No Sew Gnome Simple Tutorial
December 4, 2019
Line of handmade sock gnomes with gift tags

No Sew Sock Gnomes

While everyone is enamored with their Elves on Shelves I’ve been cooking up a little mischief of my own with a simple no sew gnome tutorial to create the cutest little Scandinavian Tomte inspired friends for the holidays.

In less than 30 minutes you too can make your very own!

Gnome sweet Gnome DIY no sew sock gnome
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Scandinavian Tomte Gnome Inspiration

I’ve had gnome making on the list of to-dos for years and finally created a bunch to give away as gifts and decorate for holidays like this fun Entry Table Christmas Decor.

With Scandinavian roots I was inspired by mini tomte gnomes from Sarah at Ruffles and Rain Boots and created my own “recipe” for a house full of new furry friends.

No Sew Gnome Tutorial Materials

Material supplies for simple Scandinavian Christmas tomte

First things first…..let’s gather up a few simple supplies. You may already have some on hand. I did have to make a few adjustments to the list as I went along so keep reading to find out why! 

Step 1: Fill the Gnome Sock Body

Rice filled sock body for a no sew gnome

Use outdated rice from your pantry or pick it up in bulk. The easiest way to fill the sock bodies is to add 2 cups of rice to the glass, stretch the sock over the top of your glass, then turn it upside down. Easy peasy. No spills.

This first attempt of filling it using the funnel worked alright, but did spill a bit.

Step 2: Rubber Band Sock and Trim

Sock body for no sew gnome

Use a rubber band to close up the sock body and if you use a men’s crew sock, you’ll need to trim the top. BUT You can use the extra to make another gnome! How’s that for easy!?

Step 3: Glue Sock Body to Secure

Glue sock body on gnome

UPDATE: I actually recommend skipping this step. After making dozens of these little guys now, it’s easier to just keep the leftover sock standing upright inside the hat. If you glue it too far down it can interfere with the hat and beard.

Add a dot of glue at the top gather to make sure it’ll stay closed even if the rubber band breaks. Then glue the edges of the sock down to finish it off. Don’t worry about the raw edges of the sock top. They’ll be hidden under the hat.

Step 4: Slice the Beard

DIY sock gnome pattern for a furry beard

Everyone knows the beard is what gives a gnome it’s magical powers. So you’ve got to make sure to get this step right! Use a simple triangle or Download my Gnome Beard Templatesand trace onto the backside of your chosen furry material.

Please make sure you place your pattern with the point in the direction of the hair. I love the look of these long haired ones. There are lots of fun options out there. I chose classic white and shaggy grey.

Cut the BACK of the fur for the gnome beard

Using a utility knife carefully cut through the fabric backing and STOP. This is one fabric you DO NOT cut with scissors.

I tried trimming a strip of fur for my Cozy Cottage Christmas table runner with scissors last year and it was a huge mess! Like HUGE. And you’re stuck with an awful choppy haircut instead of the lovely furry fringe.

Step 5: Glue Gnome Beard

Glue beard to no sew gnome - Salt Lake Party Stylist

The beard will wrap around most of the gnome body, if you want to see more body…add additional rice for a taller gnome. This little guy has only 1-1/2 cups of rice and a very long beard and I love him! Using your glue gun carefully attach the beard in a circle near the top.

 Step 6: Glue Gnome Nose

Confession time. There are a few potential issues with gnome noses you need to be aware of so here’s how to make a gnome nose the EASY way!

Attaching the nose at the top of the beard as shown above looks great until you try to put the hat on and see sock on either side of the nose. SO…against all instincts, place the nose down into the beard to avoid issue #1.

Glue the nose on Scandinavian Christmas tomte

#2 If you happen to pick up a package of wooden beads instead of wooden balls {because that’s all the store has} I’ve got you covered.

Place a little glue dot into the bottom of each “nostril” and press a small tuft of beard to help hide the holes. Be careful not to use too much hair or glue it too high. That’ll look weird.

Or you can wait the 48 hours to get the proper 3/4″ Wooden balls from Amazon Prime!

