Have you ever found yourself with partial skeins of yarn that have no label? I have TONS! I remember what some are and with others, I have no clue what brand they are or even what the yarn name is. I also have skeins that were in storage with labels that were ripped to shreds when they were crammed into the container. I recently decided to clean up my yarn stash and found myself with many partial skeins that were in desperate need of a label. My gears started turning. I decided to create a simple yarn label that I could just write information down on and attach to my skeins. Scroll down to see my simple DIY Yarn Labels that you can easily print yourself and learn how I organized my stash!
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Now I know some of you really have no use for a DIY yarn label and that’s totally fine! But, I do know there are some of you out there that are super organized and would really appreciate this post. So if you are one of these people, keep reading!
Preparing the Skeins
Now I hate partial yarn skeins for the sole reason that they are hard for me to store in the small amount of space I have in my office. I like to condense them into cakes so that they are easier to store. First, I use my yarn winder to wind my yarn into nice little cakes. I use this manual yarn ball winder by Knit Picks, which I have had for YEARS, but you can easily use an electric one if that is what you own. Once that is done, I proceed to print my labels.
Printing the Labels
Printing these labels are super easy. They are simple black and white labels that you can print on your home printer or on any other printer you may have access to. I designed this printable to fit 3 labels on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper, which is standard letter size in the US. These labels are great for smaller skeins of yarn, rather than bigger skeins since it only measures about 11″ long.
Completing the Labels
Now I know that completing these labels are easier said than done. Sometimes you may not know all of the yarn information and that is perfectly fine. I know for my stash I had to do some soul searching and email/online reconnaissance to figure out what brand or fiber content a specific yarn was. But I am OCD like that. I needed to know. If you don’t need to know, I envy you!
I did a lot of comparing to yarn skeins that I have that are untouched as well. It is a LONG process getting everything labeled, and I am still not done. However, I know that my future self with thank me when I am digging through containers for a specific yarn. My point is, complete these labels how you see fit, with either every piece of information or just one or two important items. There is no right or wrong way. 🙂
Attaching the Labels and Storage
After I completed my labels (to the best of my ability,) I just folded them around my yarn cakes and secured with a piece of scotch tape. I then found one of my old Thirty One Utility Totes and neatly stacked them inside. I cover my totes and place them on top of my yarn shelf so they are accessible but out of the way. You can find a few similar totes here on Amazon. You can also easily stack the cakes on a shelf or in drawers or even baskets.
I hope you enjoy the labels and put them to good use! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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