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31+ Free Crochet Teacher Gifts Patterns (Plus Free Printable Gift Tags!)

Are you wondering what to crochet for a teacher?

The school year is about to close here in Karachi and so I’ve just finished my crochet teachers gifts for the kids’ gazillion teachers (lol – three kids means a LOT of teacher gifts!). For the past four years, I’ve been crocheting my gifts for my kids’ teachers. They work so hard and I just really like to put in that extra effort to say thank you. I’ve found that they are always really touched to receive handmade gifts.

So if you’re wondering what to crochet for a teacher, we’ve put together a bunch of ideas of free crochet patterns that would make awesome gifts for teachers. They range from cute amigurumi to practical gifts that teachers can enjoy for years to come. Are you stuck figuring out what to get a male teacher? We have you covered with gift ideas for male teachers as well!

Whether you’re looking for an end of year gift, a gift for teacher appreciation week, a Christmas gift, or a retirement gift for your favourite teacher, there’s really something for everyone. We have compiled patterns for cute amigurumi, self-care products, bookmarks, coffee cozies, and so much more! Plus, all these patterns are free!

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Printable Gift Tags for Teachers

One thing that can really make or break a gift is the card or note we put with it. It is really a great time to be able to tell that special teacher what they have meant to us. So we made these cute chalkboard-themed gift tags for our teachers gifts this year and thought we would share them with you. There are a few “punny” ones that go with some of the crochet patterns listed but there are also some generic ones that you can use with any gift – crocheted or otherwise!

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Crochet Amigurumi Patterns for Teachers

If you love amigurumi like I do, these free amigurumi patterns would make adorable gifts for the teachers in your life! They can decorate their classrooms or homes, be used as crochet keychains, or even something fun to add to their classrooms – plus they’re just super cute so who wouldn’t love them? These are all mostly small and quick amigurumi patterns – so that if you (like me!) have lots of teachers to give gifts to, you can manage them without getting too overwhelmed!

Mini Superhero Dolls

Little superhero dolls are an adorable crochet gift for your teachers – because they really are the ultimate superheroes! You can personalize this pattern by matching the hair cap to match your teacher and crocheting it in your school colours – plus an embroidered initial always adds an adorable personal touch. The superheroes look super with our superhero gift tag! You can find the free pattern here.

boy and girl superheroes with a card that says "Real heroes don't wear capes, they teach"

School Bus Amigurumi Keychain

This school bus keychain by Raffamusa Designs is so cute! It would make an adorable keychain for your teacher to display their classroom keys. You can find the free pattern here.

crochet school bus keychain

Scraptacular Crayons and Pencil Amigurumi

These adorable crayon and pencil amigurumi by Stringy DingDing would make adorable keychains for your teacher! You can find the free pattern here.

kawaii pencil and crayon amigurumi with eyes

Crochet butterfly keychain

They say that the wonder of teaching is watching caterpillars turn into butterflies. So you can crochet a little butterfly keychain for your teacher to thank them for nurturing your little butterfly. This one can also be paired with our cute gift tag. You can find the free pattern here.

crochet butterfly with a gift tag saying "Thank you for helping me spread my wings"

Basket of Flowers Amigurumi Pattern

Why not crochet your teacher a basket for flowers? Unlike real flowers, these last forever and would be adorable decor for the classroom. Also, that bee – I can’t even! It’s too cute. You can find the free pattern by Stringy DingDing here.

crochet flower pot with two crochet flowers and an amigurumi bee

Malala Yousafzai Crochet Doll

Malala is such an inspiring educational activist and so a little Malala doll is a perfect gift to crochet for a teacher or educationalist. This doll is extra cute with our little printable gift tag with her famous quote: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Malala Yousafzai doll with a tag saying "One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world"

Crochet Apple

An apple for the teacher? This cute crochet apple is an adorable teachers’ gift. And unlike a real apple, it won’t rot. It would be really cute decor for the classroom. You can find the free pattern by Crochet Wizzardd here.

kawaii amigurumi apple

No Sew Fish Amigurumi Keychain

This free no sew pattern makes an adorable little keychain for a teacher – and if you add our fish gift tag with it makes it just perfect (and even better for a swim teacher!)! This little fish works up really fast – so it would be a cute handmade addition to a gift card. You can find the free pattern here.

crochet fish keychain with a gift tag saying " you are o-fish-ally an amazing teacher"

Hopscotch Keychain

Okay, this is not actually amigurumi, but it’s so cute and playful that I had to include it in this round up! When I think of a playground, I just imagine kids hopping around playing this timeless game. So this adorable hopscotch keychain would make a great gift to crochet for an elementary school teacher! You can find the free pattern by Pine Tree Crochet here.

