Hunter Gnome with Mudflap Gnome Hat

This mudflap gnome hat pattern makes creating a hunter gnome, a DIY winter gnome, or even a “Cousin Eddie” gnome a breeze. Use this tutorial and a hot glue gun to create a no-sew winter hat that will have everyone talking.

You will need fleece and Sherpa fleece for this easy hat, so check your stash. This fun design can be placed onto a sock gnome body, a cone gnome body, or even a sewn body and can be easily sized up for very large bodies.

Small gray bearded gnome with a Buffalo check gnome hat with the ear flaps up.
The flaps on this gnome hat fold up for a different look!

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Mudflap Gnome Hat Pattern

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve been making easy gnomes for years now and I’m so happy they’ve become popular. For nearly as long as I’ve been sharing them, I’ve had a request for a no-sew hunter hat pattern with ear flaps and a fuzzy fleece lining.

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And years ago, I made it… but FORGOT to actually share it.

This week, I had a request for it and thought I should finally get it out into the world. So, world: meet the easy, no-sew mudflap hat pattern for gnomes.

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Buffalo check fleece and Sherpa fleece earflap hat on bearded gnome in woodland background.
Boop the nose on this adorable hunting gnome with an even cuter mudflap hat.

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Materials and Supplies Needed for This Gnome DIY

This is one of the most simple gnome hats to make, friends. Though you can use other fabrics, fleece has stretch, which makes it the perfect material for this earflap hat. You will need:

  • fleece (pattern or solid color; Blizzard or other medium weight)
  • Sherpa fleece – I used this fleece (check it the link because it can be named different things)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks – use a detailed tip glue gun like this for accuracy
  • scissors or a rotary cutter
  • gnome body (any style, I used the stable sock gnome body)
  • faux fur (I used Mongolian)
  • gnome nose (wooden bead, wood round, pom pom, stuffed fabric, etc.)

Note: I have never seen fleece at the dollar store (like Dollar Tree), but it is always available at Joann’s craft store, Michael’s, or even on Amazon.

Close up square image showing a gray beard gnome wearing a mudflap hat with ear flaps down.
The mudflap hat makes this guy’s nose even more boopable!

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How To Assemble the Winter Hat with Ear Flaps

Keep this page open and follow the steps below, using the comments section for any questions. If you’re a visual learner, you can watch the mudflap gnome hat video tutorial here.

First, cut the pattern pieces from fleece and the Sherpa. Then, use hot glue to join the center hat panel to one side hat panel, right-sides together. Set it aside to dry.

Crafter gluing one center crown hat piece to a side crown hat piece to form the start of an earflap hat.
Line up the bottoms of the crown’s center and side piece to get started.

Next, attach one side flap to the Sherpa side flap piece. Repeat for the other flap and set both aside.

Crafter gluing an ear flap to a sherpa fleece backing for a mudflap gnome hat.
The Sherpa fleece really is a fun fabric and it hides a lot of imperfections.

Glue on the second side hat panel to the center panel. Let dry completely and turn right sides out.

Crafter showing partially assembled mudflap hat crown.
Be sure to let the glue dry or the fleece can move.

Attach a side flap to the hat crown by lining up the fleece edges (not the Sherpa). Repeat with the other side.

Crafter showing to piece together ear flap gnome hat.
Line up the fleece edges to assemble the ear flaps onto the crown.

Attach the trim around the entire crown or just the front and back. Add to a DIY sock gnome body (or other style) and you’re done!

Crafter gluing on sherpa fleece trim to mudflap gnome hat.
Glue on the trim for the ear flap hat and you are done.

What Size Gnomes Does This Hat Pattern Fit?

As mentioned in the notes above, the ear flap hat pattern can be used on sock gnomes, felt gnomes, cone gnomes (with and without a rounded top), and sewn body gnomes. The width of this hat opening as prepared per the pattern is 4 inches.

This means that the body can be up to 4 inches around (with a thick faux fur beard and nose). It is ideal for gnomes from 6 inches to 14 inches, however, the pattern can be sized up on a personal home computer, as well.

Vertical image showing felt trees and wood backdrop with gnome wearing an ear flap hat in front.
Up or down, the ear flap adjustments give this guy two looks.

How to Download and Use the Mudflap Hat Pattern

The mudflap hat pattern can be found here (or below in the materials list). Add it to your cart, checkout, and print the pattern at home. And I would LOVE to see what you make, whether it’s a winter gnome, a Cousin Eddie, gnome, or a fun hunting gnome.

At this time, all patterns are print-at-home and nothing will be mailed to you.

The gnome hat pattern is for personal use, however, you can obtain a commercial use license while checking out. It offers a very generous licensing for all small businesses.

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Stacked vertical image of sock gnome with earflap hat from fleece with mudflap hat pattern text.
Make quick work of a hot glue mudflap hat pattern for gnomes and dolls.
Yield: 1 mudflap gnome hat

Mudflap Gnome Hat Pattern

Close up square image showing a gray beard gnome wearing a mudflap hat with ear flaps down.

This DIY mudflap gnome hat pattern comes together easily with hot glue and is a great addition to a winter gnome, hunting gnome, or any rugged-style design. The gnome hat is made using fleece, so it is an inexpensive hat to create for sock gnomes, cone gnomes, and sewn body gnomes. Includes a full written and step by step video tutorial.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter


  1. Cut pattern pieces from fleece and Sherpa fleece. Note: if using a non-stretchy fabric like cotton, add the allowance listed in the pattern. Note: there is a full video tutorial for the assembly of this pattern here.
  2. Use hot glue to join the center hat piece and a fleece hat side panel together (right-sides of the fabric together). Set aside to dry because fleece will shift easily when glue is wet.
  3. While waiting for the glue to dry, join a Sherpa and fleece flap piece together. Repeat for the other side.
  4. Add the other fleece hat side to the center hat piece to finish the crown and set aside to dry completely. Turn right sides out.
  5. Attach a side flap piece bottom to the bottom side edge of the crown. Repeat and set aside to dry.
  6. Attach the trim with hot glue in one of two ways and the mudflap gnome hat is done!
  7. Place the gnome hat onto a body style of your choice and add stuffing to the crown, if desired. Glue to attach to the hat to the body.


This gnome hat pattern fits socks gnomes, cone gnomes, and sewn gnome bodies alike.

The pattern can be sized up easily for larger gnomes.

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