Best Christmas Craft Books

Are you motivated to make a whole bunch of Christmas crafts this year? Perhaps you want to make your own Christmas gifts to give to your colleagues, friends and family; or perhaps you’re motivated to make Christmas projects to sell at craft fairs or use for participating in ornament swaps. Or maybe you just want to make your place look super festive, which is also a worthy goal. If there’s any reason you’d need to get your hands on bunches of different Christmas craft patterns, you’ll definitely want to consider getting your hands on a new Christmas craft book — or perhaps multiple books, depending on how many patterns you actually need.


Craft books give you an economical way to obtain a whole bunch of different craft patterns you can use over and over and over, as many times as you need to, to get all your holiday crafting done. Usually, you get a much better deal when you buy a craft book, than you would get if you were to pay for the same number of single pattern downloads. If you’re on a tight budget for getting your holiday projects made, I would highly recommend looking through this list of the best Christmas craft books, and choosing the one that looks like it has the most projects you would be likely to actually make.

Christmas Craft Books Featuring More Than One Craft Technique

If you enjoy working in a variety of craft media, you’ll want to consider owning a Christmas craft pattern book that gives you ideas for making projects using different craft techniques. Check out the following titles:

Annie’s Christmas Special 2020: Crochet, Sew and Quilt

Annie's Christmas Special Edition 2020: 65+ Christmas Patterns for Crochet, Quilting and Sewing

Annie’s Christmas Special Edition 2020: 65+ Christmas Patterns for Crochet, Quilting and Sewing


If you enjoy crocheting, sewing or quilting, you’ll find appealing projects you can use in this high-value Christmas pattern book. This is a beginner-friendly book that includes multiple ultra-easy patterns suitable for beginning sewists and quilters. There are also plenty of patterns rated for intermediate crafters, too.


The book gives you patterns for making a broad variety of projects including quilts, crocheted blankets, Christmas tree ornaments, wreaths and even a Christmas stocking. My favorite project in the book is called “The Holly Jolly Llama”; there are two variations you can use for making a child’s stuffed toy or a Christmas tree ornament. It’s super cute! I made one of these toys, and it turned out fantastic.


If you aren’t sure which Christmas craft book to buy after looking at all the options on this page, my advice would be to buy this one (at least, if you like sewing, quilting or crocheting). These books are all wonderful, and it is hard to choose between them — but my honest opinion is that this one offers you the best value for the money you spend on it. But of course, you shouldn’t just take my word for it; it’s prudent to check them all out and see which ones appeal to you personally before you make a decision.


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Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet

Gifted by Mags Kandis, Published by Interweave

Gifted by Mags Kandis, Published by Interweave


Whether you’re interested in knitting, crochet, embroidery, felting or other crafts, Gifted has creative ideas you can use for making gift-worthy projects. The projects included in this book all have that one thing in common: They are intended to make impressive gifts to give to your inner circle.


Most of the project ideas included in the book are for knitters; and quite a few of them involve felting (more appropriately known as “fulling”). There are also wonderful crochet project ideas included.

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Crochet Christmas Pattern Books

Christmas patterns are the main focus of the following crochet pattern books:

A Merry Crochet Christmas

A Merry Crochet Christmas Pattern Book, Published by Annie's Crochet

A Merry Crochet Christmas Pattern Book, Published by Annie’s Crochet


This outstanding Christmas crochet book includes a broad variety of fun patterns for crocheting holiday gifts and Christmas decorations. The book includes patterns for making blankets, Christmas ornaments and a broad variety of other holiday crochet projects.


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Annie’s Big Book of Christmas Crochet

Big Book of Christmas Crochet, Published by Annie's

Big Book of Christmas Crochet, Published by Annie’s


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Christmas Knitting Pattern Books

Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits: Knitting Patterns for the Holidays

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Christmas Knits, Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits, Published by Trafalgar Square Books


This Christmas pattern book has some truly special patterns included. For example, if you’re interested in knitting Christmas stockings, you’ll definitely want to consider grabbing a copy of this book, because it offers you some unique and interesting Christmas stocking patterns that I think are absolutely delightful. You’ll also find patterns included for knitting an advent calendar, stuffed toys, and bunches of other wonderful projects.

