You don’t get cuter than this fun farmhouse buffalo check fall sock gnome with the elegant pumpkin detail that just pops!
Buffalo Check Fall Sock Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I decided to make a quick and fast gnome craft to go with my farmhouse decor so of course, I whipped out one of my favorite styles to make this buffalo check fall sock gnome.
Made with plush minky in a lovely grey buffalo check pattern, I was enamored with the fabric, but that hand-drawn pumpkin?! Oh, my heart. Grab your least favorite sock (or a new one – let’s be honest, that’s what I use for…reasons) and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Fall Farmhouse Gnome
- First things first, you see that perfect little hand-drawn pumpkin design? That’s this minimalist pumpkin SVG that I applied to my little fall farmhouse gnome hat using some heat transfer vinyl. Sneaky way to bring a pop of pumpkin into my gnome, huh?! LOL!
- Is this your first sock gnome? Cool – but be warned, they’re addictive! So, get ready to make a TON by checking out my quick and easy how to make a sock gnome FAQ page. Everything you need to know about making a quick and fast sock gnome for every occasion!
- One of my biggest “things” with gnomes is how the faux fur gets cut for the beard. Every time I see a chopped-off, squarish beard, I feel like I got a bad haircut. Avoid making me cringe by putting down the scissors and picking up a craft knife. Flip that fur over, fur-side-down onto the cutting surface and use the craft knife to very gently cut through just the fabric backing of the fur, then just pull the two parts away from each other and watch that fur part neatly. Check out this quick tutorial video I made for how to cut faux fur and while you’re there, be sure to subscribe, if you would like more awesome gnome tutorials and tips.
How Do I Make this Buffalo Check Fall Sock Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a fall crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our buffalo check fall sock gnome video tutorial.
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used scraps)
- Elegant Pumpkin Cut File Set
- 1/8 yd Minky Grey/White Buffalo Check Fabric
- 1 1-inch Wood Ball
- 1 Grey Men's Sock
- Grey Crinkle Mongolian Faux Fur
- 1-2 cups Poly Beads
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Craft Knife or Razor Blade
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Light Grip Mat
- Fine Tip Cutting Blade
- Cricut EasyPress Mini
- Funnel, optional
- Make the pumpkin detail: Download the cut file and upload it to Cricut Design Space. Follow the prompts to resize the design to about 3 inches wide. Follow the prompts to cut the file from the vinyl and load the vinyl into the machine as directed. Remove the vinyl from the machine and weed the elements that you do not need leaving the pumpkin shape only on the transfer paper. Set aside.
- Fill the gnome body: Fill the toe of your sock with Poly Beads by pouring them into the sock. Stuff about 2 cups of Poly-Fill into the sock on top of the Poly Beads and tie tight knot to close the sock. Hot glue it in place to secure.
- Make a hat: Cut two triangles of the minky/fleece fabric about 8 1/2 -inches wide by 14 1/2 -inches tall. If you have a pattered piece of fabric, make sure to align them and cut them with the pattern in mind. Place the two triangle pieces right-side to right-side, then hot glue hem the two long sides of the triangles together. Allow the hot glue to cool completely then hot glue hem the brim. Allow the hot glue to cool completely then turn the hat right side out.
- Add the pumpkin detail: Preheat your EasyPress Mini to high. Place the weeded heat transfer vinyl pumpkin onto the hat with the transfer tape up. Position the pumpkin away from the hem of the hat, and the brim - the hot glue will be affected by the heat press if they come in contact and it may cause problems, so make sure the design is far enough away from the edges to stay clear of the hot glue. Place the EasyPress Mini on top of the pumpkin shape and hold it in place for 30 seconds. Then remove the EasyPress Mini and gently peel the transfer paper away from the design and discard.
- Give the gnome a beard: Cut a beard shape from the faux fur by flipping it over and cutting a large rectangle shape long enough to wrap around the filled sock and cover the sock all the way from about 1 inch from the knot all the way to about 1 inch from the toe of the sock. Hot glue this onto the sock.
- Finish the gnome: Pull the hat down over the top of the sock, pulling the hat down low over the nose. Hot glue this in place, with a cute wrinkle (because that's the best part). Allow the hot glue to cool completely, then turn the gnome over and pull the hat down low in the back, opening up the face of the gnome, then hot glue the back of the hat in place, where the sock is exposed just between the two sides of the beard. Then it's time to display your gnome because he's complete!
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