DIY easy and Whimsical Felt Gnomes (no-sew!)

Debra Quartermain makes her magic again today and is sharing her Whimsical Felt Gnomes. These Gnomes are easier than you think, and cute as can be. I love the unexpected, gray and blue felt Debra uses for her Whimsical Felt Gnomes. You can make your own magic here, however. Change the colors of felt, the sizes of the cones, or the embellishments. Make an entire family of Felt Gnomes. Or better yet, get the family together or another group and each person can DIY their own Whimsical Felt Gnome.

DIY Felt Gnomes

Whimsical Felt Gnomes by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Felt Gnome, you’ll need:

(Supplies below are for one Felt Gnome)

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone and 1” ball
  • Felt felt: 12” x 18” craft cuts, one each in Lagoon and Smoke (Debra uses Kunin Premium)
  • Sock, 2” toe scrap
  • Chunky white yarn, 10 yards
  • Cardboard, 4” x 8”
  • Embellishments (choose your favorite):
    • Bells, three 3/4” and one 1” in silver*
    • Snowflakes, three 1” and one 1”
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; pencil; ruler
DIY Felt Gnomes no-sew

These cute Felt Gnomes are easier than they look!

To make a Felt Gnome:

1. Wrap a 3” wide strip of felt around the lower end of a cone. Overlap ends, trim and glue. Trace around the bottom of the cone on felt. Cut out and glue the circle to bottom of cone.

2. Make the hat:

  • Roll remaining piece of felt around the exposed part of the cone.
  • Overlap ends, trim and glue.
  • Remove hat. Glue bells or snowflakes to the front and a large bell or snowflake on top.

2. Make the nose: Insert the foam ball in the 2″ sock piece (cut from the toe). Pull sock tight, trim off excess and glue sock to back of ball.

3. Make the beard:

  • Wrap half the yarn around the 4″ x 8″ piece of cardboard.
  • Insert an 8” piece of yarn through the wrapped yarn and tie off.
  • Clip through one edge of the yarn, releasing it from the cardboard.
  • Glue beard to front of cone, overlapping the felt by ½”.

4. Repeat Step 3 to fill in the back of cone.

5. Glue nose ball to center front of cone. Make sure the nose is snug and secure in the beard.

6. Place hat on gnome.

7. If needed, trim the ends of the beard. Or, add more yarn sections to fill in any gaps.

DIY Felt Gnomes

How would you work your creative magic on these Felt Gnomes?

Adorable, aren’t they? I’d love to know how you would make your Felt Gnomes. You all are so creative – how would you make your own magic?

P.S. Debra will join us again this Friday! You don’t want to miss what she’s planned for us!!

Happy crafting!


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14 Responses to DIY easy and Whimsical Felt Gnomes (no-sew!)

  1. I love theses adorable gnomes! I like how they are so different and unique, and can be incorporated with non traditional colors! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Katiria says:

    Yup, adorable. I would go traditional red and green and I agree with Debbie’s googly eyes idea

    • Sharon says:

      Glad you agree that these are adorable! I think they would look pretty sweet in just about any color. You could change up the type of yarn, too, and that would give them different personalities. Wait till you see what Debra is sharing today!! See you later, and happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Ohhhh these are just fabulous, Sharon! Thank you SO MUCH for the tutorial! I’m going to have to make at least one of these. They’re too lovely to miss.
    Thanks for the share. ~ Cobs. xxx

    • Sharon says:

      Yay! So happy to hear that you’re inspired to make your own Gnome. Do you have any plans to change it up? I’d love to see a photo of your Gnome(s), so I hope you’ll share. Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. Aren’t these the cutest idea ever! They have whimsy and style! Thank you!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thank you, Angie. They do have whimsy & style — just like their designer Debra Q. Wait till you see what Debra is sharing with us on Friday — you are going to LOVE it! See you then! Sharon

  5. annehaun says:

    Oh my gosh, these are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Yay! So glad you like these Whimsical Gnomes. Debra Q. is amazing! Wait till you see what she’s sharing on Friday! See you then, and happy crafting! Sharon

  6. These are adorable and I am thinking that it is a project that would be perfect for a three handed crafting team to make!
    Jenna’s broken arm is her writing hand but by the end of the day on Friday she was writing her name and alphabet with her right hand. She never ceases o amaze me! TFS!

  7. Debbie Kaste says:

    These are sooo cute and a great quick project! I think I would try some google eyes on mine. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

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