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This Gnome Hat for Kids is No-Sew and Adorable!

This gnome hat for kids was perhaps the cutest thing I’ve ever made for my daughter. It’s so easy and is an instant Halloween costume for a little one. 

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Make an easy, no-sew gnome hat from this ridiculously easy gnome hat pattern.

Gnome Hat for Kids

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a little lot of love for all the little DIY gnomes in our home. But, none more deeply than for the gnomes who call me “mom.” 

Yesterday, we made some fun gnome Rice Krispies treats for a dessert after a rainy playdate and when we started chatting about Halloween, this adorable gnome hat pattern was born right alongside the easiest, no-sew gnome costume ever! Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make this Gnome Hat Pattern

  • Large buttons add to the whimsy of this DIY gnome hat. Don’t use the ones you have in your sewing kit you’d put on real clothes. Get big, big ones; absurdly large buttons are great.
  • This gnome hat pattern is not one-size-fits-all. If your child’s head is bigger than 20 or 21-inches around, you’ll want to size up. If your child’s head is smaller than 18 to 19-inches around, size down.
  • If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make a gnome hat, this simple gnome hat pattern is a great place to start!

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How Do I Make this Gnome Hat for Kids?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial and if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section. 

Gnome Hat for Kids

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • ¼ yard red felt fabric
  • ¼ yard white faux fur fabric
  • Scrap beige felt fabric approximately 6-inches by 6-inches
  • Scrap anything fabric (for stuffing the nose)
  • 1 container fabric glue
  • 2 buttons


  • Needle & red thread
  • Pins to hold fabric in place while glue dries
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife


  1. Trim the red felt fabric to a rectangle of 19-inches by 18-inches.
  2. Roll the 18-inch long side, making it tight on one end and looser on the other, leaving one side ½ as large as your child’s head (my kid’s head was 20-inches, so I left that side at 10-inches). Do not worry about the bottom--you will be trimming this straight.
  3. Glue the loose end flat to the body of the hat and pin in place. photo collage of how to make a gnome hat
  4. Trim the loose ends at the opening off in a straight line while the hat is laying flat on the table. That will not create a straight line around the kid’s head--this is intentional as those lower areas are where the beard will attach.
  5. Sew buttons onto seam where it joins with the hat. Set aside to allow the glue to dry. photo collage of how to make a gnome hat
  6. Lay-out white faux fur fabric with the fur face-down on the table and draw the shape of the beard you want. I kept the width at 10-inches and the length at 13-inches then just drew a shape that was pointy on one end and mostly flat on the other, with a notch up for the nose to attach.
  7. Cut the faux fur fabric with the exacto knife, being careful not to cut the fur, just the fabric.
  8. Set beard aside.
  9. Make the nose by placing the random scrap fabric in the center of the beige felt scrap and folding the corners to the center of the bunch.
  10. Keep folding the corners until you have a ball-ish shape. Pin this in place.
  11. Using the needle and thread, stitch the corners in place on the back of the nose and remove the pins.
  12. Sew the nose onto the center, flat part of the beard. To keep the nose standing up on your child’s face, be sure to sew toward the top of the nose, as opposed to the center of the nose.
  13. Sew each end of the flat side of the beard to the longer parts of the hat’s opening.
  14. Remove pins from the hat.
  15. Enjoy! photo collage of how to make a gnome hat with nose


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  • Everything You Need to Know About Making Gnomes – If gnome-making is in your future, or you’re just gnome-curious, this is the one-stop-shop for all your potential gnome-making enjoyment.
  • Gnome Costume – Once you’ve figured out how to make a gnome hat, there’s no reason not to take it all the way to the bank and just go ahead and outfit the kid from head-to-toe in gnomish.
  • 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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