Yarn Containers

By Rachel Choi – 23 Comments

Keeping your yarn clean and traveling with it can be a hassle without a proper container or bag to put your work in. There are some clever containers that you can make at home by reusing / recycling materials.

The basic idea is to use a container and poke a hole at the top so that your strand of yarn can go through it. You can use any container you like, such as an old storage container, food container, or small canister. If your container is big enough you can also store your hooks and pattern sheet in it too!

Here are some examples of yarn containers:

These containers I found at instructables.com. They have a tutorial there for making these yarn containers as well. Looks like they just used good old food containers.

yarn containers

This container I found at Drenka’s Blog. She used an old plastic container that used to hold spices and even decided to decorate the container with a ribbon.

yarn container

There are also yarn containers that you can buy in the store if you’re not into doing it yourself. They are nicely designed in different sizes and come with a handy handle. (Err..that should be a crochet hook in the picture)

yarn container

Do you have a yarn container idea you would like to share?

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  1. Nima says:

    wow..great idea.. thank you for sharing

  2. Ooty says:

    love it! what a great idea!!!
    I love your blog – I have started crocheting last week because I ran into you blog – and I can;t stop ever since =D
    So thank you!

  3. Sowmya says:

    Have u tried using paper boxes? I use any paper box that comes with a lid. Some gift boxes have a flap lid with hidden magnets. They are snugly shut but still loose enough for the yarn to come through. If they are oridinary boxes, then just cut/punch a hole in the side or or in the lid.
    Shoeboxes also make good containers, you just cant carry them around though. I dont use old plastic containers, i give them to charity.

  4. Bananas says:

    I love my draw-string bag. Its big enough for my project, yarn, hook and pattern

  5. Donna says:

    Great idea!! Seems easy enough except for the grommets. My old hands can’t find the strength to press hard enough to join the pieces.

  6. Marta says:

    I, too, was looking for a way to keep my yarn clean while working with it, but found there were times when I wanted to put away a WIP in favor of another project. Unfortunately, when using containers like these where the yarn runs through a hole, I would either have to cut the yarn or put the WIP away with the container, making it un-useful for any other projects until that one was done.
    My solution? Zipper-style plastic bags. One can close them up to about 2 inches, leaving just enough room for the yarn to flow. Plus they can be used to store yarn while waiting to work with it. And they can be re-used over and over again.

  7. carol barfield says:


  8. Darlene says:

    Those would work great until you came across one of the pet peeves – a knot in the yarn! If its a serious knot you’d have to cut the yarn and then you’d be stuck with another pet peeve – working in extra ends!

  9. Bethintx1 says:

    I love the giant jars the pretzels come in they have at Costco.
    Here is a picture of my scrap in a pretzel container. These are also ideal for those one-pound skeins of baby yarn that do not pull from the middle!

  10. Heather Litzenberg says:

    I was recycling soda bottles but after fighting with those I found these which hold longer skeins of yarn as well as the round ones. I love these, sold at Michael’s. They are around $9.00 but with a 40% off coupon….! http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=nw0424&channelid=
    Yes, snags can be a pain (which they are anyway!) but the yarn flows through this very smoothly when it’s not knotted. I also love the handle & I’ve seen 3 color options, light beige, dark brown, & pink.

  11. Collette Griffith says:

    I like using the 2 liter soda bottles. Cut a “doorway”in the side with an exacto knife. Cut on three sides (leaving a doorway flap). Put the skein of yarn in it, close the “door”, and run the yarn through the top lip of the bottle. Keeps it clean, and you can see the color of the yarn. You can also store the hook and pattern directions in it to keep them all together!
    Another good storage container is the shopping bags they sell at almost every store now! Some even have convenient pockets you can store your pattern and hooks in!

  12. Tami says:

    I agree with Carol. I just finished a container of clorox wipes and realized that it would be the perfect size for yarn and the top that holds the next wipe in place is perfect for the yarn to slide through. Even if there is a knot then it can be slipped out and corrected then put right back in without cutting the yarn. I’ll have to take a picture and post it when I get home. It might make more sense if you were looking at it.

  13. Gretchen says:

    I have a used recycled glass jars (think of the kind from mayo or pickles) for yarn. I pushed a hole through the top of the lid with a screwdriver then used a grommet to cover the ragged edges.

  14. Linda says:

    I use the plastic coffee containers. I put a hole at the side of the lid. I like to store the project inside with the yarn. But it still smells like coffee even with washing. Vanilla is supposed to get rid of strong smells, I believe. Will have to try. Any other suggestions? Lemon juice?

  15. Jenny says:

    I also use the plastic coffee containers. I especially like the coffee containers that have the built in handles. Keeps my yarn contained, off the floor and free from pet hair! I have a few containers which is useful when my project has different colors in it. ps – I haven’t had a problem with the yarn or projects smelling like coffee, but then again, I love coffee!

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  17. holli says:

    for hand wound yarn i usually just set on the floor in a bowl and then sit on the couch.

  18. Sodie says:

    Linda – try putting your container in the freezer for a day or two. I know this works if your tupperware has an aroma you can’t get rid of – work a try.

  19. susan in fl says:

    I find it interesting that having a yarn container seems to be such a big topic. I see suggestions on almost every knitting or crocheting site I go to. I’ve always just grabbed a plastic bag, the kind you get from wally world or any grocery store. Put the yarn in it and loosely tie the handles with the yarn and project sticking out. When I’m stopping for the moment I just unknot (this is why loosely) put my project in the bag along with any directions and knot it up again. I have had friends give me container after container and there is always a time that I can’t use the container. I can use this even if I started the project without a container handy. I have MANY of these bags laying around, they keep the yarn clean and are easy to carry. Then if I have more than one project working at the same time I just use more bags, I don’t have to cut or stuff or try to thread the hole, and knots don’t get caught. Yet I have NEVER seen anyone suggest this. So it makes me go HMMMMMMMM what is wrong with my solution?

  20. eliska says:

    Online, I found a crochet pattern for a yarn skein bag to make it easier to keep your yarn with you on the go. It’s just a tall cylinder with handles, but it looks cool.

  21. dianne says:

    I have a new pattern for a baby blanket and it says I need 2 lbs of worsted weight yarn.. How many skeins of red heart yarn would that take. Using size I hook to finish. It;s a graph pattern with a few different color–so I will have to divide my yarn by skeins, I know I will only need one of the few colors and alot of the back ground, thanks for any help

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Dianne, I don’t recall how much the Red Heart skeins weight…maybe 7oz? I think they come in more than 1 size also. You can look on the label to double check when you buy them though. 2lbs is 32oz, so that would be about 4 1/2 skeins if they are 7oz each.

  22. Angela says:

    Ohhhh I love the plastic bag idea. although I’ll have to set the plastic bag inside of another container of some sort when I’m working with wool because my cat has a wool fetish and the bag would still let her carry it off.

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