38+ Handmade Gift Tags and Gift Wrap Tutorials | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 12

38+ Handmade Gift Tags and Gift Wrap Tutorials via Underground CrafterThis is the twelfth in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays! I hope you’ve found some great project inspiration for the holidays in the past few weeks. In this last roundup, I’m sharing 38+ free tutorials and patterns for handmade gift tags and gift wraps. Whether you’re gifting handmade or store-bought gifts, trying to be eco-friendly or thrifty, or just looking for creative gift wrap, you’re sure to find some great ideas in this roundup.

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38+ Handmade Gift Tags and Wrap Tutorials

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38+ Handmade Gift Tags and Gift Wrap Tutorials via Underground CrafterYou’ve made (or bought) your gift, but before it gets to the recipient, you’ll need to wrap it (and perhaps to tag it). I’ve found 38+ great ideas — all free — including printables, yarn crafts, fabric crafts, and more!

13 Printables

These printables include gift tags with Christmas, winter holiday, and general themes; guessing game tags; care labels for your gifts made with yarn; and more!

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7 Yarn Crafts

These projects include free crochet and knitting patterns, and yarn embellishments for gifts. Shown clockwise from top left corner.

38+ Handmade Gift Tags and Gift Wrap Tutorials via Underground Crafter - collage of 7 free crochet and knitting patterns and yarn tutorials

5 Fabric Crafts

These tags, bags, and wraps include no-sew and sewing projects. Shown clockwise from top left corner.

38+ Handmade Gift Tags and Gift Wrap Tutorials via Underground Crafter - collage of 5 sewing and no-sew fabric crafts

13 Paper Crafts and More

These projects include Cricut crafts, log slice crafts, paper crafts, upcycled projects, and more!

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22 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Reindeer and Snowmen | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 11

22 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Reindeer and Snowmen via Underground CrafterThis is the eleventh in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays! I’m sharing 22 free crochet and knitting patterns for reindeer and snowmen. These patterns include garments, baskets and bags, ornaments, hats, blankets, pillows, stockings, dishcloths and hot pads, and more!

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22 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Reindeer and Snowmen

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Reindeer and snowmen are some of my favorite winter characters and they are almost guaranteed to bring smiles to the faces of children and adults. You’re sure to find a great gift or project for you in this roundup. There are nine free knitting patterns and thirteen free crochet patterns included.

22 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Reindeer and Snowmen via Underground Crafter

8 Reindeer Patterns

These patterns include two free knitting patterns and six free crochet patterns for reindeers including a sweater, pillows, ornaments, bags and baskets, and a hat. Shown clockwise from top left.

22 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Reindeer and Snowmen via Underground Crafter - reindeer collage

14 Snowmen Patterns

These snowmen include seven free knitting patterns and seven free crochet patterns, with a scarf, wine cozy, amigurumi and ornaments, gift card holders, a hat, stockings, dishcloths, blankets, and more.

22 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Reindeer and Snowmen via Underground Crafter - Snowman collage Left column, from top to bottom:

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  • Melted Snowman by Highland Hickory Designs – free crochet pattern for a lovey or table decoration
  • Snowman Afghan by Yarnspirations for AllFreeKnitting – free knitting pattern

Need more inspiration for upcycled handmade projects? Follow my Winter Holiday Crafts and Handmade Gift Ideas Board on Pinterest!

 

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterDo you love all things “ugly sweater?” I’m showing you how to make your very own ugly sweater holiday cards using fabric and iron-on scraps and your Cricut Maker!

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As my regular readers know, I’ve been in love with my Cricut Maker since I received one back in May.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut MakerIt has a ton of features, but my absolute favorites are its ability to cut fabric without a stabilizer using the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (both of which are included in the box)…

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker materials for first projectand the amazing score lines you can make with ease using the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel (which you can learn more about in this post). The fabric cutting I love because it makes it fun to sew more since I don’t have to worry about “messing up” intricate cuts. And, the score lines I love because I can finally make cards that actually look good! Both of these features highlight the Adaptive Tool System that the Maker has, which tells you when to load different tools based on your materials and your project. My third most favoritest (is that a word?) feature is the lack of a Smart Dial. I just tell Design Space what I’m making, choose my materials from the drop down menu, and bam!, all the settings are optimized.

I used to be one of those people that always sent out holiday cards (and on time) but the past few Decembers have been really busy and I haven’t quite made it happen. This year, I wanted to do something different and I was inspired to put together a project that I could make quickly on my Cricut Maker to get me back into the swing of the holiday spirit: ugly sweater cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card going into envelopeAs a crocheter and knitter, I’ve always found the act of creating an ugly sweater to be totally pointless – I mean the amount of work required and then to make it ugly? Explain! But mini ugly sweaters – where you can make several cards in one day – I am totally down for. I hope you enjoy this project and I can’t wait to see your version!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterI gathered up some pieces of “what was I doing when I bought this” fabric along with fabric, paper, and iron-on scraps to put together my very own ugly sweater cards. You can customize your version by adding more embellishments using fabric paints, beads, and other findings.

Tools

Materials

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Supplies for ugly sweater cards

Instructions

Score and Cut Your Cards and Envelopes

I searched the Ready-to-Make projects until I found a matching card and envelope set that I liked. Then, I customized the project by removing all of the card decorations so that I was just scoring and cutting blank cards and envelopes. I made several, using a mix of colors of cardstock for the cards and foil poster board and cardstock for envelopes. Be sure to change your materials in Design Space so that you will be using the correct blade and scoring wheel!

Remove your cards and envelopes from the cutting mats. Fold your cards and envelopes along the score lines. Use your adhesive to seal the envelopes (and set aside to dry, if necessary).

