Christmas Gift Tag and Star Ornament - free pattern

It’s time for Christmas preparations already and you are probably busy with buying or making gifts for relatives and friends. But do you agree that packaging part of Christmas preparations is not less important? A beautiful packaging makes you feel wonderful even before you unwrap the paper and see the gift. To be honest I am not very good in designing gift wraps and I usually go for something very simple. And when I was asked to create something festive for the Christmas Blog Hop, I thought that I may make gift tags. They have a very universal usage and are good not only for Christmas time. If you can crochet but not really have time to create handmade gifts for everyone, you can at least create small gift tags and show your love and care through them :)
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

What is actually Christmas Blog Hop? It’s a series of blog posts from a few wonderful crochet designers and bloggers who publish festive and FREE Christmas patterns every day. Please, check Candy Cane Wine Cozy designed by CanaDutch and published yesterday, and you will also find a link to the previous post of another designer. It is a wonderful way to meet new designers and get acquainted with their blogs, isn’t it?

 And here are instructions for my gift tag and star ornament. I hope you will have fun making it!

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You will need:

  • Leftovers of Fingering/Sport yarn in any shade. I used Catona by Scheepjes - approx 1-2g for a gift tag and 1g for star ornament. Catona yarn is really great as it comes in balls 50g AND 25g! You can check this yarn at Wool Warehouse* (international shipping) and Paradise Fibers* (US).
  • Rectangles of firm paper 5cm X 9cm (the size of a standard business card). You can actually make a crochet border around your existing business card to give it a festive handmade look.
  • Crochet hook 2,5mm
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Needle with large ear
  • Awl, sharp needle or hole punch for paper
  • Christmas gift (optional) :)
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Stitch guide and Abbreviations

US standard abbreviations are used in this pattern. But if you are used to other terms, please check this Crochet Translation Project which might be helpful in translation to your native language.

rnd - round
st(s) - stitch(es)
ch - chain
yo - yarn over
*…* *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated
sl st (slip stitch) – insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw yarn up and pull 2nd lp through the 1st lp on hook.
sc (single crochet) – insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, draw up a lp, yo and pull through both lps on hook.
PF (puff stitch) – yo, insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, pull through lp, *yo, insert hook in the same st, yo, pull through lp* 3 times, yo, pull through 9 lps on hook.
Crab st (reverse sc) is always worked on right side and in the opposite direction than usual – attach yarn as required, 1 ch, * insert hook into the next st on right if you are right-handed (left st for lefties), yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through both lps on hook, repeat from * across.
Blanket stitch (sewing)

 

INSTRUCTIONS - Gift Tag

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First you will need to make holes along the edges of your paper card (first mark them with a pencil using a ruler, so that all the distances are equal). I marked the positions of future holes in approx. 5mm from each edge: 1 hole in each corner, 15 holes along the long side of the card and 7 holes along the short side. The distance between each pair of holes is 5mm.

When all the holes are marked, cut all four corners with scissors to give them a half-circle shape.
 
Now you should make the holes using an awl, sharp needle of a hole punch for paper. If you use an awl or sharp needle, your card will get right and wrong sides, as the holes will look not very neat on the wrong side. But it should be not visible after the holes are filled with yarn.

Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Rnd 1. Now make blanket stitches around the card using the needle and yarn tail approx. 120-130cm (48-52 inches). It should be enough to work around a standard sized business card. Start making blanket stitches on one of the sides and make 3 stitches in each hole in the corner. When you are finished, cut the thread and secure both yarn tails with a knot. You can either crochet over these tails while making next round around the card, or weave them in later using the needle. I prefer to weave in tails with “as you go” method as it saves lots of time. You can check it HERE.
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Rnd 2. Attach yarn of the same (or different ) shade in any loop on the edge formed by blanket stitches – simply pull the yarn under the loop and make a ch. Continue to crochet with sc in every loop along the edges and make 2sc in each of 2 loops in the corners. Make the last sc of this round in the same loop where you attached the yarn and join this round with sl st in the 1st sc of the round. Don’t fasten off. You should get 48 sc in total.
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Rnd 3. Make ch1 and crochet with crab stitches (reverse sc) around the card  - make 1 crab stitch in each sc till the end of the rnd. Join the round with sl st and fasten off. Weave in all yarn tails.
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

 Congratulations! Your Gift Tag is finished!
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

 Now you can make a small star ornament to use it together with the gift tag.

 

INSTRUCTIONS - Star Ornament (Garland)


Rnd 1. Make a magic ring, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc) and 10sc into the ring. Join with sl st in the 1st sc of the rnd.
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet
  
Rnd 2. Ch2, *PF in next st, ch3, sl st in next st, ch3* 5 times. Join with st st in the 1st PF.
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Rnd 3. *Ch3, sl st in the same st, ch4, sl st in next PF* 5 times. Join with sl st in the 1st PF. Fasten off.
 
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

Ta-Dah! Your mini star ornament is also finished!

Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet

By the way you can make many of them using leftovers in different colors and join them into a cute and festive garland which will bright any party (and not only Christmas)! To join *ch15 (or make as many chain stitches as you wish) and 1sc in a ch3-space on one of the star's points. Repeat from * till all your stars are joined.
Christmas Gift Tag and Garland - crochet tutorial by Lilla Bjorn Crochet


Don’t forget to check Carmen’s blog Crafty Queens tomorrow to see what she will prepare for you. I am sure it will be something wonderful!

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4 comments

  1. Thank you for such a cute new pattern! I love personalizing gift wrapping, it makes the whole gift more special I think.

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    1. Thank you Maria! I also think that even if you give some purchased gifts - it is always great to add something handmade to wrapping.

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  2. Thank you for the gift of your talent you share all year round.
    Happy Holidays!
    Cookiecat

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  3. Thank you! And Happy Holidays to you, too! :)

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