Learn how to make your own no sew gnome with long legs for any holiday using your hot glue gun! This gnome tutorial includes a free gnome shoe pattern, along with full, detailed video instruction.
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Shelf Sitter Gnome with Legs
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve taken to decorating only a small area for Valentine’s Day. It’s one day I know, but I love the bright pop of color in the home when outside is just so gray.
This year, I’m choosing to add a pale, peony pink to my decor and when I came across this fleece I was instantly inspired to make a gnome with long legs. The same day I picked up the stripe fabric, a YouTube viewer requested a shelf sitter gnome using this pattern and well, this guy was drawn up and made in just about 40 minutes.
For this DIY gnome with a wrap-around beard and dangling legs, you will need your glue gun or a sewing machine. Keep reading for the full written and video tutorial where I use just a hot glue gun to assemble this guy.
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Tips for Making a Shelf Sitter Gnome
- Choose a stretchy fabric for the body, hat, and shoes. I like to work with fleece for this because it comes in a huge array of colors and textures while giving you as much stretch as needed.
- The leg fabric can be cotton, knit, fleece, or most any other material (no need to have a lot of stretch). Do no choose a thick felt for this, however, because it will be difficult to turn.
- Use a detail tip hot glue gun for this project and you will be able to mimic the seams achieved when sewing.
- The wrap around beard hides the join of the legs, however, you do not have to make your beard go all the way around. Here are some other options for how to make gnome beards.
- If you are a fan of making sock gnomes, skip to the part in the tutorial about creating and attaching the legs. This will work for sock gnomes, as well.
Accessories Used on This Gnome
I’m often asked how to make decorations and accessories for gnomes. When I can, I share as much about what I do and even show creating them in video tutorials alongside the gnomes. For this sweet guy:
- I used a dark pink marker to draw on a very small heart on the wood ball for the nose to make him more of a Valentine gnome. You can use anything for a gnome nose, however, like wood beads, pompoms, felted wool balls, or a nylon full of poly-fill.
- My floral detail includes two lamb’s ear leaves pulled off a sprig from a craft store. In the center, I used a flower sticker and removed the sticky in order to hot glue it on.
- The detail on the legs (shown below) is easily made from any fabric or ribbon (the how to is in the tutorial and video). I wanted to match the hat so I used the same fleece, however, you can use anything pliable. If you want, you can quickly make a ruffle using a sewing machine.
- Add on a memorial brooch or other piece of jewelry, a flower, or other item to customize this gnome and make him your own.
- Another idea is to use the Dollar Tree string of lights and hide the battery pack in the back of the hat. As long as you’re using fleece, you can tuck it up in the back between the hat tacks.
Instructions to Make a Gnome with Long Legs
Below is my written tutorial and supplies list. If you are a visual learner, here is the Valentine’s Day No Sew Gnome with Long Legs video tutorial. While you’re there, be sure to subscribe to the YouTube Channel – we have a good time.
More No Sew Gnomes You Might Like
Many of my patterns are used for both gnome sewing patterns and can be made with a detail tip hot glue gun. Below are a few more DIY gnome ideas you might be interested in making.
- Adorable Reindeer Gnomes – Chose one or both of these no sew reindeer gnomes, both with fun sleigh bells and antlers.
- No Sew Beach Gnome – This guy is kickin’ back and enjoying the sun. Make a gnome with the cutest belly button, beach hat, and board shorts.
- Slouchy Hat Gnome – Use your glue gun to make this farmhouse gnome in just a few minutes. This is an iconic style that works perfectly with tiered trays.
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