Yes... we realize these are rather simplistic gnomes, but that's the point. These Simple Little Gnomes are a wonderful project for beginning sewers be they six or 60! By using a running stitch to attach the face to the gnomes, and an overcast stitch to sew it all together, even wee crafters can tackle this project.
Of course, if you'd like to embellish your gnomes with a little needlework, it's a great surface for practicing some new stitches. These Simple Small Gnomes measure 3 1/4" tall, and are safe for babies with supervision. So, make a few yourself, and gather the wee ones around and let them start populating their own village. They certainly will be proud of their accomplishment.
100% wool felt or a wool blend. If they are going to be played with a lot, use 100% wool felt
Stuffing of choice - polyfil or wool roving
Make copy of the pattern.
Cut out the felt. Our tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.
Using the pattern for placement, sew the face to the body using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss.
Optional: Add facial features. You may chose to leave the faces blank. If you do want to add facial features, using the face as a template, draw circles on a piece of paper and experiment with facial expressions. Rule of thumb: when you draw the circle, draw a line thru the center horizontally. The eyes should be placed on that line. Too often people drew eyes too high on faces :) Embroider facial features using 3 strands of floss and use a steam stitch or straight stitch.
If you'd like to add embroidery to the body, do so before you stitch the body together. I added different stitches 1/2" from the bottom of the gnome. Be creative and add as much detail as you like.
With wrong sides together, fold the gnome so the two edges match. Pin in place. Using 2 strands of floss, sew the seam using an overcast stitch.
Stuff the gnome. Do not overstuff. If you overstuff, the bottom with be distended and will not be able to stand properly. When the bottom is sewn on, it should be flat.
Lay the circle of felt on the stuffing, and sew the circle to the bottom of the gnome using an overcast stitch and 2 strands of floss.
Tah Dah. That's all there is to it. This is a fast, easy craft that wee ones will love to make. Have fun :)
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