Yarn Scrap Design Ideas – Nests for Nature

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Tuesday 27 January 2009 at 5:18 pm

Like those into sewing, if you are into yarn crafting at all, you’ll soon find yourself with a lot of little bits and pieces of left over yarn. While you could make a blanket with them, using itty bit after itty bit, the colors may or may not look that great together. However, young animals who are need of rescue nests don’t give a hoot about the color scheme you end up with when you use yarn scraps to make these tiny little nests.

You can find out about how to make these and who needs them at Bev’s Country Cottage. If you do decide to make and donate some nests, make sure you read the requirements they have such as the fact they need to be very tightly woven so that the animals little limps (such as bird’s legs) don’t poke through.

I think this is a great way to use up small amounts of yarn and help out baby birds, bunnies, and other young wildlife.


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  3. Comment by Chaska Peacock — February 3, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    What a fabulous, sweet idea! I only question whether it’s possible to make anything tight enough to not snag a tiny bird leg. These would also be wonderful for little kittens and puppies at the shelters.

  4. Comment by Laura B. — March 21, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Hey there! I’m Laura, the one who sent the pattern and photo etc. to Bev’s website. Yes, you absolutely can crochet tight enough so that the little babies’ legs don’t poke through. Usually you have to double or triple strand, and of course, use a smaller hook than you would normally. And using non-snaggy yarns (smoothest yarns are best). We need the nests to stand up/hold their shape on their own.
    We do also have a gal who knits cat beds/mats for the cats at the Virginia Beach SPCA. In fact, I’m in the process of making a display for a local thrift store to collect washable yarn so we can keep her busy knitting us more and more cat mats!
    We’re getting ready for baby bird/baby squirrel/baby rabbit season … so all those crocheted nests get lots of use this time of year!

    – Laura

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