You also have permission to craft a nose with pantyhose and stuffing as an alternative. I just love the look of wood with all my woodland Christmas decor

Step 7: Trace and Cut Hat

Easy hat pattern for no sew gnome - Salt Lake Party Stylist

This is the pattern I used for the gnome hats and it worked really well for me. You can download it here: Free printable gnome hat pattern

Step 8: Roll Hat

Felt hat rolled and pinned for gnome to wear

Now that your hat is cut and ready to go we need to glue it into that cute little cone. These are no sew gnomes remember? The felt rolls alright but the point at the top is a little squirrely.

So try the hat on and pin the bottom where you’d like it to stop. Now start at the top of the point and make sure it gets glued down well. Then work your way down in sections making sure the angles all line up with your pin.

If in doubt, make the hat slightly larger so it sits down on the head, over the top of the beard, and has room for the nose to to sit underneath it.

Step 9: Stuff Hat and Glue

Darling felt hat on No Sew Gnome

Now that your hat is ready, stuff the inside with batting to help hold it’s shape. Then, add a bead of hot glue on inside opposite your seam. Place that just above the nose so you’ve got your hat nice and centered, then continue around the perimeter until firmly glued in place.

Darling tomte profile with his hat glued on

I like my gnome profile with his jaunty little hat! His beard is a little long for his squat body but I totally love this shaggy little guy.

Proudly Display Your DIY Gnome!

Darling Christmas tomte gnome

The hardest part of this whole gnome tutorial is deciding where to put them! And being able to STOP making more!!

Gift of Gnomes

Line of handmade sock gnomes with gift tags

I made a whole family of them in time for Christmas. It’s such a quick and easy craft that makes a great gift idea! Snag the “Gnome for the Holidays” gift tag from my friend Brenda at Festive Fetti for the perfect finishing touch!

If you do make one {or a dozen!} I’d love to see them! Please tag us when you share @partieswithacause on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. Here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday full of cozy little DIY Christmas gnomes!

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Halloween No Sew Witch Gnome

No Sew sock gnome witch with broom
This little witch is SO cute. I added feet to her and walk you through it in this witch gnome tutorial. Then you’ll definitely need a mini broomstick or two! *New pattern available for the witch hat*

Halloween Wizard Gnome

Wizard Halloween gnome DIY by Salt Lake Party Stylist
This little wizard uses this same pattern for the body and hat, just swap the felt for a soft cotton fabric that’ll bend. I used the witch gnome tutorial for his feet.

Fall Sweater GIRL Gnome

Darling Fall gnomes made from a sweater
Fall Gnomes using an upcycled sweater for the girl’s body and gentleman’s hat. They make a pretty cute couple don’t you think!? New pattern available for the girl pigtails.

Until next time my friend! Signature and photo
Easy No Sew Holiday Gnomes by Salt Lake Party Stylist
Easy no sew gnome decor

151 Comments

  1. Ann Wissbaum

    What is the finished size of these gnomes?

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    • Brianna Adams

      The body size can vary depending on how much rice you use but they are approximately 12″ tall from bottom to top of pointy hat. If you do a floppy hat they are half that size.

      Reply
  2. Melissa

    Can I please get all these gnome patterns emailed to me none of the downloads are working and these are so cute!!!!

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  3. Barbara

    Could I please ask to have the pattern emailed to me.
    Thank you. These are soooooooncute!

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  4. Kaitlyn

    Well this sounded alot easier than what it actually was. My look nowhere near as nice as yours. Mine are a mess! My hat doesn’t stand up, its tilted back. I’m a little disappointed.

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  5. nadia bullivant

    Please can you email a copy of the patterns as I don’t seem to be able to open them and I cant wait to make them! Thank you 🙂

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    • Carlee A Calonje

      Hello
      Would you please email me the patterns for the gnomes and the braids pattern? It won’t let me get to it or open them. Thank you 😊

      Reply
  6. Serenity Murtagh

    Are you able to email me this pattern please??

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      • Betty

        I cannot download hat and beard templates can you please email them to me . Thank you so much 🙂

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    • Lois

      Would you please email me the pattern for the gnomes.
      Thank you

      Reply
  7. Mud Pie

    Hi y’all!

    For those having issues with downloading the pattern from the Pintrest site, try opening the article in the browser (using the three dots on the bottom of the page) and download the pattern from there. Worked like a charm for me!
    Thanks for the pattern! These gnomes are total cuteness!

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    • Brianna Adams

      You are an angel! Thank you. We can’t figure out the issues so hopefully it’ll help some people.

