DIY Pillow Gnome – Easy, No-Sew Gnome
This DIY pillow gnome is so easy and fun to make and can be customized for any decor, season, or holiday. If you need a quick crafting win and want to make a cute little friend, keep reading.
For this easy gnome craft idea, you will need fabric, fur, weight, and stuffing, The twine and wood round nose are optional – be sure to read the tips for additional ideas.
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Gnome Pillow DIY Craft
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Before closing that last box, I whipped up this easy gnome craft idea that is perfect for a “quick crafting win.” You will be able to recreate this exact gnome in any size, change up the personality using fabric and fur, and even be able to gift them with pride. Let’s make one together.
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Tips for Making Gnome Pillows
- This can be made ANY size – small, medium, or large, the only thing you have to measure is the body. The beard and any supplies will be dependent only on that.
- Stuff the gnome body well. This is where I get a lot of questions, so I want to harp on this: stuff the gnome so it bounces back when squeezed.
- The fabric I’m using is a hickory print or a railroad stripe fabric print (available here, too). That said, you can substitute a ticking stripe (it is a popular print and easily found in craft stores) if you want this look, as well.
- Fabric blends which will work well with this project: cotton, fleece, and blends (cotton / rayon). Knit fabrics are usually too thin to hide the Poly-Pellets unless you create a lining or double up the layers.
- If you’re building this around an existing rectangle pillow (a bed pillow, for example), tie up the top two corners so they come to a point. A few hand stitches are a good idea to ensure that shape doesn’t come apart.
- When cutting the faux fur gnome beard, make sure the pile of the fur (the length which hangs down) is pointed DOWN. Cut only the fabric backing with an X-Acto knife, a razor blade, or a very short-blade extension on a box cutter.
- I’m not sure I need to say this but my attorney will be happy I did: this is NOT A TOY to be given to young children or pets.
- If you want a fully soft gnome pillow, use fabric to make a nose or replace the wood ball with a pompom. That said, you can also use a wood bead and secure it directly to the body with a needle and thick thread.
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How to Make a Pillow Gnome
Below are the instructions to make this easy, no-sew gnome body style. The written and printable pictorial step by step process is included, however, if you learn visually, I encourage you to watch the DIY pillow gnome video tutorial here.
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