Last Updated 9/22/21

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This page covers your basic sock gnome using a glue gun not a sewing machine !!! There are lots of instructions, ideas and tips for both beginners and those who have made them before. I've seen several people post on social media groups that they want to make one but are afraid to try ??? Everything I use is either stuff I have around the house or fairly inexpensive. So what's the worse that can happen ? You deny your sock eating clothes dryer lunch ? Gnomes and making gnomes is FUN. Even if your gnome turns out to be totally laughable (yep I've made those !) Isn't a good laugh worth some rice. stuffing and a sock ?
The Basics 
Please read through ALL the instructions BEFORE starting your gnome
No Sew Gnome Craft
Cut Socks
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Turn Inside Out
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Rubberband One End
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Tie Off with String/Jute
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Flip Right Side Out
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Tie Off the Top
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Gnome's Nose
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HINT: Painting a Plastic Ball
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Cut Mop
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You Will Need:
  • 1 CREW Sock
  • Rice
  • Polyfill (Stuffing)
  • Dollar Tree Mop
  • Small Ball (Ping Pong etc Something to use for a nose)
  • String,Twine
  • Rubber Bands
Step by Step Instructions
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Basic No Sew
Sock Gnome

This is your starting point. It is probably the easiest and least expensive cloth Gnome to make. All the items can be found at Dollar Tree.
The Socks
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Rubberband One End
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Tie Off with String/Jute
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Flip Right Side Out
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Fill and Tie Off the Top
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Gnome's Nose
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Paint the plastic ball
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Tie together 6 strands of the mop
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Braid
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Female Gnome No Sew
No Sew
Female Sock Gnome
Step by Step Instructions
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Easy DIY Gnome Couple
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Although any kind of sock will work, a sock that has a tighter knit and is less stretchy will hold the shape better
The Tutorial for the Basic No Sew Gnome has CHANGED
I am NO longer recommending to fill socks with ALL RICE.
I have found that over time certain socks will stretch from the weight of the rice causing more rice to settle at the bottom. The gnome then has a triangular shape rather then a more cylinder shape. i.e. They end up with a really big butt. Although this does not hold true for all socks, I would rather use a small amount of rice in the bottom then fill with Polyfill (stuffing) and know my gnome will hold it's shape over time.
Boots attach more securely to a sock that is filled tightly with little stretch in it.
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Although it's hard to see from this pic.