Graduation Crochet Dolls

These graduation crochet dolls are the perfect gifts for a teacher. The little graduates can be customised to match the look of your recipient for a personalised doll! These are particularly good gifts to give during a milestone year (i.e. your kid’s graduation year) to remind them of the hand they played in getting your kid this far. You can find the free pattern by Chai Coffee Crochet here.

small boy and girl crochet dolls with graduation caps and gowns

Back to School Bunnies

These back-to-school bunnies by A Menagerie of Stitches are just too adorable for words! Designed to look like an apple, pencil, glue stick, and s’mores they are such sweet little gifts for a wonderful teacher! You can find the free pattern here.

Self Care Crochet Gifts for Teachers

These crochet gifts for teachers are focussed on self-care – which I think is awesome and much needed! These are nice and practical gifts that you can crochet for teachers. I don’t know about you, but my appreciation for the work that teachers do has skyrocketed after having to do schooling for my kids during Covid lockdowns. With all that hard work, teachers are definitely deserving of some self care crochet gifts! Here are a few super cute patterns that you can try – most work up really fast and are easy to make.

collage of self care crochet gifts for teachers - a spa set, flower face scrubbies, reusable face pads, and lavender bags

Tea Rose Spa Set

This lovely Tea rose Spa Set by Sweet Softies would make a beautiful gift for the teacher in your life. This set includes free patterns for face scrubbies, a facial washcloth, a bath pouf, and a soap saver pouch. Each pattern comes with both written instructions and a video tutorial. This gorgeous set is a lovely way to show them that you care! You can get the free patterns here.

Suzy Flower Face Scrubbies

This is another design for face scrubbies that would make a lovely gift. You can find the free pattern by Sweet Bee Crochet here.

Reusable Crochet Face Pads

This set of face pads comes with three different designs that would make a lovely gift set. You can find the free pattern by This Pixie Creates here

Crochet Lavender Bags

These lavendar bags are lovely to put in a drawer to add a calming fragrance. This pattern not only has detailed step by step tutorials on how to crochet the bag, but also instructions on how to dry the lavender to add to your bag. You can find the free pattern by Ned and Mimi here.

Crochet Bookmarks and Book Covers for Teachers

What better gift than to crochet a book-themed gift for your teacher? These cute crochet bookmarks and book cover are really cute gifts that a teacher can actually use! Plus the patterns are quite simple and work up fast so you can have a meaningful gift crocheted in no time. You can couple them with your favourite book or a gift certificate for a truly complete gift.

crochet bookmarks and bookcovers for teacher gifts

Sunflower Book Mark

I love this gorgeous sunflower bookmark by Hookok. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Instead of gifting flowers, you can crochet your teacher this bookmark for a long-lasting and beautiful gift of appreciation. You can find the free pattern here.

Little Boxes Crochet Bookmark

This is a very pretty quick and easy book mark to crochet for a teacher. The pattern is written in both US and UK terms, so you can use whatever version you’re most comfortable with. You can find the free pattern by Crochet ‘n’ Create here.

Simply Daisy Bookmark

This beautiful daisy bookmark would make a gorgeous teacher gift. It uses star stitch and has a video tutorial if you need help understanding the written pattern. You can find the free pattern by This Pixie Creates here.

Lotte Lace Crochet Corner Bookmark

I love this gorgeous crochet corner bookmark by Blue Star Crochet. It’s just so beautiful, isn’t it? You can find the free pattern here.

Kaleidoscope Book Cover

This lovely crochet book cover would make a great gift for your teacher. You could even buy them a plain notebook and then crochet this book cover to turn it into a personalized journal. What I like about this pattern is that it shows you the formula to get the cover to fit any book that you like. You can find the free pattern by Banana Moon Studio here.

Coffee Themed Crochet Gifts for Teachers

If I were going to spend my days with cute but active kids, I think I would need lots of caffeine to get me through the day! (Who am I kidding – I already need it with my three boys!) So a great gift to crochet for your kid’s teacher is a cute cup cozy that helps them get that much-needed coffee (or tea – as Shama would add) into their systems! Here are some cute free patterns for crochet coffee cozies for teachers.

collage of crochet coffee cozis for teachers - pencil cup cozy, cup cozies with printable labels, crochet cups with cup cozies, and a crochet coffee rug

Pencil Me In Cup Cozy

This adorable pencil-themed cup cozy by Through the Loop Yarn Craft is an adorable little cup cozy to crochet for your teacher. The pattern is simple – yet so cute! I can imagine it looking so cute on a classroom desk. You can find the free pattern here.

Gift Card Cup Cozy with Printable

I love these gorgeous cup cozies. They’re not just a cup cozies but they have a pocket for a gift card – so you can gift both the cup cozy and the coffee to your teacher! What a fabulous gift! Plus, the pattern comes with adorable teacher-themed printables to present your cup cozy. You can find this cute pattern and printable by Cute as a Button Crochet here.

Revel Coffee Cup Cozy

Here is another cute cup cozy by Rebecca Velasquez. With its simple design, these cup cozies can be used on any occasion – both in and out of the classroom. You can get the free pattern here.

It’s Coffee Time Mug Rug

This cute mug rug by the Loopy Lamb would be such a cute gift for a teacher’s desk. The best part about this pattern is that there are no ends to weave in! The colours are carried through each row and they are left as tassels on the end! I just love quick patterns that are time-saving! You can find the free pattern by the Loopy Lamb here.

