Make this fun, big belly Christmas gnome with arms using the Chonky gnome pattern and full tutorial. You can pose the arms and change up the hats to get exactly the look you want for a cozy Christmas gnome.
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I designed this gnome pattern over the course of a year, taking time to include SO many extras. This pattern includes two body sizes AND two body styles, 3 slouchy hats, 2 other gnome hats, 2 mitten sizes, 2 apron styles, and more. A lot, right? Let’s get started.
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Tips for Making a Large Gnome with Arms
Friends, this guy may only be 12-14 inches tall, but he’s hefty! This big belly cutie’s construction tips are below.
- Get the Chonky gnome pattern here. Cut out the body, base, arms, and mittens (there are two, I used the larger ones).
- Decide which of the three slouchy hat sizes you like best. He’s shown here with the over-sized slouchy hat.
- Fleece is the optimal fabric if you’re a beginner, as this guy gets STUFFED very, very well Poly-Fill and a good bit of weight with the Poly-Beads.
- Be sure to figure out what you’d like your gnome to hold. For this large chef gnome, I put a mini book in one and a rolling pin made from clay in the other. For this guy, I used a teddy bear for an 18″ doll.
- Definitely get the 14 gauge wire for the posable arms. Doing so will allow your handmade gnome to hold any manner of items you buy or make. Wouldn’t this guy be cute delivered with an ornament for the holidays?
Christmas Gnome Pattern and Instructions
To learn the overall steps for this Christmas gnome, read on below. If you’d like a more detailed tutorial, get the Chonky gnome pattern here and follow along with the full large Christmas gnome video tutorial on YouTube here.
- Chonky Chef Gnome Pattern
- Fleece Fabric in Color 1 (for Body and Arms)
- Fleece Fabric in Color 2 (for hat)
- Fleece Fabric in Color 3 (for mittens)
- 3 Cups Poly Beads
- Poly Fill
- Floral Wire (14 Gauge)
- Wool Locks
- Medium Felting Needle
- Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter, Wire Cutter
- Embroidery Needle and Coordinating Thread
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Download the Chonky Gnome Pattern. Cut the body, base, arms, and large mittens. Choose and cut the desired slouchy hat. Please note: much more detailed instructions are included in the pattern.
- Pin and sew the body, arms, hat, and mittens. Watch this detailed tutorial on how to make chef oven mitts. Turn right-sides out, fill with weight, and stuff.
- Make the nose by following the pattern instructions and stuff very, very well with Poly Fill. Set aside.
- Separate the wool locks by size and felt the locks into the body where where the curve happens at the neck. Sew on the gnome nose and and add locks to the bottom for a seamless look.
- Bend over the wire at both ends, stuff the mitten, and insert the wire into mitten all the way in. Stuff the arm and slide about three-quarters of an inch into the mitten. Sew the mitten to the arm or secure with glue.
- Attach arms to body with the embroidery needle and thread. Do not glue.
- Slide on the hat, securing in place and your large gnome with arms is ready for display!
The Chonky gnome is a large gnome with arms sewing pattern. This is not a pattern designed to be hot glued. If you are seeking a versatile hot glue pattern, use the Scandinavian Sweeties pattern here.
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More Holiday Gnomes with Arms You Might Like
- Nordic No-Sew Christmas Gnome Pattern – These Nordic cuties are made with a glue gun and just a few minutes of your time.
- Scandinavian Sweetie Christmas Gnome – This gnome is made using a hot glue gun or a sewing machine; the pattern is SO versatile.
- One-Sock Holiday Gnome – If you’re short on time, grab a single sock to make this stand-out cutie.
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