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How to Make a Gnome – Sock Gnome Holding a Coffee Cup

I am all about coming up with simple tutorials for how to make a gnome, but this sock gnome holding a coffee cup is just the BEES KNEES! He’s so cute and ready to sip some fun!

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I love this easy sock gnome tutorial and making a gnome with a coffee cup was insanely fun!

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Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I am in love with this little gnome. Not only is he speaking my “love language” with his little coffee, but he was SUPER fast to make.

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If you’re ready to learn how to make a gnome, this is a great tutorial to start with. I would advise you to read through this short set of frequently asked questions when making sock gnomes (it will open in a new window so you won’t lose this tutorial). ;)

If you’re a gnome-pro, this is an easy gnome tutorial and you’ll learn how to make a coffee cup for your gnome. With that said, grab your hot glue gun and let’s get started.

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Tips When Learning How to Make Gnomes

  • Start with an insanely fluffy sock. Regular socks are fine and you can use them, but you know those crazy socks that are insanely fluffy and have a sherpa-style lining? Those are the best for this gnome. Click here to grab some like mine.
  • I like to make my gnome beards from the nicer faux fabric furs that come on the big rolls at the craft store, as opposed to the sheets of felt you can pick up the crafting section. My favorite is the Mongolian fur that I used on this gnome (and a lot of others). So, click here to get a little Mongolian fur, if you want to get that same “greying” look that really adds a quality touch.
  • If you’ve never cut faux fur or craft fur before, be sure to check out my video on how to cut faux fur the right way. It’s short, to the point, and frankly, it’s perfect for anytime you want to cut faux fur (not just for gnomes). While you’re there, be sure to subscribe to my channel.
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How Do I Make this Sock Gnome Holding a Coffee Cup?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making him and are a visual learner, be sure to check out the full video tutorial for this gnome with coffee here.

Yield: 1 Sock Gnome

How to Make a Gnome - Sock Gnome Holding a Coffee Cup

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Every sock gnome ever made is the same--except this one. This tutorial for how to make a sock gnome is insanely easy and you'll be comparing this little nisse to all others you ever see. He's the sock gnome holding a coffee cup of your dreams. Or mine. Because, yeah, I dream of gnomes. LOL!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • 1 Sherpa-Lined Sock
  • 1-2 cups Rice, Polyfill Beads or other filler
  • Mongolian Fur
  • Polymer Clay in dark brown, light brown and white
  • Strip of Twine
  • 1 Rubber Band

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Oven
  • Exacto Knife

Instructions

  1. Make your gnome nose and hands by combining a portion of light brown and white polymer clay until you have the color you want.
  2. Roll a quarter-sized portion of this clay into a neat ball. This is the nose. Set aside.
  3. Roll two nickel-sized portions of this clay into two neat balls. These are the hands. Set aside.
  4. Make the coffee by poorly combining dark brown, light brown and white clay together into a cylinder about 3/4-inch thick. Set aside.
  5. Make the coffee cup by rolling a 1-inch by 1/2-inch section of white clay into a cylinder and, press a small depression into the top of the cylinder, making it slightly wider at the top with a depression.
  6. Press a 1/8-inch slice of the coffee into the depression in the cup.
  7. Using your exacto knife (the back side of the blade), make a lip on the top edge of the cup.
  8. Smooth the coffee cup and coffee to your heart's content.
  9. Bake the coffee cup, nose and hands per the clay package's directions. Allow them to cool fully. how to make a gnome with a coffee mug
  10. Cut the sock in half, just below the heel.
  11. Fill the bottom part of the sock with the rice or polyfill.
  12. Close the top of the sock with the rubber band.
  13. Cut out your beard from your Mongolian fur in a rough "v" or "u" shape that will wrap about 1/2 way around your gnome and about 2/3 of the length of his body.
  14. Cut out a rectangle of fur about 1-inch long by 1/2 inch wide.
  15. Split the fur in your fingers and pull it apart, making a mustache.
  16. Hot glue the beard to the body, about 2 inches below the edge of the gnome body.
  17. Attach the mustache about 1 1/4 inches below the edge of the beard with a line of hot glue.
  18. Hot glue the nose in place about 1-inch below the top of the beard. photo collage tutorial of how to make a sock gnome for christmas with a coffee cup
  19. Cut the heel off of the top part of the sock. Set aside (you'll need both the lining and the fabric portion later).
  20. Trim a 1/2-inch section of the outer cloth only off the sock-top's bottom edge.
  21. Pull the sherpa lining down over the edge of the hat, pulling it up onto the outside and hot gluing it in place along the edge like a brim or cuff.
  22. Place the hat on top of the gnome's head, tucking it down over the top of the nose.
  23. Hot glue the hat in place in the back and sides, leaving plenty of space to tuck the arms up in the hat just behind the beard edges, then one little dot on the nose. photo collage tutorial of how to make a gnome with a coffee cup
  24. Use the twine to tie the top of the hat together, creating a pouf.
  25. Make the arms by taking the heel fabric (solid) and cutting two 1-inch by 3-inch sections.
  26. Place a line of hot glue down one long side of the arm shapes and then fold the fabric over onto itself to make a thin arm.
  27. Slip each arm up into the hat on the side and hot glue it in place.
  28. Hot glue a hand onto each arm.
  29. Cut two 1/4-inch wide sections of the leftover lining fabric just long enough to wrap around the gnome's wrists.
  30. Hot glue these sections of lining fabric around each of the gnome's wrists to create cuffs.
  31. Bring the hands together and hot glue one on each side of the coffee cup. photo collage tutorial of how to make a christmas sock gnome with a coffee mug
  32. Enjoy!

Notes

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Yvonne

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I noticed the Sherpa socks you recommended have the silicone dots on the bottom. This was not mentioned in your tutorial how did you deal with those

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Oh no, mine did not have those dots. They might have replaced what I purchased. :(

I did see some at Target in the adult socks section the last time I was there. They had no dots.

Barb

Monday 11th of January 2021

Love your gnomes and jumped in and made 6 for Christmas gifts. The cost of the fur is a bit beyond me so I used unraveled mop fibres and ended up with very chubby gnomes and majorly burnt fingers!! Loved them (the gnomes that is) and so did the recipients. I think this is one is lovely and would make a perfect gift for my sister, however I do have one question. Is the mustache a separate piece or just divided below the top of the beard? Thank you so much

Joanne

Friday 1st of January 2021

I'VE MAKE A FEW FOR MY TREE I LOVE THEM.

Doris

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Beautiful

Deb Hiltz

Thursday 11th of June 2020

I enjoy you on YouTube on the gnomes but how long do you cut the material for the arms to start with? I know it will depend on if the gnome will hold something. Thank you Deb Hiltz fatboy4546@gmail.com

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

So you're exactly right, Deb. It will depend on whether the gnome will hold something and how tall you make the body. Sometimes I place that hat quite a bit lower on these sock gnomes than I do the pattern gnomes, so mine vary from 3 inches to 8 inches (the newest sewing pattern). I would say that if you're not following a pattern, go ahead and wait to cut those last.

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