With spring right right around the corner, I thought it was time to make Bee another gnome! I decided to make a tutorial so you could make your own gnomes for the little ones in your life. Follow along or get creative and follow your own whimsy!
- Grey Catsidhe’s gnome pattern
- felt in the desired color
- thread or embroidery floss
- a sewing needle
The pattern may be enlarged, and should be for a baby. I make mine so that they are small but not a choking hazard. Using the pattern, cut out the shapes in your felt. You’ll want to cut out one face and two bodies. At this point, I find it best to stitch on the face and add any desired details to one side of the body. You can be as simple or complex as you wish. I decided to make this gnome very girlish and even gave her some hair.
Starting at the base, stitch from bottom, to the top, and back to the bottom using the blanket stitch. Leave the bottom opened so that you can stuff the batting in before completing the blanket stitch all the way around.
As a finishing touch, I added a little leaf to the top of the gnome’s hat. I think it makes the Spring gnome look like a little seedling. Make sure you stitch that leaf very secure! As with all baby toys, inspect your gnomes frequently to make sure nothing is coming apart. My baby loves to gums her gnomes so they can get a bit worn looking. They are very easy to clean with some soap and water. Air dry, preferably in the sun.
Have fun making gnomes for wee ones or your own altars! Please share any that you make! I’d love to see.