DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial – 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craft

A perfect holiday craft for kids!

This Santa Gnome is a 1 hour craft!

This cute little Santa Gnome will be different every time you make him.  You can make a whole village of these little santas.  Make them for your home or give them as gifts …

I’m thinking teacher gifts!

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craft

To make the Santa Gnome, you’ll need:

Rice or Poly Pellets

Red felt

Beige jersey cotton

Jersey cotton (for body)

Faux fur

Cotton Batting

Thread and needle

Let’s assemble him!  

I think he needs a name … Let’s name him ‘Walter’

To make the body, cut cotton fabric 7″ x 12″.

Fold in half lengthwise and sew each side using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

At the bottom, fold the corner flat and out, measure 1.5″, and sew a seam perpendicular to the side seam.  Repeat on the other side.

This will make a flat bottom for ‘Walter’ to stand upright.

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craftFold it right side out.

Fill with approximately 1 cup of rice or poly pellets then fill the rest of the pocket with cotton batting.  Bunch together with your fingers and sew it shut.

To make his nose, use a piece of cotton fabric approximately 5″x5″ square and fill it with cotton batting.  Keep it simple by just sewing a straight line down the back to enclose it.  Trim the excess fabric to have it lay somewhat flat on his face.

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craftUsing a needle and thread, attach his nose to his face.  Don’t worry about being perfect, that’s what gives him character!

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craftTo make his beard, cut a beard shape out of the faux fur.

I essentially held it up to his face and decided on a width and eyeballed the length.

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craftHand stitch the beard on to the body trying to hug under the nose as much as you can.

To make his hat, cut your felt for his hat.  This will have to be individual as the measurements will all be different.

Make sure to have the felt slightly overlapping Walter’s nose and touching the top of his beard.

Cut a notch out above the nose.

Fold the felt triangle in half and sew it together.

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craftLine the hat up with Walter’s nose and start stitching the hat to the body.  I used a different color thread to add interest and something a bit funky.

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craftAnd you’re done!

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craftYou now have your very own Santa Gnome!!!

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial - 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craft

Be sure to check out the other holiday sewing posts from Taradara Made it:

Applique Snowman Wall Hanging

Applique Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Holiday Applique Bathroom Towels

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