Using Linen Packaging for Yarn Storage

You know those heavy duty plastic bags that duvet covers, quilts, shams and etcetera come in these days? One way they can find a second life by keeping your yarn stash tidy.

If you currently keep your yarn stash in a big plastic storage container, you know that the individual balls or skeins find a way to become a tangled mess in no time.You reach in, dig around, balls unravel.

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However, plastic bags that hold queen and king-sized bedding can store up to a dozen skeins/balls of yarn, which you can still tuck inside the plastic bin, if you want. Although, since these bags oftentimes have handles, you can hang them out of the way in a closet . The benefit of using a bag over a bin is that because the bag is see through (and smaller), you know just where to reach before you even open the bag, so no digging around trying to find that leftover pistachio 3 ply.

The smaller bags work perfectly for when you're actually using a ball or skein of yarn. If using a skein, a  pillow-sham-sized bag works great. Just punch a hole at one end and feed the yarn through it. While you knit or crochet, you'll draw the yarn through the hole. This keeps the yarn clean and--more importantly--out of reach of dogs, cats and children while you're working with it.

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If your yarn has been balled, a snapped bag works best. Just slip the ball in and feed the yarn out a side opening at the top. Because the bag is slippery, the ball will roll around inside the bag, BUT it won't roll off the couch and across the floor either.

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Of course, when that project is done, you can keep it safe in one of these linen packaging bags until it's ready to be gifted, like this baby blanket, which fit perfectly in a pillow sham bag.

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If you have any alternative use ideas for linen packaging, let me know! I'd love to put together a special post highlighting their many uses.



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oneundery on Jan 16, 2009:

The smaller pillow case packaging is perfect for toiletries when I'm travel. Instead of the flimsy ziploc bags that get punctured, it is great for easy to spill items like shampoo, toothpaste, or lotions.

DIY Maven on Jan 16, 2009:

LovelyMomma--your momma knows how to take care of a ball of yarn!

LovelyMommaJilla on Jan 16, 2009:

My Mom cut up a pair of panty hose and then put each ball or skein of yarn in a section of pantyhose. This keeps them from unrolling and getting tangled in the bottom of the big bag she carries them around in.

DIY Maven on Jan 15, 2009:

Great tips! Stitchville USA???? Where do you live? I live very close to a shop by the same name!

katazonic on Jan 15, 2009:

I use small zipper bags from curtain sheers to organize velcro, zippers, bias tape, blanket binding, etc.  They are small enough to contain each type and then stack together in a clear shoe size Rubbermaid box.  I keep Christmas decorations in the larger blanket/comforter sized bags.   I wrap each in tissue paper and/or leftover quilt batting and zip into the bags.  Then the bags fit into deep cabinets in my furnace room for storage.  Sheet and pillowcase sized ones store my in-progress cross-stitch projects when I run out of the nice ones I find at Stitchville USA. 

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