Earth Day Inspired Crochet Patterns

Earth Day Inspired Crochet Patterns

Hey there, fellow crocheters! Can you believe Earth Day is just around the corner?  It's like our planet's birthday, a time to show it some extra love and appreciation.

🌍Since 1970, April 22nd has been our annual reminder to celebrate this beautiful blue marble we call home and to roll up our sleeves for a little eco-action.

If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you know I'm all about those upcycle projects and finding ways to tread a little lighter on our precious planet. So, guess what? I've got something special lined up for you today!

In this blog post, I'm thrilled to share 15 delightful crochet patterns that are just perfect for celebrating Earth Day in style. 🌱✨ Whether you're a crochet pro or just starting out, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.

Alrighty, let's break it down! I've broken up all of these patterns into three different categories: Eco-Friendly, Planet-Inspired, and Yarn Scrap patterns. 

First up, I'll share some eco-friendly projects. These patterns are all about creating sustainable projects that show Mother Earth a little extra love, whether it's by upcycling materials or choosing alternatives to reduce paper waste

Next, we're blasting off into the cosmos with our planet-Inspired patterns. From adorable amigurumi to planet coasters, these creations will embrace the lovely design of our beautiful Earth. 

Then we'll tackle those yarn scraps with some yarn scrap patterns. Whether you're mixing and matching colors or getting creative with texture, these patterns prove that even the tiniest scraps can make a big impact.

And hey, if any of these patterns catch your eye, don't forget to check out the links directly to the pattern right below each photo. 

So grab your favorite yarn, cozy up in your favorite spot, and let's dive into these Earth Day-inspired creations together. Let's get stitching and one step closer to making everyday Earth Day! 


Eco Friendly: 

Swifter Mop Cover by Grace and Yarn, see the pattern here.

First up, we have the Swiffer mop cover by Grace and Yarn. If you're a fan of the convenience of the Swiffer but want to skip the disposable cloths to reduce your environmental footprint and save some cash, this pattern is perfect for you. It's beginner-friendly, works up quickly, and makes for a thoughtful gift for fellow eco-conscious friends. The mop cover measures 10 inches (25 cm) long by 5 inches (13 cm) wide.

What's great about these covers is their practicality. They're simple to crochet, and the designer used 24/7 cotton yarn, which is both machine washable and dryer friendly—making cleaning a breeze. You can easily whip up a bunch of these covers, and they're a breeze to maintain.


Pot Scrubbies by Make and Do Crew, see the pattern here

If you're a frequent grocery shopper like me, you'll appreciate this next pattern: the Pot Scrubbies by Make and Do Crew. It's a fantastic way to repurpose those small nylon bags that fruits and veggies come in, keeping them out of the landfill, especially since they can't be recycled. The designer used Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton yarn and 2 to 3 mesh bags to create these scrubbies.

What's great about this pattern is its simplicity. It utilizes basic stitches, making it more beginner-friendly. Plus, it's a thoughtful housewarming gift idea for a fellow Earth-loving friend.


Face Scrubbies by The Loophole Fox, see the pattern here

Another fantastic option is the Face Scrubbies pattern by The Loophole Fox. It's an excellent alternative to single-use cotton rounds, offering a reusable solution for your skincare routine. These scrubbies measure 3.5 inches in diameter (9 cm) and feature puff stitches, making it a bit more intermediate-level.

Despite the puff stitches, they're relatively quick to work up, and you can easily create a bunch of them for multiple uses. Whether you're removing makeup or simply washing your face, these scrubbies are a sustainable and practical choice.


Linen Grocery Tote by Purl Soho, see the pattern here

Next up, we have the Linen Grocery Tote by Purl Soho. This project is beginner-friendly and measures 17 inches by 11 inches (43 cm by 28 cm). It's the perfect accessory for farmers' markets or grocery shopping trips.

What's wonderful about this tote is its versatility. You can easily carry fruits and veggies in it, eliminating the need for single-use bags and reducing waste sent to landfills. It's a practical and eco-friendly solution for your shopping needs.


Farmhouse Dishcloth by Miss Mustard Seed, check out the pattern here

Another wonderful option is the Ruffled Edge Dishcloth by Miss Mustard Seed. This pattern is beginner-friendly and available as a full pattern on their blog, downloadable for free, along with a YouTube video tutorial. These dishcloths are fantastic to make because they're reusable and durable.

What's fantastic about these dishcloths is their sustainability. By using them, you're reducing the number of paper towels that end up in landfills. Plus, they're incredibly effective for cleaning—a win-win for both your home and the environment.




Earth Cuddle Buddy by Repeat Crafter Me, see the pattern here

First up is the Planet Earth Cuddle Buddy piece by Repeat Crafter Me. This adorable creation measures 7 by 7 inches (18 by 18 cm). It's a bit more intermediate-level due to the tapestry crochet technique required, where you carry the yarn across as you work each stitch.

