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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

    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

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    Abbreviations:

    • 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

    Size:

    • 4” long x 3.25” wide


    Gauge:

    • 8.5 sts x 9 sts = 2”

    NOTES:

    • 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

    Assembly:

    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.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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    Sloth Coffee Cozy Crochet Pattern

    Free Crochet Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. An adorable and quick crochet pattern that is great for beginners.
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    After launching my blog last week, I was pleasantly surprised by the reactions everyone had to my first free crochet pattern. This week, I’m back with my Sloth Coffee Cozy free crochet cup cozy pattern. Keep reading to learn more about how the launch went and to make a sloth coffee cozy of your very own.

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    Hey everyone! Last week I was a ball of nerves. I flipped back and forth between “Yes, I’m doing this thing!” and “Why am I doing this?!”.  I almost talked myself out of doing it. When I hit post and shared my post on social media, I was a nervous wreck. But it was out there now and what would happen would happen. I added the pattern to Ravelry and I went to play with the kids to distract myself from the sinking feeling of knowing that my blog was out there and I’d told people about it.

    Ten minutes later, my phone started buzzing. People were liking and commenting on my posts. Everyone was so nice! Soon there were dozens of comments and people were private messaging me with questions and nice comments on my Arctic Gem Beanie pattern. I was so overwhelmed by the response. By the end of the day over 1200 people had visited my first blog post and I was blown away. This kind of response was the last thing that I expected. Thank you to everyone that took the time stop by and check it out, subscribed, and sent me such warm, encouraging comments. You all seriously made my day.

    Some of you were sending me messages like “I love it and it’s already on my hook!”. You guys work so fast! By the end of the day, people were sending me pictures of their already completed hats! Please keep sending me your pictures and sharing it on social media. I love seeing everyone’s finished work and how some of you are changing the colours up and really making it your own. I wanted to thank you everyone for reminding me what a wonderful community of crafters you all are and for supporting me in this crazy adventure.

    Thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful support of my new blog, The Loopy Lamb

    This week, I have another pattern to share with everyone. My son starts kindergarten next week and he is very excited to be going to “big boy school”. When the option to either have him take the bus or drive him to school came up, I made the decision to drive him to school each day. I work from home on a part-time basis so I’m happy that I’m able to make this work. Other Mom’s warned me about drop-off line drama but I figure that with the right amount of coffee, I can handle it.  And of course, if I’m going to have my coffee, I need to crochet something cute for it. Right?? (Raise your hand if you will take any excuse to crochet some sort of cute accessory.)

    As I was standing in the line at Michaels (yes, they probably all know my name by now), I saw this weird and cute sloth pencil case. Inspiration hit me! I would make a sloth coffee cup cozy. Sloths are crazy adorable AND the colours may not show the coffee stains as readily (because, I’ll admit it, I AM a clutz). I already had the yarn I needed at home so I cashed out and with visions of how I would execute my pattern in my head, I hit the Tim Horton’s drive-thru and went home.

    In progress picture of crochet sloth cup cozy

    This little guy doesn’t take long at all to make and is very cute. Since I’m Canadian, I’ve made the pattern to fit a large coffee from Tim Hortons. The body of the sleeve can easily be adjusted to fit whichever cup you’re using, just make the chain as long or as short as you need it to be. With that being said, let’s hook us up a sloth cup cozy!

    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:

    Free Crochet Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. An adorable and quick crochet pattern that is great for beginners. Free Crochet Cup Cozy Pattern, Sloth Cup Cozy

    Sloth Crochet Cup Cozy Pattern

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    Worsted weight yarn in a light brown, dark brown and a buff colour. I used Bernat Premium in Cafe au Lait for the body, Red Heart Super Saver in Buff for the face and
    Loops & Thread Impeccable in Chocolate brown for the dark spots around the ends
    4 mm crochet hook
    9mm black shank/mushroom buttons or safety eyes
    Stitch marker
    Tapestry needle for sewing together and weaving in ends

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

    NOTES:

    • Fits a large coffee from Tim Hortons or a medium from Starbucks. The body of the sleeve can easily be adjusted to fit whichever cup you’re using, just make the chain as long or as short as you need it to be.
    • Pattern written using U.S. terminology

    Sloth Coffee Cozy Pattern

    Coffee Cozy Body:

    Using Cafe au Lait, CH 35 and join with a sl st.
    Row 1: CH1. HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a sl st. (35)
    Row 2 – 8: CH1. HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a sl st.
    FO and weave in ends.

    Face:

    The Face is worked in continuous rounds. Only join where indicated.
    Using Buff, CH7.
    Row 1: SCINC in the 2nd CH. SC 4, SC4 in the last CH. On the other side of the CH, SC4, SCINC in last stitch. (16)
    Row 2: SCINC in the next two stitches. SC4, SCINCx4, SC4, SCINCx2 (24)
    Row 3: SCINCx4, SC4, SCINCx8, SC4, SCINCx4 (40)
    Row 4: SC in each stitch around. Join with a sl st and FO leaving a long tail to set onto the coffee cozy body.

    Eye Patches: (make 2)

    Using Chocolate Brown, CH4.
    Row 1: SCINC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC, SC5 in the last CH. On the other side of the CH, SC in the next stitch, SC3 in the last CH.
    Join with a sl st and FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the face.

    Assembing your Sloth Coffee Cozy:

    Sew the face onto the cup cozy body.
    Place the button through the small gap created when you put 5 SCs in the last CH of the eye patch. Secure button. Repeat with the other eye patch.
    Position each eye patch on the face, slightly overlapping the edge of the face and sew onto cup cozy. Using dark brown, add a small nose between the eyes.

    If you’re using safety eyes: I had the hardest time finding black shank buttons so for my first cozy, I used safety eyes. I know that sounds crazy but I’ll tell you how I did it. Insert the safety eye through the last CH in the eye patch. Then position your eye patch at a slight angle on one side and push the safety eye through the face.  Put the back on the eye . Repeat with the other eye and eye patch. Use the dark brown yarn to add a nose between the eyes. Then sew the face onto the body of the coffee cozy.

    Photo showing where in the eye patch to place the safety eye for the crochet sloth cup cozy
    Photo showing the safety eye inserted into the eye patch for the crochet sloth cup cozy

    If you enjoyed this free sloth coffee cozy pattern, please pin it and share it. I love seeing pictures of your completed projects! Use the tag #theloopylamb when sharing on Instagram.

    Free Crochet Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. An adorable and quick crochet pattern that is great for beginners.

    Got questions? Drop me a comment below and I’ll do what I can to help!

    Disclaimer:

    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.

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    Looking for some other great free crochet accessory patterns? Check out my Flamin-to-go Flamingo Cup Cozy, Heather Super Scarf, Crochet Tartan Cowl, Tiny Pebbles Ear Warmer and Juneau Blues Beanie.