Jute TwineIn my opinion gift giving can be stressful.  We not only have to worry about the gift itself, but many times we also have to figure out how package the gift.  This is specially true when gifting homemade items.

Sure you can go to the store and purchase plastic containers with cute holiday designs to put your homemade cookies in, or buy an overpriced gift bag for that handmade hat, lotion or whatever.  But often times those cute gift bags we just spent $5+ on ends up in the trash can come Christmas evening.  Such a waste!

I like to give gifts in cool packaging, and with a bit of effort and some imagination it’s pretty easy; not to mention usually less expensive than wrapping paper, gift boxes, and bags.

This year I made crochet baskets using jute twine I found in the Walmart craft department.  A roll cost about $2 and will make 2 small baskets or a large one.  It doesn’t take long to make and is easy enough for beginners.  I accent the basket with 5/8″ ribbon also from Walmart, that cost $1 a roll; each roll will decorate 2 baskets with a bit left over.  So the each basket cost about $1.50 to make, much less than the price of a gift bag, and best of all it’s serviceable too.  The recipient can use the basket for many things even after what was inside is long gone!

Here’s how to make these baskets for your gift giving needs, or you can make some for yourself too!

Supplies:

Hook Size N 9mm
Jute Twine
5/8″ Ribbon

Stitches:

Ch – Chain
Sl St – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
TC – Treble Crochet
BkLpHDC – back loop hdc

CH 4 and join to form ring

Rd. 1:  Ch 1, 6 SC in ring, join to 1st. SC   (6 SC)

Rd. 2:  Ch 2 (counts as HDC), HDC in same st,  *2 HDC in next st*, Repeat ** around, join to top of Ch 2 (12 HDC)

Rd. 3:  Repeat Rd. 2 (24 HDC)

Rd 4:  CH 2, HDC in same st, SC in next st, * 2HDC in next st, Hdc in next st*, Repeat **, join to top of Ch 2  (36 HDC)

Rd. 5:  Ch 2, HDC in each st around , join to top of Ch 2  (36 HDC)

Rd. 6:  Ch 2, HDC in back loops only around, join to top of Ch 2  (36 HDC)

Rd. 7 & 8:  Ch 2, HDC in each st around, join to top of Ch 2  (36 HDC)

Rd. 9:  Ch 4, *skip 2 sts, TC in next 2 st, Ch 1*  Repeat ** ending with TC in last st, join to 3rd. chain of Ch 4 at beginning of rd.

Rd. 10:  Ch 2, *HCD in Ch 1 space, HDC in next 2 st* Repeat around, join to top of Ch 2.

Rd. 11:  Ch 1, SC in each st around, join, fasten off and weave in ends

Thread ribbon thru the spaces you made in Rd. 9.  Tie a bow and you’re done.

Instead of ribbon you can use yarn, twine, raffia or whatever type of material you prefer.