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.
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
We also made these cute chalkboard-themed gift tags for our teachers gifts this year and thought we would share. 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.
If you want the free teachers gift tag printable, just sign up below and we will email them to you! Just print them out you’re good to go! Awesome, right?
Crochet Amigurumi Gifts 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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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
4. 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.
1. Sunflower Book Marker
I love this gorgeous sunflower bookmark by Meladoras Creations. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
1. 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.
2. Suzette Crochet Hanging Basket
This hanging basket by Made by Gootie is so beautiful. It can be used to store just about anything – plus it adds a touch of class to any room. You can get the free pattern here.
3. 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.
4. 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
5. 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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
Final Thoughts About Crochet Teacher Gifts
That’s all for our pattern rounds up of crochet teacher gifts. Phew! From quick amigurumi to a self-care product set, there are so many awesome options! Plus, the printable chalkboard gift tags will give your gift an even more adorable and personal touch. We hope you found something that you would love to crochet for that special teacher in your kid’s (and your) life.
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