Make a Christmas Gnome with Arms and Legs

Using this hugely popular pattern, you can make a Christmas gnome with arms and legs for the holidays. Decorate them, gift them, keep them for yourself – the possibilities are endless!

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This Christmas gnome is so cute he will steal your heart!

Christmas Gnome Pattern

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’m known for making gnomes. A lot of gnomes. But one of my hands-down, all-time favorite patterns is the Scandinavian Sweeties pattern because it is SO easy to make a Christmas gnome with arms and legs.

If you’re a beginner to gnome making, don’t worry – I provide full patterns with step-by-step instructions AND a full video tutorial you can find on the Ruffles and Rain Boots channel here. If you’re ready to make this guy, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make This Holiday Gnome Pattern

Friends, I’ve made about 15 gnomes using this exact gnome pattern and let me assure you, it was made for a beginner!

  • Can you sew this pattern? Yes, this is designed as a beginner gnome sewing pattern to produce a 10-12 inch tall gnome with arms and legs.
  • Can you hot glue this pattern? Yes, however, there are some reinforcements you might need to make around the feet to ensure that the glue holds. Note: ONLY use fabric hot glue with this assembly.
  • The trim options are endless. I get asked a lot about this trim and it’s called a couple of things: lamb’s wool fleece or Sherpa fleece. You can find it at craft stores where they sell fabric on the bolt (you only need about 1/8th of a yard and will have a lot left over).
  • Can you make this gnome without the feet? Yes, they are 100% optional!
  • Can you make this Christmas gnome without the arms? Again, 100% optional. When you see all that is offered in the Scandinavian Sweeties gnome pattern, you will be thrilled with all of the options you get!
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How Do I Make This Christmas Gnome?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is the written tutorial (please note that many people use their computer to follow along, but you can also print it). If you’re a visual learner and want to follow along, I have the full Christmas Gnome Video Tutorial here.

Yield: 1 Christmas Gnome

Scandi Sweeties Christmas Gnome Pattern

square image of a close up of a Scandinavian gnome with Nordic details of a gnome with arms and legs and a scrunched hat with a large nose in front of a Swedish style holiday background

This is a best-selling pattern for a reason - it's easy, produces a quality gnome, and well, he's just adorable! Download the pattern and follow along this easy tutorial to make a Christmas gnome with arms and legs.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5



  • sewing machine, coordinating threads
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors, straight blade (razor or Exacto knife) and pins


  1. Cut all pattern pieces. For this version, I used the body, base, hat, mittens, and shoes.step 1 of gnome pattern cut pieces and pin
  2. Pin all pattern pieces and take them to the sewing machine. Use a narrower stitch on the smaller items (mittens and shoes) than the pattern calls out for the body and hat. Sew all pieces you're using (see note about shoes below).
  3. If using shoes, do not attach the base to the body. After sewing up the body piece per the pattern instructions, pull back the body side with the seam in the center (facing up). Stuff the sewn shoes slightly with fill and place (facing into the body) them along the edge without the seam. Sew these in place using a top stitch.3 how to make gnome shoes with a sewing machine
  4. Continue with the body assembly per the pattern, adding on the base. Flip everything right-sides out.
  5. Place the weight into the base of the body, adding fill and a wire (if using). If using a wire, before adding fill, bend down both ends and turn one (which will be at the bottom) 90 degrees so it sits flat. Place wire into the body, tucking it into the base and tip of the hat.step 4 how to add wire to gnome hat and body for a posable gnome
  6. Sew or stitch up the back opening, taking care to 'catch' the wire in the back seam.
  7. Place arms into mittens - they should go all the way in. Hot glue or sew the mittens to the unfilled arm.step 5 how to make gnome arms
  8. Cut and prepare trim, if using. Cut beard from the faux fur (cut backing only).step 6 how to make gnome and cut a gnome beard from faux fur using razor or straight blade Exacto
  9. Glue beard into position. Be sure to check the placement of hat and arms. Glue arms to the body and the hat to the arms.step 7 how to assemble a gnome body hat and arms
  10. Split the fur to the fabric backing, add a generous portion of hot glue, and secure the nose. Glue down the hat all the way around the gnome body.step 8 how to attach a wood bead for a gnome nose


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