Make your own yarn cake

make your own yarn cake

Yarn cakes seem to be everywhere you look lately! The  most popular ones are exclusively sold at Michael’s stores and since I do not have one near me I decided to go ahead and make my own. In case you are almost ready to get into the Holiday spirit (like me!) classic Christmas colors will do nicely.

diy yarn cake

Now I want to show you how you too can make your own yarn cake.  I have been looking for a way to  creatively use my scrap yarn and I just received this amazing Stanwood yarn ball winder. Even if you don’t own one, there are lots of awesome homemade yarn ball winders out there in case you are feeling extra crafty. Check out this pretty example or this homemade yarn ball winder for duct tape fans!

Keep reading to learn how you can make your own yarn cake in Holiday Colors!

Find scrap yarn


Once I decided to make my own multi colored yarn cake I looked at my scrap yarn with new eyes. It’s fun to find matching colors and combine them into one big, delicious cake.  Find any left over yarn in pretty, holiday colors, just make sure the yarn weight is the same for each color!

The yarn I used was Red Heart Super Saver that I had left over from a huge project. I am crocheting a Christmas Afghan out of these cakes so I will be making five! The colors I used are:

Cherry Red , White, Guava and Hunter Green.

I rolled up individual balls to make them all the same size. I want to stripe the afghan more or less evenly so every ball should weigh approximately 70 grams.

Winding the yarn


Like I said, I got really lucky and was gifted this amazing piece of yarn ball winding machinery from Stanwood for my birthday (thank you mom in law!). There are lots of great other options for rolling your yarn into a center pull cake or ball out there, though, especially if you are crafty!

Once you get to the end of a ball, slow down. Get out your yarn needle and scissors and seamlessly join your end to the new color. I used the Russian Join and have found it is truly invisible in my crocheted project. Repeat this step until you have connected and wound four colors.

Your finished diy yarn cake should be around 280 grams or 10 oz. Don’t you think these would just make an awesome gift to a fellow fiber enthusiast all on their colorful own?

make your own yarn cake

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  1. This is so sweet! I never thought to make my own “cake”!!!! Love this idea and what a great way to use up leftover yarn!!!! You’re a genius!

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