When it comes to sewing something for teacher and neighbor gifts, I can’t help but share my holiday spirit. Nothing makes me happier than a fast and festive gift idea. These darling, felt Christmas gnomes are sure to brighten anyone’s holiday and with a few tweaks in the template, are super easy to shrink or enlarge to whatever size you need.
- Christmas Gnome Pattern (medium size)
- red, green, and white felt + a scrap of pink
- red and green embroidery thread
- safety eyes
- 100% polyester Polyfil
- sewing machine and thread
Once all of your pieces are cut, you’re ready to sew the pieces together.
Pin the beard to the front body piece. Use a blanket stitch to embroider the beard to the body. Leave the top portion of beard un-stitched as this will be stitched in the next step. Place the mustache piece on top of the beard piece, overlapping slightly. Use a blanket stitch to secure, again leaving the stop portion un-stitched.
Then place the nose piece in the middle of the beard, positioning it so the top is slightly above the mustache. Secure with a blanket stitch. Use the same technique to secure the hat, making sure to leave ¼ inch on each side and the top.
Follow package instructions to insert a pair of safety eyes or hand or machine embroider a pair of black eyes.
Place the embellished body piece, right sides together with the other body piece, pin and sew using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Leave a 4 inch opening at the bottom, back stitching at the beginning and end of your seam.
Turn right side out, making sure to smooth the edges with a chopstick. Fill with Polyfil, press the opening closed and slip stitch closed.
And now you’re finished! Isn’t this the cutest, little Christmas gnome around? He’s perfect on your mantel or you can increase the size of the template pieces and make him in a pillow size. You can even shrink him down, attach a split key ring and you’ve got a Christmas gnome that can travel with you . No matter what size you make, he’s sure to make people smile this holiday season.