Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Remnants or Rubbish?

decluttering fabric remnants scraps

Earlier this week I did some decluttering which included a laundry basket full to the top with remnants.

After washing and sorting it looked like this.

tie remnants together with a fabric scrap

On the left is a roll of cotton knit remnants, which I'm keeping.

On the right is a roll of stretchy synthetic nastiness. I detest synthetic fabric but I detest stretchy synthetic fabric even more. I put all the pieces of a useful size together and tied them into a roll with a piece of scrap and added them to my donate pile.

Okay, it actually looked like this, because there was a good fistful of cotton and faux suede pieces that were too small to be useful but to big to throw out so they went in the rag box.

recycle fabric scraps

A lot of them will get used in the shed for wood staining, paint clean-up, glue drips and stuff. Some are destined to be used for wall washing, window cleaning and the suede will be great for dusting. It's surprising how easy it is to use those bits up.

And this is what was left. Half a basket of pieces that should have hit the bin the day they were cut. They are going straight in the rubbish. 

discard small fabric scraps

One laundry basket of remnants down, a gazillion to go. What do you do with your scraps?


  1. Thanks for linking up at the Two Uses Tuesday Link Party! I collect remnants for other peoples sewing projects, because someday I might need them. For what, who knows?!

    1. We'll have to a remnants busting special, I still have bags and bags full.


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