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9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn!

9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn!9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn!

If you have a Knitting or Crochet addiction like I do, you may find yourself drooling over all the luscious fibers at your local yarn store only having to walk out empty handed because you just cannot justify the expense.

Don’t get me wrong, I treat myself all the time, but the guilt!! Especially when I know I have many works-in-progress waiting for me at home screaming at me to complete them before I buy more yarn.

I have compiled a few ideas to increase our yarn stash without all that pesky guilt! Here are 9 ideas to help you save money and have a yarn stash worth bragging about!

1. Craigslist

Craigslist is a classified advertisements website where you can find all sorts of things for sale, or free, including yarn! Here you mainly purchase yarns in “lots” for one low price. They also have a FREEBIE section.

2. Freecycle

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,000+ groups with 7 million members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. This may be hit or miss but who knows, maybe one of your neighbors is cleaning out their craft room!!

3. Take Apart Sweaters

Take advantage of deals at thrift store by buying sweaters and taking them apart to reuse the yarn.  You may come across some beautiful fibers, like cashmere, and re-purpose that into something beautiful!

4. Buy Yarn In Discount and Dollar Stores

My local Dollar Tree does not sell yarn, but they do sell twine and hemp which I used to create rustic pumpkins last Halloween. I have heard from some of my crafting friends that their local dollar stores carry yarn! Check it out!

5. Garage Sales and Estate Sales

In the past, I used to make a hobby of getting up early on the weekends to peruse garage sales looking for a deal on furniture to refurbish. Every so often I ran across a yarn sale.  You can get a HUGE stash for a steal!!

6. Make Rag Balls

Cut up your old T-shirts and make a large rag ball. There are websites that show you how to do this most efficiently.

7. Buy Wholesale Yarn

If you sell items at craft fairs or online, why not use a wholesale license to purchase your yarn? Keep in mind that you will probably have minimum purchases dealing with yarn retailers, but you can get yarn half off or more! Check with your local state department on how to get a wholesale license.

8. Swap with Other Crafters

Facebook is just one place that typically has local sales and swaps. You can use their Buy and Sell Groups to find people almost giving yarn away!

9. Buy Yarn on Clearance, Sale, or use Coupons!

Below you will find my favorite online retailers with GREAT deals on yarn!!


Craftsy is my new favorite for discounted yarn  This weekend they are taking an additional 20% off their existing clearance prices to give you great deals on their project kits and supplies for only a few days. Craftsy has a GREAT clearance section!

Be sure to check out the deep discounts on your favorite brands before their Winter Clearance sale is over! Dates 2/27-2/29 @11:59PM MT.


Michaels consistently has at least one coupon every week for 40%, 50%, or even 60% off one regular priced item AND sometimes a 20-30% off your entire order, including sale items!

You can use both on the same purchase!!  I have one close enough to pop in once a week to take advantage of their coupons. Click here to see This Week’s Coupons.
CLICK.BUY. CREATE. Shop today!

Joann’s always has a sale going on for Yarn! Plus they also offer weekly Coupons!

Also, sign up for the Jo-Ann Advantage or JoAnn2Go and Save 20% off Your Next Purchase!
Find thousands of craft supplies online!


Annie’s has a GREAT clearance section as well as some awesome coupons right now!

Take 20% off All Downloads: Patterns, Books, Classes, etc. Enter keycode EBATWTY at checkout. Expires 3/31/2016.

Take $5 Off for every $25 you spend! Enter keycode EBAEV25 at checkout. Expires 3/31/2016.

Save 20% Off All Online and DVD classes! Enter keycode EBACL20 at checkout. Expires 3/31/2016.

Only $2.99 Shipping with a $25 Purchase! Enter keycode EBA299 at checkout. Expires 3/31/2016.

Save 15% Off All Yarn Purchases! Enter keycode EBAYARN at checkout. Expires 3/31/2016.

Take an extra 15% All Clearance Items! Enter keycode EBA15 at checkout. Expires 3/31/2016

Hancock Fabrics

Check out their Weekly Sales Ad for latest sale offers and specials. They offer free shipping on all orders over $65, as well as Weekly Coupons.

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby has a great selection of yarn including their exclusive “I Love This Yarn” brand. They offer at least a 40% off coupon each week!
Hobby Lobby

Darn Good Yarn

Get 15% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter. Subscribe to their Darn Good Yarn Club It’s a bi-monthly subscription that delivers Darn Good Yarn brand yarn to your doorstep.  You will get at least $35 of Darn Good Yarn in each pack. Once in a while you can expect little surprises from them too!