Inspired by a tomte I made a while back, I pulled together this sachet mini gnome tutorial and made two fall gnomes I really love!
Sachet Mini Gnome Tutorial
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love coming up with a new way to make a gnome. But, sometimes, I remember gnomes I made a while ago, like this adorable sachet gnome, that inspire me to make another one similar.
And WOW! I was able to make these fun little sachet mini gnomes from scraps in just a few minutes that reminded me why I loved this simple gnome craft.
So, grab your favorite fall-colored scraps and a pair of scissors because it’s time to get started.
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Tips to Make a Scrapbuster Gnome
- Definitely grab your scraps for this project. These mini gnomes are just that – mini. So small, you’re not going to need even an 1/8 of a yard of fabric. But if that’s what you have, that’s good, too. Just grab your favorite!
- The bodies of the gnomes can be as big or as small as you want them to be. Seriously! It’s totally up to you, so whether you have a tiny scrap that’s your “favorite” or a large scrap (and you want a big round gnome), it’s all on you!
- I used some adorable mini hats that a friend sent to me. They’re the perfect size and there’s so much personality with these hats! Although mine came from a friend, you can find some similar ones at your local craft store or I found these adorable mini witch hats that look to be quite similar. I wasn’t able to find the straw hats online.
- Another fun thing about these mini gnomes? You can accessorize them to be your own unique creation! So, of course, I made the little pipe for my farmer gnome and, if you wanted, you could make a little broom for your witch!
How Do I Make this Sachet Mini Gnome Tutorial?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a gnome crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our sachet mini gnome video tutorial.
- Scrap Fabric (preferably something non-fraying)
- Small Rocks or other weight item
- Small Amount of Faux Fur
- 1/2-inch Wood Bead or other nose
- Pre-Made Straw Hat with a 2-inch inside Diameter
- Pre-Made Witch Hat with a 2-inch inside Diameter
- 1/8-inch thick Dowel (small portion)
- 1/4-inch thick Dowel (small portion)
- Ribbon (or other accessory for the witch as desired)
- Circle Form (I used a plate)
- Fabric Pen or Chalk for Marking on the Fabric
- Compass, optional
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Craft Knife or Razor Blade
- Fine-Tip Marker or Pen (black ink)
- Needle and Thread, optional
- For the farmer gnome, trace and cut-out an 8-inch diameter circle of your scrap fabric.
- Add a generous amount of hot glue in the center of your circle of fabric then place your rocks or other weight on top of the glue and allow it to cool completely.
- Cut an 8-inch length of twine, then place a generous handful of Poly-Fill into the center of the circle of fabric, on top of the rocks, and pull the edges of the fabric up around the Poly-Fill, gathering the edges into a tight bunch in the center. Take care to push the Poly-Fill down into the pocket of fabric you're creating. Then wrap the twine around the gathered fabric and tie it in place. Add a dab of hot glue to the knot, just to secure it. Trim the ends of the twine flush with the hot glue on the knot. That completes your gnome's body.
- Cut the beard material by flipping the faux fur fur-side down onto the cutting surface, then with your craft knife, cut just the fabric backing in a 2-inch wide by 1/2-inch tall "u" shape. Then gently pull the cut piece away from the remainder and there's your beard.
- Hot glue the beard in place on the front of your gnome body, placing the top of the beard right on top of the twine you tied at the top of the body.
- Part the faux fur at the top center of the beard all the way down to the fabric backing and add a generous dab of hot glue before placing the nose on top and holding it in place until the hot glue cools completely.
- Place a generous amount of hot glue on the loose fabric just above the knot in the gnome's body then press the straw hat down on top of this, holding it in place until the glue cools completely.
- Add a small dot of hot glue on the top of the nose, then press the brim of the hat down onto this dot of hot glue and hold it in place until the glue cools so that the hat will not shift off the nose. Repeat adding a bit of hot glue to the back of the hat where it meets the body of the gnome as well just to further secure it in place.
- To make the pipe, cut a small (1/4 inch or so) piece of each of your dowel pieces. Color the interior of one end of the thicker dowel piece with the black marker or pen, then glue the end of the smaller dowel to the center of the side of the colored-in dowel piece.
- To attach the pipe to the gnome, part the faux fur of the beard just below and to one side of the nose all the way down to the fabric backing and add a generous dab of hot glue before placing the end of the pipe on top and holding it in place until the hot glue cools completely.
- To make the witch gnome, cut a 10-inch circle of your fabric, then repeat making the gnome body as noted above. To close this gnome body, because it is bigger, i used a running stitch, but this is a personal preference.
- To make the pony tails, cut a 3-inch long piece of faux fur about 1/2 inch wide, then hot glue the back to itself. Hot glue those on either side of the nose on the completed gnome body.
- Attach the hat as noted above, then add a piece of ribbon or any other accessory desired.
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More Fall Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Fall Shelf Sitter Gnome Pattern – Fast, fun and absolutely adorable, this fall shelf sitter gnome is easily one of my favorite gnomes this season.
- Standing Scarecrow Gnome Pattern – The quintessential gnome for those who love a good pumpkin patch, this gnome is sassy and posable!
- Fall Gnome Garland – Anyone with a fall-decorated mantle would love to have this fun garland to bring that pop of fall color!
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