Create less trash this holiday by making and using these crochet reusable gift wrap. Follow the free crochet pattern to make these pretty custom-sized gift wrappers. This is a great way to use up scrap yarn.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for the Crochet Reusable Gift Wrap crochet pattern. You will also find the material list, stitch list, gauge, video tutorial, and size adjustment information.
Happy Holidays with Less Trash
Since I was little, I remembered going downstairs to see the gifts under the tree. I also clearly remember my dad (and now husband) having to go and get a trash bag to collect all the wrapping paper as we unwrapped our presents. Last year my husband asked if there was anything I could make to reduce the amount of trash we create on Christmas. So here we have some crochet reusable gift wrap. You can also make some Reusable crochet gift bags.
Custom Size Crochet Gift Wrap
Not every gift will be the same size. So below I will share my formula for making the right size gift wrap. If you are debating on what size to make, I would err towards a larger gift bag, because then you can use the gift wrap for a larger gift next year. These gift wraps work best for flat gifts like books, socks, scarves, ear warmers, shirts, and other flat gifts.
To create a custom-size gift wrap, crochet a chain that is about 1-2 inches wider than your gift. If your gift is very thick, you may add a few extra inches to accommodate the thickness.
Chain Length – Width of Present + 1-2 inches.
After finishing row 1, measure your row to make sure you did not lose any width.
For the height of the gift wrap, you want to crochet rows until the gift wrap is 1.5 times the height of the gift. You can add an inch or two if the package is really thick.
Row Height – (Height of Gift x 1.5) + 1-2 inches for thick gifts.
Double Crochet Vs. Linked Double Crochet
Below you will see a photo of two crochet gift wraps. The one on the left is made with double crochet, and the one on the right is made with the linked double crochet. You can use either stitch in this pattern. I love the look of linked double crochet but I found the double crochet bags worked up a lot faster. Which you use is up to you.
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2.6 oz or 138 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, (Weight: 4/medium – 364 yds, 7 oz, 198 g)
The material is for a gift wrap for a gift that is 6 inches by 6 inches. You will need more yarn to make a larger gift wrap.
Size H 5mm Crochet Hook
Ribbon (32 inches)
Hot Glue + Applicator
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
DC – Double Crochet
LDC – Linked Double Crochet
SLST – Slip Stitch
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 4 DC X 2 Rows = 1 inch
Size: The pattern is for a gift wrap that is 7 inches wide by 11 inches tall. It is designed to fit a gift that is 6 inches by 6 inches and roughly 1 inch thick. There are instructions above to know how to adjust the pattern for any size gift.
Linked Double Crochet Video Tutorial
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Crochet Reusable Gift Wrap
-Written in US terms.
– I do not count my CH2, turning chain, as a stitch.
– This pattern is worked in joined rounds starting with a foundation (starting) chain.
– You can work this pattern with Linked Double Crochet to reduce the size of the holes between the stitches or with double crochet. There is a video tutorial of the linked double crochet above and a photo of the two stitches next to each other to help you decide.
– When doing stripes, I did not fasten off after each stripe. Instead, I carried the yarn up the project on the inside of the gift wrap.
CH 30 for a 6-inch wide gift. Adjust the chain as needed.
Row 1: DC into 3rd CH from the hook. LDC (or DC) into each CH across. (28 LDC). Turn your work so you can work into the opposite side of the starting chain. LDC (or DC) into each CH across. SLST to first ST. (56 STs total)
Rows 2-22: CH2, Work a LDC (or DC) into each ST around. SLST to first ST. (56 STs)
If you are adjusting the length of the gift wrap, then work the number of rows that you need to make a gift wrap long enough to cover the gift and then fold under the gift about halfway. I find 1.5 times the length of the gift plus 1-2 inches seems to work well for more packages.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Adding the Ribbon and Wrapping your Gift
Take a piece of ribbon (that is still attached to the spool), wrap it around your gift and tie a bow. Then add about 3 inches to the ribbon and cut that length. For the 6 in x 6 in gift, I used a ribbon that is 32 inches long. My best guess for a formula for ribbon length is below, but I think just wrapping and tying the ribbon to determine the length works best.
Ribbon Length – (Gift Wrap Width x 2) + 18 inches.
Fold the ribbon in half to find the center of the ribbon. Use hot glue the ribbon to the last row of the gift wrap on one side only. Place the center of the ribbon at the center of the gift wrap. You can also sew the ribbon in place but I think the glue looks better.
To wrap your gift, place your gift inside the gift wrap. Fold the extra length of the gift wrap down with the ribbon facing up.
Flip your gift over so that the extra fold is on the back of the gift.
Use the ribbon to tie a bow to secure the gift wrap stays closed. Now your gift is ready to be given.
The Crochet Reusable Gift wrap is a great way to reduce trash during the holidays and a wonderful way to use up yarn scraps. I hope you enjoy the pattern.
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