• Irina

Scandinavian Gnome Christmas Ornament

Updated: Jan 2

There is always so little time before Christmas and so many things to do. This is why I wanted to share a quick Christmas ornament tutorial with you as a part of Sip Tea and EPP Christmas Sew Along on IG hosted by Larisa @stitchingnotes and me @nordiccrafter. It doesn´t require much time and you can use leftover pieces from other projects. There are only few seams to stitch by machine and a bit of hand stitching. And you will have a nice ornament that will look great on a Christmas tree or adorn your Christmas wrapping. Let´s make a Scandinavian Gnome or Tonttu (in Finnish), Tomte (in Swedish), Nisse (in Norwegian).

You will need (all measurements are width x height):

  • (2) 3" x 4" prewashed linen or cotton fabric for the body

  • (2) 3" x 4" medium weight fusible interfacing

  • (2) 3" x 4" cotton jersey or cotton fabric for the hat

  • (1) 2" x 2" faux fur, cut using "Beard" template without SA

  • 1/2" felt pompom for nose

  • Fiberfill

  • Scissors, pinking shears, water soluble fabric marker, sewing needle, thread, twine or ribbon for hanging loop, thin stick, sewing machine

You can also use felt wool to make the beard and roll a felt nose.

Download the templates here. Make sure the printer is set to “actual size” and not to “fit to page” when you print the templates. Check the 1” (2.5cm) square to ensure the right final size.

Templates do NOT include seam allowances (SA), you will need to add SA as noted below.

RS - right side of fabric, WS - wrong side of fabric

1. Cut rectangles for the body from linen and fusible interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the WS of linen following the manufacturer´s instructions. Trace the body template and darts to the WS of the fabric pieces, add 1/4" SA around and cut with scissors. As you can see I used leftover piece of interfacing for this project.

2. Fold each dart on the dotted line (RS together), and sew the darts. Press the darts in the same direction.

3. Place the body pieces RS together nesting the darts against each other, pin and stitch around the body leaving 1 inch opening at the top. Trim SA with pinking shears.

4. Turn the body RS out through the opening and fill it firmly with fiberfill.

5. Stitch the opening closed with ladder stitch.

6. If using cotton jersey fabric, cut the hat without SA using pinking shears, if using cotton fabric add 1/4" SA except for the bottom. Note that the front and back pieces are different at the bottom. Front piece is slightly curved, while the back piece is straight. Cut the pieces at the bottom without SA with pinking shears.

Stitch the hat with 1/4" SA for cotton and a bit less that 1/4" SA for the jersey. Trim the excess of SA at the top and turn the hat RS out.

7. Fit the hat on the body to see how it sits and mark the place for the nose right under the hat.

8. Check the beard if it fits nicely or needs to be trimmed a bit. Make sure you place it symmetrically. Stitch the beard by hand right under the nose mark.

9. Stitch the nose in place by hand.

10. Put a bit of fiberfill in the hat so it fits nicely. Fold SA on the hat towards the back and pin the hat to the body so the the seams on the body and hat match.

11. Stitch the hat to the body by hand.

12. Add a ribbon for hanging if desired.

Your Gnome is ready!

I have made 3 in one evening. It definitely make sense to make them in batches.

These adorable gnomes originated out of Scandinavian Folklore. They were "house gnomes" and lived in or under the house. According to the legend, if you were nice to them they were nice to you.

Let`s be nice and give these happy gnomes to happy homes!

Happy Stitching!❤

This pattern is for PERSONAL use only. You can make gnomes for yourself or gift them. Please, respect time and effort put to create and share the pattern, so please tag me @nordiccrafter and use hashtag #nordiccrafterpatterns when you share on social media.

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