Today we have teamed up with Debbie from A Child’s Dream to bring you the Gnomes with Arms pattern. This past summer we shared several gnome patterns on Wee Folk Art that called for drilling holes into the standard peg bodies. Some of our readers expressed concerns over drilling the holes themselves and Debbie took it upon herself to find a supplier so that she could carry peg doll bodies with pre-drilled holes. The peg bodies she found have a unique shape and she asked us if we could possibly create a pattern set to go along with them. We were happy to work with her on this project. This pattern was designed for the pre-drilled wooden pegs available at A Child’s Dream. These gnomes are perfect for anyone that wants Gnomes With Arms but doesn’t have the means to drill the holes themselves.
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Gnomes with Arms Pattern
Whether you live in town or the country, chances are you can find some gnome friends that would love to share your abode! Known for their loyalty and superb adventures, you can never have too many gnomes frolicking in your house.
Last summer I made some gnomes with arms that involved getting out a drill. You can find them HERE and HERE. Although many people gave it a go, there was a collective “yikes” from others that felt power tool challenged! Our friends at A Child’s Dream tracked down some pegs that had pre-drilled holes for arms. A Child’s Dream now carries 3 sizes in their shop. They do have a unique shape and need special patterns for clothes. I designed a set of gnome patterns specifically for these particular pegs. Obviously, a visit to A Child’s Dream is necessary to pick up the pegs and all the supplies necessary to make these Gnomes With Arms!
Important: Wooden pegs can vary in size, even from the same company. We suggest you make a copy of the pattern, cut it out of paper, and “try it on” your wooden pegs. Make adjustments to the paper pattern before cutting out your felt. Also, make sure the arm holes on the body wraps line up with the holes in your pegs.
NOTE: Measurements are all in metric since the supplies necessary are sold in metric units.
Materials for Gnomes With Arms
- Pre-drilled wooden pegs in sizes 9 cm (large), 6 cm (medium) and 5 cm (small)
- Wool felt pieces – two colors for each gnome
- 3 mm Pipe cleaners for arms cut in 9 cm (large) 6.5 cm (medium) and 6 cm (small)
- 6 mm Wooden beads for hands
- 6 Strand embroidery floss
- Craft glue
- Sharp Scissors
IMPORTANT: Wooden pegs can vary in size, even from the same company. We suggest you make a copy of the pattern on “try it on” your wooden pegs. Make adjustments to the paper pattern before cutting out your felt.
Directions for Gnomes With Arms Body
Make a copy of the pattern pieces.
Decide if you would like your gnome to wear a jacket or a cape. Cut hat and body wrap out of color A and cape or jacket out of color B.
Cut out small holes on body wrap for arms.
Glue body wrap to wooden peg matching holes with pre-drilled holes on wooden peg.
Cut pipe cleaners to length. Large 9 cm, medium 6.5 cm and small 6 cm.
Slide pipe cleaner through holes and center on body. Place 2 small dabs of glue on the pipe cleaner near the body to hold it in place.
Glue a wooden bead to each end of the pipe cleaner to create hands.
Gnomes with Arms Cape Option
To make the cape, blanket stitch the outer edge of the cape using 6 strands of contrasting embroidery floss. Do not stitch the curved neck line. (Photo shows blanket stitch for cape, hat and jacket.)
There are 2 ways you can attach the cape. For the first option, wrap the cape around the body, slightly overlapping at the neckline. Use 6 strands of embroidery floss and satin stitch the cape closed. Grab a bit of the body wrap underneath to prevent the cape from turning. The center back of the cape should be lined up with the body wrap’s back seam.
For the second option, attach the cape with a bow by sew a running stitch along the curved neckline using 6 strands of contrasting floss. Leave long lengths of floss on either side of the cape for tying.
Position the cape so the center back of the cape lines up with the body wrap seam. Tightly tie the cape to the gnome at the neckline. Then tie a bow. Decide how long you want to leave the ties and knot each end separately at that point. This will prevent the floss from unraveling. Cut off the extra floss below each knot. Place a small dab of glue on the bow’s knot to prevent the bow from coming untied.
Gnomes with Arms Jacket Option
To make the jacket, blanket stitch the outer edges of the jacket along the front and bottom edges using 6 strands of contrasting floss.
Fold along the dotted line with the wrong sides together. With 2 strands of matching floss, use a blanket stitch or running stitch to sew the jacket together under the arms. This will create the sleeves and jacket sides. Keep the seam very small, about 1.6 mm. Slide the jacket on the gnome.
To make the hat, blanket stitch the lower edge of the hat using 6 strands of contrasting embroidery floss.
With wrong sides together, fold the hat in half. Using 2 strans of matching floss and a running stitch, sew up the back of the hat.
Place a thin line of crafting glue on the inside of the hat near the edge. Position the hat on the gnome tilting it slightly backward.
Position the arms as desired.
Gnomes with Arms Pattern Booklet
If you would like to have a full color, print copy of the pattern, the Gnomes with Arms pattern is now available in our Pattern Booklet collection. Over the next year we will be turning many of our most popular patterns into booklets. The Pattern Booklets make great gifts and are a fun way to share our patterns with your friends and family.
Some of our pattern booklets will also be available for resale. If you are a shop owner and would like to carry our pattern booklets in your shop, or if you would like to create craft kits to go with our patterns, please contact us for more information.