While every maker loves the idea of making their holiday gifts, unless you start in July it’s super hard to do — even if you stick with one-skein projects. Luckily, crocheting your own gift wrap is a compromise that won’t cause much stress, and it’ll make your store-bought gifts a little more personal. Here are some ways to do it.
1. Crochet Bows
Picture this: a decorated Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped presents, all with little crochet bows on top. The holidays have never been cuter! And because these stitch up so fast, it’s no hassle to make one for every gift.
2. Snowman Gift Bag
This gift bag is not only cute, it’s totally customizable and can house any present. It all depends on the yarn weight — you could even crochet it in embroidery floss for a little ornament!
3. Cabled Sweater Wine Bag
You can’t go wrong with gifting wine , but handing over a bare bottle is so boring. Instead, crochet your libations a cabled sweater! This pattern comes with instructions for two one-skein bags — make a red sweater for merlot and a white for riesling.
4. Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders
Easy-peasy pouches are the perfect DIY for holding small gifts and gift cards. They can be made with scrap yarn, are easily personalized, and you can even add a button for a charming finishing touch.
5. Bottle Buddies Wine Bags
With the five included character patterns, these bottle buddies are ready to party. The crochet creatures make whimsical wine bags (that don’t even look like bags), and are a great stash-busting project.
6. Snowflake Gift Bags
This gift bag comes in four sizes, so you can use it to package a wide variety of gifts this season. Bonus: the pattern also includes instructions for snowflakes you can crochet into a flurry of ornaments for your tree.
7. Crochet Mini Gift Bags
Whether you’re gifting stocking stuffers, chocolates or other small items, these mini gift bags make great packaging. Whip up a bunch and hand them out as gifts at your holiday party!
8. Honey Gift Bag
Add a more feminine touch to your presents by housing them in lacy, textured gift bags. This pattern lays out the basics, then gives you ample room to make your bag bigger, longer or wider.
9. Flower Gift Bag
For the flower child in your life, wrap their gift in a fitting crochet bag they can use year-round. This pattern only calls for a few simple stitches, so you can whip it up in a flash.
10. Felted Wine Bag
These 100 percent wool wine bags don’t just look cool — they also help protect and insulate your bottle. The pattern comes with four different word patterns, so choose your favorites and needle felt ’em onto your bags.
11. Loops and Chains Wine Cozy
The openwork design of this cozy lets the recipient see the label immediately, so it’s a great gift for any wine enthusiast. Worked from the bottom up, the simple design is made from chains, single crochet and double crochet, making it totally beginner-friendly!
12. Santa’s Helpers Gift Pouches
These gift pouches are the perfect size for a gift card and double as decor — use the drawstring to hang them on a Christmas tree or mantle for some extra holiday cheer.
13. Crochet Christmas Gift Card Holders
Grab your tiniest bits of scrap yarn and choose from a reindeer, snowman or Santa Claus himself to crochet onto these festive gift card bags. They’ll instantly put everyone in the holiday mood!
14. Pocket Bear
Is there a better way to give a gift card than with a cuddly teddy bear? This simple amigurumi has a front pouch that’s just the right size to house a Starbucks card (or any other store you like).
15. The Perfect Gift Box
What has square edges and stands up on its own? This crochet box! Use it in place of a traditional paper or cardboard box for beautiful, unique packaging.
16. Christmas Wreath Gift Tag
Add a personal touch to any gift in almost no time with a mini crochet wreath. Place one on top of your gifts and you’ll have the best wrapping around.