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Last Updated 8/22/21

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Ok you've got the sock gnomes down, it's time to "Step it Up". Unlike using socks for the base, the standing gnome with legs requires a base that you can insert dowels. Usually styrofoam, pool noodles etc. Yep poking a dowel into a sock filled with rice and stuffing is not going to be very secure it's probably gonna make a mess :D
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This page will basically cover the body, legs and clothing. If you're looking for info on beards, hats, noses and arms, see our Sock Gnome Page. Most of those principles will apply for these gnomes too, I will point out where they differ.
Pool Noodle Gnomes
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Standing Pool Noodle Gnome Tutorial
Standing Chef Gnome
Pool Noodle Gnome
with DT Hair Roller Legs
and Coat
Same gnome with different hat and accents
Click on 1st pic for Step by Step Instructions
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Step by Step Instructions for Female Gnomes
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Pool Noodle Gnome
with DT Hair Roller Legs
and Coat
Styrofoam Gnomes
Courting Gnome
You Will Need
You Will Need

Styrofoam Ball (DT 2 for $1), Calf Part of the Sock, 2 Dowels, Finished Shoes AND whatever you choose for the nose, beard, hat, clothes

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Insert styrofoam ball into sock
Insert styrofoam ball into sock

Insert the styrofoam ball into the sock and tie it off at the top. * Doesn't have to be a ball a pool noodle etc. would work.

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Cut Legs
Cut Legs

Cut the sock up ALMOST to the styrofoam. Leave enough room to be able to glue it shut. Glue the sock closed to form the legs/pants

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Insert dowels
Insert dowels

Add some glue to the end of the dowel and insert it into the styrofoam through the legs. Try to get them as straight and secure as you can.

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Boots
Boots

Unlike the boots that are glued directly to the body only fill the boots HALFWAY with styrofoam. You will need the extra space to tuck and secure the pant legs.

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Attach the Boots
Attach the Boots

You can use a little bit of polyfil to stuff the legs if it needs it. Add some glue to the end of the dowel and insert them into the boots. Adjust them while the glue is still hot to make sure the gnone stands.

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Finish the Gnome
Finish the Gnome

From here you have your base, add the nose. beard, clothes, whatever you'd like

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Click on 1st pic for Step by Step Instructions
Fabric Stiffened Gnomes
Stiffening the fabric lets you strategically put in the wrinkles where you want them.  Although great for all materials I especially like it for felt and flannel. 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
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.
How To Stiffen Burlap for Gnomes
How To Stiffen Burlap for Gnomes
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.
Glue solution can also be brushed on to clothes after they have been glued onto the body
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Cover a 4-8 inch pool noodle with your fabric. Size depends on how big you want the BODY of the gnome to be.

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Leave at least a 1/2 inch of the material beyond the pool noodle. This is going to be the bottom of the gnome. The excess will help hide where you are going to connect the legs.

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For this demo I am making a girl gnome with a skirt, but this is the point where you add the bottom part of the gnomes clothes. Pants, skirt etc. I am using burlap for my skirt, so I gathered the burlap by pulling one of the threads at least 1/2 inch down

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Keep gently pulling the thread until it forms a circle the size of the skirt you want. If your not using burlap you can run a running stitch to gather the material.

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Glue the skirt unto the pool noodle body making sure your overhang is beneath the skirt

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I added another strip of burlap to cover the gathering, you could use a ribbon. Because this is burlap and will unravel this is the point that I used the fabric stiffener

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Legs. For the legs I used dowels inserted into DT Hair Rollers although you could just use the dowels. Leave some of the dowel exposed so you can insert them into the shoes and body.

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Wrap the legs in your fabric and glue. These are going to be her tights/pants. Make the fabric section whatever length you want the legs. Leave some of the dowel at each end uncovered

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Make 2 of these.

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Note the pooling at the bottom. Make sure you flip it while it is drying to avoid build up
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Glue solution is effective to keep burlap from unraveling
Click on 1st pic for Step by Step Instructions
Materials
Gnome's clothes can be made from any material. This coffee gnome's hat and dress were made from a dish towel I found at Dollar Tree
Walmart Fabric Fat Quarters
To make gnome clothes doesn't take much material. So rather then buy yards of material or even 1/2 yards and end up with lots leftover that needs to be stored, Walmart offers these little "Fat Quarters". 18in x 22in cotton fabric pieces for $1-$3. You can get lots more variety this way, even licensed material.
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