When is the right time to bring fanciful gnomes into your child’s life? As soon as they are sitting up and ready to play, of course! Our Big Gnomes for Wee Hands were designed with our littlest ones in mind. The large bodies are easy for wee hands to grasp, and with no small parts, safe for supervised play. Make a pair (one for each hand, of course) or make all six in this series for a delightful Spring Rainbow of Big Gnomes!
Our Big Gnomes for Wee Hands measures 6 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Note: Check the bottom of the page for a link to a different set of Big Gnomes.
GENERAL DIRECTIONS FOR EACH LARGE GNOME:
Materials for Each Large Gnome:
Large Wooden Peg People - 3 9/16" x 1 1/8"
Wool felt in light and dark matching colors
Embroidery floss in coordinating colors
Favorite stuffing material (optional)
Beeswax wood finish (optional)
Note: All materials used should be non toxic and child safe.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PREVENT MISUSE OF MATERIALS.
IMPORTANT: There can be significant variations in the sizes of the wooden pegs even from the same manufacture and even in the same shipment! Before cutting the body wraps out of felt, cut the pieces out of paper, and "try them on" your wooden pegs. Make adjustments to the paper pattern before cutting out your felt.
Make a copy of the pattern.
Cut hat and cape out of the dark felt color and the body wrap out of the light felt color. Using the pattern and photo as a guide, cut out the applique pieces.
Check the peg to make sure the bottom is smooth. Occasionally, a little nub may remain on the bottom of a peg. If there is one, simply sand it off with a small piece of sandpaper or a nail file.
You may choose to finish the exposed parts of the wooden pegs with a beeswax polish. I love the rich look it gives the wood. Only finish the head, shoulder and base, not the area that will be glued. I use a small, hard bristle paint brush to get in the neck. This is an optional step.
Glue body wrap to the wooden peg. Match the bottom edge of the wrap with the bottom edge of the wooden peg.
Add appliques and embroidery to the cape using the pattern as a guide. Blanket stitch the outer edge of the cape.
Using 2 strands of floss that match the cape, sew a running stitch close to the neck edge on the cap. DO NOT tie off.
Gather the running stitch slightly to make it fit around the peg's neck. The back of the cape should be centered with the back (the seamed edge) of the body wrap. Stitch closed at neck.
Lift the cape and in the center back, from the inside, tack the cape to the body wrap using 2 strands of matching thread. This will prevent the cape from turning during play.
Using 3 strands of contrasting floss, satin stitch a closure at the neckline.
Mark the overlap line on hat. Embroider the flowers using the pattern for placement.
Form the hat by matching the right edge of the hat piece with the overlap line. Pin together. Using 2 strands of matching floss, sew the hat together using a running stitch or blanket stitch. (I used a running stitch.)
Blanket stitch the lower edge of the hat using 3 strands of embroidery floss.
You can stuff the hat or leave it empty. If the gnome is going to be played with by very young children that will put the gnome in their mouth, I highly suggest you stuff the hat so it retains its shape. Using your favorite stuffing, stuff the inside of the hat stopping about 1/2" from the edge.
Place a line of crafting glue on the inside of the hat near the edge. Position the hat on the gnome tilting it slightly backward.
Give your Big Gnome a name and introduce him or her to some Wee hands!
Here is another set of Big Gnomes you may enjoy!
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