How to Make a Gnome Costume

According to legend, garden gnomes help tend the garden at night.
According to legend, garden gnomes help tend the garden at night. (Image: mbolina/iStock/Getty Images)

Don't just be an ordinary traveler on your next adventure – become a traveling gnome. Cross over to a magical place when you add a few handmade costume elements to wardrobe basics like trousers, a blue button shirt and your favorite suspenders. You will be ready to hit the town in style when sporting your hand-crafted garden gnome hat and your one-of-a-kind garden gnome beard.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Poster board
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 1 yard red felt
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Red thread
  • White felt
  • 1/8-inch white skinny elastic
  • White thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Cotton batting
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue

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Easy Gnome Hat

Measure the circumference of your head across your forehead. Record the measurement.

Mark an X in the center of the poster board. Place the edge of your ruler across the center of the X, and draw a vertical straight line directly below the X that measures 13 inches. This is the center length of your gnome's hat. It may need to be lengthened depending on your hat width.

Draw lines on each side of the X that create a 45-degree upside-down V shape. Extend the lines downward to the end of the poster board. These lines represent the seam of the hat, and will help you determine the right hat width.

Determine your hat width. Measure across the upside-down V until you locate your approximate head circumference measurement plus 1 inch.

Draw an upside-down arched line to connect the two outside lines. The pattern should now look something like an upside-down snow cone.

Cut out the pattern and lay it on top of the felt. Pin it in place.

Cut out the felt and fold it in half so that the long edges are touching. Sew the edges together with a 5/8-inch seam.

Turn the hat right side out.

Easy Gnome Beard

Cut a 5-inch oval from white felt to create a foundation piece for the beard and mustache.

Fold the oval in half lengthwise and cut a small piece out of the center for the mouth.

Measure your head from the sides of your mouth and around the back of your head. Cut a length of skinny elastic that is equal to that measurement.

Create the basic mask. Sew one end of the elastic to the short edge of the white felt. Sew the other end of the elastic to the opposite side.

Add a drop of hot glue over each sewed end and let it cool.

Hot glue strips of cotton batting below the center mouth cutout. Layer the batting from the bottom of the felt base upwards for a natural-looking beard.

Add the mustache batting after the beard section is completed. Allow the mustache to fall down the sides of the piece and onto the beard.


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