I decided to make a summer gnome with this no-sew beach gnome pattern to bring a bit of the fun-in-the-sun element to life!
No-Sew Beach Gnome Pattern
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have some serious whimsy built-up and no good creative outlet – except gnome-making! Seriously, I have had this wild streak recently, making some of the funniest gnomes and this beach bum gnome is no exception.
Super quick and a treat to make, this no-sew beach gnome pattern is definitely one of my more silly gnomes. If you’re in need of a summer gnome that’s definitely a “looker”, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Summer Gnome
To make this gnome, I made the body from my Bubble Body Gnome pattern here. You’ll also need the beach accessories pattern set here. You do not HAVE to use the bubble body gnome pattern, but it is very handy. Really, you just need the beach accessories to make that fun hat, board shorts and the flip flops (and also the hands/feet and the belly button – but who’s counting?!).
I usually turn to wood beads or polymer clay balls for my gnome noses. But this pattern called for a “seamless” look, in my mind. So, I made my nose for this pattern with a quick beige fleece ball. Included in the tutorial below, you can make this ball in just a minute or two, it’s so easy.
Trace and cut out one gnome body shape, two arm shapes (add about 1 inch longer than you typically would cut), two leg shapes (add about 2 inches longer than you typically would cut), and a circle of the beige fleece about 1/4-inch in diameter larger than your button (this will make the belly button) from the beige fleece fabric. From the stiff cotton fabric, cut out 2 hat brim shapes, 1 hat top shape, 1 hat base shape, and 1 board shorts shape. Cut out 2 flip flop thong shapes and 2 flip flop sole shapes from the red craft foam.
Fold the gnome body shape in half and run a hot glue hem along the open side. Cut slits in the flap about 1/2 inches long and 1 inch apart, then fold the flap of the gnome body shape over and close the bottom of the gnome with hot glue. Allow the glue to dry fully.
Turn the body of the gnome right side out. Fill the gnome body with 1-2 cups of Poly Beads. Stuff the 2-inch styrofoam ball into the gnome, using the ball's shape to create a bit of a pot-belly on your gnome. Tuck a generous portion of Poly Fill into the top of the gnome body to hold the poly beads inside and push the foam ball outward, creating that pot-belly look.
Make the nose by cutting a 2-2 1/2 -inch circle of beige fleece and placing a small portion of Poly Fill in the center. Hot glue the edges of the circle together, creating a ball of fleece.
Cut out the mustache shape from the faux fur by turning the fur over and cutting only the fabric with the razor blade or craft knife. I cut a piece about 3 inches long by 2 inches wide.
Affix the mustache to the gnome by hot gluing the mustache to the body, about 2 inches below the top edge of the gnome body. Hot glue the nose in place in the center of the mustache.
Make the belly button by cutting small slits in the outer edge of the belly button circle of beige fleece. Hot glue button in the middle of the fleece circle, covering the button completely. Hot glue the belly button in the middle of the gnome’s belly.
Hot glue hem each of the arm and leg rectangles, turn right-side out and stuff with Poly Fill, adding a floral wire to make the legs and arms posable, if desired.
Fold the end of the arm flat and cut 4 slits into the end, through both sides of the fabric. Hot glue the two sides of each slitted section together, then trim into rounded finger or toe shapes. Repeat for remaining arms and legs. Conversely, you can cut the arm and leg shapes in your pattern to rounded off ends for less detail (and work).
Place an arm on either side of the gnome's head, lined-up with the top of the gnome and hot glue them in place.
Hot glue each leg onto the bottom of the gnome, on either side of the front. This will allow him to lounge in the floatie.
Make the hat by cutting slits in or hot glue hemming the outer edges of the hat shape pieces, where noted in the pattern. Assemble the base piece by gluing together the base shape where the ends come together when folded. Then fit the base piece of the hat into one of the brim centers, folding the flaps out and hot gluing them in place. Hot glue the top of the hat onto the base, using the tabs, then fit the second brim piece onto the bottom and hot glue the two pieces together.
Make the board shorts by hot glue hemming the edges all the way around. Fold the board shorts shape in half, wrong sides together. Hot glue them together, then fit the shorts onto the gnome body and hot glue the inner hems of the short’s legs together.
Place the hat on top of the gnome's head, tucking it down over the top of the nose. Hot glue the hat in place in the back and sides, then one little dot on the nose.
Make the flip flops by hot gluing the leg of the "y" thong shape to the sole, then folding over the "y" and gluing the two arms of the "y" on either side of the sole. Repeat with the second flip flop, then slip the flip-flops onto your gnome’s feet.
Plop your gnome in a relaxing position on the floatie and display!
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