To make this piece, you'll crochet two circles by the row, then add a sc edge around to round it out. After sewing them together and stuffing with polyfill, you can embroider a smile and add safety eyes.

What's fantastic about this project is its versatility. Instead of polyfill, you can also fill it with little bits of yarn scraps or a combination of polyfill and yarn scraps—keeping those bits out of landfills. It's a wonderful way to reduce waste and create something adorable in the process.


Amigurumi Earth by Toygurumi, see the pattern here

Another delightful option is the Amigurumi Earth by Toygurumi. This adorable creation is made in the round using the tapestry crochet technique, making it a fun project to tackle. Plus, it's accompanied by a YouTube tutorial video for guidance.

It's worth noting that this tutorial is designed for left-handed crocheters. If you're right-handed, you'll need to create a mirror image for each round. With a bit of adjustment, you'll have your very own mini Earth ready to cuddle in no time!


Mega Globe by Kaper Crochet, check out the full pattern here

Alternatively, you could try making the Mega Globe by Kaper Crochet. This impressive piece measures 2 feet in diameter with a circumference of 6 feet, making it perfect for use as a planet pillow on your couch.

What's wonderful about this project is its size and versatility. Not only does it make a statement as a decorative pillow, but you can also stuff it with any old clothes or blankets, giving them a new life while reducing waste. It's a creative and eco-friendly way to add a touch of planetary charm to your home decor.


Earth Day Coaster by Stitch By Fay, see the full pattern here

Another fantastic project to try is the Earth Day Coaster by Stitch by Fay. These coasters measure 4 by 4 inches (10 by 10 cm) and offer a bit more of a challenge, as they require the tapestry crochet method.

What's particularly appealing about this pattern is its inclusion of a tapestry grid chart, which is perfect for those who prefer visual aids. Alternatively, if you prefer written instructions, they're available as a pattern on their blog as well. Whether you're chart-savvy or prefer step-by-step guidance, this pattern has you covered!


Earth Day Tote by Yarn Under, see the pattern here

Another delightful option is the Earth Day Tote by Yarn Under. This practical tote measures 12 inches (30.5 cm) in width and 13 inches (33 cm) in length. It's created using the intarsia color changing method and includes both a tapestry chart and written instructions.

It's important to note that this pattern is available for purchase on their Etsy shop. With its charming design, this tote is sure to become your favorite companion for shopping trips and outings!



Yarn Scraps:

Diamond Stitch Blanket by Happy in Red, see the full pattern here

Let's start with the Diamond Stitch Blanket by Happy in Red. This pattern is perfect for using up scraps and is available in both English and Dutch. With easy-to-follow instructions, adjusting the sizing is a breeze, and there are helpful notes provided for guidance.

Additionally, detailed photos accompany each step of the process, making it even easier to create your own cozy masterpiece. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned crocheter, this blanket is sure to become a treasured project!


Bulky Scrap Beanie by Cactus Lady Creation, see the full video tutorial here

Another fun project to try is the Scrap Beanie, designed by yours truly. With scraps piling up, I decided to embrace them and create this very beginner-friendly beanie. It was a fantastic way to make use of those leftover yarn bits and create something cozy and stylish.

Best part? You can find a step-by-step tutorial for this beanie on my YouTube channel, or check it out below. Whether you're new to crochet or a seasoned pro, this project is sure to spark joy and creativity!




Scrap Yarn Rug by Cactus Lady Creation, see the full video tutorial here

Another fantastic idea is to create a Scrap Yarn Rag Rug, just like the one I made last year. I used 5mm cotton rope and fabric scraps from old clothes, but you can easily adapt it to use any scrap yarns you have on hand.

For a step-by-step guide, you can find the tutorial on my YouTube channel, or check it out below. It's a great way to repurpose materials and create a colorful, unique rug for your home decor!




Plastic Basket by Cactus Lady Creation, check out the video tutorial here

Another beloved project of mine is this yarn scrap basket that I created. What makes this one special is that I made it out of plarn, which is yarn crafted from plastic bags and yarn scraps. Despite its unconventional materials, this basket is incredibly sturdy and serves me well every day for storing laundry. 

I actually crafted this basket a couple of years ago for Earth Day. It proved to be an excellent way not only to use up yarn scraps but also to repurpose plastic bags from the grocery store. If you find yourself accumulating plastic bags, consider giving them a new life with this eco-friendly project and help divert them from landfills. See my favorite way to make plarn in my YouTube video tutorial here, or in the video below. 




Pom Poms by My Poppet, see the tutorial here

Another timeless yarn scrap project is making pom poms, as demonstrated by My Poppet. These are incredibly fun to create—you just need scissors, scrap yarns, and either a pom pom maker or a piece of cardboard. No crochet techniques are needed to make them, making them accessible to everyone.

The best part? Pom poms are incredibly versatile. You can use them in your crochet projects or incorporate them into a wide variety of crafts. Get creative and have fun experimenting with these delightful little yarn creations!


Thank you for exploring my 15 favorite Earth Day-inspired crochet projects with me! I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below.

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