Cut Your Sweaters and Embellishments

I searched for sweater in the image menu in Design Space and choose one that is included with a Cricut Access Standard subscription.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Design Space screenshotOnce I had the sweater image on my canvas, I resized it so that it would fit on my folded card. I added a star shape and resized it to fit on the sweater. (You could also search for another image, like a Christmas tree, instead.) Then I duplicated the resized sweater and star. I edited these images in 4 different colors (one for cardstock, one for fabric, and one for each type of iron-on) so that Design Space would know which to put on a mat together and I could select the appropriate tools before cutting.

Choose the right material in Design Space for each mat and it will let you know which tool to use. Remember to use the Fabric Mat when cutting fabric! Also, even though you are using iron-on, it isn’t necessary to mirror your mats because the star shape is the same on front and back.

After your pieces are cut, remove them gently from the mats. Use your weeder to peel off the excess iron-on around your stars or to “poke out” the little cuts in your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards before assembly with tools and materialsAssemble Your Ugly Sweaters

Preheat your EasyPress 2 to the temperature required for your materials and prepare your pressing surface. (If you’re new to the EasyPress 2, you can find out more about it in this blog post.)

Press the stars or other iron-on embellishments onto your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | ugly sweaters ready for assemblyOnce your sweaters are embellished, use an appropriate adhesive to attach the sweaters to your cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card ready for assemblyWait for the adhesive to dry if necessary, and then you’re cards are ready!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card against background

Write out your notes on the inside and you are ready to include your ugly sweater cards with a gift or send them off to a new home.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards with tools and envelopes

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30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 10

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterThis is the tenth in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays! I’m sharing 30 delicious recipes for holiday sweets, including cookies and bars, brownies, scones, no-bake treats, and jar mixes to gift. You’re sure to find something to gift, to have ready for snacking, or to serve as dessert for your holiday meal.

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30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts

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30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterI don’t know about you, but there’s something about cookies and truffles and other yummy sweets that makes the holidays feel special for me. Whether you love baking from scratch or prefer to add ingredients to a boxed mix, you’ll find some tasty treats in this roundup. I’ve included some vegan and gluten-free options, as well as a doggy safe recipe, to satisfy many dietary preferences.

4 Recipes for Scones and Cakes Recipes

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - scones and cakes collageIf you’re baking for a crowd or just want to take your baking up a notch, try a cake or a scone! Shown clockwise from top left.

13 Recipes for Cookies, Bars, and Brownies

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - cookies, bars, and brownies collageCookies, bars, and brownies can be divided up into individual gifts or left out for munching during the holiday.

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6 No-Bake Desserts

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - no-bake treats collageThese no-bake desserts make portable and giftable treats. Shown clockwise from top left.

7 Sweet Jar Mixes

30 Delicious Holiday Sweets to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - jar mix gifts collageIf you’re pressed for time, a jar mix makes a great gift! The recipient can bake on their own schedule and you can keep your kitchen relatively clean. Shown clockwise from top left.

Need more baking inspiration? Follow my Fine, I’ll Have a Food Board, Too Board on Pinterest!

21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 9

21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterThis is the ninth in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays! I’m sharing 21 free patterns and tutorials for ornaments, including crochet, knitting, embroidery, and other crafts projects! This roundup includes ornaments with classic, modern, and kawaii looks! Each project would make a great gift, a handmade touch to a store-bought gift, or even a wonderful decoration for your own home.

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterOrnaments are fun projects for adding a festive touch to a Christmas tree, but they can be used for so much more! Add your ornaments to ribbon as a bit of decorative gift wrap. Several of these patterns make great additions to the home all year round. And, of course, some of the cuter ones make wonderful “stocking stuffer” gifts for children.

7 Free Crochet Patterns

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  • Plaid Ornament Baubles by Whistle and Ivy: This crochet pattern is one of many free patterns in Bethany’s annual Plaid Week celebration.
  • Gingerbread Family Ornaments by Red Heart for AllFreeChristmasCrafts: This crochet ornament set includes a gingerbread man, a gingerbread lady, a gingerbread baby, and a gingerbread house.
  • Lion Rag Doll Pal by Underground Crafter: This cute crochet ornament pattern includes rounded and boxy versions.
  • Little Stocking Ornaments by Red Heart for AllFreeChristmasCrafts: This crochet ornament set includes two variations on a little Christmas stockings.
  • Stocking Ornament by Stitches n Scraps: This crochet pattern makes a vintage-style Christmas stocking as an ornament.
  • Christmas Pickle by Posh Pooch Designs: This crochet pattern shares the Christmas pickle tradition and also includes a video tutorial.
  • Snowman Ornament by Crochet for You: This crochet pattern is part of a mini ornament crochet along.

4 Free Knitting Patterns

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter | 4 free knitting patterns collage

  • Christmas Mousey by Phoenixknits: This adorable knit ornament is 3” tall.
  • Mini Sweater Ornament by Hands Occupied: This knit ornament is one in a set of three free patterns for winter wear ornaments.
  • Little Christmas Tree Ornament by Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days: The cute little knit ornaments are embellished with beads or sequins.
  • Mini Christmas Tree by Handy Little Me: This knit ornament has a decorative embroidered edging.

3 Free Embroidery Projects

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter | 3 free embroidery projects collage

8 More Handmade Ornament Ideas

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21 Handmade Ornament Ideas to Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter | 8 free crafts projects collage

Need more inspiration for handmade ornaments? Check out this roundup with 25 more free patterns and tutorials for ornaments!

25 Handmade Ornaments to Make and Gift via Underground Crafter | This roundup includes free crochet and knitting patterns, sewing and embroidery tutorials, and more!