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« on: August 03, 2005 10:05:15 AM »

I've been in love with Waldorf inspired toys and gnomes, and I ran across one of these and I thought "I can make that!"
I don't remember where I seen it, but when I do I will post it so the original artist will get the credit.  Grin
It's basically 2 washclothes and some no-pill fleece for the hat.
This would make an easy (and cheap) gift for a new baby.
I think I might make one with a red hat and a green hat too!  Cheesy

HERE'S THE LONG PROMISED TUTORIAL! Smiley

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2 white washclothes
handfull of stuffing
piece of scrap fleece
ribbon
white & tan embroidery floss
white sewing thread and needle
sewing machine
scissors

Cut out a head shape, you can eyeball it I think mine
was about 3" in from the sides and top.
Sew all around and leave a 3" opening for turning

Turn right sides out and stuff head, take a piece of
white floss tie around neck and knot.
Sew opening closed either by hand or sewing machine.

Pinch hands and tie white floss around and knot. (there is NO stuffing in hands and feet)
Do the same for the feet.

Lay your piece of fleece around your little gnomes head and
place a pin so you know where to start sewing.
take it off the gnomes head.
I layed a piece of thread on the fleece so you can see how you
need to cut and sew your hat. (The thread is not really on the hat) 

Cut hat, sew.
You will notice that the bottom of the hat is at an angle,

I then cut the bottom level.

Turn hat right sides out and slip it on the gnomes head.
If it's too loose take it off and sew it a little smaller.
Put it on the gnomes head and sew it on with a whip stitch
with regular sewing thread.

Sew on eyes with tan floss entering the needle from the back of the head
just under the hat.
I did 2 little stitches for each eye and tied it off at the back of the
head also.

Apply blush with a q-tip for the cheeks. Or you could use non-toxic paint.

Tie a bow around his neck and your done!


Here's my original gnome...
 
 
Sorry it took so long to get the tut done!!!!
Have fun and post your creations!!!
Thanks, Julieko
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2005 10:08:20 AM »

_Too cute for words!
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005 04:02:59 PM »

i DEFINITLY want to know how to make this! I've wanted to make them for my kids for a while!
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2005 04:20:46 PM »

I'll try to get a tutorial posted as soon as I can. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005 04:41:16 PM »

I'll try to get a tutorial posted Friday or this weekend. Smiley


_Thanks! I know my future 'nephew', Lucas, would love it -& perhaps I can make a female version so his older sister, Hannah, doesn't feel left out-
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2005 05:01:11 PM »

Awwwwww - that has the sweetest face!
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2005 03:13:02 PM »

very cute
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2005 06:15:02 PM »

That's so cute!  I want to know how to make them, so I'll be watching for a tut!   Grin  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2005 10:56:55 AM »

yes! tutorial please!!! i'm gonna make them for myself =) lol well i am pregnant so really for my baby... yea that's it. so freakin cute!
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2005 04:50:40 AM »

that is so sweet!  I've been trying to think of a unique gift for two friends having babies whom I know already have received an onslaught of blankets...I think this will be perfect.  How did you "rosey" the cheeks?
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2005 11:02:35 AM »

I have just posted the tutorial for the gnome baby!
I hope everyone has fun making them !
Make sure to post your creations!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2005 11:31:47 PM »

YAY!!!!  Thank you!   Cheesy  Grin  Cheesy  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2005 07:03:17 PM »

Well, I had a craft show today and my gnomes sold like hot cakes!
I guess I'll have to make a few more! Smiley
Now get to makin' some little gnome babies and post those pics!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2005 03:57:53 AM »

thanks for the tute!  I think I might try to modify this a litte to make a bear - my friend really wants her baby to have a bear (though I think the gnomes are the greatest).  thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2005 04:18:01 AM »

looks really cute  !
Never thought of doing it like this. I make them out of 1 large rectangle that I sew into a square and have 5 bits of wool 4 for the armsand legs and 1 larger one for the head stuff it with the wool sew it up and put a hat on. comes out looking very similar Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2005 03:08:07 PM »

so are these toys or do you use them for wash cloths or what?? I've never seen them before and they are adorable!
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2005 03:15:56 PM »

yes!  I love it!  My mom actually made a bunch of these only smaller and put wings on them so they were angel ornaments.
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2005 08:04:42 PM »

chattyKathi..
I think of these as more of a doll that the baby can suck on it's hands and feet and then you can throw it in the wash to clean.
or just snuggle with. Smiley  But I don't see why you couldn't use them at bath time!  Whatever works! Smiley

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I bet those little angels are really sweet! post pics if you can, I'd like to see them.

