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6 Free Crochet Gift Bag Patterns For Christmas!

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In this post, you will see 6 free crochet gift bag patterns for Christmas for you to make!

The small goodie bags are made from scrap yarns that are an Aran/worsted/10-ply yarn weight.

You can grab all of the gift bag pattern printable ad-free PDFs for a few dollars in my shop here.

Crochet gift bags

Crochet Gift Bags

Take a look at the six free patterns below and choose to make one or all.

Great for an afternoon of crafting, these gift bags work up in a flash, so you can make all 6 in one day!

You can use any yarn and improvise with whatever you have in your yarn stash. 

These smaller bags are not only a great project to get into the holiday spirit, but you can also fill them with little gifts like gift cards and yummy chocolates.

Add tissue paper for some flare, and your perfect holiday gift is ready.

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Free crochet gift bag patterns for Christmas

Everything You Need To Know About Crocheting Gift Bags

Can a beginner crochet a bag?

Beginners can absolutely crochet a bag. 

To start, choose a simple pattern with simple stitches like single crochet or half-double crochet. 

Select an easy-to-work-with yarn, such as acrylic, and use the recommended hook size. 

These little bag projects are a great beginner bag option for any maker as they don’t take too much time.

How many yards do I need to crochet a gift bag?

  • The yardage needed to crochet a gift bag depends on various factors, such as the bag’s size, the chosen yarn weight, the stitch pattern, and personal tension. 
  • As a rough estimate, a small gift bag might require approximately 50 to 150 yards of yarn. 
  • That’s why it’s an excellent scrap yarn project.
  • For a small to medium-sized gift bag, a common estimate is around 100 to 300 yards of yarn. 
  • Thicker yarns and simpler stitch patterns generally require less yardage, while finer yarns and more intricate stitches may demand more.
  • To determine the exact amount for your project,
  • Making a small sample or swatch can help gauge your personal tension and provide a more accurate estimate for the larger project.

What stitch is best for crocheting a gift bag?     

The best stitch for crocheting a gift bag depends on your preferences, the style you aim for, and the level of detail you want in your project.

Here are a few popular crochet stitches commonly used for making gift bags:

  • Single Crochet (SC): Single crochet is a simple and dense stitch that creates a sturdy fabric. It’s great for smaller bags or when you want a tighter weave. Learn how to single crochet here – How To Single Crochet (SC)
  • Half-Double Crochet (HDC): This stitch is taller than single crochet but works faster than double crochet. It strikes a balance between the tightness of SC and the openness of DC.
  • Double Crochet (DC): Double crochet produces a more open and airy fabric, making it suitable for larger bags or when you want a lighter feel. How to double crochet here – How To Double Crochet (dc) For Beginners

Which yarn is best for crochet gift bags?    

When choosing yarn for crochet gift bags, consider factors such as aesthetics, durability, and the intended purpose of the bag.

Here are some yarn options that work well for gift bags:

  • Cotton Yarn: Cotton is a popular choice for gift bags as it is durable, breathable, and has a natural feel. It comes in various colors and is suitable for casual and more formal occasions.
  • Mercerized Cotton: Mercerized cotton has a sheen and smoothness that can add a touch of sophistication to your gift bags. It also enhances the vibrancy of colors.
  • Acrylic Yarn: Acrylic yarn is budget-friendly and comes in various colors. It’s easy to care for and suitable for casual, everyday gift bags.
  • Nylon Blends: Yarns that include nylon or other synthetic fibers can add durability and strength to your gift bag, making it suitable for carrying heavier items.
  • Learn everything about yarn weights here – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 
  • Learn everything about yarn fibers here – Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers 

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here Crochet Lessons With Video Tutorials.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know.  

Including how to create a foundation chain (ch), single crochet, double crochet, and all the crochet abbreviations ( in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here. – Handy Little Me – YouTube

Join The Handy Little Me Facebook Group to connect with more makers.

Christmas crochet goodie bags
You can find the small crochet ornament here – Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern – Goodie Bag

Great For Gift-Giving!

Perfect for giving small gifts, the festive drawstring bags can fit small presents inside.

See what you need to get started for each bag below…

Please note that the patterns are written using US crochet terms and abbreviations.

You can find a free PDF of both US and UK terms and abbreviations here. Crochet Abbreviations And Terms (US + UK)

1. Crochet Drawstring Bag – Santa Sack Large

Skill Level – Easy

Size – The drawstring bag measures:

  • Base diameter = 4 inches
  • Height – 5.5 inches

Yarn

  • Yarn A – Red yarn – around 30g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn
  • Yarn B – White fluffy yarn – Sirdar snuggly or something similar – scraps around 20g.

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5mm (US H/8)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Other Materials

  • Thread, cord, or yarn for the drawstring
  • Small Clover pom pom maker (3/4 and 1-inch set) for the pom pom decorations

Gauge – 12 stitches, 14 rounds to 10cm/4″

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • PM – Place marker
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • RS – Right side

Pattern

For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.

Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.

There are no turning chains in this pattern.

The base of the bag – Work in Yarn A

  • Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM (see notes)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (16 sts)
  • Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: 1 sc in each sc
  • Round 5: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (36 sts)
  • Round 6: 1 sc in each sc
  • Round 7 – sc all the sts into the back loop only.

The body of the bag – In Yarn A

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

Continue to work in a spiral – sc all of the sts in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 4 inches.

You can make the bag as tall as you want.

  • Change to Yarn B – the white fluffy yarn or something similar and work until the bag measures 5.5 inches.
  • Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn.
  • Secure and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in all other loose ends.

The Drawstring Cord

  • With the cord/yarn (around 25 or 30 inches) weave through the bag leaving 2 sts (or holes) between stitches.
  • About 1 inch or 1.5 inches below the top of the bag.
  • Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.
  • You can add small pom poms to decorate.

2. Crochet Drawstring Bag – Snow Day

Skill Level – Easy

Size – The drawstring bag measures:

  • Base diameter = 4 inches
  • Height – 5.5 inches

Yarn

  • Yarn A – (MC) Grey yarn – around 30g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • Yarn B – (CC) White yarn – around 15g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5mm (US H/8)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Other Materials

  • Thread, cord, or yarn for the drawstring.
  • Small buttons or beads for decoration.

Gauge – 12 stitches, 14 rounds to 10cm/4″

Abbreviations

  • CC – Coordinating color
  • CH – Chain
  • MC – Main color
  • PM – Place marker
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • Rnd – Round
  • RS – Right side
  • YO – Yarn over

Pattern

For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.

Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.

There are no turning chains in this pattern.

The base of the bag – Work in Yarn A (MC)

  • Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM. (see notes)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc. (16 sts)
  • Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 5: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (36 sts)
  • Round 6: 1 sc in each sc.
    Round 7 – sc all the sts into the back loop only.

The body of the bag

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

*To add in the contrast color (CC): insert hook into st, pull up a loop of CC on your hook, YO with MC, and pull through.

  • Continue to work in a spiral – sc all of the sts in the round (in both loops) – for 3 inches in Yarn A (MC).
  • Next Rnd – *sc 1 Yarn B (CC), sc 1 Yarn A (MC) – Rep to the end of the round.
  • Next Rnd – Yarn A (MC) only – work 1 round of sc.
  • Next Rnd – *sc 1 Yarn A (MC), sc 1 Yarn B (CC) – Rep to the end of the round.
  • Next Rnd – Yarn B (CC) only – work 1 round of sc.
  • Next Rnd – *sc 1 Yarn B (CC), sc 1 Yarn A (MC) – Rep to the end of the round.
  • Next Rnd – Yarn B (CC) only – work 1 round of sc.
  • Next Rnd – *sc 1 Yarn A (MC), sc 1 Yarn B (CC) – Rep to the end of the round.
  • Next Rnd – Yarn B (CC) only – work 1 round of sc.
  • Next Rnd – Yarn B (CC) only – work 1 round of sc.
  • Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn.
  • Secure and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in all other loose ends.

The Drawstring Cord

  • With the cord/yarn (around 25 or 30 inches) weave through the bag leaving 2 sts (or holes) between stitches.
  • About 1 inch or 1.5 inches below the top of the bag.
  • Pull them together and tie in a bow to close the bag.
  • You can add small pom poms or buttons/beads and other decorations.

3. Crochet Drawstring Bag – Candy Cane

Skill Level – Easy

Size – The drawstring bag measures:

  • Base diameter = 3.5 inches
  • Height – 5.5 inches

Yarn

  • Yarn A – Red yarn – around 20g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn
  • Yarn B – White yarn – around 20g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5mm (US H/8)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Other Materials

  • Thread/cord or yarn for the drawstring.
  • Small Clover pom pom maker (3/4 and 1-inch set) for the pom pom decoration.

Gauge – 12 stitches, 14 rounds to 10cm/4″

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • PM – Place marker
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • RS – Right side

Pattern

For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.

Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.

There are no turning chains in this pattern.

The base of the bag – Work in Yarn A

  • Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM (see notes).
    Round 2: 2 sc in each sc. (16 sts)
    Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 5: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (36 sts)
  • Round 6: 1 sc in each sc.
    Round 7 – sc all the sts into the back loop only.

The body of the bag – In Yarn A

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

  • Continue to work in a spiral – sc all of the sts in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 1 inch (3 rounds in red).
  • Change to Yarn B – work 4 rounds of sc.
  • Change to Yarn A – work 4 rounds of sc.
  • Change to Yarn B – work 4 rounds of sc.
  • Change to Yarn A – work 4 rounds of sc.
  • Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn.
  • Secure and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in all other loose ends.

The Drawstring Cord

  • With the cord/yarn (around 30 or 35 inches) weave through the bag leaving 2 sts (or holes) between stitches.
  • About 1 inch or 1.5 inches below the top of the bag.
  • Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.
  • You can add small pom poms stitched to the ends of the drawstring cord to decorate.

