How to make a Gnome Ornament


IMG_1297Materials List:

  • Scrap fabric-triangle shape (the wonkier, the better) approximately 5 x 7 inches
  • 1 turning stick
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Scrap batting (optional)
  • Standard Thread
  • Embroidery floss (J & P Coats or other brand)
  • Dritz upholstery needle (5 inch long)
  • Darice 10 mm wooden bead for nose
  • Small bead for tip of hat
  • 1 3/4 inch wide, 10 inch length of home décor or  and Wrights fringe
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Dritz pins



Rummage through your scrap fabric for triangle shaped pieces.  The wonkier, the better! Optional:  Add ribbon to the center with a zigzag stitch and/or  a scrap piece of Fairfield batting to the edge of the triangle.


Pin edges with right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam.


Do not trim tip, the extra fabric makes for a sturdier tip.  Turn fabric inside out with fabric turner.  I use a length of wooden dowel.  Dritz makes a set of turners.


Once right side right, turn 1/4 inch edge of hat in toward inner hat, press with fingers, ensuring the seam is at the back.




A note about fringe for beard:  I have used grey wool,  silver and gold metallic, multicolor home décor (which tends to be more dense)  Cut a 10 inch length of fringe.  Wrap fringe by folding in a 1/2 inch piece and circle remaining length around the fold.

Cut a length of standard thread 3 times longer than the length of the hat, threading on the long upholstery needle, and knotting a double strand.  While you are threading needles thread an embroidery needle with a six strand of embroidery floss that matches the color of your fringe.


Stitch top of fringe with the standard thread on the long needle, securing start with a double knot.  Hold the fringe so not to accidentally loop in any of the fringe.


Once your stitching of  the top is fringe is complete, place needle in pincushion and take the threaded embroidery needle and stitch through the back center of the fringe.  Draw the needle through the front of the wrapped fringe and add a 10mm wooden bead ( I have used cream, brown, red beads).  Stitch back through the fringe and repeat until bead is secure ending with a knot at the back of the fringe, clipping thread.  Set aside embroidery needle.

Combining hat and bearded nose

Take hat and ensure seam is at the back, try hat on the bearded nose.  If it is too big or small, use another–you will make more than one:)

Take your long needle from the pincushion and take a few stitches toward the center top of bearded nose then draw needle up through inside center of hat exiting at the tip of the hat.  Add a bead and draw needle back through the tip and through the inside center of the hat.  Take care not to stitch the sides of the hat.  Do not pull too tight yet!


Stitch through the center of the bearded nose, pull tight until you are satisfied with the gathering of the hat.  Stitch and knot.


Adjust hat so edge is at tip of nose and seam is in back and you are happy with placement.  Hot glue in place, front first and then back.

Add hanging ring or loop embroidery thread for hanger.



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