Crochet Christmas: 3 Gift Card Holders – Free Patterns

3 Christmas Gift Card Holders

In years past, before I started making my own patterns, I’ve searched for crochet patterns for gift card holders to help make my simple gifts a little more personal. I never found a free pattern that I particularly liked (and free can be important this time of year). This time around, inspiration struck and I crafted 3 Christmas-themed crochet gift card holders that I’d love to share with you! These are fun, easy projects that work up quickly, and best of all, they are inexpensive.

3 Christmas Gift Card Holders

The idea for these struck after I found Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn at Joann one day in November and started playing around with it. This yarn is sort of…classy somehow. You can see my review for more details on why I love this yarn so much, but suffice it to say, it’s a high quality, mercerized cotton yarn at an affordable price (especially if it’s on sale!). You only need a fraction of a skein for one of these gift card holders, so even at full price, you’ll be able to make a number of these projects, and definitely get your money’s worth!

I originally planned to use the buttons functionally to hold the flaps down, but in the end, I preferred to use them decoratively to match the theme of each gift card holder. You should feel free to adjust the different baubles to your liking – take liberties, be creative, do your own thing! Or feel free to totally copy the pattern exactly as written!


Option #1 – Christmas Tree Gift Card Holder

Hook: F / 3.75 mm (I used my absolute fave, from the Tulip Etimo set)

Yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn in Grass

Gauge: Not overly important – though you do need to ensure that a gift card will fit into the finished holder! 16 sts x 12 rows = 4″

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st: stitch
  • hdc: half double crochet

Instructions

You’re basically just making a rectangle and then folding it into an envelope. So easy! Your finished rectangle should measure about 9″ long and 4″ wide.

Row 1. ch 38. hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. (37 sts.)

Rows 2-12.  hdc in each st across. (37 sts.)

Finish off and weave in ends carefully. This is a lovely yarn, but it’s not a plush worsted that will hide your ends if you’re careless. Pick a side to be the inside of the gift card holder and weave in ends on that side.

Creating the seams:

Next, lay the rectangle down flat with wrong side up and fold up the bottom third (or so). To be precise, starting on the top left corner, count down the side 14 sts. Join the first stitch from the folded up end with that 14th stitch using a whipstitch. Continue to whipstitch between both thicknesses to create the left seam. Finish off and carefully weave in ends. Do the same on the other side to create the right seam.

For better process images, see the gingerbread man section!

To create the “garland”:

Surface slip stitch (if you need a tutorial, Moogly has a good one; or see the gingerbread man section for a brief video of me doing this) from the right edge to the left with red or white (or any color of your choosing!). Keep your sl sts fairly loose, as they can tend to pull at the fabric and make it pucker or become uneven if you are too tight with these sts. I purposely made mine a little zig zaggy and slightly diagonal, because that’s what my tree inevitably looks like. You can make your lines more even or alter the angle of each “garland” if you prefer.

Break off and weave in ends very carefully. Repeat as I did, alternating colors or not, until you are happy with the way it looks, focusing the decorative stitching on the flap.

Attach the Stars:

hobby lobby star buttonsI found some cute, medium-sized gold star buttons at Hobby Lobby to help make this feel like a traditional Christmas tree (they were 40% off when I purchased them, but they are 50% right now).  Figure out where you want to attach the star buttons by placing them on top of the flap. I kept mine up near the top left corner. Using a short length of the yarn and a yarn needle, start to attach the button. Weave your yarn from the back to front of the flap, into the button hole, then back through the flap. Before finishing the buttons off, start each one this way, then double check their placement before securing them. Tie the 2 ends of yarn together into a very tight knot and weave the ends in carefully.

 


Option #2 – Santa Suit Gift Card Holder

Hook: F / 3.75 mm (I used my absolute fave, from the Tulip Etimo set)

Yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn in Red & White

Gauge: Not overly important – though you do need to ensure that a gift card will fit into the finished holder! 16 sts x 12 rows = 4″

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • st: stitch
  • hdc: half double crochet

Instructions

You’re basically just making a rectangle and then folding it into an envelope. So easy! Your finished rectangle should measure about 9″ long and 4″ wide.

Row 1. Using red, ch 38. hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. (37 sts.)

Rows 2-4.  hdc in each st across. Halfway through your last st in row 4, before you pull through for the last time, switch to white. (37 sts.)

Rows 5-8.  hdc in each st across. Halfway through your last st in row 8, switch back to red. (37 sts.)