Crochet Home Decor and Wearable Teacher Gifts

There are a number of other awesome and useful gifts that you can crochet for a teacher – from home decor to wearables that will be used for years to come. Some of these are gorgeous and practical gifts, while others are more whimsical. But all of them are great teacher gifts to crochet!

a collage of crochet teacher gifts including a crocheted pencil scarf, a crocheted plant hanger, a plant holder, crochet scarf, and an apple shaped watch cover

Pencil Scarf

This pencil scarf by Nicole Chase is so stinkin’ cute! It would be such a great gift for a teacher. Not only can it be worn as a scarf, it would also work as classroom decor. It’s so super cute! You can get the free pattern here.

Plant Hanger

This gorgeous plant hanger by Sarah Maker puts a crochet spin on a macrame planter. It is so cute! You could add a simple plant to it and it would be the perfect addition to your teacher’s classroom or home. You can find this gorgeous free pattern here.

Planting Seeds Flower Pot Cozy and Card

This is a really cute gift for teachers. It’s a flower pot cozy for that special someone who has nurtured your kids and helped them grow! The pattern also comes with a free printable gift card to go along with it. You can find the free pattern by Moogly here.

Liguria One Skein Scarf

This one skein scarf by ChristaCo Designs works up fast (after all, it requires just one skein of worsted wool yarn!) yet is really pretty. It would be a really lovely gift for a teacher to wear in the winter months (well, unless you live in a warm place like we do!). You can find the free pattern here

Apple Watch Cover

While an Apple Watch may be waayyyyyy out of budget for a teacher gift (lol), an apple watch cover would be fun gift! You can get the free pattern by My Fingers Fly here.

Crochet Gifts for Male Teachers

We often wonder what you can you crochet for a male teacher? To be honest, my kids have had several male teachers and I’ve always crocheted them small amigurumi. However, while a number of the school-themed gifts above are universal for both male and female teachers, sometimes you may want to crochet something more personal for a male teacher. So here we have a couple of great quick patterns for men that you can try! The best part about them is that they’re simple and work up fast because gifting season means lots of gifts to make at once!

Salt of the Earth Men’s Crochet Beanie

I really like this beanie by Crochet 365 and Knit Too as a crochet gift for a male teacher. It is simple yet striking – which is great because you would want something that’s universally appealing for a teacher. Plus it’s really quick to make, which is helpful if you have a lot of gifts to make! You can find the free pattern here.

crochet beanie for man

Simple Scarf for Men

This simple scarf for men by Heart Hook Home is both super easy and super quick – which is a combo I can get behind! It takes two skeins of chunky yarn and works up really quickly. You can find the free pattern here.

Jute Water Bottle Holder

This gorgeous water bottle holder by Kirsten Halloway Designs is a great gift to crochet for a male (or even female!) teacher. It’s actually really beautiful to look at – I love the rustic look you get with the jute! Plus, if your teacher is anything like me, he will really appreciate something to help ensure that he doesn’t leave his water bottle behind at the end of the day! You can get the free pattern here.

What are easy crochet teacher gifts?

Most of these patterns are really simple and would be easy to make for a teacher. But if you’re looking for something super simple and quick for the teacher in your life, perhaps the easiest ones would be the crochet pencils by Stringy Ding Ding or the Pencil Me In Cup Cozy. But honestly most of these patterns are pretty simple. Just go through the instructions and if they sound simple enough, go for it!

What should I crochet for a teacher for Christmas?

If you’re looking to teacher Christmas gifts, I would go for anything on this list! Christmas gifts don’t need to be themed (because you want them to be able to enjoy them throughout the year!). However, if you prefer a gift that is Christmas-themed, check out our round up of Christmas Ornament Patterns and Christmas Amigurumi which will give you plenty of ideas!

What are some quick gifts to crochet for teachers?

If you’re looking for quick crochet teacher gifts, a number of these patterns work up really fast. The crochet fish, butterflies, and pencils take under an hour to crochet. The Malala crochet doll, the superhero dolls, and the graduation dolls all just take a couple of hours to crochet. Otherwise, scrubbies, bookmarks, and cup cozies are all really quick to crochet!

What yarn do you need to crochet teacher gifts?

The yarn that you need to crochet these gifts for your teachers will vary by the pattern. Usually it’s best to use the yarn recommended in the pattern if you would like to have your gift match the size and shape of the pattern photo. If you use a yarn that is thicker than that recommended in the pattern, your finished project will turn out larger than that in the pattern photo. If you use yarn that is thinner than that recommended, your project will be smaller than that in the photograph.

What techniques do I need to crochet teacher gifts?

Again, the techniques that you need to know will depend on the pattern itself. You should, however, be familiar with crochet basics such as:

  • Slip knots
  • Slip stitches
  • Single Crochet
  • Half Double Crochet
  • Double Crochet
  • How to crochet a magic circle
  • How to change colour