Make This DIY Nordic Gnome with a Twisty Hat

Make this Nordic gnome with a twisty hat to add a little whimsy and magic into your day. They make the perfect friend to welcome guests in an entryway. 

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Gnome with Twisty Hat Tutorial

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love making gnomes. If you’re new here, it’s like a gnome rabbit hole (you’ve been warned). 

I just really can’t get enough of them, friends. From Christmas gnomes to other holiday cuties, it’s fun to explore different styles and methods. For example: 

But today, we’re making a fun gnome my daughter requested for her room: a rainbow gnome with a twisty hat. We set out dying wool for this and our experiment FAILED. Note: do not use leftover Easter egg dye to color Merino wool if you want to use it as a beard. 

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Let’s get started with what DID work.

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Tips for Making a Twisty Hat Gnome

So I messed up one before getting this right (just being honest). So I’m going to tell you what NOT to do in addition to how to actually make a twisty hat gnome that looks good.

  • Get a loooooong sock – this rainbow knee-high sock is perfect.
  • Before you cut and sew the sock hat, be sure to make the body and measure how tall you want your finished hat. 
  • Don’t overstuff the stock if there is a pattern. For example, this rainbow hat is a quality sock but when I overfilled it, it showed white through the color. 
  • Use pins to hold the hat in place before gluing it on. Pin it and then position the nose. 
  • The polyfill is going to be quite bumpy. You’ll need to roll the hat (even the tip) in your hands to distribute the polyfill. 
close up of nordic gnome with a twisty hat on white marble background with air plants

How Do I Make a Gnome with a Bending Hat?

I’m so glad you asked! This is a fairly quick DIY (especially if you use a sock gnome body), however, there are a few more tips I’ll share. If you’re making a DIY gnomes playlist on YouTube, here is our gnome with a bending hat video tutorial

Yield: 1

Gnome with a Twisty Hat

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This adorable Nordic gnome with a bendable hat comes together quickly. It's made with a child's sock, a straight stitch, and a little crafty fun.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


Gnome Hat

  • child's knee sock (or leg warmer)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine (or hand sewn)
  • polyfill stuffing
  • floral wire

Gnome Body


  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • pins (to keep hat in place while positioning


  1. Make the gnome body. This gnome uses the elfin gnome pattern found here, however, you can limit the sewing by making a sock gnome body (instructions here). gnome body made with elfin gnome pattern
  2. Once the body has been created, measure the sock's height you want. Remember, this will be a bendable hat, so take that into consideration. Once measured, create a curved line under the heel and sew it with a straight stitch with a machine or by hand. close up of a sock used as a gnome hat
  3. Turn the sock inside out, scrunch it up, and start filling it with polyfill. Use a pencil or your fingertip to push the fluff into the point of the hat. turn the sock and fill with stuffing
  4. Once the hat is stuffed, roll it between your hands to evenly distribute the stuffing. learn how to make a gnome hat with a sock and stuffing
  5. Using a piece of floral wire (still on the spool or roll), bend over the end so it doesn't poke through the tip of the hat. Make it a wider loop than you think because we want it to appear seamless under the sock. how to make a gnome hat curvy
  6. Leave a bit hanging out of the bottom to place into the gnome body. how to make a bendable gnome hat
  7. Place the hat on the body (pull it down) and use sewing pins to secure it temporarily. pin the gnome hat to the body
  8. Cut a triangle of faux fur wide enough so that it nearly wraps around your gnome body. You can cut a much smaller piece if you want the beard only in the front. Remember, only cut the backing of the faux fur with a razor blade.
  9. Position the faux fur onto the gnome, lifting up the hat before hot gluing it to the body. Position the nose and glue it in place. Add any stuffing to the sides of the hat where it is sparse. Glue the hat down. how to make a gnome hat attach to the body
  10. Bend the wire in the hat gently, holding the base. How to make a gnome with a twisty hat that bends


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  1. You show your gnomes (which are all lovely) but you don’t show how to make their boots. I’d really like instructions for gnomes with boots please.