Rows 9-12.  hdc in each st across. (37 sts)

Finish off and weave in ends carefully. This is a lovely yarn, but it’s not a plush worsted that will hide your ends if you’re careless. Pick a side to be the inside of the gift card holder and weave in ends on that side.

Creating the seams:

Next, lay the rectangle down flat with wrong side up and fold up the bottom third (or so). To be precise, starting on the top left corner, count down the side 14 sts. Join the first stitch from the folded up end with that 14th stitch using a whipstitch. Continue to whipstitch between both thicknesses to create the left seam. Finish off and carefully weave in ends. Do the same on the other side to create the right seam.

See below in the gingerbread man section for clearer process pictures if this part is confusing.

Attach the buttons:

hobby lobby faux leather buttonsI found some cute, faux leather buttons at Hobby Lobby, but use what you have on hand or what you like from the store. Again, I didn’t pay full price for these, and they are 50% off right now. If you can find something that resembles a brass buckle that would be cute!

Attach the buttons in the center of the white strip, checking placement by carefully before attaching. Using a short length of white yarn and a yarn needle, start to attach the button. Weave your yarn from the back to front of the flap, into the button hole, then back through the flap. Before finishing the buttons off, start each one this way, then double check their placement before securing them. Tie the 2 ends of yarn together into a very tight knot and weave the ends in carefully.

 


Option #3 – Gingerbread Man Gift Card Holder

Hook: G / 4.00 mm (I used my absolute fave, from the Tulip Etimo set)

Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in Antique Gold – Yes, after raving about the Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, I ended up using this more traditional cotton for the gingerbread man. This yarn is closer to a traditional worsted weight, so the stitch counts are a bit different from the other patterns in this collection.

(My beloved Joann is 35 minutes away in Knoxville and not in a direction I normally go. So, I had to make do with something I could grab locally. It worked fine, just lacks some of the finer qualities of the 24/7 Cotton. From what I can tell online, I think the 24/7 Cotton in Camel would likely be a suitable gingerbread color!)

I did use the 24/7 Cotton in White for the accent

Gauge: Not overly important – though you do need to ensure that a gift card will fit into the finished holder! 16 sts x 11 rows = 4″

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st: stitch
  • hdc: half double crochet

Instructions

You’re basically just making a rectangle and then folding it into an envelope. So easy! Your finished rectangle should measure roughly 9″ long and 4″ wide.

“Right” side – this is how it will look after you surface slip stitch along the face of the work
“Wrong” side – this is what surface slip stitches look like on the back. Unless you choose otherwise, this should be the inside of your gift card holder.

Row 1. With Antique Gold, ch 34. hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. (33 sts.)

Rows 2-11.  hdc in each st across. (33 sts.)

Finish off and weave in ends carefully.  Pick a side to be the inside (or “wrong” side) of the gift card holder and weave in ends on that side.

To create the border:

Surface slip stitch (if you need a tutorial, Moogly has a good one) on the outside/”right” side around the entire outside edge of the rectangle, generally striving to make your surface stitches around the stitches in your outside rows. Note that these stitches go on the front of your work, not the ends.

Keep your sl sts fairly loose, as they can tend to pull at the fabric and make it pucker or become uneven if you are too tight with these sts. When you’ve stitched all the way around, tie a firm knot with starting and ending yarn and carefully weave in ends.

Creating the seams:

Next, lay the rectangle down flat with wrong side up and fold up the bottom third (or so). To be precise, starting on the top left corner, count down the side 13 sts. Join the first stitch from the folded up end with that 13th stitch using a whipstitch. Continue to whipstitch between both thicknesses to create the left seam. Finish off and carefully weave in ends. Do the same on the other side to create the right seam.

Fold up bottom third-ish, count down 13 stitches from top and start joining the edges with whipstitches!

Attach the buttons:

I found some simple black rounded buttons for the eyes, and these perfect little gumdrop lookalikes for the mouth. Figure out your placement by setting the buttons on top of the flap, starting with just the eyes. I made mine relatively wide set. Using a short length of the yarn and a yarn needle, start to attach the buttons. Weave your yarn from the back to front of the flap, into the button hole, then back through the flap. Before finishing the buttons off, start each one this way, then double check their placement before securing them. Tie the 2 ends of yarn together into a very tight knot and weave the ends in carefully.

Repeat this process with 4 red buttons for the mouth, spacing them evenly and extending them wider than the eyes.

I hope you enjoy these patterns! If you make anything from patterns, I would love to see your creations! You can tag me @birdnerdcreative on Facebook or Instagram, or use the hash tag #birdnerdpatterns!

Thanks, friends!



 

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