Large Gnomes for Little Hands

Large Gnomes for Little Hands

Part 2 can be found HERE
Part 3 can be found HERE


I know it probably seems like I just got back from visiting Drew, Meghan and the Little Lady in Wisconsin, but, to me it seems like forever! I’ve got another trip planned mid May, and since it would be impossible for me to go empty handed, I tried to decide what I wanted to make to bring. Although I really wanted to make her some our Waldorf Inspired Peg Gnomes, they still could pose a choke hazzard, so I decided to make bigger gnomes.





I am working on a set of rainbow gnomes for the Little Lady. Remember last year I made a set of rainbow gnomes for Pixie’s birthday basket? Well, those gnomes are teeny tiny next to these! Basically, I took my standard pattern for the Waldorf Inspired Gnomes and enlarged the pattern 125%. Worked great! But I decided since these were so much larger, I wanted to embellish them with applique and embroidery. Today I am sharing the first two: Heart Gnome and Rain Gnome. Over the next couple weeks I will finish the other 4 and share the patterns as I complete them. 

The directions are very similar to the original directions with a few changes, which, BTW, could be used on the previous gnomes directions. Changes are typed in red. 

Large People Body (wooden peg) 3 9/16″ x 1 1/8″
Wool/wool blend felt – 2 main colors plus various colors for appliques
embroidery floss
crafting glue
favorite stuffing material
copy of pattern

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 โ€œtry it onโ€ your wooden pegs. Make adjusts to the paper pattern before cutting out your felt.

Note: If you are making 6 rainbow gnomes, decide on the colors you will be using before you begin. Then, use only those 12 colors, plus white, when adding appliques.

Directions are the same for both gnomes:

Cut hat and cloak out of color A and body wrap out of color B. For the Heart Gnome, cut the hearts out of pink and the leaves out of green. For the Rain Gnome, cut the raindrops and cloud out of white. 

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

Add appliques to the cloaks and hats using the pattern as a guide. Blanket stitch the outer edge of the cloaks using 6 strands of embroidery floss that matches the body wraps.

Using 2 strands of floss that match the cloak, sew a running stitch close to the neck edge on the cloak.

Gather the running stitch slightly to make it fit around the peg’s neck. The back of the cloak should be centered with the back (the seamed edge) of the body wrap. Stitch closed at neck.
Using 6 strands of contrasting floss, satin stitch a closure at the neckline.





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 6 strands of embroidery floss.

Using your favorite stuffing, stuff the inside of the head 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 gnome a name and introduce him or her to your household!


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  1. What kind of glue do you use?

    1. My mom is on vacation… but I believe it is Tacky Craft Glue.

    2. I usually use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, mainly because I grew up using it. It can be purchased at most crafting stores. I’ve also used Elmer’s Crafting Glue and it worked just fine. The important thing here is to use a crafting glue. Regular glues like Elmer’s glue are too watery. Crafting glues are thicker and do not soak through your fabrics as easily. Because crafting glue is thicker it doesn’t bleed through you fabrics, and because it has less water, will dry quicker. When I make my gnomes, I glue the body wrap on, roll it on the table to make sure it adheres, then I can go on working. I usually do not need to secure the piece on with rubber bands, etc, because it adheres that quickly. I would not start a project like this without it!

  2. You ladies think of everything! I love these.

    much love,

  3. These are sweet and I’m sure the little one will love them! Once again your attention to detail and your skills are amazing!!! Love the fingernail polish too!!!

    1. LOL… thanks for noticing the nail polish. Pixie, Fairy and I have been all about fingernail polish these days. Our favorite right now is to do every other nail a different color. Lilac and spring green are our favorite combo right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These are too cute. I just made some of your smaller ones for my girls. I added a woodland creature house I bought at the toy store. They have been playing for hours. My little one loves her gnome sleeping bag I made for her as well. I might be making some felt rugs for their house this evening!

    1. They are really very fun to make, and once you get the hang of it, quite easy. Hope you fill your house with lots of gnomie love ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Not long ago I purchased the small people pegs to make your gnomes because they are just so darn cute. Now I want to make the bigger ones for my grandchildren.
    Although; I am curious as to the names of the other rainbow gnomes.

  6. I’m having trouble seeing how the shape of the hat on the pattern, and the blanket stitch indicated, folds around to become this hat? Could you add more detail please?

    1. When you look at the hat pattern, you will notice a dotted line that runs down the hat piece. This is the OVERLAP line. To the left of the overlap line, there are no markings. To the right of the overlap line are the shapes that you applique on to the hat. When you shape the hat, everything to the left of the overlap line is hidden inside the hat. So, the long right edge of the hat is wrapped around to the overlap line. You should no longer see the blank section of the hat, which is now under the overlap line. Sew along the edge using a running stitch or blanket stitch. I hope that helps.

  7. I love your wee folk but have not seen the body forms anywhere, I am really interested in the largest ones. Do you have a recommended supplier which will sent to New Zealand?

    1. Kimara

      I do know Casey’s Wood Products carries the large pegs and ships internationally. Also, there is a New Zealand shop, Modern Teaching Aids that carries a “family” of wooden peg people. You might want to contact them to see if they would be willing to sell only the large pegs.

      Wishing you much luck!

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