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Free Patterns for Last-Minute Handmade Gift Ideas

Christmas is just one week away and the stores are crammed with shoppers looking for those last-minute items. If you are a crafter and find yourself needing a gift or two, the web is your biggest resource. I love to crochet and I found an abundance of adorable patterns that would make ideal gifts and stocking stuffers. The best part is that these patterns are free and I don’t have to fight any crowds in the mall. Here are a few crochet patterns that are not only useful but thoughtful gift suggestions.

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Mug Rug patterns by BrianKDesigns
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There is nothing more cheerful than placing your holiday drink on a festive Mug Rug. These holiday-inspired mug rugs are not only decorative but they’re also practical. Using simple crochet stitches and a variety of colorwork techniques, you can create pieces with a fair isle, intarsia, or tapestry vibe. Each technique features a different pattern, a deer, a Christmas tree, and a snowflake. The finished size is approximately 6 inches (15 cm) wide and 5 inches (13 cm) tall.

Each mug rug pattern includes written instructions and a chart that you can print off. I prefer to use charts as I find them faster than reading instructions. If you’re not familiar with charts and need some help, a tutorial video is also provided. So grab two festive colors of yarn and start creating some beautiful holiday gifts. If you prefer an ad-free pattern, then you can purchase this Mug Rug pattern and other creative patterns on BrianaKDesigns Etsy store.

Pig potholder pattern by RaffamuUSADesigns
Photo copyright by RaffamuUSADesigns

I love potholders, they’re a practical kitchen accessory that everyone uses. They’re fun, easy to make, and you can find a plethora of patterns online that would harmonize with any kitchen decor. I found this darling crocheted Pig Potholder by RaffamuUSA Designs and I’m sow in love with it.

Nordic snowflake potholder pattern by RaffamuUSADesigns
Photo copyright by RaffamuUSADesigns

A lot of people have farm animal themes in their kitchens and pigs are quite popular. If pigs don’t work, then Raffaella has also created other animal potholder patterns that may fit better with your kitchen. These include a cow, duck, rooster, squirrel, bee, and lots of holiday-inspired patterns using the tapestry technique. If you’re looking for ad-free patterns or want to give them as a gift, then swing by RaffamusaDesigns on Etsy and check out her delighted designs.

With these enchanting options, you can quickly crochet up some gifts that let the receiver know you mindfully thought about them. So get out your yarn, follow any of these patterns and make those last-minute gifts today!

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