Crocheting a handmade gift for someone is a wonderful way of showing kindness to them. I’m sharing 25 creative, quick gift ideas and projects to crochet for Christmas, and other special events like birthdays, a baby shower, or to give as teacher’s gifts.
One of my favorite series to read to my kids over the years has been the Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I always loved Ma’s ingenuity—it seemed like that woman could make gifts appear in the direst of circumstances, and turn the most meager materials into sweet, thoughtful keepsakes.
The best part was that her gifts always seemed to be tailor made for the recipient.
I’m no “Ma”, but I do enjoy thinking “outside the box”, and since you’re also creative I’m going to guess you probably do too.
These creative crochet gift ideas will help you to transform old pattern favorites into new treasures. Some of these crochet patterns are quick, practical gifts, and some of them would make special projects for graduations, weddings, or anniversaries. I know you’ll love them, and I hope they inspire your creativity and handmade gift-giving to reach new levels!
25 Crochet Christmas Gift Ideas to Make
Click on the linked text to see the crochet patterns. You can then try re-imagining it in the way described.
Crochet Headband Patterns:
1. Headbands that tie or button can be transformed into chokers or wedding garters using #10 thread.
3. Use chunky yarn and turn your headband into a cowl that ties at the ends with a beautiful wide ribbon!
4. If the pattern is easy enough and the stitch multiple is listed, you could even turn a headband into a belt or sash!
5. Inversely, belts and sashes can be shortened or crocheted with thread to turn them into headbands.
Crochet Square Patterns:
I love crochet squares for their versatility! They be used for many more things than blankets and afghans. I’ve listed only a few of my favorite gift ideas here:
6. You can make wall hangings or rugs when using thicker yarns/jute/rope for squares.
7. Sew two squares together front sides facing out for a stylish bag. Or crochet rectangles to stick between the squares the sides to make a larger bag design.
8. Use your squares to make a pillow front. You can work a simple square from single crochet for the back, or crochet another square to make the opposite side match.
9. For 6″ squares sew 2 thick squares together and make a hotpad or pot holder.
10. You can also create coasters by sewing two squares together if the pattern stitches are simple enough and not too textured.
11. Create a sachet with two small squares lined with fabric. Lacy squares could be especially pretty if you used a small print flowered calico underneath. (I’m starting to sound like Ma now!)
Crochet Scarf and Shawl Patterns:
13. Crochet scarves that are worked in rows can be turned into blankets or lap throws with enough repeats.
14. If you know pattern multiples you could even make a rectangle wrap or shawl.
16. Shorten it, if you know the row repeats, and sew the ends together for a cowl.
17. Turn a lace rectangle wrap into a bridal veil using crochet thread.
18. Lacy rectangle wraps can also be crocheted with thread and converted into frilly curtains or lacy window covers
Crochet Hat Patterns:
19. Hats that start with a flat circle can be turned upside-down and used as baskets. Use rope or a thick, sturdy nylon cord. Or try #10 crochet thread to crochet tiny treasure boxes (you’ll have to starch them afterward).
21. Hats that are written in multiples of 6 or 12 and use #4 worsted weight yarn can use the earflaps I offer on my Unlimited Beanie. They are sized for toddler to adult, and can turn almost any design into a classic winter ski hat.
Miscellaneous Crochet Gift Pattern Ideas:
22. Crochet flowers that call for #4 worsted weight yarn with #10 thread instead. Use them to decorate cards, or gift boxes.
23. Crochet a small lace doily pattern with thicker rope or jute to turn it into a pretty floor mat.
24. Instead of making yarn pom-poms (which are becoming outdated), or spending a fortune on pre-made faux fur pom-poms try following my easy DIY pom-pom tutorial to create your own furry pom-poms for pennies on the dollar! Use them to decorate hats, scarves, pillows, or throws.
Wow! Are you feeling inspired by all these crochet gift ideas yet? I think I just added a whole bunch of projects to my “to-do” list for the next year.
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