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10+ Crochet Gift Ideas to Make for $5 or Less

This easy, modern "Piece of Cake Cowl" is going to become your go-to accessory for fall and winter! Plus, this Caron Cakes Yarn free crochet pattern is simple to make even if you're not an experienced pattern-reader. Simple one-skein crochet project! Caron Cakes color "Blue Icing."

These modern crochet gift ideas can all be made for around five bucks, which means you can give gifts that are thoughtful, stylish AND easy on your wallet. Win, win, win!

These modern crochet gift ideas can all be make for under $5, which means you can give gifts that are thoughtful, stylish AND inexpensive. Click to view the free patterns.Welp, it’s about that point in December where I start freaking out about how few days there are to until Christmas. And then I freak out about how much money I’ve already spent. (On myself. ;)) And then I freak out because I want to give everyone something both sentimental and stylish and I rarely know what that is.

But one of the aspects about crocheting I love the most is that you can take a ball of yarn and turn it into something that is legitimately cool and you feel proud to gift.

So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite crochet gift ideas than can be made for $5 or less. Whether you need a gift for your your sister, your neighbor or your child’s teacher, I’ve got you covered.

These modern crochet gift ideas can all be make for under $5, which means you can give gifts that are thoughtful, stylish AND inexpensive. Click to view the free patterns.Before you pull out your abacus, let me clarify how I’m calculating the $5 per gift budget. Each of these free crochet patterns can be made with $5 or less of yarn, assuming that you use a 40% off coupon from Michael’s, Joann’s or Hobby Lobby. Since many of us buy our yarn at these stores (or online from these stores), I figured a coupon was a fair assumption to factor in.

I hope this list inspires the little elf in you to do some budget-friendly holiday crocheting for the rest of the people on your list! Another benefit of these crochet gift ideas is that many of them can be made in a single evening.

(And once you knock a few of these puppies off your to-do list, check out these inexpensive, snazzy wrapping ideas using dollar store supplies!)

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Free crochet headband pattern! Sizes include, newborn, 3-6 months (baby), 6-12 months, toddler/preschooler, child, and teen/adult. Very quick DIY gift idea for a baby shower, Christmas or winter birthday. Click for free pattern. |
1. “Aspen Socialite” Free Crochet Headband Pattern by Make & Do Crew
This is the ultimate quickie DIY gift. It’s fast and easy enough to whip together between hanging the stockings and eating frosting the cookies. The pattern includes sizes baby – adult which makes it an inexpensive crochet gift idea anyone on your list.

Cotton yarn and a flip flop sole make this free crochet slippers (or house shoes) pattern perfect for warmer weather. Click to get the full pattern. |
2. Free Lightweight Crochet Slippers with Flip Flop Soles by Make & Do Crew
These crocheted flip flop slippers are a serious bang for your buck. One skein of yarn and one pair of flip flops and you’ve got yourself an impressive gift. If you’re up for a bit more of a commitment check out the moccasin, boat shoe, and sweater boot versions.

This Triangle Stitch Beanie is so stylish. It's quick to whip together and makes a great modern gift. The pattern is perfect for a beginner looking to setp it up!
3. Triangle Stitch Beanie by Delia Creates
This free hat pattern is equal parts cozy and cute! It’s a great project for an intermediate crocheter or a beginner who is looking to step up their game.

This free crochet pattern is perfect for beginners and a great way to use up dried lavender from your garden! Pop one of these crochet lavender sachets in the dryer and you've got natural and inexpensive way to keep your laundry smelling fresh! | MakeAndDoCrew.com4. Crochet Dried Lavender Sachets from Make & Do Crew
Nothing says “I love you” like fresh laundry. These sweet little lavender sachets are a chemical free and eco friendly way to freshen your clothes. This free pattern is an inexpensive crochet gift idea for beginners to tackle.

These Roll Down Baby Booties are quick and make adorable gifts. Great free pattern to use your yarn scraps and make a great baby gift.
5. Roll Down Baby Booties from The Crochet Crowd
I think every baby needs adorable, warm and handmade booties. These are quick and inexpensive and this free pattern includes three sizes.

This easy, modern cowl is going to become your go-to accessory for fall and winter! Plus, this Caron Cakes Yarn free crochet pattern is simple to make even if you're not an experienced pattern-reader. Simple one-skein crochet project! Caron Cakes color "Blue Icing."
6. “Piece of Cake Cowl” by Make & Do Crew
This is a perfect starter pattern if you’ve been wanting to jump on the Caron Cakes bandwagon. It’s a quick little diddy and the pattern is simple enough to follow even if you’re not an experienced pattern-reader.

