After I finish a project I like to keep a little sample of the yarn, as well as the yarn label, so I can remember the colors or brands of yarn I used for projects and have the care instructions available if I need them.
Until recently, my storage system consisted of me throwing a couple strands of each yarn and the accompanying label into the depths of my yarn stash. With a few inexpensive office supplies and craft store finds I created a more practical way to store my samples in a simple yarn swatch book.
Many thanks to the folks at Tombow for providing the adhesive that I used in this project. If you are looking for some cool tips and project ideas, stop by the Tombow Projects Page or the TombowUSA blog.
- white cardstock
- Wilton 100 Count Clear Party Bags
- Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots
- 1 1/2 inch binder ring
- Fiskars 12 Inch Paper Trimmer
- hole punch
Even though I'm a little embarrassed about it, let me show you the mess of labels I started with.
|To make a yarn swatch, use a paper trimmer to cut your cardstock into 3 7/8" x 5 7/8" rectangles. I was able to get three rectangles out of an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper.|
|Slide the paper into the plastic party bag. The bag is going to be like a mini sheet protector for your swatch.|
|Punch a hole about 1/4-inch from the side and closed bottom edge of the bag. Remove the card from the bag.|
|On the front of the card, apply a strip of the Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive. I really liked the dispenser because it's easy to use and you don't ever have to touch the sticky part with your hands.|
|Attach 3-4 strands of yarn to the adhesive strip. You may use more or less strands depending on the thickness of your yarn.|
|Use a scissors to trim off the ends of the yarn.|
|Now, write in the name of the yarn color.|
|These are all of the colors I used when I made my Knit Leaves and Branches Afghan pattern.|
|Turn the swatch over and apply another strip of Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive.|
|Attach the yarn label.|
|If the label is longer than the card you may wish to fold it up after it has been attached.|
|Gently slide the swatch into the plastic bag.|
|Place the card onto a binder ring. Here's the front of my swatch.|
|And here's the back.|
|I am going to keep a bunch of cards ready in their protective sleeves so I can make a new swatch whenever I finish a yarn project.|
This little book is so much better than the chaotic pile of labels that used to linger in my yarn stash. Each swatch contains samples of the yarns I used for a particular project. It's quick and easy to find specific colors if I want to repeat a project and the washing and drying instructions are always handy.
Again, my thanks to Tombow for providing the Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots that I used in this project. They worked perfectly for creating my yarn swatches.