25 Small Crochet Gifts Everyone Can Make (< 1 hour!)

Are you a beginner crocheter looking for projects that aren’t just boring squares and can be made within a lunch break?

Do you need a last minute gift but want to personally make it? This post has a great collection of projects that can be made in less than an hour!

An added positive is that most of these are smaller projects, which don’t take up much yarn and are great stash busters.

Even though these projects are advertised as being completed in less than an hour, remember that crocheting speed is relative. Everyone has a different crocheting speed.

An experienced crocheter will most likely crochet faster than a beginner. Some people crochet fast, and some people crochet slow.

It’s okay if it takes you a little longer than an hour to figure a pattern out. That’s just part of the process to becoming a more experienced crocheter!

This is a collection of mainly written patterns, but there are a few video patterns sprinkled in for those who prefer a step-by-step video when crocheting an item.

There are a couple of no-sew patterns as well, if you are either not a fan of sewing or have not practiced it.

Mini Chick Wall Hanging

I know this is technically a rectangle, but it’s definitely not boring! Look how cute this pattern is, and it’s super quick. It has both the written pattern and chart you can follow.

It takes about 30 minutes, depending on your speed. You can purchase an ad-free PDF on Etsy if you like to print out your patterns.

Reusable Crochet Scrubbies

This pattern is great for beginners who would like to learn how to work in a round. Each scrubby takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you’re faster or more experienced, it may take even less time.

Make sure to use cotton yarn for these face scrubbies as they’ll be much softer and kinder on your face than acrylic yarn. Plus, cotton is better for the environment!

Cute Fingerless Gloves

Free video pattern by Diving Ducks Crochet

This pattern is perfect for the beginner as it only involves one repeated stitch. Her explanations are clear, concise, and step-by-step.

It’s an easy pattern that takes about 30 minutes per glove, depending on how fast you are. If you are looking for the written pattern, you can purchase the PDF here.

Itty Bitty Crochet Kitty

This kitty pattern works up in about 45 minutes. It is incredibly easy and fun! It’s perfect for beginners and makes a super cute kitty.

You can mix and match your own cat’s colors if you are feeling a specific color pattern. You could also practice color changing (or embroidery skills) and make a cat with stripes or spots.


This tiny apple is perfect for practicing the art of small amigurumi. It works up in about 30 minutes, sewing and all.

Mix and match your colors to create an array of different apples for your apple basket, an amigurumi’s snack, your own earrings, keychains, and more.

Owl Cell Phone Cozy

This pattern may seem complicated and may seem like it would take a while, but it’s quite easy and quick. It averages about 45 minutes if you’ve got just a little practice under your belt.

It may take complete beginners a bit longer, but don’t let that deter you. Beginners can still create their own unique phone holder by choosing multi-colored pieces or sticking with one solid body color.

Adorable Axolotl

Free video pattern by Skein Spider

This beginner-friendly, no-sew pattern works up in about 40 minutes to create a super cute axolotl. They’ve been all the rage for a while now, so why not make your own?

The video is perfect for beginners as it is step-by-step with detailed explanations. You crochet all the loose parts onto the body and only need to weave in the ends!

Lil Teabag

This incredibly simple and easy pattern takes less than 30 minutes. It creates a super cute tea bag that can be used as a bookmark or as a gift for your tea friend!

Mix and match different colors to create different types of tea. Safety eyes are optional, and you could create a simple tea bag without a face.

Easy Peasy 30-Minute Beanie

Looking for a beanie that whips up in less than an hour? This 30 minute beanie is an easy peasy pattern that can be created in all kinds of colors and yarn. The thicker the yarn and bigger the hook, the faster this hat will be completed.

Simply Cute Octopus

This pattern is great for those who don’t like too much sewing because it’s completely no-sew (besides closing it up once you’ve finished it). It takes about 45 minutes to complete.

If you’re looking for an ad-free PDF to print out, you can choose from your favorite craft website listed on their blog. If you’d rather watch a video, they have one on YouTube.

Tiny Whale

This no-sew pattern is great for beginners. It’s simple, straightforward, and can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes.

Not only that, but you get to create a super cute whale buddy! It doesn’t have to be in blue; you can choose any color of your liking.

Keychain Chapstick Holder

This super easy and simple pattern can be completed in 15 to 30 minutes. It’s great for anyone who’s constantly losing their chapstick or just wants to have their chapsticks handy.

