20 Crochet Patterns for Motifs and Appliques (Full List)
by Hannah Ege
As an avid fiber arts creator, you likely have a stash of yarn that consists of extra bits that aren’t enough for a whole project but are too good to throw out. It’s the continual dilemma: what can I do with my leftovers? Well, we have a solution.
Crochet motifs and appliques can be made to use up scraps of yarn. An individual motif works well as an addition to gift wrap or as an appliqué on another crochet item such as a hat or dress.
Sets of crochet motifs can be joined together to make larger items like blankets or strung together to make bunting that decorates your home.
Appliques are intended to be sewn onto other items, whether crochet or not (think crochet patches on denim jeans) but can also be joined together to make bunting.
We found some fun and easy small crochet patterns, so enjoy exploring their full potential when combined with your own creative ideas!
20 Crochet Patterns for Motifs and Appliques
Every wondered what to do with all your small yarn ends and extra stash yarn? Create fun and simple motifs and appliques with these fantastic patterns!
Hexigons are a common motif shape as they can be used for patchwork or sewn together to make something larger. We are obsessed with this zipper techniques used to join these beautiful flower hexi's together.
Free from Tamara at Moogly, these adorable music notes whip up so quickly and there are several different note shapes. Tamara does a great job of offering pattern sets and is a great place to look for other appliques patterns.
It's really great to know how to make a number of different motif shapes so that you always have something you can turn to when you're designing your own pieces. This simple hexagon worked is one to bookmark.
When you crochet projects that use motifs, you sometimes have to use half-versions to make the items turn out right in terms of shaping and draping. This beautiful example shows you how to take a classic daisy hexi and cut it in half. It's also a cute little design on its own!
You can crochet this as a trivet for the kitchen, of course, but you could also use it as a large motif pattern for different types of projects. For example, one large red star would look great on the back of a white t-shirt. A set of three stars might make great framed doily art!
We love the vintage crochet along that Cypress Textiles did last year. This is just one of the vintage motif patterns they made and posted about. If you love this desing, check out their page for more!