Felt Gnome Tutorial

 

Once you let a gnome in your life, you’ll never be without one again! Our house is crawling with gnomes. We have unassuming gnomes and rather ostentatious gnomes. We have gnomes that love to tell stories and shy ones that prefer to listen. We even harbor a couple rather naughty gnomes, but down deep, they have a heart of gold! Their personalities are as different as you’d expect in any group of friends. For that reason, we’d like to give you the opportunity to invite a few gnomes into your house.

Here’s how to make felt gnomes. These are the traditional Waldorf style gnomes. They are simple and faceless, quick to make, and can easily populate your gnome abode in hours!

Important Note: People turnings (wooden pegs) are not all created equal. Even pegs bought from the same company can be slightly different. I highly suggest you make a copy of the pattern, cut it out of paper, and “try it on” your wooden pegs. Make adjusts to the paper pattern before cutting out your felt. 

Materials:

Wool felt pieces – two colors

6 strand embroidery floss or pearl cotton

People turnings (wooden pegs) – You can purchase at Wee Folk Art Market Place

    Adults 2 3/8″ x 7/8″

    Children 1 11/16″ x 5/8″

Craft glue

Pattern for Adult Gnomes

Pattern for Child Gnomes

 

 

 

Directions:

 

[1] Cut hat and cloak out of color A and body wrap out of color B.

 

[2] Glue body wrap to people turning. Match bottom edge of wrapping with bottom edge of turning.

 

 

[3] Blanket stitch the outer edge of the cloak using 6 strands of embroidery floss.

 

[4] Wrap cloak around the body slightly overlapping in the front at the neckline. Use 6 strands of embroidery and satin stitch closed.

 

[5] Blanket stitch the lower edge of the hat using 6 strands of embroidery floss.

 

[6] Following pattern, overlap hat edges to create cone. Pin together and use 2 strands of matching embroidery floss to sew together. You can either use a blanket stitch or a running stitch.

 

[7] 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.

[8] Give your gnome a name and introduce him or her to your household!

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave your scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!
 
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  1. Manic Mama says

    Do you know if you could make different little people from this pattern? I have all boys in the family and I really don’t think gnomes would be “tough” enough for them. Me, personally, I love them! Totally cute! But the testosterone wins.

    I was wondering how to make pirates or cowboys and if you had any ideas.

    Love your site. Just added you to my bloglist. 😀

    http://www.musingsofamanicmama.blogspot.com

    • Kimara says

      We have talked about that several times. Bug is 6 1/2, and although he will still play in the gnome house with his younger sisters, he’s usually responsible for mischief and mayhem… usually involving dinosaurs or uninvited trolls! We are thinking pirates and knights for little people, and although I do have some ideas, and even some sketches,  I probably won’t get to them for a couple of months. Basically, just think of the doodads that each have, like bandannas and eye patches, tabors and swords. Just start putzing… that’s how I design. Good luck with them, and keep checking back, because it is on our to-do list, and actually pretty high on it :) 

      • Manic Mama says

        Oh yay! I will check in! I’ve never been crafty before, not really, but hey, being broke taps things inside that may not have ever surfaced before. :) Long live creativity! I’ve already been looking at the turnings at Casey’s… but I think my hubby could make them… he’s a carpenter. I wonder if dowels would work, to spin them down on a lathe… I’ll ask him.

        Thanks!

        http://www.musingsofamanicmama.blogspot.com

  2. Elizabeth says

    WOW~I just found your site through the Woolfelt Central people. Your stuff is amazing~thank you so much for sharing your wonderful patterns. This is the stuff that I just love!! Thank you again so much~I really love your patterns. :~)

    • Kimara says

      We’re glad you found us, too! We are always delighted to find others that can make use of our patterns. Now that you found us, we hope to see lots of us!

  3. Guest says

    I’m trying these tonight for my daughter’s birthday. I’m not very crafty so very nervous. Thank you for your detailed pictures and instructions!!
    Amy

  4. Kristin says

    I LOVE these gnomes!! I have made tons in the last few weeks. I had been making them for myself( just to decorate with) when my 4 yr old boy, Fisher, fell in love with them. He’s asked for one in every color. I made a modified flower fairy with a pointy hat that has a brim. (Sort of a witches hat.) Super cute! Thanks for all your wonderful patterns. We have projects for months!

  5. Val says

    You will have to excuse me. I just discovered your blog and I’m going nutz. So many things to see. I have long admired all the little gnomey things I’ve seen on line, but until now I hadn’t thought about making my own. They look easy. I’m going to get some pegs and give them a try. I want to make rainbow ones.

  6. Bridget says

    Thank you soooooooo much for the amazing and inspiring gnome pattern! i have been making them for many loved and treasured spirits!! They will forever be a part of my life!!!!

  7. Ritadaisy says

    I have just made a spring one and going to make the baby tomorrow. Its so exciting and have added them to my Easter tree and Easter table display. I have most of today looking at this website and its amazing. Will be making lots more…going to try the Easter eggs next
    Thanks so much for this website!!!

