37+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Kids

We’ve come to the end of the first week of our fourth annual Christmas in July Make Along, which means it must be time for a roundup! Today I’m sharing 37+ free handmade gift ideas for kids. This roundup includes crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns for softies and toys, accessories and garments, and more for babies, kids, and teens, along with links to more than 98 more patterns and tutorials to inspire.

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37+ Handmade Gift Ideas for Kids

It’s never too early to get a jump start on the handmade holidays! Today’s roundup includes 37+ free crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns for handmade gift ideas for kids. Find your next project in this collection of softies and amigurumi, garments and accessories, bags, and home decor items for babies, kids, and teens!

This pattern is part of the Christmas in July Make Along, with 31 days of free crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns by 28 bloggers, along with your chance to win a prize from one of our favorite companies — Baby Lock, Best Vinyl Cutters by Jolene, DMC, Eucalan, Fox and Pine Stitches, GlassEyesOnline, Knitter’s Pride, Kraemer Yarns, Shaggy Baggy, We Like Sewing, and Woodside Quilting. Get all the Christmas in July Make Along details here and don’t forget to enter the giveaway by Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

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18 Crochet Patterns for Kids

These 18 free crochet patterns for kids include garments, softies, wallets, hats and scarves, doll clothing, blankets, and home decor.

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  • Chonky Mushroom Softie by Hooked for Life: This larger-than-life mushroom softie is very huggable.
  • Caffè Latte Hooded Scarf by Creations by Courtney: This hooded scarf is perfect for the teen who wears a hoodie year round.
  • Dot Square Bucket Hat by Raffamusa Designs: This motif bucket hat pattern is available in 2 child and 1 adult size.
  • Barbie Beachwalk Dress by Handmade by Raine: This cotton crochet thread pattern for a Barbie dress includes a video tutorial.

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  • Reversible Bucket Hat by Nine Inspired: This two-color, reversible bucket hat pattern is available in both child and adult sizes.
  • Stingray by Loops and Love: This pocket-sized, rag-doll style buddy is perfect for kids who enjoy the ocean. 
  • Gael the Gnome by Crafting at the Poole: This simple softie works up quickly in a super bulky yarn.
  • Easy Baby Blanket by B Hooked: This pattern made with four blocks also includes a video tutorial.

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13 Knitting Patterns for kids

These 13 free knitting patterns for kids include cardigans and pullovers, neckwarmers, capes, hats, gift bags, and doll dresses.

Left column, from top to bottom:

  • Easy Unisex Snood by Easy on the Tongue: This simple hooded cowl project is perfect for teens and includes instructions for adapting the size.
  • Wee Pocked Cardigan via Lion Brand: This easy knit cardigan pattern is available in 3 infant and toddler sizes.
  • Grape Soda Scarf by Fiber Flux: This one-skein project includes a video tutorial.
  • Noel Cape via AllFreeKnitting: This fairy tale style cape pattern is available in 3 children’s sizes.

Second column, from top to bottom:

  • Sheepie Sheep Hat by Little Red Window: The free version of this adorable textured hat pattern is available in newborn size.
  • Mini Santa Gift Bag by Creative Crochet Workshop: This simple, small gift bag is perfect wrapper for holiday finds or gifting money or gift cards.
  • Cardi and Tam Set via Lion Brand: This easy set in a light weight self-striping yarn is available in 2 infant sizes.
  • Christmas Earflaps Aviator Hat by Fox & Pine Stitches: This quick and easy aviator hat pattern made with super bulky yarn is available in five infant, toddler, child, and adult sizes.

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Right column, from top to bottom:

  • School Days Raglan Pullover via AllFreeKnitting: This cute sweater pattern with button details is available in 5 sizes.
  • Baby Bear Pullover via Lion Brand: This adorable hooded sweater pattern is available in toddler and child sizes.

6 Sewing Patterns for Kids

These six free sewing patterns for kids include toys, accessories, and a bag. Shown clockwise from top left.

  • Snowman Hand Puppet by 5 Little Monsters: This quick and easy hand puppet is sewn with fleece.
  • Cute Bucket Hat by AppleGreen Cottage: This pattern includes step-by-step photos, a pattern template, and tips for making a perfect bucket hat. The pattern is available in 5 sizes from infant through adult.
  • Harriet the Hedgie by Flamingo Toes: This pattern makes adorable 20” pillow with a hedgehog quilt block at the center.
  • Kid’s Messenger Bag by Crazy Little Projects: The pattern for this reversible messenger bag includes 2 helpful videos.
  • DIY Fleece Hat and Scarf Set by It’s Always Autumn: This pattern is available in 3 child and teen sizes and includes a video tutorial.
  • DIY Fleece Robe by Fleece Fun: This pattern is available in 3 child sizes.

Still looking for more handmade gift idea inspiration? Check out these roundups for 98 more handmade gift ideas for kids!

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