Take care everyone!
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2005 04:31:11 AM »

hmm cool. I have a baby shower on the 6th to go to. maybe I'll try something like that if I can. I am crocheting a baby blanket right now so I need to get that done first. TY
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« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2006 11:11:26 AM »

I love the gnome....I've been making teddy bears and martians and monkeys and whatnots by leaving the hat off, and working with the corners formed by the head, to make ears.  SO SWEET and cuddly
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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2006 03:31:18 PM »

I love the gnome....I've been making teddy bears and martians and monkeys and whatnots by leaving the hat off, and working with the corners formed by the head, to make ears.  SO SWEET and cuddly
 Grin

Hi operageek!
I would love to see your creations!
I decided to make a bunny for my little boy and he really likes it.
Here's a picture!  On this bunnies feet, I tried just putting a little stuffing in and sewing in a little curve and it turned out nice, it just makes the bunny a little more square. ;o)

And these have been a real hit at the craft shows and as gifts!

Please post your pictures! Smiley
If you have trouble just PM me and I can walk you through it. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2006 11:38:55 AM »

I have never seen these before and they are the cutest things ever!  My nephew has his first birthday coming up, I think that I am going to make one for him.  I know he is still teething, plus this is just the right size to hold on to and crawl or walk around with.

I am also going to make some for my lonely bunnies, they don't like eachother, but I bet they would love to cuddle with one of these guys (I'll make them the bunny one-thank you for that idea too!)

I just love this site!

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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2008 07:29:10 PM »

I m so waiting for my sister to have a baby so i ll make one of these!!!
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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2008 08:38:29 PM »

I can only see 3 of the pictures.   Sad

Anyone else having that issue?  It looks like it should be really cute, but I can't see it!  *wah*
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« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2008 07:59:58 PM »

Sorry, Julieko!  It was actually a system issue on our end.  I've just fixed them all for you. Smiley

During our last major upgrade, the Craftster photo software decided it wanted to insert "-med" at the end of some of the image addresses.  Therefore some random images popped up broken.  Anywho, all better now.

Sorry for the inconvenience! Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2008 08:10:49 PM »

Sorry, Julieko!  It was actually a system issue on our end.  I've just fixed them all for you. Smiley

During our last major upgrade, the Craftster photo software decided it wanted to insert "-med" at the end of some of the image addresses.  Therefore some random images popped up broken.  Anywho, all better now.

Sorry for the inconvenience! Smiley

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!! Julieko
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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2008 08:50:26 PM »

These are soooo sweet, and I am SO happy the pics are fixed!  Thanks for sharing this... my new baby will be getting one for sure. Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2008 08:26:48 PM »

This is great, I know that my teathing little guy will love it!
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« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2008 07:14:30 PM »

That is too sweet ..I was thinking to myself how to do that but now I don't have to recreate the wheel.
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« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2008 12:47:07 PM »

one boy, one girl and one surprise  Smiley

finally managed to get these done just in time to deliver to the 3 ladies at work before they went off on maternity leave (2 of their babies came on the same day  Shocked)



i don't wear make-up so had to buy blush especially for my little guys  Grin ... kept on being silly and cut the head on the textured/decorative border of the cloth.  then managed to get half the head right on the second one and the back-end wrong.  3rd time was a charm... and once assembled, you can hardly notice it.



just a note to go easy on the blusher.  one of my gnomes had to be washed and strung out to dry because he ended up looking like a brazen hussy Smiley





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« Reply #30 on: April 24, 2008 02:46:16 PM »

these are all great, nice tute original poster!
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« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2008 08:00:20 AM »

i just found this and i am soo excited!! Thank you so much for posting this tute!!!
I will probably leave the hat off and make it like a baby...hmm so many possibilities!
Love it!
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« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2008 09:09:08 PM »