4. Crochet Drawstring Bag – The Grinch

Skill Level – Easy

Size – The drawstring bag measures:

  • Base diameter = 3 inches
  • Height – 5 inches

Yarn

Green yarn – around 30g /Aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5mm (US H/8)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Other Materials

  • Thread, cord, or yarn for the drawstring.
  • Small Clover pom pom maker (3/4 and 1-inch set) for the pom pom decoration.

Gauge – 12 stitches, 14 rounds to 10cm/4″

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • PM – Place marker
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • RS – Right side

Pattern

For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.

Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.

There are no turning chains in this pattern.

The base of the bag

  • Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM. (see notes)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc. (16 sts)
  • Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 5: sc all the sts into the back loop only.

The body of the bag

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

  • Continue to work in a spiral – sc all of the sts in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 5 inches.
  • You can make the bag as tall as you want.
  • Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn.
  • Secure and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in all other loose ends.

The Drawstring Cord

  • With the cord/yarn (around 25 or 30 inches) weave through the bag leaving 2 sts (or holes) between stitches.
  • About 1 inch or 1.5 inches below the top of the bag.
  • Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.
  • You can add small pom poms to decorate.

5. Crochet Drawstring Bag – Santa Sack Small

Skill Level – Easy

Size – The drawstring bag measures:

  • Base diameter = 2.2 inches
  • Height – 3.7 inches

Yarn

  • Yarn A – Red yarn – around 20g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn
    Yarn B – White fluffy yarn – Sirdar snuggly or something similar – scraps around 10g.

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5mm (US H/8)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Other Materials

Thread, cord, or yarn for the drawstring.

Gauge – 12 stitches, 14 rounds to 10cm/4″

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • PM – Place marker
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • RS – Right side

Pattern

For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.

Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round. There are no turning chains in this pattern.

The base of the bag – Work in Yarn A

  • Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM. (see notes)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc. (16 sts)
  • Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 5 – sc all the sts into the back loop only.

The body of the bag – In Yarn A

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

  • Continue to work in a spiral – sc all of the sts in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 3 inches.
  • You can make the bag as tall as you want.
  • Change to Yarn B – the white fluffy yarn or something similar and work until the bag measures 3.7 inches.
  • Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn.
  • Secure and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in all other loose ends.

The Drawstring Cord

  • With the cord/yarn (around 20 or 26 inches), weave through the bag leaving 2 sts (or holes) between stitches.
  • About 1 inch below the top of the bag.
  • Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.

6. Crochet Drawstring Bag – Enchanted Forest

Skill Level – Easy

Size – The drawstring bag measures:

  • Base diameter = 4 inches
  • Height – 5 inches

Yarn

  • Yarn A – (MC) Green yarn – around 30g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • Yarn B – (CC) White yarn – around 15g/aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5mm (US H/8)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Other Materials

  • Thread, cord, or yarn for the drawstring.
  • Small buttons or beads for decoration.

Gauge – 12 stitches, 14 rounds to 10cm/4″

Abbreviations

  • CC – Coordinating color
  • CH – Chain
  • MC – Main color
  • PM – Place marker
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • Rnd – Round
  • RS – Right side
  • YO – Yarn over

Pattern

For the base – Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.

Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.

There are no turning chains in this pattern.

The base of the bag – Work in Yarn A (MC)

  • Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
  • Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM. (see notes)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc. (16 sts)
  • Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: 1 sc in each sc.
  • Round 5: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (36 sts)
  • Round 6: 1 sc in each sc.
    Round 7 – sc all the sts into the back loop only.

The body of the bag

*Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.

*To add in the contrast color (CC): insert hook into st, pull up a loop of CC on your hook, YO with MC, and pull through.

  • 1st Rnd – Continue to work in a spiral – sc all of the sts in the round (in both loops) – for 1 round in Yarn A (MC).
  • 2nd Rnd – *sc 1 Yarn B (CC), sc 1 Yarn A (MC) – Rep to the end of the round.
  • 3rd Rnd – Yarn A (MC) only – work 1 round of sc.
  • 4th Rnd – *sc 1 Yarn A (MC), sc 1 Yarn B (CC) – Rep to the end of the round.
  • 5th Rnd – Yarn A (MC) only – work 1 round of sc.
  • Rep rounds 2-5 until the piece measures 5 inches, ending with round 5.
  • Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn.
  • Secure and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in all other loose ends.

The Drawstring Cord

  • With the cord/yarn (around 25 or 30 inches), weave through the bag leaving 2 sts (or holes) between stitches.
  • About 1 inch or 1.5 inches below the top of the bag.
  • Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.
  • You can add small pom poms or buttons/beads and other decorations.
Christmas Crochet gift bag in grey and white yarn

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  1. The little crochet gift bags are so sweet!! Do you have any knitted patterns along the same lines? Thanks so much, look forward to hearing from you. Mary