Recently I have been trying to use up my old art supplies: crusty tubes of paint, inch-long pencils, you name it. The latest installment of this was when I turned my attention to the forgotten basket I had filled with balls of yarn. The yarn had been given to me years ago by a family friend, and I had held onto it in the hopes of learning to knit, but my needles had languished along with the yarn, and now I figured it was long-past time to put the yarn to better use. I chose to make a cozy pom-pom rug, which would do the double duty of using up some of my fabric that was in good shape but not a pattern I liked. The project is detailed here.
There are plenty of pom-pom rug tutorials out there, but use this one if you want a fabric base. Chances are, you already have an old T-shirt or piece of fabric lying around that can be repurpused and - guess what? - it is easily turned into a free rug.