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      • Jennifer

        can you email me this pattern please many thanks. these are soooo cute

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        • Suzie

          I’m having a hard time getting the pattern. Can you email the patterns to me? Thank you so much!! Merry Christmas 🎅

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          • Brianna Adams

            I hope you received them okay. Merry Christmas to you too!

      • Brenda Wright

        Can you email the pattern to me

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  8. Mel

    Pls could you email me a pattern i cant get it

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  9. Melissa

    I wasn’t able to access the pattern either – can you please send it to me? Thank you

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    • Brianna Adams

      Check your email. I just sent it over.

      Reply
  10. Jess

    I’m excited to make these gnomes but was unable to get your template. Can you please email them? THank you!

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      • DEBBIE ROTH

        May I also have the patterns emailed? thanks so much!

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  11. lynann

    I am having trouble with getting the pattern, please, could you send it to me via my email

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    • Brianna Adams

      So sorry. This is really frustrating. Thanks for your patience.

      Reply
  12. Kendra

    Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing your gnome pattern 😊 Quick question – you mention that if you use a crew sock, you can use the excess to make another gnome. Since both ends are “open”, how do you solve for that? Do you hot glue one end? Sew it? Thanks in advance!

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    • Brianna Adams

      Yes! I have been swamped and unable to make the videos that I want to do. Turn the sock inside out and rubberband the bottom. Glue the inside of the gather just like you do at the top. Then, turn it right side out and you’ve created a new base for the sock body. It’s so nice to be able to use the whole sock. Good luck! Please let me know if you have any issues.

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      • Kathy

        I was not able to get the templates either. Could you please email them to me?
        Thank you

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      • Karyn

        Please send me the pattern for the hat and beard. Thank you. Love gnomes.

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        • Brianna Adams

          Thanks for your patience! Happy crafting

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  13. margaret georg

    I would love the patterns for these cute gnomes. Was unable to download.
    Super cute

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    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you for being patient. No one can figure out why it’s not working for a small % of people.

      Reply
  14. Carrie

    Hi can you send me patterns for hat and beard! I tried…
    I love these btw

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    • Sonja

      Love them! They look great! And a great alternative to paying big $$$ for similar ones. I have some from the old country but I love your take better! Thank you! I do have other ideas and if you’d like to put them up (as I can’t) please contact me and I’ll give you all the information you need to post plus I think you will love them. Plus I have a special something for animal rescuers (and I’m sure it will help them a lot with bottle babbies! I’ve just never had a site to show them off. I ran a large animal shelter that covered many towns all alone & found some of these were real life savers!) Please reach out when you can! I’ve done them for over 20 years but now that I’m I’ll for 15 years my hands no longer work well.

      Reply
  15. Kim Peltz

    These are so cute! I would love to make these. Could you send me the pattern, please? Thank you in advance!

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    • Brianna Adams

      Hi Kim! Did you click through the form? It should send to you automatically. A few people have been experiencing issues but only like 2% of the total downloads. So I’m hoping yours will go through just fine. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy this fun craft.

      Reply
  16. Valerie

    Please send me your patterns for the gnomes.

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  17. Joy S.

    I subscribed to get the gnome patterns but I am having trouble printing them. Can you send them to my email address please?

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    • Rosemary

      Hi- would love to make the gnomes but can’t download the templates. Could you email them please.

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    • Alyssa

      I also subscribed for the hat and beard patterns, but cannot access them. Would you mind sending them to my email?

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      • Brianna Adams

        Of course! I’m so frustrated this is still happening. Thanks for your patience.

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  18. Beth

    I have submitted my email a couple times, and checked to make sure it didn’t go to spam. I can’t seem to get the pattern sent to me 🙁

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    • Brianna Adams

      SO sorry! We are looking into it. Many people are still successfully receiving the file but there’s a few of you that are experiencing this. I’ll send it over right now. Thanks for your patience.

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    • Gloria

      . please send pattern

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      • Brianna Adams

        Check your email. I just sent them.

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  19. RHONDA FERGES

    Would love to make these cute little guys. I have tried 3 times to get the pattern for the beard and hat without success. Can you send them to my email. Thank you.:-)

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    • Brianna Adams

      I sure can! I’m so sorry there must be a glitch. Sending them over now.

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      • John

        I also tried to get pattern for gnome. And did not get

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    • Tori Lea Schuchart

      I have also had a hard time getting the pattern for the beard and hat. Would you mind sending them to my email, please?

