How to Make a Gnome from One Sock – Super Easy Sock Gnome Tutorial

I had one goal in mind and got sidetracked. Then I realized I figured out how to make a gnome from one sock and I was STRUCK!

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I just couldn’t believe I figured out how to make a sock gnome from one sock!

How to Make a Gnome from One Sock

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I sometimes get distracted. Take this instance: I set out to make a gnome with a patterned hat so that the pattern was right-side up on the hat. I whipped-up a video and tutorial, then went back to edit it and realized I had just figured out how to make a sock gnome from ONE sock!

It wasn’t the goal, it was BETTER!


I wasn’t in love with the gnome himself, that wasn’t the point. It was just a sock I had laying around that happened to have a pattern (and no match). But the result? He’s too cute not to share, and now I have a whole new way of making gnomes. If you’re ready to figure out how to make a sock gnome from one sock, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Easy Sock Gnome

  • You don’t need a gnome pattern to make this little one. In fact, you can make this gnome using a hat with a pattern or a plain sock with a patch, an added saying, or even a logo on it!
  • What’s up with those gnome noses, right?! They’re all so different and unique – just as widely varied as gnomes themselves. While I generally like to use wood beads like these, I have used all sorts of different methods in the past (clay, felt balls, buttons, etc.). Don’t feel restricted, just grab something which appeals to you.
  • If you’re still on the fence about how to make a sock gnome because you’re hesitant about the beard’s material, don’t worry. For all first-time gnome-makers and many seasoned professionals, I know that faux fur can be intimidating. It’s not the easiest to work with, but I have a method that lets anyone cut a beautiful, long beard with accuracy and speed (quick video tutorial here on how to cut faux fur). Place the fur fluffy-side-down on your cutting surface and, with either a razor blade or a craft knife, cut only the fabric backing for the fur into the shape you want. Then. it’s as simple as pulling the cut portion away, separating the fur gently. From there, you can comb it, style it, or just glue it on your beard when you’re ready!
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How Do I Make A Gnome from One Sock?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Easy Sock Gnome

How to Make a Gnome from One Sock

gnome made of one sock

When I figured out how to make a gnome from one sock, I was so excited to share it. It's quick fun!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3



  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Funnel, optional
  • Razor Blade or Craft Knife


  1. Fill the toe of the sock with poly beads and follow by stuffing the sock up to the heel with polyfill. Tie the sock closed with the embroidery thread and cut off the top of the sock in a straight line above the heel. Hot glue the cut top of the sock to keep it closed.
  2. Cut a 1/4-inch wide strip of sherpa fabric long enough to wrap around the cut end of the sock top (the hat). Hot glue the strip of sherpa fabric to the cut edge of the hat, covering the cut edge and securing it so that it won't fray.
  3. Flip the Mongolian fur over fur-side-down and, using a razor blade or craft knife, cut out a small "u" shape of fur, wide enough to cover the front of your gnome and long enough to cover from the middle of the gnome to the bottom. Cut a 1-inch wide strip, equally wide as the beard, to make a mustache. Part the mustache fur in the center and finger-brush it to either side, allowing the fur's backing to curl in on itself, hot gluing it in place, if desired.
  4. Hot glue the beard to the front of the gnome, about 2 inches from the top knot. Part the beard fur about 1/2 inch from the top of the beard, add hot glue and place the nose in this location. Tuck the mustache under the nose and hot glue in place.
  5. Pull the hat over the top of the gnome, tucking it low over the nose and hot gluing it in place onto the top of the nose to make a little wrinkle. Pull the hat low in the back, almost down to the bottom, and hot glue it in place, opening up the face.
  6. Stuff a bit of polyfill into the top of the hat, working it down and into a smooth cone shape. Tie the hat closed with a bit of embroidery thread. Brush-out the beard, if desired, and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make a gnome from one sock


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  • How to Make a Sock Gnome in 3 Minutes – In just 3 minutes. Seriously. From start to finish, no pauses, no jokes – there’s even a timer to prove it.
  • No-Sew Valentine Gnome – A gnome met a gnomette and fell in love, with pink fleece, teal accents and the cutest sneaker sets you can make in no time!
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