This pattern is incredibly versatile with colors. She even includes tips on how to do color changes at the bottom of the pattern in case you’d like to practice!

20 Minute Duck

These super quick ducks are easily created in 20 to 30 minutes! You could have a whole army of them by the end of the week if you just work on them during a lunch break.

They’re super easy to mix and match colors, plus there are options for creating different kinds of accessories to make each one unique.

Easy Cowl

While it’s titled “1 hour cowl,” this cowl can easily be crocheted in less than an hour. The trick is to use chunky or bulky yarn which often halves your crocheting time with a simple pattern like this one.

This pattern is perfect for beginners looking to practice their half double crochets since it’s completely made up with that one stitch! Pick your colors and get going on this quickly cozy cowl.

Single Crochet Cross Stitch Potholder

This pattern showcases a neat single crochet trick: yarning under rather than yarning over. Yarning under produces a tighter stitch that resembles the x of a cross stitch. Due to the nature of the stitch, the x will only show up on one side.

This pattern takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s incredibly simple and great for that repetition of practice while creating a useful item.

Coffee Cozy

While this pattern is basically just a rectangle, it can be made with different colors and embellishments to make your very own cozy for your own drink. It’s a useful rectangle that only takes about 15 minutes to create!

You can switch colors with each row to make stripes, or you could use variegated yarn to create a unique pattern without having to change colors.

Cheeky Mice

These cat toys are perfect for anyone who’s needing toys for their new kitty. They whip up in about 20 minutes and can be made in an array of colors.

Better yet, you can add as little or as much catnip inside of them as you’d like. No need to hope there’s enough catnip in a store-bought toy when you can make your own!

Easy Hair Scrunchie

The three things you’ll need to make these easy scrunchies are: a hair tie, a small bit of yarn, and 15 minutes of your time. Depending on the size of the hair tie (or how scrunchy you’d like it to look), your rows may end up longer or shorter than what’s suggested in the pattern.

This pattern is great for putting a creative spin on mundane hair ties and making gifting them much more fun. Crochet enough and you’ll have one for every outfit!


This stingray is perfect if you’re not wanting to work in a round. It takes about 30 minutes to complete this ragdoll-style amigurumi. Choose one color for the top and a different color for the bottom for a unique look.

You can single crochet or sew both sides together. The pattern recommends crocheting the sides together, but if you’d rather sew, you’d easily be able to do that as well.

Colorful Mini Dino

These adorable round dinos are easily created within 30 minutes. They’re super easy and great for beginners. You can mix and match their spike colors to make the sweetest little desk buddy.

If you use variegated yarn with the body (and maybe even the spikes), it will give your dino a unique twist that isn’t like any other dino out there.

Tiny Froggy

These little froggies are so cute! Due to their little parts and a bit of sewing, it may take around 30 to 45 minutes to complete them if you’re not used to small amigurumi.

Mix and match your colors to create your own frog! They’re great as keychains or even just as a little pocket friend for someone to carry around.


These flowers are perfect for beginners who already have a gift that might need some extra pizzazz added to it. Each flower takes less than 10 minutes to make.

They’re great to sew onto a piece of clothing that’s looking a little drab, or maybe even as a simple keychain for a last minute gift. You could make a whole bouquet of them to give to all the special people in your life.

Coin Pouch / Airpods Pouch

Quite a few people have stepped away from cash and are using their cards more often. Every once in a while, you may end up using that hidden bill you’ve discovered in your wallet. What should you do with the coins given back to you?

This pattern not only works up in less than 30 minutes, but it doubles as an airpods pouch and a coin pouch! It’s great to have stashed in your bag or pouch to collect that loose change you might end up forgetting about.

Tiny-Rex the Pocket Dino

This adorable little dino is not only no-sew, but it can be created in just 30 to 40 minutes! It’s a perfect little handheld dino for the perfect person in your life.

While the recommended yarn for this dino is a bulky weight yarn, you can still use a lighter weight yarn if that’s all you have on you. If you’re a video learner (or confused at any point), there’s a step-by-step YouTube video that walks you through how to make your very own dino.


Free video pattern by Tatyana Medintseva

This pattern, while still easy, has quite a few steps to it. If you have some crochet experience under your belt, this bear may take you less than an hour to complete. If you’re a complete beginner, it may take you a bit longer.

The video walks you through step-by-step, mostly in real time. While the audio is in Russian, there are subtitles for 20+ languages!