Scrappy Elves Tutorial

We were so obsessed with our scrappy gnomes that we had to make a tiny version! These scrappy elves have a few more tricks up their sleeves so follow along to learn how to give your gnome some extra holiday flair.

Supplies:

Grab a kit or gather the following supplies:

  • 3 inch cone
  • Fabric scraps 
  • 15” roving or faux fur
  • a few pom-poms
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • Buttons, beads sequins
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ballpoint pen
  • cardstock
  • downloadable pattern pieces

Dress your elf...

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Trace and cut out the hat, cloak, base and brim.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Place a line of glue along one edge of the cloak. Put the edge along the cone.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Fold the remaining long edge of the cloak and place a line of glue on the fabric. Press the folded fabric onto the glue.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Take your nose and place it about where you would like it. (It should be about halfway up your cone) Don’t glue it down yet!

Braids or Beard...

Now is the time to decide. For the beard…

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Divide your roving in half and cut a piece a little longer than you would like your beard to be.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Draw a line of glue about halfway up your gnome and carefully push the roving into it.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Glue on the nose in the middle of the beard. Trim your beard how you would like it to look.

For the braids…

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Take your roving and pull it apart to make two halves.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Divide one half into thirds.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Tie the strips together with yarn at the top.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Braid the strips until you have reached the length you want. Tie off the ends.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Trim off the remaining strips and use them to make another braid.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Glue one braid to each side of the nose, making sure that the top of the braids are just above the nose.

Make the hat...

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Make a line of glue along the back of the elf, starting halfway up the cone. Place one edge of the hat along the line.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Fold the remaining edge over and place a line of glue along the unfolded edge of the hat. Press in place.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Fold over the long edges of the brim and glue them down.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Glue one short end of the brim to the back edge of the elf.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Wrap the brim around the elf, covering the edge of the hat and sitting just above the nose. Fold over the remaining edge and glue down.

Arms, legs and ears...

Let’s get leggy!

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Cut pipe cleaners about 3 ½ inches long. You will need 2 pieces.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Glue each leg to the base, overlapping about ¼ of an inch.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Glue the base fabric over the legs to hide the ends.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Add pom-poms to the ends for shoes.

Now for the arms…

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Cut pipe cleaners about 2 ¼” inches long. You can fold over one end to hide the sharp cut edge.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Use a mechanical pencil or ball point pen to wiggle a small hole in the fabric and cone where you would like the arms to be.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Place a small dot of glue on the hole you created. Place the pipe cleaner into the hole and hold the arm there until the glue dries.

I’m all ears…

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Glue the ears behind and slightly above your braids or beard. (You can bend the ears slightly forward for a more ‘lifelike’ look)

Top it off...

Give your gnome some extra personality with a pom-pom hat!

Cut a piece of yarn about 1 ¾ yards  long. Cut a piece 4 inches long

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Slide the yarn onto the middle of a fork.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Take the remaining yarn and wrap it around the fork.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Use the yarn in the middle of the fork to tie the bundle together. Make sure to tie it tight!

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Slide the yarn off of the fork and cut the loops to make a mini pom-pom. Trim ends as needed.

Scrappy Elves Tutorial

Glue the pom-pom to the tip of the hat and let it dry Fold the tip of the hat down for a Santa hat look. You can glue it down to secure it .

Don’t want to stop the holiday fun? 

Check out our mini mantlepiece video to make your elf feel more at home!

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