Baby Got Back !!!!
From here you can add to, adjust or exchange all the elements. You may want to scroll down through out this page BEFORE you start your gnome and figure out which nose you want, which beard, arms vs no arms, sitting vs standing etc. Some steps need to be done before others depending on what you are adding. Example: If your adding arms they need to be attached BEFORE the hat
Noses
Small Nose Gnome
Large Nose Gnome
Cold Nose Gnome
This method lets you determine the size of nose you'd like
MAKE THE NOSE FROM THE SOCK
Winter White Gnome
One way to add a nose to your gnome is to make it from the filled sock you are using, Shape the nose from the sock where you'd like it and simply tie it off with a string. When using a white sock these can be painted to whatever color you'd like.
How To Make A Nose from the Sock
Cold Nose Gnome
Use some makeup blush on his nose so he appears to be cold
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White Gnome
Leave the nose white for a monochromatic look
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PLASTIC NOSES
Small Balls make great noses. Dollar Tree's ping pong balls, or their seasonal accents can be painted any color you'd like.
* These are the noses used in the tutorial
Blue Nose Gnome
Reindeer Gnome
Freckled Gnome
Large Wooden Nose Gnome
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WOODEN NOSES
Wooden Balls can be purchased at a Craft Store or Amazon. 
Cheaper on Amazon.
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You can poke a hole in the ball and place it on a dowel to make it easier to paint. Place the dowel in a cup or piece of styrofoam to dry. When they are dry remove the dowel. Make sure you place the hole so it doesn't show when you glue it to your gnome.
Some of the wooden balls have a flat bottom. Although either will work I prefer these because it provides more contact with the base of your gnome when glued
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Freckled Face Gnome
Use a marker to add some freckles
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These are mixed sizes. The smaller ones work well for eyes and hands or really little gnomes
These are approximately 1 1/2 inches and good price for 25 of them
These are the ones with the flat bottoms I like to use. They are NOT split in half so the gnomes nose sticks out more and has more dimension. 
These are actually split in half. Still cute and less expensive just not as much depth 
Beards
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Dollar Tree Mops make easy inexpensive beards
* This is the beard used in the tutorial
MOP BEARDS
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Reindeer Hobby Horse
Wizard Gnome Mop Beard
Mop Beard Gnome
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Mop strands can be dyed to whatever color you would want. Dilute acryllic paint with some water and just dipped them all in, lay them out and let them dry. 
FUR BEARDS
How to Cut Fur
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When cutting fur you only want to cut the fabric backing NOT the fur. Use an exacto knife or seam ripper and CUT FROM THE BACK ... NEVER USE SCISSORS. Scissors will cut through the fur too, giving you a blunt edge which defeats the purpose of the fur
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Notch out a spot for the nose so when you glue it on, the nose will still have contact with the sock. A nose glued right to the beard will not be as secure.
Rustic Plaid Gnome with Dog
You can buy fur in a rainbow of colors including Rainbow
OR You can dye white fur any color you want.
Rainbow Colors Gnomes
Dying Fur Instructions
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Or glue the nose on first to insure it's secure and bring the beard up and around it
St Patricks Gnomes Stripes
When using fur make sure the fur hangs DOWN your gnome's face. Yep I've seen gnomes made where they attached the fur sideways. They kind of look like a gnome in a hurricane, although it definitely made me smile probably not the look you are going for
Not a Gnome but an Idea for the not used Mop Handles
Hobby "Horses" Ok reindeer but horses, unicorns and dragons are definitely in my future. Along with instructions . Save those handles !!!
Cutting Fur
Fur is fun for animals too.
