So, I am totally behind with this since P’s birthday was this week and his party is this weekend and I totally have a second party favor pattern to share with you for that. BUT, Wee’s birthday party this year was gnome themed. So I decided to make some quick little gnome dolls for favors for everyone. Since I find sewing to be much quicker than knitting, and I am always short on time, I decided to whip up a quick sewing pattern for my favors (which is actually what inspired my Knitted Gnome Nuggets!).
Since this was a super quick, simple sewing pattern, I decided I would share it for free with you guys. Enjoy!
Here they are from the party
Gnome Nuggets Sewing Pattern Directions
13 3/4” tall, hat to toes
8”x 8” Piece of Flannel for the Hat
3”x 6” Piece of Skin Colored Quilting Cotton for the Face
9”x 6” Piece of White Felt for the Hair and Beard
6”x 8” Piece of Black Fleece for Belt, Legs, and Eyes
8”x 10” Piece of Shirting Material for the Body
Fabrics listed are to make the exact gnomes in the photos. Use whatever combination of fabrics you have. Just be sure the belt, eyes, and beard are made from a fabric that will not fray as they are sewing using raw edges.
Needle for hand sewing to close the body
Basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins, sewing machine, iron, etc.
Fabric paint for eyes(I used Tulip Slick )
Erasable transfer pen/pencil (I used FriXion Pens )
Chopstick to help with stuffing and turning (I like this thing too )
*All seam allowances are 1/4” and included in the pattern pieces, unless otherwise noted.
*Preshink your fabric by washing and drying it before you start to sew so that your finished gnome wont become misshapen in the washing machine later. (Honestly, I didn’t do this with mine…)
*Be sure to create strong seams by back tacking (going back a couple stitches, then forward again) at the beginning and end every time you sew.
1.Print the Pattern
Download and print the pattern. Cut out all of the pattern pieces.
If you print your pattern out on a heavier weight paper, like card stock, it will make it easier to cut or trace around the pieces, and the pattern will last longer if you wish to make more gnomes. Like say, if you are making 15 for party favors like I did.
Cut your fabric as indicated on the pattern pieces. Transfer all of the marks from the pattern pieces to your fabric using a transfer/erasable fabric pen/pencil. Be sure to follow the arrows on the pieces when cutting from stretchy or patterned fabric.
3. Assemble Body
With the right sides facing, sew the hat to the top of the face, as indicated on the pattern pieces. Then sew hat to the hair, as indicated on the pattern pieces. Finish the body assembly by sewing the gnome body to the bottom of the face and hair, as indicated on the pattern pieces.
4. Assemble the Legs and Attach the Belt
With the right sides facing, sew around the legs, leaving open as indicated on the pattern pieces. With the right sides both facing up, place the belt onto the body, as indicated on the pattern pieces, and with matching thread, topstitch around the belt. Repeat on the other body piece.
Trim up to the seam in the curves of the legs to help them lay flat once turned, and turn right sides out. Lightly stuff the legs, keeping that stopping the stuffing about 1/2” from the open edge to make it easier to attach them to the body.
5. Create the Face
With right sides both facing up, place beard onto the face side of the body so that the edges of the beard overlap the sides near the hat (to catch the raw edge in the seam once sewn). With matching thread, topstitch around the beard to attach it to the body.
Once the beard is attached, use it to determine where you want your eyes to go. Pin the eyes to the body and use matching thread to topstitch around the eyes.
This can be tricky because the eyes are small. Alternately you can use fabric paint for the eyes (I like Tulip Slick), or you can use safety eyes or buttons. You could even wait until your gnome is finished and embroider on the face then. It is up to you, have fun!
6. Attach the Legs
With the finished end of one leg pointing up onto the body, match up the raw edge of the leg to the raw edge of the bottom of the body (as indicated on the pattern pieces). Baste across the top of the leg, about 1/8” from the edge to hold the leg in place. Repeat with second leg.
7. Finish Your Gnome Nugget
With right sides facing, generously pin the front of the body to the back of the body, making sure the legs are to the inside of the body. Sew around the body, leaving open as indicated on the pattern pieces.
Trim up to the seam on the curves of the body, especially in the points of the triangle. Turn the body right side out. Stuff, using a chopstick or stuffing tool to get into the pointy bits. Use a ladder stitch, or preferred closing method, to close the top of the body.
Pattern may be used to make items for sale as long as you credit Rebecca Danger/Danger Crafts as the pattern creator at the point of sale: Please include reference to this website for online sales, or a tag or sign for in-person sales.
Pattern may not be used for mass production, just by crafters (quantities of 10 items or less at a time) unless permission is given by Rebecca Danger in writing.
Happy Gnome Sewing Friends! As always, thanks for visiting me.