This is a quick, easy and fun project that’s great to do with your kids, or on your own. This adorable Santa sock gnome is made with mostly dollar store supplies and fabric scraps that I had on hand. You can do this in an afternoon.
If you need any clarification on anything below, you can refer to the video above!
Santa Sock Gnome Supplies
Stuffing (I used rags)
Fabric (Red Velvet)
Small styro ball x 2
To make the body, start first with a sock. I used white sock, but it doesn’t matter too much as you can’t really see the sock when the Santa gnome is finished. And a bag of dollar store vase filler stones to weight down the bottom. which I didn’t even take out of the bag, but just dropped the whole bag into the bottom of the sock. Pretty easy so far, huh?
Next you will need something to fill up the body of the Santa gnome. I actually just pulled some pieces out of my rag bin, which I use for crafting and painting, and very occasionally dusting! The pieces that I used were an old tea towel, and one of Greg’s old T-shirts.Both of these were rolled up together, which gave me the desired shape. Then they were stuffed into the sock on top of the rocks. After pulling all of the wrinkles out of the sock the excess was tied of with an elastic. Cut the excess off about an inch away from the elastic.
For Santa’s suit and hat, I used a piece of scrap fabric that I had on hand. It’s a really beautiful deep red stretch velvet. I bought this last year at Fabricland on sale. They had a big section of velvet scraps and I bought a couple of meters. It has gotten used in a few projects, including this Santa wreath You can use whatever fabric you like. Red felt would work well too. For the body just lay the sock on the fabric, and mark out enough fabric to go around the body and fold under the bottom of the sock. Fold over and glue one edge. Wrap the suit fabric around the sock and glue in place folding the finished edge over the unfinished one. Glue under bottom edges. The suit should only cover about 1/2 – 2/3 of the sox, since the remaining half of the sock will fill out the hat.
For the nose you could use anything with right size circumference. I used a small styrofoam ball, but you could also use a bead or bauble, as well. I gave it a coat of flesh toned paint. A bamboo skewer works well to hold the styrofoam ball while you are painting it. Once painted put the nose aside. You may need two coats, depending on your paint consistency.
To make the hat use the same fabric as the body. Cut a triangle approx. 9.5″ x 16″. Fold right sides together and glue or sew the seam. I sewed mine, but you can always glue yours, if you don’t sew, or just don’t like to sew! Then turn the hat inside out. And turn under a small hem on the bottom of the hat. It will probably be a bit big but that’s okay because it needs to cover the gnome face and pull down over his back.
Time to give this Santa gnome a beard. Just a small piece of faux fur is required for his beard. Cut a triangle shape for the beard. Mine was 7″ wide by 3″ and I cut out a triangle shape minus the point. The beard works better if you choose fur with a fairly long nap to it. Ensure that you just cut the backing of the fur and not the fur itself. Apply hot glue to the upper long edge of the beard and attach it to the top edge of the suit.
Now attach the nose just above the beard using hot glue, Make sure you centre it on the beard.
The hat will be large, pull the front down so that it covers just the top of the nose. Pull the back down enough to cover the top of the suit and glue down the back edges of the hat. In the front lightly tack down the hat to the sides of the nose, so that you don’t see the sock.
Cut another strip of fur for the hat. I had a small piece of leftover fur from another project, so used a piece with a slightly different finish. This was an edge piece which had a scallop to it. You can use the same fur that you used for the beard.
To make the shoes, just cut a couple of ovals out of the black felt. I just used the larger side of the handles on a pair of scissors. Cut four of them. Glue two of the pieces together on the round end, leaving the square end open. Use a small amount of stuffing to fill the toe of the shoe. If you don’t have any stuffing on hand, cotton balls will do the trick. Remember to only stuff the toe of the shoes, and keep the back half of the shoes flat. Glue them under the Santa gnome body
To finish this Santa gnome off, we just need to add a pom pom to his hat. I didn’t have one on hand. Which is kind of unbelievable if you know me at all. And by that I mean I have a ridiculous amount of stuff in my craft stash. You have to be able to adapt. So, I used one of the small styrofoam balls from the package that I used for the nose. Just add a drop of glue onto the end of the hat, and attach the pom pom.
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