Everyday Books Featuring Christmas Gift-Worthy Craft Patterns

Since just about anything could be a Christmas gift, you don’t always have to choose patterns from specifically Christmas-themed craft books when you make your Christmas gifts. There are plenty of everyday craft books that include gift-worthy patterns. Here I’m going to share the non-Christmas-specific knitting, crochet and craft pattern books that I think are most appropriate for finding outstanding gift-giving ideas.

Crochet Kaleidoscope

Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs by Sandra Eng, Published by Interweave Press.

Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs by Sandra Eng, Published by Interweave Press.


Crochet Kaleidoscope is not at all intended to be a Christmas book; I don’t even think the word “Christmas” is mentioned in the book, and none of the projects are specifically intended as Christmas projects. However, that didn’t stop me from using this book to crochet lots and lots of Christmas-themed projects to give as Christmas gifts and use as Christmas decorations. I’ll share a few pictures of projects I made from this book, so you can see what I mean:


Here’s a Christmas ornament I made using one of the triangle patterns from the book. I added a column of single crochet stitches to create the tree trunk, and I stitched on some additional crystal beads that weren’t originally called for in the pattern. Voila: A Christmas project.


Hanging Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament: This ornament is made using a triangle motif pattern from a book called Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. It's finished with sparkling red crystal beads. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

Hanging Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament: This ornament is made using a triangle motif pattern from a book called Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. It’s finished with sparkling red crystal beads. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.


Crochet Kaleidoscope offers you other triangle patterns in addition to this one, so you if you don’t mind winging it a little bit when it comes to adding tree trunks and decorations, this book could give you multiple options for creating triangle-shaped Christmas tree ornaments, appliques, etc.


Crochet Kaleidoscope also includes multiple crochet hexagon patterns that could be used as snowflakes, or not. I made some of those into Christmas ornaments too. Check ’em out:


Hexagon Crochet Snowflake Motifs to Use for Christmas Tree Ornaments: These ornaments are made using a hexagon motif pattern from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

Hexagon Crochet Snowflake Motifs to Use for Christmas Tree Ornaments: These ornaments are made using a hexagon motif pattern from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.


Many of the other crochet motif patterns included in Crochet Kaleidoscope could similarly be used for Christmas. Just crochet them in colors that coordinate with your other Christmas decorations, and they’ll be useful. For example, here’s a flower motif that really isn’t Christmas-y at all, but I crocheted it in red, green and white to make it match my other Christmas decorations:


How would you classify this design? Is it a crochet flower? Is it an octagon? Is it an 8-pointed star? Is it a mandala, or perhaps a small doily? I think it could be perceived as any of the above. The pattern is from the book Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. This is a Christmas-friendly colorway of the design which is not included in the book. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

How would you classify this crochet motif pattern? Is it a flower? Is it an octagon? Is it an 8-pointed star motif? Is it a crocheted mandala, or perhaps a little doily? I think it could be used as any of the above. You’ll find this versatile pattern in the book Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng. Interweave is the publisher. This is a Christmas-friendly colorway of the design which is not featured in the book. Crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.


Overall, Crochet Kaleidoscope is one of my all-time, most-used crochet pattern books; I reach for it constantly when I need Christmas gift ideas and also when I need ideas for making everyday projects.


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Crochet Snowflakes Step-by-Step

Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step, a Crochet Pattern and Instruction Book Featuring 40 Crochet Patterns for Different Snowflake Designs Plus Additional Craft Project Ideas for Using the Snowflakes.

Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step, a Crochet Pattern and Instruction Book Featuring 40 Crochet Patterns for Different Snowflake Designs Plus Additional Craft Project Ideas for Using the Snowflakes.


