How To Make A Gnome With Free Pattern

We have lots of fun sewing projects on our site and this one I am bringing you today is no different. Today on Happiest Camper, I’m going to show you How To Make A Gnome With Free Pattern! You guys know I love sewing up little plushies. When I came across this little Christmas gnome, I knew my kids would love it. This project is a fairly involved project due to some of the small parts you’ll have to sew, so I would recommend having some experience sewing before you try to tackle this one. The included free printable pattern will help you cut out all the parts. I have been looking for something unique to make and this Christmas gnome definitely fits the bill. I will be making a couple of these to give as gifts, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to plan accordingly when gathering up your fabric. I know my girls will think this is so cute.

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So, with all that being said, gather up your supplies from the list below, and let’s get started!

How To Make A Gnome With Free Pattern

What You’ll Need:

how to make a gnome supplies

*Print and cut out the pieces of your PDF Patterns. You will have the following: 

  • Arms/Legs/Boots/Cuffs
  • Hat
  • Body
  • Beard/Hands/Bottom

How To Make A Gnome With Free Pattern

We are going to start this how to make a gnome with free pattern sewing tutorial with the arms and legs. Place the corresponding pattern pieces on the fabric you have designated for each Gnome body part and pin in place (paying attention to those on the fold or that need 2 cuts). Cut your pieces using the cut list above, unpin, and set them aside.

For each leg, arm, boot, and handpiece, place the corresponding pieces with right sides facing together and pin or clip together. You should have (2) legs, arms, hands, and boots.

Using a ¼ ” seam allowance, sew the side seams of the arms and legs, leaving the short sides open, making sure to reinforce your starting and ending stitches.

Use the same seam allowance and sew around each boot, leaving the top open. Making sure to reinforce your starting and ending stitches.

Do the same for the hands, sewing around each, and leaving the bottoms open, reinforcing the stitching at the beginning and end.

Next on this how to make a gnome with free pattern sewing tutorial, clip your curves, corners and trim your seam allowances. 

Once you finished sewing, turn all your pieces right side out and press. For the legs, because they were so thin, we used a safety pin to turn them because we didn’t have a Loop Turning Tool.

Lightly stuff your arms, legs, boots and hands, leaving space on the ends. I know some people leave their Gnome legs unstuffed, so if you want to do that, skip that step.

Now on this how to make a gnome with free pattern sewing tutorial, we will start putting this together. Slip one end of each leg into the top of each boot and pin it into place. Slip the end of each arm into the opening of each hand and pin it into place.

Either machine or hand stitch in place.

Now we will work on the body. On your Body pattern, there are placement markings for the legs. Align the placements on the right side of one piece of the body fabric and using a fabric marker, mark those places. Pin each leg on the right side of the fabric, but with the feet pointed up.

Sew each leg in place. I suggest sewing back over your stitching a second time to reinforce it. We are about halfway through this how to make a gnome with free pattern sewing tutorial!

Take the other body piece and place it right side facing the other and pin or clip along the sides and the bottom (where the legs are stitched).

Sew those 3 sides closed, reinforcing the beginning and ending stitching.

Take the bottom piece and with the right side facing in, pin or clip into the bottom.

Now on this how to make a gnome with free pattern sewing tutorial, sew the bottom piece into place, easing the stitching along the curves and being careful with the legs. You may want to go back and reinforce the stitching since I am sure this guy will be around for a long, long time. Just another option 😊 

Add your 2 cups (Look! Another option!) of the item you chose to weigh the Gnome down. Add your stuffing and when he is as full as you like, hand stitch the top closed.

Now on this how to make a gnome with free pattern sewing tutorial, we will work on the hat. With right sides together, pin or clip the open side of the hat closed and using a ¼ ” seam allowance, sew the opening closed, making sure to reinforce your starting and ending stitches.

Turn up the raw edge ¼” and press with a warm iron.

Topstitch the hem in place around the perimeter of the hat.

Stuff your hat with the Poly-Fil. We left the top unstuffed so it could hang to the side.

Now on this how to make a gnome with free pattern sewing tutorial, it is time to put it all together! Either using a glue gun or by hand sewing, attach the arms. Next attach the beard and the boot trim. I strongly suggest using a glue gun for this, so it stays strongly attached. Next attach the hat and nose.

If you did stuff your legs, you will want to sew a “bend” in the knees so when he sits, his legs won’t stick straight out 😊 To do this, sit your Gnome on the edge of your table and see where his legs would bend and mark it. Either by hand or machine, sew a straight line across each leg, going back twice so the bend is nice and deep.

Now you have a complete Christmas Gnome!!

Free Plushie Gnome Pattern & Tutorial

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