

- Once you have the desired amount of yarn. Fold the water-soluble stabilizer over to cover both sides of yarn. Pin in place.

- Repeat with second piece of light weight water-soluble stabilizer.

Step 4: Sew Yarn

Sew the yarn to the light weight water-soluble stabilizer. For ours we found it worked best to work in a square to the center. Then finished it off with and X for extra security.

Step 5: Soak

Once Both pieces are sewn soak them in warm water and rub them until they are no longer sticky feeling. Then let dry overnight.

Step 6: Sew Fabric

While it drys, sew the lining and handles for the bag.

Step 7: Assemble

With dry yarn fabric sew in lining and and strap. A tip from my friend Amanda: have lining face up as you sew so yarn doesn't get caught in the foot.

Now you have a brand new, unique, bag.

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    17 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much for the inspiration from the above project, its given me an excellent idea! xx If it works I will post it, yipeee

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is wonderful! I bought 20+ skiens of yarn at a garage sale for only $3 and then bought many more at another (curse you impulse buying!!) and it has been littering my closet floor!

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    Lol. I'm kind of jealous. Even though I also have alot of hand me down yarn hanging around. My mom only makes afghans so she gives me here left over skeins.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for the quick response..I am thinking of trying this with other materials than yarn...Wonderful instruct able...

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Those bags are just toooooo wonderful...I dont have any yarn but wish I did..thanks for sharing..Where do you get the water soluble paper??

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    Just saw a sewing show on PBS use some. I think it's saposta be for quilting. If that helps you narrow down where it may be located at all.

    You can get it at a fabric store. We got ours at Hershners. I don't remember what section though. We had to ask the clerk.