I love this quick Grinch sock gnome. He’s not only a quick tutorial for how to make a sock gnome PERFECT for the holiday season, but he also loves coffee. That warms this Seattle gal’s heart…
How to Make a Sock Gnome – A Grinch Sock Gnome
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have no excuse for the number of gnomes that have been made here. None at all, it is a ridiculous amount, I admit. It’s just such a fun hobby and I LOVE giving them away as gifts (and hoarding them all for myself).
The Grinch is a mean one, his heart is too small, and he’s just the most adorable grump. If you’re ready to make a Grinch sock gnome of your very own, let’s get started.
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Tips When Learning How to Make Sock Gnomes
- Definitely grab a long sock for the hat like this one. The cabling adds a fun touch and a lot of visual interest.
- You can buy some beautiful green faux fur in just the right amount here (sample size).
- You can make your own using my “how to color faux fur” video tutorial here which is what I did. I used watercolors and varied the shades.
- 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. I’d like to note that the hat is largely dependent on hot glue. So, if you want to sew the body, be prepared for some hot glue work.
- If you’ve never cut faux fur before, please put down the scissors. I have a video showing you how to properly and precisely cut faux fur here. As a reminder for those who’ve done it before: flip the fur over, cut the fabric backing only with an Exacto knife, and pull the piece away.
How Do I Make this Grinch Sock Gnome?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 1 Knee-High Red Knit Sock
- Scraps White Fluffy Fabric
- 1 Plain White Sock
- 1 Green Oil Pastel
- Green Faux Fur
- 1 Quarter-Sized Portion of Black Polymer Clay
- White Polymer Clay
- Light Brown Polymer Clay
- Green Ribbon
- 1 Floral Wire
- Rice/Beans/Polyfill Beads
- Tiny Glitter Christmas Lights
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Exacto Knife or Razor Blade
- Start by making your coffee cup and nose. To make the nose, form your black polymer clay into a rough triangle with rounded over corners.
- Use your chopstick's rounded end to push two nostrils into the front of the nose shape. Set aside.
- To make the coffee cup, roll a thick piece of white polymer clay into a cylinder about the same diameter as your thumb and about an inch long.
- Use your finger to press a divot into one end. Set aside.
- Mix together some light brown and white polymer clay poorly, meaning leave some swirls of white in the brown.
- Roll this poorly mixed brown clay into a cylinder slightly smaller than your coffee cup.
- Use your Exacto knife or razor blade to cut a 1/8-inch wide slice of brown clay.
- Place this disc of clay into the divot in your coffee cup and press it down gently.
- Make a tiny cylinder of white polymer clay about 1/4-inch thick and about 1 inch long.
- Bend this into a "c" shape and affix to the side of your coffee cup as a mug handle.
- Bake your nose and coffee cup per the directions on the polymer clay packaging.
- Fill the white sock with your chosen filler (rice, beans or polyfill beads) then tie the top closed tightly.
- Color the entire exterior of the white sock with the green oil pastel.
- Turn your red sock inside out.
- Cut off a portion of the top at a steep angle, starting at the heel and working up to the toe.
- Hot glue the seam closed on the steep angle you just cut out of the sock. Allow the glue to cool completely.
- Turn the sock right side out to make the hat.
- Slip the floral wire up into the hat.
- Stuff polyfill into the hat, getting it all the way up into the pointy tip.
- Pull the hat over the top of the green sock.
- With your Exacto knife or razor blade, cut your beard from the green faux fur, cutting on the back through only the fabric.
- Hot glue the beard in place on the front of the gnome.
- Affix the nose to the beard, just below where the hat brim sits.
- Cut a 4-inch wide section of fluffy pouffy white fabric long enough to wrap all the way around the brim of the hat.
- Hot glue this in place around the brim of the hat, just touching the nose.
- From the portion of the red sock that you cut off earlier, cut out 2 6-inch long sections about 1 inch wide.
- Fold these lengthwise and hot glue them in place, making arms.
- Hot glue an arm on each side of the beard, tucking it up under the hat brim.
- Cut two very small (nickel sized) rectangles of green faux fur.
- Fold these tiny rectangles in half and hot glue in place.
- Brush the fur in one direction to make furry Grinch hands.
- Hot glue the hands on the ends of the arms, with the fur pointing outward.
- Affix the coffee cup in place between the hands.
- Cut a 1-inch square from your white pouffy fluffy fabric and place a line of hot glue around the edge, then pressing it together to make a pom-pom.
- Glue this pom-pom to the tip of the hat.
- Wrap the green ribbon around the hat tightly to create a bit of whimsy.
- Hot glue the tiny Christmas lights in place along the green ribbon.
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