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      • Brianna Adams

        Sent. I’ll keep digging to find the problem. Haven’t found it yet. Thanks so much for your patience.

        Reply
  20. peg hansell

    I just love these Gomes Were can i get the christmas tags like the pegone you show? would really like to make them Thanks in Advance.

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      • Betty

        Please send the pattern to my emai. I can’t seem to get it . Thanks

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    • Name *lina

      Olá, achei muito lindo seus gnomos. Pretendo fazê-los para presentear amigos e familiares.
      Um beijo do Brasil 🇧🇷❤️

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      • Brianna Adams

        Ha ha! I’m glad you are enjoying them. Thank you for sharing

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  21. Nell

    So adorable! I cannot get the templates to load, can you help? THANKS!

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    • Brianna Adams

      uh oh! Sorry to hear that. I will email you ASAP!

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      • Charity

        These are so cute I would love to make and gift them however I can’t seem to down load, is there measurement?

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        • Brianna Adams

          I am adding a new template to download with the measurements this evening. You aren’t the only one having trouble. So sorry for that. Check your email – I’ll send it directly.

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  22. Angie

    Love your tutorial! I began making these last year and love them but the hat was always my tricky part. Thanks for the simple shape pattern. I’ll send a picture when I get my gnome making supplies out and get busy making them.

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    • Brianna Adams

      I’m so glad to hear it. I had trouble with the hat at first too. I know I need to make a video so I can help walk people through it. I hope you are enjoying them. I’m working on a Halloween gnome now. it’s been so fun. I’ll be posting about it later.

      Reply
  23. Cindy B.

    They look so cute. But why are there no measurements on the patterns? I’d like to know how big the beard and hat should be.

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    • Brianna Adams

      I’m sorry if that made it difficult for you. The patterns are scaled for an 8.5″x11″ piece of printer paper. The gnomes are small. I’ll measure one for you and send it to you.

      Reply
  24. Sharla Fisher

    Getting a start on fall and christmas and would love to make these little guys/girls but cannot seem to download the hat and beard pattern. Thanks so much for this great tutorial and patterns. Sooo appreciated!

    Sharla

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    • Brianna Adams

      Oh no! I’m so sorry it’s not working. I’ve updated everything and hoping that it’s working now. I’ll send yours directly to your email. Have so much fun making them. They’re a little addictive.

      Reply
  25. Bobbi

    I love the gnomes! I hope I will be able to make one. My health isn’t the best. But I could not download the hat and beard pattern.
    Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

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    • Brianna Adams

      I’m so sorry. I will have to check the files and make sure they aren’t corrupted or something. I’ll email you them directly. I hope you enjoy making a few. I know they are quite therapeutic for me!

      Reply
  26. Nancy

    I an unable to download pattern for hat and beard. Can you advise ? Thanks so much.. Love this little guy

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    • Brianna Adams

      Oh I’m so sorry you’ve had troubles. Please check your email for the files.

      Reply
  27. Beverly

    I’m not understanding how to put the hat together. I didn’t understand the folding part. & what to do next.

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    • Brianna Adams

      Run a bead of glue on one edge of the hat and roll it into a cone shape while pressing the glue onto the other side in a straight line. If you’re point isn’t perfect that’s ok – you can trim off any extra. The bottom should end up in a circle that you place on the gnome’s head. Please email me a photo if you are still having trouble. bri{at}partieswithacause{dot}com

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      • Roxy

        So I am definitely not the most creative person but, I am also really struggling with this hat, not sure where the seam should be and the shape at the bottom doesn’t look like yours does. Is there anyway you could maybe share a video about this so we could see how it should be done?

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        • Brianna Adams

          Okay. I’ve been wanting to do a video for a long time. I’ll get you something by Monday, it might not be pretty!, but hopefully it’ll help.

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  28. Jamie

    Hi, Bri!
    I’m excited to make these! Could you please update the links to the patterns for the hat and beard? They’re not displaying.

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    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I’ll get that fixed. Until then I’ve emailed you the files directly. Have so much fun making them.

      Reply
  29. Cundy

    Just a quick question. What braids is the yarn used for?

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    • Brianna Adams

      I made a girl gnome but wasn’t super happy with how the hat went over the braids so I’m tweaking it.

