Large Christmas Gnome with Arms

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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This adorable Christmas gnome is posable and has so many different hats to change up his look!


Make an Heirloom 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?
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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.

Yield: 1 Large Gnome

Chonky Slouchy Hat Gnome

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This large gnome with arms is a crowd-pleasing, big fella. I chose to use the largest of the three slouchy hat patterns for him and I would love to see how you make him your own.

Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20


  • 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


    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Make the nose by following the pattern instructions and stuff very, very well with Poly Fill. Set aside.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. Attach arms to body with the embroidery needle and thread. Do not glue.
    7. Slide on the hat, securing in place and your large gnome with arms is ready for display!step by step instructions on how to make a Christmas gnome with arms six image collage


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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