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    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder Free Pattern

    Crochet gift card holder with a sloth face on it in a flat lay
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    Every Christmas I end up giving certain people giftcards for Christmas and they just feel impersonal to me. I wanted a want to make them feel a bit more fun and personal and so what better way to do that, than with crochet? When trying to decide on what kind of crochet gift card holder I would make to spruce things up, I decided on a sloth. My Christmas tree doesn’t have any sloths on it and I gave this sloth crochet gift card holder a hanger so I can hang it on my tree until it’s time to give it away. It has the added bonus of not getting lost among gifts under the tree. Anything that makes things a little bit easier for me during the holidays is a win to me.

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    This crochet gift card holder will fit the standard sized 3.5″ x 2.5″ rectangular gift card with a small bit of ease to make getting the gift card in and out easier. Gauge will be important to ensuring the best possible fit. It won’t be the end of the world if the gift card holer is a bit bigger than the gift card you’re using but potentially having it turn out smaller could mean you may not be able to get your gift card into it.

    For this project you’ll need worsted weight yarn in three coordinating colours. I used Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet because it’s my favourite acrylic yarn to use right now and it has a great range of colours. I have not been able to get the three colours I like to use for my sloth projects in the same brand before and I was thrilled to find all three of them at crochet.com. This is important to me because using the same brand of yarn in a project helps with consistency in your finished project.

    hands taking a gift card out of the diy gift card holder made with this free crochet pattern

    I specifically used yarn from the Brava Mini Packs in the Reds colours which is a set of mini balls of Brava Worsted Weight Yarn. I use these packs a lot for amigurumi because I can get a great colour selection without having to buy full balls of all the colours. This pattern uses less than a full mini skein of three different colours. If you don’t have the mini packs, that’s fine, the regular Brava Worsted Weight yarn or your preferred worsted weight yarn that you can match gauge with are fine to use.

    Crochet Gift Card Holder Construction Overview

    This crochet gift card holder is made of two different body panels that are seamed together and a set of three appliques that are used to create the sloth’s face are sewn onto one side of the gift card holder. I’ve used crab stitch to seam the two panels of the body together but if prefer to seam it with another stitch like single crochet or slip stitch, those will work as well. Just have fun with it.

    I recently read in a book I reviewed Crochet Hacking by Emma Friedlander-Collins something that stuck with me. It was the author’s personal motto: “It doesn’t matter how you get there. As long as you have fun and you get there in the end.” Crochet is about being creative and having fun. So experiment, have fun and as long as you enjoyed it and you get your project to where you want it to be, that’s a win in my books.

    Other Free Crochet Sloth Patterns Available on my Blog

    If you love sloths, you may be interested in checking out some of my other free crochet sloth patterns that I have here on my blog:

    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder made with this free crochet pattern

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this crochet gift card holder pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Skill Level:

    • Beginner


    • U.S. Terminology


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    • CH = Chain
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • HDC = Half Double Crochet
    • HDCINC = Half Double Crochet Increase
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • FO = Finish Off


    • 4” long x 3.25” wide


    • 8.5 sts x 9 sts = 2”


    • This project is made of two panels and appliques that are used to create the sloth’s face.  After joining the panels together a chain is created and joined from one side to the next so this can be hung on the tree.
    • This project fits a standard 3.5” x 2.25” gift card with a small bit of ease to make getting the gift card in and out simple.
    • Gauge in the body of the gift card holder will be most important to ensuring a proper fit.
    • Stitch markers are used to mark the first stitch of each round for the face and eye patch pieces.  Move the stitch marker up every round to keep track of the first stitch.
    • Instructions given in () are to be repeated the number of times indicated next to the ().

    Special Stitches & Techniques:

    • Crab Stitch: Also referred to as Reverse Single Crochet because you are working Single Crochet stitches from left to right instead of the normal right to left. Insert hook into the next stitch to the right of your hook. YO and pull through ST (two loops on hook). YO and pull through both loops on hook. 
    • Invisible Join: FO leaving a tail that is at least 5 – 6 inches in length.  Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end.

    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder Pattern

    Face Patch

    The Face Patch is worked in continuous rounds.  Only join where indicated.

    Using Almond, CH 7.

    Round 1: SCINC in the 2nd CH.  SC 4, SC 4 in the last CH.  Working on the other side of the CH, SC 4, SCINC in last ST.  (16)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x2, SC 4, (SCINC) x4, SC 4, (SCINC) x2 (24)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x2, SC 6, (SCINC, SC) x3, SC 6, SCINC, SC. (30)
    Round 4: SCINC, SC 2, SCINC, SC 8, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x2, SC 8, SCINC, SC 2. (36)

    Sloth crochet gift card holder with a furls odyssey hook, scissors and brava yarn

    FO using invisible join, leaving a long tail to sew onto the gift card holder body.

    Eye Patches (Make 2)

    Using Sienna, CH 5.

    Round 1: HDCINC in the 2nd CH from the hook.  HDC 2, HDC 5 in the last CH.  On the other side of the CH, HDC 2, HDC 3 in the last CH.  (14)

    FO using invisible join, leaving a long tail to sew onto the face.

    We Crochet Accessory Bag with a gift card holder and tools peeking out the top

    Gift Card Holder Body – Panel 1

    Row 1: Using Brindle, CH 18. SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each ST across. (17)
    Rows 2 – 14: CH 1 and turn.  SC in each ST across. (17)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Gift Card Holder Body – Panel 2

    Row 1: Using Brindle, CH 18. SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each ST across. (17)
    Rows 2 – 14: CH 1 and turn.  SC in each ST across. (17)
    Do NOT finish Off.

    Sloth Crochet Gift Card Holder in a flay lay with Brava Worsted Weight Yarn and a crochet hook


    Sew the face patch the right side of one of the gift card body panels.

    If using shank/mushroom buttons: Place the button through the small gap created when you put 5 SCs in the last CH of the eye patch.  Secure button using sewing needle and thread.  Repeat with the other eye patch.  Position each eye patch on the face, slightly overlapping the edge of the face and sew onto gift card holder panel. 

    If you’re using safety eyes: Insert the safety eye through the small gap created when you put 5 SCs in the last CH of the eye patch.  Then position your eye patch at a slight angle on one side and push the safety eye through the face patch.  Put the back on the eye. Repeat with the other eye and eye patch. 

    Sloth Eye Patch image 1
    Sloth Eye Patch 2

    Adding the Nose: Use a length of Sienna, sew a nose onto the face patch approximately 3 STs wide between the eyes. 

    Place Gift Card Holder Panels with wrong sides together and the panel with the yarn still attached on the back.  The working yarn loop should be in the top left corner when facing you.  Pull the working loop from back to front through the front panel and CH 1.  Working through both layers, crab stitch into each stitch and the end of each row along 3 edges of the gift card holder, placing 3 STS in each corner. When you reach the end, CH 20 and attached with a SL ST to the opposite corner to create the hanger.  FO and weave in ends.


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