Kitchen cutting sheets are available at Dollar Tree 2 for $1.00 and are great to cut your fur on ... Yep husband is pretty tolerable of the craft things EVERYWHERE but draws a line at fur on the kitchen cutting board
Save the part you notched out for smaller projects ... Ornaments ... Magnets 
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This one you get 6  10"x 10" fabric squares, you'll be able to get several gnomes from each square
These I haven't actually tried, they are smaller so you are only going to get 1 gnome per sheet (10 Gnomes) but you get 10 different colors. Great if you want a variety without buying a lot of extra. 3 different color packages available
This one you get a 20"x 20" fabric square but it's available in Brown, Grey and Black
Hats
* If you are going to add arms to your gnome (Instructions Below) you need to attach them BEFORE you glue your hat on.
Sock Hat Gnome Plain
Sock Hat Gnome Buffalo Plaid
Sock Hat Gnome Panda Print
Dollar Tree Gnome Socks
SOCK HATS
Socks are an easy way to make a hat for your gnome.
* These are the hats used in the tutorial
Use the toe part of a plain ole colored sock. You could glue a flower, a ribbon, buttons etc to embellish it.
A patterned sock can make a cute gnome
Or you could use the calf part of the sock and simply tie off the top. Or tie it off and cut slices to make it look like a pom pom like the first tutorial.
Wizard Mickey Gnome Blue
POINTY HATS/ STOCKING HATS
These are probably the most common. I usually just use a  piece of material and roll it into a cone shape and glue it. Then stuff it with a little polyfil so it will hold it's shape.
Sunflower Gnome
Bunny Gnome with Lattice Basket
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Dollar Tree offers a constantly changing variety of socks. Make sure you look not only in the sock row, but also in the holiday section and the front of the store
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Add a wire to the inside of your hat so you can bend it into the shape you like
STIFFENING FABRIC
Stiffening the fabric is another way to give you a different look for your hat. It lets you strategically put in the wrinkles where you want them. This is great for getting that Harry Potter Sorting Hat type look. Although great for all materials I especially like it for felt. Felt is very easy to work with, it doesn't unravel, you don't need to make a seam and it's inexpensive. However felt has a tendency to look like a kids craft. Stiffening the felt gives it a more finished look.
How To Stiffen Gnome Hats
You will need Mod Podge or a clear glue, water, styrofoam cone or pool noodle and some straight pins. Dilute Mod Podge with water. I don't have an exact recipe, however the more Mod Podge you use the stiffer the fabric will be. So it depends on your fabric, (heavier fabric will need more mod podge) and the look you want.
Dip your hat into the solution and squeeze out the excess. Yep this is messy, make sure you cover your work surface with plastic, foil etc. A cookie sheet with edges covered in something works well because the mixture will pool as it dries.
Place your fabric onto to styrofoam or a pool noodle and use your straight pins to to pin it into the shape you want. Add wrinkles or twist the end.
As it dries this is going to pool at the bottom, keep turning the hat so the mixture doesn't build up in one spot. I usually remove a pin or two after a couple of hours to check that it is keeping its shape and to make sure its not sticking to the pool noodle.
When it appears to be holding its shape remove pins and let dry thoroughly.
Fold the bottom of your hat to make a pocket like brim and you can add ears
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POOL NOODLE TOP HAT
Pilgrim Gnome
Holly Hat Gnome
Holly Hat Gnome
Cut out felt holly leaves and use them as the brim.
How To Make a Pool Noodle Top Hat
Mushroom Cap Gnome Polka Dots.
MUSHROOM TOP HAT
Cut out 2 fabric circles. Right/Patterned sides together glue the edges together 3/4 of the way around, leaving a section so  you can flip it right side out. Stuff with some polyfil and close it off with glue
Mushroom Cap Gnome with Yellow Roses
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Modify this technique to get other looks
S'More Gnome
Add a square brim and dripping chocolate
Arms and Hands
Arms need to be attached BEFORE you glue on the Hat
Hair Roller Arm 1
Hair Roller Arm 1

