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Just in Time DIY Gift Bag

Just in Time DIY Gift Bag

Instead of buying a boring paper gift bag, you can crochet the Just in Time DIY Gift Bag. The recipient will be able to reuse the bag for a gift of their own or as a Christmas decoration. Stuffing stockings with goodies is a tradition for many people, but this crochet bag is quick to work up and a beautiful pattern when you use Red Heart Holiday yarn because it has a slight shimmer. You want your gift to look and feel special, and this gift bag will help you do that.


Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeWidest part across 2 shells = 2½” (6 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeBag measures 8 in x 10 in (20 x 25 cm)

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Holiday®: 1 ball 6040 Green/Silver
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 4mm [US G-6]
  • Yarn needle


Front and Back (Alike)

Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 30; dc in 6th ch from hook, * skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * across; turn.
Rows 2-16: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), skip first dc and next ch-1, dc in next dc, * skip 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 **, dc in next dc; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end at **; skip next ch, dc in next ch; turn. Fasten off at end of Row 16.

Side Panel

Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 7; sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn – 6 sc.
Row 2: Ch 3, skip first sc, dc in next 5 sc; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 5 dc, sc in top of ch-3; turn.
Rows 4-58: Repeat Rows 2 and 3. Fasten off at end of Row 58.

  1. Assembly
    With wrong sides of panel and front together, join yarn in upper corner of front; ch 1, sc evenly through both layers down side edge, 3 sc in corner, sc across bottom edge, 3 sc in corner, and sc evenly up next edge. Fasten off. Repeat for back. Weave in ends.

Handle (Make 2)

Ch 30; sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Fasten off. Sew in place as shown. Leave in ends.


ch = chain; dc = double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch (es); * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

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WOW! Talk about adding value to a gift giving occasion! This would do it! I noticed that the specified yarn is discontinued but Bernat Happy Holidays yarn has three Christmasy choices and with Easter right around the corner mixed berry caron cake would create a wonderful Easter bag that could be filled like an Easter basket with green grass and all.

I am always on the lookout for my next great project. This is a very cute idea for the upcoming holiday season instead of using the mass produced paper gift bags or wrapping paper. These could also be easily customized so that they would work year round. I am so glad I found this pattern. It has given me so many ideas.

Let's see, it's easy, cute, doesn't take much yarn or time to make. Sounds like a winner to me.i made two last yeAr like this. One went to my grand daughters teacher and one went to my doctors office loaded with fruit and candy. They said they would draw names to see eh on it the bag.

This is a very presentable and classy gift bag. We are used to seeing gift bags made of paper or plastic but if you receive one like this containing a present for you then it must come from someone really special. This Just In Time DIY Gift Bag is a special gift bag for special people. It is easy to make, it is beautiful and presentable and very practical. Thanks for the free pattern.


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