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.
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
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.
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!!