Snowflakes are Christmas-friendly motifs, but you don’t have to immediately rush to put them away on December 26th when Christmas is done. You can keep using them all winter long. So if you’re hoping to make Christmas projects that also have the potential to remain useful for the entire duration of the winter months, you could definitely consider making snowflake-themed items instead of specifically Christmas-y themed items like Santas, elves and reindeer.


If you’d enjoy working from a book that is specifically dedicated to giving you snowflake motifs, Crochet Snowflakes Step-by-Step is a fantastic book to consider using. This book gives you detailed step-by-step photos and tutorials for making a variety of lovely snowflake motifs. It’s a wonderful book that I highly recommend.


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Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs

Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs, published by Trafalgar Square Books.

Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs, published by Trafalgar Square Books.


Arne & Carlos are a couple of Europe’s most popular craft pattern designers. This book is a retrospective of their favorite designs collected from bunches of other craft pattern books. Some of the designs in this book are specifically intended to be Christmas patterns, and some of them are suitable for other holidays like Easter and Halloween. The book also includes bunches of “everyday” patterns for things like toys, clothing and accessories.


The vast majority of the projects in this book are gift-worthy; there are bunches of patterns for small, quick, useful items like slippers that would make fantastic Christmas gifts. One of the highlights of the book is a grouping of knitted Christmas ornament patterns; and another one of the highlights is the grouping of fun doll and doll clothing patterns.


Most of the patterns in the book are knitting patterns, but there are also some truly spectacular crochet blanket patterns and some embroidery patterns, too.


If knitting is your favorite or most-used craft technique, I’d recommend this book to you as being the most useful and versatile choice of all the books listed on this page.

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Make and Give Home Soap Making

Make & Give Home Soap Making book by Kimberly Layton, published by Leisure Arts

Make & Give Home Soap Making book by Kimberly Layton, published by Leisure Arts


Everyone needs soap, which means that soap is a totally failsafe gift. Of course, if you’re a crafter, you have the ability to make your own premium soaps –and therefore I wouldn’t recommend going to your closest big-box store and loading up on whatever mass-produced soap happens to be available. If you want to make useful soaps that look luxurious and gift-worthy, I recommend grabbing a copy of Make & Give: Home Soap Making. This book delivers practical step-by-step tutorials for making and gift-wrapping a lovely variety of soaps that your gift recipients are sure to appreciate.

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Make and Give Home Candle Making

Home Candle Making Book From the Make & Give Series Published by Leisure Arts

Home Candle Making Book From the Make & Give Series Published by Leisure Arts


Would the folks on your gift list appreciate homemade candles? And would you be interested in making some or all of the candles you would give to them? If so, Make & Give: Home Candle Making is worth your consideration. This book offers you detailed instructions for learning how to make exquisite candles; and then it also gives you valuable ideas for how to package up each candle to make it look spectacular. I own several books on the topic of candle making, and out of all of them, this one has the prettiest, most gift-worthy ideas.


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Make and Give Home Apothecary

Make & Give Home Apothecary Book: Bath Bombs, Salts, Scrubs and More Make-Quick Gifts by Stephanie Rose, Published by Leisure Arts

Make & Give Home Apothecary Book: Bath Bombs, Salts, Scrubs and More Make-Quick Gifts by Stephanie Rose, Published by Leisure Arts


If you want to make Christmas gifts consisting of self-care products such as lip balms, bath salts and body scrubs, this is a book I recommend taking a look at. The book gives you detailed recipes plus tutorials teaching you how to make each project; and then it also gives you top-notch ideas for how to package up each item to make it look truly special and gift-worthy. You could succeed at this even if you’ve never made self-care products before, because this book guides you through the entire process from start to finish. I LOVE this book, and I’m betting you will love it, too.


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So there you have it: Those are our suggestions for the best Christmas craft books. If you want to make your own Christmas gifts this year, or create your own festive decorations, these are the books I recommend using to do it. I hope this list will be useful to you as you plan your holiday celebration this year. Happy crafting!

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Posted By: Amy Solovay


This page was last updated on 8-28-2021.