    • Kimara says

      I’m glad you found our site, Rita, and that you are enjoying it. If you have a digital camera, we would love to see some of your projects. If you have a blog and post your projects there, you can add a link here in comments…. OR… you can add a photo to WFA’s Flickr group… or if you are on Facebook, you can become a fan of WFA and add a photo to the Fan’s photos… OR… you can always email us a pic. We want to give our readers many ways to show off their work :)

  8. Denna says

    These are great! I am making my first pair and hoping to make many more! I do have a question, however. How long do you leave glue to dry and what do you use to press felt to the body while drying? I tried using rubber band but it left terrible marks. Also the glue really seeped through felt and left noticeable spots (I used all-purpose glue, which is suitable for wood and fabric), do you have such problem? Right now I just glued the ends to the body and laid it on this side to dry, we’ll see if it will hold!

    • Kimara says

      I use crafting glue, usually Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. You can get it at any crafting store. It is like Elmer’s glue only thicker. I put the glue on as shown in the photo. I lay the felt in place, then roll it back and forth between my palm and the table applying a little pressure. The Tacky Glue bonds quickly. I am able to just keep working without waiting for the glue to totally dry. When gluing on the hats, I glue in place, pat with my fingertips, and that’s it. You shouldn’t need rubber bands or weighting it down if you use the right glue. Also, if your glue is coming through your felt, either you are using crafting felt, which is thinner than the wool/wool blends and the glue can seep through, or your glue is too watery. And don’t worry if a little seeps through. When it dries, you probably won’t be able to see it. 

      • Denna says

        Thank you for your thorough reply! It actually dried and holds fine just by the edges but I will go and find Tacky Glue. I will post photos of my gnomes soon!

    • Kimara says

      Not sure how I missed these cuties. Going to blame it on the season… always so much going on. Thanks for sharing the photos. I agree with Tina, the bearded little guy is awesome :)

  9. says

    I just made my very first gnome (for a swap) and used your pattern. Since I had never made one before, it was a great way to get started! Though I don’t think I will use it again, since I like to work free-handed once I know what I’m doing. But I wrote a post about it, and linked up to your site for the pattern. I’m sure it would help others who are not sure where to start, like me :)
    http://petalsandsunshine.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-first-gnome-story-of-swap.html

    Thanks so much for sharing all your creativity!

  10. AnaG says

    So I made a pair of adults because I just couldn’t resist how stinking cute they are. I also made a pumpkin and mushroom pincushion to go with them. I had a genius idea from the person that posted about the gnome house and I’m going to try to find a birdhouse or one of those bug catcher wooden house things and make a gnome house out of that. I made my gnome bodies from clay because I couldn’t find the pegs and I needed these on a time crunch. I made them a little tiny smidgeon too big so I had to find a way to resize the hat and cape. Wasn’t too bad. Now my friend wants a set and a house for christmas. I can’t wait to make them. Soon as I’m done with the other 10 projects I’m working on. Also my BF saw them and wants me to make him a Dallas Cowboys gnome.. how the heck…. well.. We’ll see. Thanks for the inspiration and adorable gnomes.

    • Kimara says

      Oh, how adorable! I love to see the way people personalize our designs. The hair on your wee girl is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing. I see a whole village in your future, hehe :)

  11. Catherine Parrish says

    I found your site today via Prairie Point Junction and I love your Gnomes! I have a quilt retreat in November and I do believe some little gnomes will be sneaking in and surprising quilters around their sewing machines when no one is looking!!!

    • Kimara says

      Welcome Catherine!

      What a wonderful surprise that will be. Who can resist a sweet little gnome. They are also quite good quilters so they may be able to share some tips :) Do give us an update after your retreat. Would love to hear how they went over. Feel free to include a photo. Have fun and stop by often ((hugs)) ~Kimara~

  12. HLS says

    I know this is a very old post, but I just wanted you to know how much enjoyment my son is getting out of the gnomes I made from your pattern. I made a batch of them two and a half years ago during some bad winter weather to help relieve cabin fever.  He’s 5 now and still plays with them often. He requested a real (wooden) house for them this past Christmas, which we have outfitted with various furnishings. I came back to the site today to reprint the pattern because I’m adding a GnomeBot 2000 to the mix as a surprise (he’s obsessed with robots currently). I plan to sew various jewelry finding cogs and gears to the cloak and body piece, which are made of gray felt. Thanks so much for providing this pattern!

  13. says

    I love your gnomes. I have made some for the front office of our charter school and all the kids love them. I would like to make some as a gift to our new first grade teacher and also have our junior high make some as a fund raiser for the Class 8 field trip. I had read somewhere on your website last fall that the pattern could be used for things outside of personal use with written permission so I want to make sure I ask before we get started. We love your website and seeing the gnomes in the office has led a few of our families to see all the wonderful items you create. Thank you for sharing so much.
    Teri

    • Kimara says

      Awesome! All we ask is that you share a link to our site whenever possible. Hope you have a successful fundraiser and we always love to see pics of projects in process and finished projects. Have a great time! ~Kimara~

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