Simple crochet pattern to make a modern and hip black cat hat. One skein crochet project!
7. Black Cat Slouch Hat by PersiaLou
This one-skein project has a surprisingly simple construction. Make one for all your feline-loving friends.

Toss on this modern crochet triangle scarf to head out to the desert, the mountains...or just the grocery store. This free Caron Cakes crochet pattern takes all the stress out of choosing colors because the skein does it for you! Click for the printable, downloadable pattern. Color = Buttercream.
8. “Dessert Winds Scarf” by Make & Do Crew
I’m including another Caron Cakes project because they inspire so many inexpensive crochet gift ideas. You aren’t responsible for picking the colors and you can still get a beautiful stripped scarf from a single budget-friendly skein.

These Snowflake Crochet Mittens look knitted and I love it. These make a great winter gift for anyone on your list. 9. Snowflake Crochet Mittens from Whistle and Ivy
These nifty little mittens are fun to make and are just darling. And I love that this stitch looks knit. You can vary the look of these mittens quite a bit just by pairing different colors of yarn.

The little crochet mason jar cozies are an adorable and versitle gift. They will look so welcoming as a vase for fresh flowers or add a tealight for a beautiful lantern look.
10. Mason Jar Cozy by Little Monkeys Crochet
These mason jar cozies are so versatile. They can make a flower vase extra cozy or serve as a beautiful lantern by adding a tea light. I think they’d make an excellent crochet gift idea for a teacher or neighbor.

Crochet coasters free pattern. Perfect DIY gift idea for men. Make them for Father's Day or Christmas! #SToKCoffee #cbias #ad11. Leather + Twine Coasters by Make & Do Crew
Turn some scrap leather (hey thrifted jacket, I’m looking at you!) and some kitchen twine into a classy set of coasters. This quick and simple gift is quite gender-neutral, making it an appropriate gift idea for those hard-to-make-for men in your life. (Love the twine and leather look? You’ll like this free basket pattern too!)

I know some people have a go-to crochet gift that they make dozens of each year. Are you one of those people? If so, please share you favorite patterns in the comments! Bonus points if the supplies are under $5!


  • Anne Ingraham
    December 31, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I ordered a PDF file for flip flop crocheted boots over an hour ago and I’m wondering how long it takes to get the emsil with the link to download and print

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Hey Anne,

      You should get it within about 5-10 mins. It would have come from “I Love Knitting.” If you don’t find it in your spam or junk folders, please send me an email and I’ll get it to you right away. Jess (at) makeanddocrew (dot) com.


  • Charlene
    January 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Hi ! I’m new on here and trying to wrap my brain around this beautiful Desert Winds Scarf. I’m not new to crochet but have never done a pattern like this and am having trouble getting started. On the turn chain crochets, when you say work an additional chain one and double crochet do you mean two together in one chain as in a normal increase, or just two crochets side by side without skipping a chain? The last ch1 and D.C. Seems to be done in the space of the turn chain?? If I could just get past this I think I’ll be fine. Thanks!

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      I just uploaded a photo of the chart with more notes on it that I think might answer your question. Take a look at that and let me know if you’re still confused. I’m happy to help!

  • Claudette Rogers
    January 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I just finished the piece of cake cowl, but I am not sure I sewed it right. I am not sure how to wear it

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Congrats! It should be sewed to create a big loop (no twists, just big flat loop). Then you can wrap it around your neck 2-3x depending on how loose you like it.

  • Carla
    March 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    This Christmass I made a crochet napkin holder as a present.
    My house has a nice garden and in the summer is great to eat or entretain outside but paper napkins are a problem because they tend to fly away with the smallest wind.
    This present was just perfect to prevent that problem and is the really easy. I have not done any crochet in a lot of years and saw this at a restaurant in Northern Brasil just knew I had to try to do it back home.

    You have to knit a granny square the same size as your napkin then with back loops only you knit 2 rounds of double stitch,
    Now you have something that resembles a square box.
    You can make more rounds if you want to hold more napkings or do singlestitch if you want it more firm.
    Thene you knit another granny square same size as the first and sew it on top. You start sewing it in the middle of one side, sew de next two sides completely and end in the middle of the last side.
    Now you have one corner free as a flap. you pull it back until it reaches the center of your granny square and tie it there with a stitch, a button, a bow or any chosen accent.

    Let me know if you´d like to see some pictures.

    Thanks for all your pattens!!

    • Carla
      March 10, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      I forgot to mention english is not my first language so, please forgive any spelling mistakes… I read a lot in English but I seldom write it!!!


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