Most of us spend the year making goodies for the children in our lives, including our own children or grandchildren, nieces and nephews, godchildren, neighbor’s kids, or classmates and friends of our children or grandchildren. The end of the year is a special time when kids look forward to their gifts even more. It’s all about the magic of the season! But, sometimes we run out of ideas. Today’s pattern collection includes 10 FREE gift ideas for kids with crochet and knitting patterns to inspire your next project. Many of these patterns are quick and easy to work up, too!
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10 Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Kids
In this roundup of handmade gift ideas for kids, there are five crochet patterns and five knit patterns to inspire your next gift for children. Your sure to find just the right DIY gift in this collection, and if you don’t, I’ve even included links to over 100 more patterns down below.
5 Crochet Patterns for Handmade Gifts for Kids
Here are five crochet patterns for wonderful handmade gift items including accessories, home decor, and toys.
Blythe Purse by Lakeside Loops
This is a beginner-friendly crochet pattern for a bunny or bear purse which you can customize. The face is easy to create with a bit of yarn and the straps can be crocheted to any length for children of all ages. You can even add some accessories to these like a bowtie or flower depending on what your kid will like.
Kid’s Snake Seat Cushion by GoldenLucyCrafts
This crochet snake seat cushion is a colorful addition to any child’s room, especially if there are wooden chairs you want to make a little comfier and cozier. While this seat pad was made in rainbow colors, you can use any color combinations you’d like according to the theme of the room.
Cozy Cupcake Mittens by Crafty Kitty Crochet
These statement mittens are worked in the round and will keep the wearer’s hands nice and warm all throughout winter. They are easy and fun to make, work up fairly quickly, and require just your basic crochet stitches. You can change the “flavors” and “frosting” of the cupcakes to whatever you’d like by switching up the colors. And, there is also an adult-sized version of the pattern.
Birdhouse Kawaii Cuddler by 3amgracedesigns
This is a beginner-friendly crochet project that can be embellished with safety eyes, embroidery, or fabric paint. It’s a great plush to gift to the bird-lovers in your family and also teach them how important it is to keep the birds in the yard fed with fresh birdseed.
Boucle Bear and Bunny by All About Ami
With soft boucle yarn, you can crochet your own adorable classic teddy bear and bunny! These stuffed toys are very cuddly and just the sweetest for gifting. The yarn used camouflages the stitches so people will be left guessing how you made them! If you’re working with boucle or fuzzy yarn for the first time, the detailed instructions give you tips to make it easier.
5 Knit Patterns for Handmade Gifts for Kids
Here are five knit ideas for kids including accessories and toys for kids and teens.
EOS Lip Balm Holder / Key Chain by Briana K Designs
Kids have a tendency to both having chapped lips and losing their lip balm. This knit pattern solves both problems! These are cute knit lip balm holders which double as keychains to keep them from getting lost. There is also a crochet version of this pattern here.
Finger Knit Kid’s Braid Scarf by Fiber Flux
This is a super easy chunky scarf with big pompoms at the ends that your kid can make with you! Just in time for the cold winters and holiday season, while you’re spending your time knitting, your child can accompany you. This can be a part of the fun activities you have planned along with gingerbread houses and decorating the tree!
Stacking Stars by Frankie Brown
This is a simple pattern for nine different sizes of garter stitch stars, ranging from 2″ – 6” which can be stacked together to make a rainbow tree. The star on top and the tree shape make it look like it’s perfect for the holidays, but the rainbow colors are a hit year round. This project can teach younger children how to balance, build, and recognize colors. All the stars are knitted from the same basic formula and for bigger sizes, you work more repeats.
Kids’ Teensy Treasures Bag by Balls to the Walls Knits
How adorable is this little backpack? It’s just the right size to store a snack for the park, a change of clothes when out swimming, or a book or two to take along for a picnic. Since it’s knit, you can appliqué cute embellishments on it according to what the recipient likes.
Amish Puzzle Ball by Look At What I Made
This is the knit version of the Amish Puzzle Ball which comes apart into 3 segments that can be re-assembled and taken apart easily. The chunky design is perfect for little hands to grip on to and the colorful design will keep them engaged for hours. There are more free versions of the Amish puzzle ball (including crochet and sewing) here.
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