This is a super easy no-sew gnome pattern that is so versatile, you’ll be stunned. There are so many fun ways to dress up this gnome and make it unique–I love it!
Easy No-Sew Gnome Pattern
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we adore making gnomes. True story, I have more gnomes in my house than any sane person should have–and I have gifted a good portion of them to other people, too. Making gnomes is just so fun, fast, and every one of them is unique. Its no wonder that I came up with this easy no-sew gnome pattern.
Usually, I just make a pattern on the fly, but lately I have been coming back to this same pattern over and over because it’s so simple. So, I decided to make this into a more formal pattern that you can even cut with your Cricut or Silhouette. Isn’t that wild?! So, if you’re ready to make a fun, easy gnome without sewing a stitch, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This Easy Pattern for Gnomes
- Click here to get the easy no-sew gnome pattern. It’s got everything you need to make your gnome as cute as a button!
- I think that one thing that sets this easy gnome pattern apart is that you can do anything with it. I have made several truly unique gnomes with this pattern as the base, including:
- If you want to make your gnomes the same as mine, you can grab the little hearts here. Links to everything else I used to make these gnomes is in the pattern.
- Generally, I end up making my gnome noses from whatever is on hand. Sometimes it’s wood beads, sometimes buttons. But for this gnome project, it was polymer clay. Why did I pick clay to make this nose? Because it was already out. When designing, use what you’re already planning to have on the craft table.
- I made this entire gnome a no-sew pattern by using hot glue to make all my hems. But you could absolutely use a sewing machine. Whatever you’re most comfortable with.
- If you’ve never cut faux fur before, do not just go after it with scissors. You’ll ruin the drape and be super sorry. But, if you flip the fur over and cut the fabric only with an Exacto knife, you’ll be able to save the fur and it’ll look great!
Tips to Make this No-sew Gnome Pattern into a Unicorn gnome
- Beard: I used a colorful pastel bulky yarn I found at the local craft store. Then I gently brushed it out and attached it to a felt backing to make the beard stable.
- Body: White craft felt. I know this sounds boring, but I was thinking unicorn body.
- Hat: The soft pink fleece fabric was perfect for the hat. But the flowers were a custom-job. I used nail polish to paint some tiny plastic flowers I found at the craft store.
- Unicorn Horn: I would sometimes make my own unicorn horn and ears, but with this gnome, as you can tell, I was at the craft store when I found my inspiration and it was, in fact the unicorn horn headband that I saw in the checkout line that really sealed this gnome’s vision. So, grab a unicorn horn headband–you can use the ears and the horn!
- Nose: My favorite way to make noses is with polymer clay because it’s just so convenient to be able to size the nose exactly for the gnome I’m working on, so I used an about 3/4-inch polymer clay bead.
How Do I Make this Easy No-Sew Gnome Pattern?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making an easy craft ideas playlist on YouTube, here is our easy no-sew gnome pattern video tutorial.
- 1/4 yard Fabric (I used blues for one gnome and pinks for the other)
- Polymer Clay in light brown and white
- White Craft Fur
- Dry Beans or Rice
- Small Amount of Polyfill
- Sewing Machine, optional
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Exacto Knife
- Make your gnome nose and hands by combining a portion of light brown and white polymer clay until you have the color you want.
- Roll a quarter-sized portion of this clay into a neat ball. This is the nose. Set aside.
- Roll two nickel-sized portions of this clay into two neat balls. These are the hands.
- Bake the nose and hands per the clay package's directions. Allow them to cool fully.
- Trace and cut out the large gnome body shape and two hat shapes out of the fabric.
- Fold the gnome body shape in half and run a hem along the open side with your hot glue or your sewing machine.
- Fold the flap of the gnome body shape over and close the bottom of the gnome with hot glue or a seam. Allow glue to dry fully.
- Turn the body of the gnome right side out.
- Fill the gnome body with the dried beans or rice.
- Tuck a small portion of polyfill into the top of the gnome body to hold the beans or rice inside.
- With your hot glue gun or sewing machine, run a hem along the two hat pieces. Allow glue to dry completely.
- Turn the hat right side out.
- Fill the hat a little with a small amount of scrap fabric or polyfill.
- Cut out the beard shape from the craft fur by turning the fur over and cutting only the fabric with the exacto knife.
- Hot glue the beard to the body, about 2 inches below the edge of the gnome body.
- Hot glue the nose in place about 1-inch below the top of the beard.
- Place the hat on top of the gnome's head, tucking it down over the top of the nose.
- Hot glue the hat in place in the back and sides in just a couple of places--not the whole way around, then one little dot on the nose to make a wrinkle (this is the best part).
- Cut out two arm shapes from the fabric.
- Place a line of hot glue down one long side of the arms and then fold the fabric over onto itself twice to make a thin arm.
- Slip the arm up into the hat on the side and hot glue it in place.
- Trim arm as desired (make sure your bauble will fit nicely before trimming).
- Hot glue the hands in place on the ends of the arms.
- Attach the bauble to the back sides of the hands.
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