Let’s make this elfin gnome pattern together to add a little whimsy in a few minutes. This is an easy pattern to make any style or seasonal gnome.
Elfin Gnome with Pattern
If you’ve been to Ruffles and Rain Boots before, it’s apparent I have a problem making gnomes. I’ve yet to find a support group for those who love them, so maybe I should just start my own. We could sit around and… make gnomes. ;)
If you’re new here, a few of our favorite gnomes:
- Christmas Gnomes: From wine toppers to decor, this is Gnome Central.
- Farmhouse Gnome: This no-sew gnome is a 30-minute craft and packs A LOT of design style.
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Elfin Gnome Pattern
I normally create my own patterns, however, for this gnome, I relied on the Elfin gnome pattern from The Gnome Makers. I picked it up on Etsy and couldn’t believe it – I began the gnome in 3 minutes after gathering supplies and was DONE in about 20 minutes!
The hat is what caught my eye and why I bought the pattern – just look at the detail in the curves. You can tell this was crafted with care (and lots of love for gnomes). It was simple to cut and sew. I used a machine, but you can also sew it by hand and it will come out perfectly.
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Supplies to Make This Gnome
The Gnome Makers’ pattern details what you’ll need, however, I’m going to share what I’ve learned after making it.
- You can use regular faux fur, Mongolian fur (my favorite), or the beautiful colored Merino fiber we used in this Spring gnome. I curled some of it – let me know if you’d like a tutorial on this.
- The pattern calls for rice, however, I find poly beads are better to get a nice, even bottom.
- If you replace the felt body with fabric, you won’t have any issues. If you replace the hat, however, the fabric should have a bit of weight to it or be lined with interfacing.
- Usually, I’ll use a clay gnome nose I make, however, the hat overhang buried it. I opted for a 1-inch wooden bead to make sure the nose wasn’t lost under the hat’s shadow.
How Do I Make This Adorable Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked! The Gnome Makers’ pattern details the steps, however, I want to share a couple of notes.
- Don’t fret if your felt doesn’t stay lined up perfectly. A quick trim will finish it off and makes the hat look amazing.
- The inside curve of the hat should be sewn with care (slow down). She gives great tips in her pattern’s instructions for this.
- Turning the body is a bit tight when using a high-quality, thick felt, so take care not to pull any stitches. Craft felt is fine.
Spring Gnome Pattern
- Beard: I used the most colorful Merino blend I could find (I got it on Amazon here).
- Body: Pink craft felt with white polka dots from the craft store made me think of Spring.
- Hat: The pale teal craft felt was perfect with the beard colors.
- Nose: My normal noses are too small for this whimsical gnome pattern, so I used a 1-inch wooden bead.
Fairy Gnome Pattern
- Braids: I used the same colorful Merino blend I could find (I got it on Amazon here).
- Body: Gray craft felt.
- Hat: White craft felt with silver polka dots.
- Nose: A 1-inch wooden bead works perfectly with this size gnome hat.
- Wings: I made a wire frame using thin floral wire, placed it inside two pieces of sheer fabric, and sewed it. To make it look a bit more finished, I trimmed the edge of the wings close to the wire.
4th of July Gnome Pattern
- Beard: This is long-pile faux fur in white. Note: this is not craft fur and can be purchased at a fabric store on bolts.
- Body: Red craft felt was on hand so I used it, but a red and white striped fabric would be adorable!
- Hat: For the hat, I cut the two pattern pieces and, before sewing them together, hand-stitched on small x-shapes.
- Nose: 1-inch wooden bead.
Fall Gnome Pattern and Instructions
- Beard: This is a very inexpensive craft fur (sold in the doll section of craft stores for about $5). I added a mustache about 3/4 of an inch thick and split it in the middle, pulling up the endpoints into a very pronounced mustache.
- Body: I used an inexpensive craft felt in a dark brown but before I sewed it, I hand-stitched on a maroon and neutral patch or two near the bottom.
- Hat: High-quality (thick) craft felt in a natural tone with hand-stitched patches in maroon and brown.
- Nose: This gnome, because of the mustache, only got a 1/2 inch wooden bead as a nose. There was a lot going on so I thought the smaller nose was perfect.
No-Sew Gnome Patterns
I have a sewing machine and have gotten okay-ish at sewing a straight line. :) If you’re unsure of your skill, trust me when I say this is a beginner pattern.
Not sure you want to sew? No problem! Check out these no-sew gnome styles here on Ruffles and Rain Boots:
- farmhouse gnome – This little guy might be my favorite and he’s done in about 20-minutes!
- bunny sock gnome – He’s the perfect addition to any Spring decor – look at that hat.
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