      Reply
  30. Kimber

    I made one of these guys .i added peppermint essential oils to my rice and now he makes my home smell like candy cane wishes! I’m going to play around with hand sewing the parts so you could heat them up like little cuddly friends for kids!

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    • Brianna Adams

      What a fabulous idea! Love that. I don’t want mine getting smushed but having them be a little more play friendly is a great. YOu’d have to stuff the hat – which I’ve already decided I’ll do next time I make a bunch. But the peppermint is genius!

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    • Debbie

      Hi Kimber, I stuffed mine with lavender buds. I put some dry beans in the bottom to add weight for the base. Like yours, I have the fragrance benefit. Merry Christmas

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      • Brianna Adams

        Another genius! I love this. Thank you so much for sharing!! Merry Christmas.

        Reply
  31. Sarah

    Your gnome is just too cute! I’m addicted to making these – we have so many in our house now (and still about 100 planned in my head). 🙂

    Pinned this little cutie and I’m so thankful you shared my little gnome.

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  32. Carolina Villarreal

    I totally need to make these next year! They look so so cute Bri!

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  33. Holly

    I can’t believe this was a no sew project, Bri! Absolutely adorable!!

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  34. Pili

    Your gnome is so cute! Yours is definitely one of the easiest tutorials I’ve found so I am going to give it a try next year.
    Merry Christmas!

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  35. Julie

    What a cute little fella, he sounds like loads of fun to make too.

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  36. Susan

    Omgosh Bri ! I always wondered how gnomes were made. This is the perfect tutorial! I may have to try making these next year for fun.

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  37. Susan

    He came out great! Thanks for the tutorial and super thanks for all the added tricks for overcoming the obstacles.

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  38. Debra

    The little gnome is so adorable. I can see why you are going to make a gnome family. Great tutorial on how to make them.

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  39. Nathalie - Press Print Party!

    I just love how you join these DIY challenges. Maybe one day I’ll feel like I have the time to join one. They look so fun. Love the gnome!!!

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  40. Mallaury

    Oh these are so cute! Not sure how long these would last with my 2 toddlers anyway but worth a try!

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  41. Samantha Roller

    What!!! These are soooooo cute! Definitely need to give these a shot!

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  42. Nikla Lam

    We always pass this giant gnome each morning at a nursery when I take my son to school. My son loves seeing that gnome and I bet he would also love to make this craft! I love how easy they are to make and most of all no sewing involved!!

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  43. Debbee M

    Bri, what a great tutorial of a really trendy decor item! Your gnome is absolutely adorable. Brought a big smile on my face. Happy holidays!

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  44. Sarina Kinnunen

    This Gnome is soo fun and creative!! That’s awesome that there’s no sewing involved!

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  45. Roseann Hampton

    So cute and I love how easy they are to make!

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  46. Jen @ Jenron Designs

    I do not think I knew how simple these were to make, thank you for such great instruction to create these cute little gnomes.

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  47. Anna

    Why didn’t I think of this. This is so cool, saving this post so I can make it. Your creation is so beautiful.

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  48. Lori

    Oh he’s just so cute!! What a fun little guy to make for the holiday!!

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  49. Shawn @ Healthy Wealthy Skinny

    This little gnome is too cute! Your tutorial makes it look so easy to make. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

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  50. Erlene

    Oh my goodness he is so cute! I’ve always wanted to make a gnome, but haven’t tried it yet. This tutorial looks really easy and pinned to try it.

    Reply
  51. krizzia

    This looks really great and the fact that it’s so easy to make motivates me to do this at our house too. Perfect for my reading nook!

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  52. Kirsta

    I love this! It’s adorable and no-sew! I am notoriously bad at sewing so this is right up my alley. I am definitely pinning and will be attempting this, if not now then next year.

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  53. Jenny

    I can’t get over the cuteness of the gnomes this year, I have seen them everywhere. I love it! Thanks for a great tutorial, I would love to make one.

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  54. Mother of 3

    He’s so cute! Thanks for the tutorial too. Pinned.

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  55. Gail

    Gnomes are so fun and adorable to look at and yours is no exception! Too cute and the fact that it’s a no-sew makes it perfect to create!

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    • Doris

      Love the gnomes, they are so adorable. I am definitely will be attempting to be make them for next year.

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      • Brianna Adams

        That makes me so happy! I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do. But be careful…..you just might end up with a house full of gnomes!😉

        Reply

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