While the gnomes were off on their long awaited visit to their city cousins, the small woodland animals and the Autumn Fairies were hard at work, decking out the gnomes’ house for the Harvest Festival, complete with a charming Autumn Leaf Banner. You can imagine the gnome’s surprise and delight when they returned, weary from the long trip, to find their home overflowing with the bounty of the forest! Axel and Britta tucked their babies, Frodi and Gerda, safely in bed, then joined their friends by the fire for a pint of cider and to share their traveling adventures. Nothing pleases a gnome quite as much as an attentive audience. It was good to be home.
Autumn Leaf Banner Pattern
This Autumn Leaf Banner was designed to fit a branch in our Gnome Home. You may wish to customize the autumn leaf banner to fit a preexisting branch in your Gnome Home or add an angled twig to hang the banner as is.
Autumn Leaf Brooch Variation
As always, I use my applique patterns for different things. I took the Autumn Leaf Banner, reduced it 50%, and made a cute fall brooch. Whether you’re making an autumn leaf banner for a Gnome Home or a brooch to herald in the arrival of fall, the directions are the same, with only minor variations.
Autumn Leaf Banner Materials:
- Copy of Pattern
- 9″ x 12″ piece of wool felt (for banner only)
- wool felt scraps
- 6 strand embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- 1″ – 1 1/2″ pin back (brooch only)
Directions: (Note: The pictures below show a brooch being made. If directions differ for the banner, they will be noted.)
Make copies of the pattern. (If you are making a brooch, reduce pattern 50%.) Click here to download the GNOME HOME Autumn Leaf Banner Pattern PDF.
Cut out 2 banner pieces, one leaf and one leaf accent. (If making a brooch, cut out along the bottom stitching line.)
Using the pattern as a guide, place leaf on the front piece of the banner. Use a small running stitch to join the leaf to the banner using two strands of embroidery floss.
Using the pattern as a guide, place accent on the leaf. Use a small running stitch to join the accent to the leaf using two strands of embroidery floss.
Referring to the pattern, use a stem stitch and 6 strands of embroidery floss to add the stem, veins and wind swirls.
For Autumn Leaf Banner: Place wrong sides of banner pieces together. Pin in place. Use 2 strands of embroidery floss and a running stitch to sew along the top stitching line and the bottom stitching line. This will create a casing for hanging. Using 6 strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch sides and bottoms below bottom stitch line at attach the front and back.
For Autumn Leaf Brooch: Tack pin to the right side of the back banner piece. Place the pin on an angle following the slant of the top to the piece.
Place wrong sides of the banners together. Pin in place. Using 6 strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch sides, bottom and top to attach front and back.