This gardening gnome is ready for Spring with his gardening gloves, apron, seeds, and so many fun details and accessories. Learn how to make this fun Spring gnome pattern and an heirloom quality piece.
DIY Spring Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love Spring and the promise it brings. It’s fun getting into the dirt, planting, and hoping that the garden will bloom because, well, I’m not the best at it.
We have some amazing self-watering planters that make it look like I know what I’m doing but honestly, after years of doing this, I can’t grow a carrot longer than my pinky finger. But, do you know what I can do? Make gnomes.
Wow, what a smooth segue that was… But in all seriousness, I worked on this gardening gnome pattern for more than a year and I’m excited to share it with you. Let’s get started.
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How to Make a Large Gnome
Friends, this fella is a solid guy (between 14 and 16 inches tall) and takes about an hour to complete. It’s a very different gnome from a Dollar Tree or a sock gnome – this is an heirloom quality piece and will require a sewing machine. I do not recommend this pattern to be made with hot glue.
Aside from that, here are a few tips when making this Spring gardening gnome:
- Decide if you want a gnome with a belly or a gnome with a sizable booty. :) The Chonky gnome pattern can be built both ways and really changes the personality.
- Make the apron first. The Chonky gnome pattern comes with many options for both full and half aprons, so you can decide what is going to be best for your garden gnome.
- If you want to make a gnome with flowers on his hat, it would look so cute but I’d stick with blooms less then 2 inches or it will overpower the hat.
- I made a wrap around gnome beard using this Husky fur I got here. That said, you can choose to only make a mustache, as I did with this Chonky chef gnome pattern here or make a triangle-shaped beard for a more traditional look.
- If you want to make this more of a farmhouse decoration, use a ticking stripe fabric in a neutral or navy. It would be so cute with the gnome holding a wooden spoon, too.
- When you’re making the hat, use more ModPodge than you think and be sure to get it into the folds of the fabric. Learn to make a gardening gnome hat with this quick video tutorial. And use a bit of the same ribbon or fabric you used on the apron or mittens to make a cohesive look.
- Have fun – this is honestly one of my favorite modern gnome patterns because it produces such a high-end gnome.
Download the Chonky Gnome Pattern
This is a premium pattern which includes 2 body styles, 2 body sizes, 5 hat styles, and 2 apron styles. It’s chockfull of gnome fun and you can get it here. Just click the add to cart button and it will automatically be added to your cart.
Chonky Gnome Pattern
This premium pattern is full of inspiration, alternatives, and will be so useful in making a wide variety of gnomes for any decor, holiday, occasion, of gift recipient.
How to Make a Spring Gardening Gnome
Below is the written tutorial for this large gnome to make for Spring decor or gifts. I recommend watching the full length gardening gnome video tutorial here on YouTube before starting this project.
If you want the free seed packet, download it here. It’s a PDF, so size it to 100% and it should print at the perfect size for this garden gnome. You have three options to choose from: decorated, titled to put your own design on it, or blank.
More Gnomes to Make
I would never leave you hanging with just ONE idea for a gnome, so here are a few more:
- Large Chef Gnome with Different Chef Hat Styles – The guy that started it all, this big chef gnome is a crowd-pleaser using the same pattern (Chonky). He looks great with a whisk or tray of cookies, too.
- Armless Large Gnome – Using only part of the Chonky gnome sewing pattern, you can drastically change the look of your gnome and give him a very elegant and sleek look.
- Slouchy Hat Gnome – This gorgeous guy is perfectly posable and can hold whatever you give him. The Chonky gnome pattern comes with three sizes for slouchy hats, so you’re sure to find your favorite.
- Spring Wood Gnomes – Grab some Dollar Tree vinyl (such pretty patterns) and you can whip up these widely popular Spring gnomes.
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