Nothing is cuter than a squishy, fluffy tomte and this July 4th gnome pattern is the no-sew gnome of your patriotic, squishy dreams!
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July 4th Gnome Pattern
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love the fluff and pomp and stately squish of minky or fleece combined with a big ‘ole nose and faux fur. And this patriotic gnome is all that and a bag of fireworks – or just one firecracker, he’s a little guy after all.
If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to get this gnome on your entryway table. So, grab a hot glue gun to make your no-sew gnome and let’s get started.
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Tips to Make this Patriotic Gnome
Based on my Icelandic Lovey Gnome Pattern here this gnome works up quickly with the most adorable little back bump. There’s more than just the pattern for this one tomte in here, too. I made 4 different gnomes, plus the optional arms, legs/boots and a reversible hat – all in one pattern!
Hot Glue Gun & Glue (note: hot glue sticks for fabric do exist and should be used, if possible)
Razor Blade or Craft Knife
Pencil or Fabric Marker, optional
Cut out the body shape and base fabric. Fold the body shape in half, right-side to right-side and hot glue hem the edge, leaving it open where noted. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
Hot glue the base shape on the bottom of the body and allow the hot glue to cool completely.
Turn the body right side out, then, pinch together the darts on the base and hot glue them in place.
Add about 1/2 cup of poly beads to the bottom of the gnome body. Fill the remaining portion of the body with polyfill. Tuck the wire inside the gnome’s body.
Close the body with hot glue and allow it to cool completely.
Cut the faux fur into a beard shape and hot glue the beard to the gnome on the front. Part the faux fur and hot glue the nose in place. Allow the glue to cool completely.
Cut the hat shape and hot glue hem line the bottom edge of the hat shape.
Fold the hat shape in half, right-side to right-side. Hot glue the long edge together, then allow the hot glue to cool completely.
Turn the hat right-side out and tuck the hat down over the body. Hot glue the hat down over the nose, creating a little wrinkle or scrunch to the fabric. Hot glue the hat down in the back, but leave the sides open to add arms. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
Cut two arm shapes and fold each in half right-side-to-right-side on the long side. Hot glue hem along the long edge.
Turn each of the arms right side out and fill with a floral wire and a bit of Poly Fill to give it a little body. Hot glue an arm on each side of the gnome, tucked under the edge of the hat. Allow the hot glue to cool completely.
Add a small dot of hot glue to one side of the bead or clay ball you’re using for a hand and press it onto the end of the arm. Allow this hot glue to cool completely.
Make a firecracker for the gnome to carry by cutting a 4-inch by 6-inch rectangle from the blue craft foam. Additionally, cut a 3-inch diameter circle from the red glitter canvas sheet.
Roll the blue craft foam rectangle into a 1-inch diameter cylinder and hot glue it in place.
Cut out about 1/4 of the red glitter canvas circle in a triangle, then pull the cut edges together, making a wide cone. Hot glue this in place, then hot glue the cone on top of the cylinder of blue craft foam.
Curl your red, silver and blue curling ribbon using your fingernail or a pair of scissors, then tuck the ends of the curling ribbon inside the open end of the firecracker and hot glue in place.
Wrap white embroidery thread around both ends of the firecracker, leaving long ends. Tie the long ends around the arms of your gnome and position the firecracker on his back, as desired. Your gnome is ready to display!
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Hi there, I’m Sarah. I’m a crafty gal and always have at least 14 projects going at once. I am a crafter, designer, and pattern maker and share my creations here and over at the Ruffles and Rain Boots® shop.