Cut one end of the curler off to the length you want the arm. Glue a square piece of material (I use a sock) to form the hand,

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Hair Roller Arm 2
Hair Roller Arm 2

Cut your "arm" fabric long enough and wide enough to wrap around the curler, leaving the hand showing out on the end.

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Hair Roller Arm 3
Hair Roller Arm 3

Roll and glue the fabric to the hair roller

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Hair Roller Arm 4
Hair Roller Arm 4

Make sure you glue the fabric to the roller on the open end. This will help give the arm more sturdiness when you glue it to the body.

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Hair Roller Arm 5
Hair Roller Arm 5

Glue the arms to the back of the gnome behind the knot of the sock, (Hat will cover this)

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Hair Roller 6
Hair Roller 6

Front View

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Hair Roller Arm 7

Add your hat. Make sure you glue the back so it covers the where the arms are attached

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DOLLAR TREE HAIR ROLLER ARMS
Step by Step Instructions 
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The hair rollers you can get at Dollar Tree are probably the easiest way to add arms to your gnome. They come in various lengths and widths
BASIC/RUSTIC HAND and ARM
Can't find the hair rollers ? You can use material, polyfill and wire.
These have more of a unfinished rustic look.
Red Plaid Christmas Gnome
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Step by Step Instructions 
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2 rectangle pieces of fabric
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Glue seam to create a tube
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Turn it Right side out
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Feed Safety Pin through Sock
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Pin is All the Way Through
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Pull Pin
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2 Small Squares of a Sock
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Place the arm on top of the square
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Wrap the square around the arm
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Mop Beard Woodland Gnome
Coats
Gnome with Grey Coat
Coat 1
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Coat 2
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Coat 3
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Coat 4
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Coat 5
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Coat 6
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Coat 7
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Coat 8
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Coat 9
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Step by Step Instructions for 
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Wizard Gnome
White Crystal Gnome
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You can also add some fur around the cuff
A rectangular piece of felt or material can easily be turned into a coat. Simple easy and takes your gnome to the next level.
Boots and Feet
Felt, DT Shoes. Styrofoam and Riice
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Wrap and Glue Felt Around the Shoe
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Cut off excess and glue
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Back of Boot
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Glue felt to the Toe
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It's starting to take shape
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Glue the sides together
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It should look like this.
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Fill with rice
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Step by Step Instructions 
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These are available at most DT's.
You get 6 for $1
BOOTS FROM DOLLAR TREE BABY SHOWER BOOTIES
Add fur to your boots
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Fill Silicone Molds with Hot Glue
Silicone Feet Mold
FEET
This mold is available at Amazon. The big ones are 2" the small ones are approx 1 1/2". You can fill them with clay and wait for clay to dry OR ....
Simply fill them with your hot glue gun.
Paint them with acrylic paint and use some Mod Podge to seal it. I like to sprinkled some dirt on to the Mod Podge. Yea my gnomes have Dirty Feet
Attaching The Boots To The Gnome Body
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Glue a piece of Styrofoam into your boot. Make sure the styrofoam and the the top part of the boot are the same height. This is going to give the boot more contact to the body of your gnome. Add glue around the top edge of the boot itself and on the piece of styrofoam.
Glue boots to the front of the body for Sitting Gnomes
I attach the boots with the gnome sitting on a table, so the gnome will sit properly after they are attached
Angel Gnome
Glue boots to the bottom of the body for Standing Gnomes
 *Boots attach more securely to a sock that is filled tightly with little stretch in it !!!
This is especially important when attaching boots for a standing gnome. You are only securing the boot to the outside of the sock if the stuff inside can move around and change the shape of your gnome and  he will be unstable and fall over. Attaching the boots to the bottom does take a little more finesse so he will actually stand. I usually stand my gnome on top of the boots BEFORE I add the glue. Once I get him positioned so he stands I remove the gnome and add the glue to one boot. Place the gnome back down securing that boot but still sitting on the other to make sure he still stands. After that one has set, I lift the gnome with the attached boot and add glue to the other. Set the gnome back down and secure that one so he still stands. With the polyfil and the rice there is still some play in the body of the gnome where you can get him to be balanced, I just find it easier to get him as balanced as possible before he is all glued together.
Standing Gnome Blue Stripes
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*Boots attach more securely to a sock that is filled tightly with little stretch in it
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For extra stability glue the boots together after you have glued them to the body. Just a little glue on the inseams at the bottom will work
Legs
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Step by Step Instructions 
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SHELF SITTERS
DOLLAR TREE HAIR ROLLER LEGS
Beehive Gnome
Shelf Sitters are the only type of Gnome I would recommend adding legs too for a Sock Gnome. Standing Gnomes need something more solid to attach the legs too.
See Stand Up Gnome Page for instructions
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LEGS WITHOUT HAIR ROLLERS
You can make the legs for your shelf sitter gnome without the rollers, using the material, polyfil and wire. Make a tube from your material and add a wire and polyfill (pretty much the same as you would for the arms without rollers). Glue one end into the shoe and attach to the bottom of your gnome like in the instructions above.
Fall Gnome Orange and Rust
Leave out the wire for floppy legs.
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Themed Sock Gnomes
Crown Royal Black Gnome
Crown Royal
Gnomes
 
Deer Hunter Gnomes
Deer Hunter Gnomes
 
McDonalds Cheeseburger Gnome
I'm Lovin' It
 
The hamburger is a small styrofoam ball I cut into 3 pieces. Top bun, burger and bottom bun I flattened a little and covered then in felt. More felt for the lettuce and cheese. Tomato is another piece of styrofoam covered in felt. Mustard was not originally suppose to be there but I got carried away with the hot glue and it was showing so I went with it, added more glue and painted it yellow. Looking at the picture I think it might need ketchup below the burger, It was a messy craft day.
Save the Crown Royal Bags, they make really cute gnomes. I like to cut the hem off the bag (where the eyelets are) just below the stitching to make a brim for his hat, if you line them up just right they look like eyes
Maybe if these guys were better at the deer hunting thing, they could help control the deer population and Spare my CAR !!
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Dollar Tree Finds
Dollar Tree Holiday Headband
Easy Elf Gnome
Decorating your gnome doesn't get easier then this...  Dollar Tree offers a never ending array of headbands. Simply remove their "parts" and glue them to your gnome.
Gnome Phone Holder
Gnome Phone Holder
 
Phone holder was a Dollar Tree find. I used a sock filled with all rice for the body. In this case I wanted the weight to help support the phone. I put the phone holder around the sock at the bottom and at an angle so he isn't totally hidden behind it. The phone will actually rest on the table and he is not actually holding the weight of it. I hid it with the coat. The arms are separate and are attached at the wrists of the hands and the shoulders of the gnome.
 
Dollar Tree Phone Holder