DIY Gardening Gnome: Heirloom Quality Spring Gnome

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.

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This Spring gardening gnome is going to have hearts blooming. He’s so detailed and cute!

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.
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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.

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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.

Yield: 1 Large Garden Gnome

Garden Gnome with Posable Arms DIY

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This adorable gardening gnome features fun details like an apron, seed packet, and even a cute sun hat! Get the Chonky gnome pattern and create your own heirloom quality gnome.

Active Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Materials

Tools

  • Sewing Machine and Pins
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Razor, Scissors, Wire Cutter

Instructions

  1. Per the Chonky gnome pattern, cut body, base, arms, and mittens. Put right sides together and sew the body and arms. Attach the base to the body and step-assemble the mittens. Follow all seam allowances called out in the pattern and turn everything right-sides out. 
  2. Add 3 cups of Poly Pellets to the base, followed by enough Poly Fill that the gnome body bounces back to its original shape. 
  3. Create the nose by using embroidery thread and a running stitch and use the length of thread called out in the pattern. Pull tight, stuff with fill, and tie off but do NOT cut the thread. Set aside. 
  4. Cut 2” high by 11” long of fur and set aside. Place the apron onto the gnome body and tie into place leaving room for the arms to be attached ABOVE.horizontal image of steps showing how to make the gardening gnome for Spring from ruffles and rain boots
  5. Assemble the arms. Cut a length of wire to measure the full length of the arm plus into the mitten with enough extra to fold down one end. Stuff the mittens and the arms and then slip the wire into both (folded wire end goes into the mittens). Attach mitten to arm with hot glue. Repeat. 
  6. Pin the arms to the body and use the embroidery thread and needle to securely fasten the arms to the body. Be sure to position the arms so that there is one inch higher than the body. 
  7. Glue on the fur, only securing along the top inch of the fur. Attach the nose by splitting the fur horizontally and using the thread and needle to go through the body. Cut a new length and secure the bottom of the nose, as well. 
  8. Slip on the hat, securing it to the one inch of the arms left out. Print off the seed packet (or create your own). You can choose to make garden tools with polymer clay (or buy them) to stick in the pocket. 

Notes

Chonky Gnome Pattern: https://shop.rufflesandrainboots.com/product/chonky-gnome-pattern/

Garden Hat Tutorial (video): https://youtu.be/rJCVeFCncl8

Full Apron Tutorial (video): https://youtu.be/JMwMVSNbvgo

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More Ways to Use the Chonky Gnome Pattern

I would never leave you hanging with just ONE idea for a pattern, so here are the ways I’ve used the Chonky gnome pattern so far:

  • Large Chef Gnome with Different Chef Hat Styles – The guy that started it all, this big chef gnome is a crowd-pleaser. He looks great with a whisk or tray of cookies, too.
  • 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.
  • Armless Large Gnome – Using only part of the gnome sewing pattern, you can drastically change the look of your gnome and give him a very elegant and sleek look.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Sarah, once again, great job. I have a question about the fur – yours looks more white, and link looks more brown. Do you remember what color you got? TY

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