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This Easy No-Sew DIY Gnome Costume is Perfect for Halloween

We made this gnome costume and had such a great time with it, the pictures are blurry! Everyone was having such a great time and that makes this quick and easy no-sew gnome costume a win.

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Grab some felt and a little one to make this fun, easy, no-sew gnome costume in just less than 30-minutes.

Gnome Costume

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I am a huge proponent of pretend play and dress up – my popular tutorials for DIY Halloween costumes and dress-up aprons show that so many others are, as well.

We got caught in the rain the other day (go figure, it IS Seattle), and whipped up some fun gnome Rice Krispies treats with my daughter. After talking about Halloween, we came up with a quick, no-sew gnome costume idea and just had to make it. Stay tuned for the easy gnome hat pattern – it’s pretty awesome!

No Time to Make This Now? Pin it for Later

You’re busy, I get it. Pin this to your favorite gnome pretend play board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready.

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Tips to Make this Gnome Costume Pattern

  • Measure your little one before you start. This gnome costume pattern has no “give” to it because there’s no elastic.
  • For pictures, have the kids take off their shoes and go barefoot. It makes the photos so much fun!
  • The only bit of actual sewing in this no-sew gnome costume is just pretty stitching on the pocket and to hold the button on. And honestly, that’s only because I had put away the glue gun…

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How Do I Make this Gnome Costume?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial and if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments. I’d love for you to make this because the kids will have a blast.

Yield: 1 gnome costume

Gnome Costume

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This adorable gnome costume is no-sew and quick to come together.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • ¼ yard red felt fabric
  • 1 scrap grey felt fabric about 4-inches by 6-inches in size
  • 1 container fabric glue
  • 1 button
  • Red or blue leggings
  • white or blue long sleeved shirt
  • Red shoes (optional)


  • Needle & red thread (for accents)
  • Pins for holding fabric in place while glue dries


  1. Set all your supplies out. This is going to go fast, so just get everything together to start with. supplies to make a kid gnome costume laid out on a white background
  2. Fold the red felt fabric in half on the long side and cut a 20-inch by 18-inch rectangle out of the folded fabric. This is based on a width of 14-inches around for my child, so if your child is larger or smaller, adjust as necessary.
  3. Glue the side opposite of the fold together within 1-inch of the edge. Pin fabric to hold it in place while the glue dries. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  4. Cut a 8-10-inch wide semi-circle from the top end, at least 2-inches from the folded edge of the fabric. This creates a hole for the kid’s head and neck (the “neck hole”).photo tutorial of how to make a gnome costume
  5. Glue the top ends of the fabric remaining on either side of the neck hole, creating the shoulders.
  6. Cut ¼-inch from the folded side from the top to 5-6-inches down from the top. Fold the shirt in half and copy the cut you made on this side onto the other, accounting for 1-inch of hem space. This creates the arm holes.
  7. Turn the shirt right-side-out.
  8. Place the scrap of grey felt fabric on the lower side of the shirt. Glue in place along the edges or stitch with the needle and red thread. photo tutorial of how to make a gnome costume
  9. Sew the button in place on the pocket. gnome costume detail of hand sewing a button onto a pocket
  10. Have the little one put on the leggings and long-sleeve shirt, followed by this red felt shirt.


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More Gnome Crafts and Ideas You Might Like

  • Gnome Hat for Kids – With a gnome costume, you NEED a gnome hat. This one is easy and adorable! 
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  • Gnome Rice Krispies Treats – Remember that garden gnome party you weren’t planning but now you’re throwing for your adorably-decked-out-gnome? You’re going to need snacks.

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