Oh my goodness these are so cute, bookmarked for the friends future babies!
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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2008 07:00:59 PM »

This is such  a neat idea! Do you think it would work if I fill the head with rice to give it a more texture feel  for my teether or would that be a choking hazard?
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« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2008 07:05:05 PM »

I think that might be a bad idea to put the rice in.
I've found that making them out of terry is just what my 5 month old likes.
My little girl also likes stuff with crinkle bag inside too.
I just use a single serving chip bag that I washed and dried and I wad it up and put it either in the body or some towards the back of the head.
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« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2008 08:33:28 AM »

The Biter is 5 months too. I went out yesterday to get the washcloths so I will try making one tonight. Thanks for the bag idea.  If I make six can I  eat six bags of chips?  Grin
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« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2008 10:05:25 AM »

oh sure why not? lol
Or you can just eat one real big bag and cut it up!

Have fun and be sure to post a picture of your finished gnomie!
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« Reply #37 on: September 12, 2008 06:41:56 PM »

My awesome sister (craftster user Raggamuffinchild) used your tutorial to make my baby this cute gnome!



I just love the colors and his cute little face:



Thanks for sharing your great tutorial. I can't wait for the baby to come (any minute now - he's due in 5 days) so that he can play and snuggle with it!
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« Reply #38 on: September 12, 2008 06:51:28 PM »

Ahhhhh! How sweet!
Congrats on your new baby! Very exciting times ahead!
I'm glad to hear my tute was clear enough for your sister to follow.
I bet your little babe enjoys it lots during the teething times.
Happy birthing! xoxo
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« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2008 08:33:26 AM »

Thanks so much Julieko!
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« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2008 12:40:29 PM »

what a wonderful tutorial  Grin  have just made one of there as i had a bag of washclothes i had bought to make cupcakes with but just had to have a go and it turned out brilliant just in time for my cousin's baby due in a couple of weeks and for my friend who had a little boy last week now i have something different to give  Wink
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« Reply #41 on: October 31, 2008 02:19:47 AM »

Hi,
Good on you. thanks for the tutorial. This is so cute. It is a great idea for an infant's toy as it is very safe. And a lovely easy gift.
My daughter made a crinkly toy out of patchworking scraps of material and inserting a chippie packet inside so that it made a noise when her baby played with it. I think I might so the same with this little chappy so that he can make a noise as well..
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« Reply #42 on: December 10, 2008 05:11:07 PM »

Oooh- the little gnome is so cute! Thanks for the tute. I was at a loss for a fast, inexpensive baby gift to make for my new cousin and a friend's baby. This fits the bill!

My daughter made a crinkly toy out of patchworking scraps of material and inserting a chippie packet inside so that it made a noise when her baby played with it. I think I might so the same with this little chappy so that he can make a noise as well..

This is a great idea, too! I was think of maybe putting a little dried lavender sachet inside for some calming aromatherapy. Who knows, maybe I'll do one of each. Maybe some bells inside the part tied off for hands and feet?
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« Reply #43 on: June 28, 2010 10:03:14 AM »

This is so cute!

Wouldn't it be easier, though, to stitch the face before sewing the two pieces together?
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Hello I've just registered to your website, and I find it great! You've got much imagination and the result is so good!
I was searching for a birth present for a friend of mine, I found your gnomes, and I fell in love with them. I am making one at the moment and I'd like to know if the blush remains after washing the gnome? Thanks for your answer and sorry for the possible mistakes, I'm french  Embarrassed
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« Reply #45 on: August 12, 2010 10:15:00 AM »

I had a soft corduroy one of these for my son when he was little - I'd forgotten about it until I saw your post! Thank you for the happy memory!
Great tutorial!
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« Reply #46 on: August 17, 2010 09:30:09 PM »

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this tutorial.  I made two of these with your tutorial, one as a gift for a friend (and she loved it for her baby girl!) and one for my son who adores it, also.  These are too cute for words. Smiley 
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