Here’s a super cute DIY craft gift idea for the culinarian or baker in your life—adorable Chef Gnomes.
Valentine’s Day or Any Day
This little chef is fitting any time of the year for someone who loves making and baking.
To make one for a sweetheart, add heart-theme pattern fabric, red, pink, or white trims, and you have Valentine’s version.
All of the gnomes on this site are made by Ruth Johnson, gnome artist extraordinaire. Check out her Facebook Group to purchase or be inspired!
He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.― Francis of Assisi
How to Make Chef Gnomes
See the Gnome Pattern Shop if you want to make a chef gnome.
Chef Gnome Details
Below are the materials that Ruth used in her Valentine Chef gnome design.
Hat Heart fabric from JoAnn Fabrics
Braids Gray yarn
Nose 25 mm natural wooden balls
Body Red mid-weight polar fleece
Apron White mid-weight polar fleece
Hands White felt
Pie Tan felt and Czech glass beads
Trims White lace, brocade ribbon, pearl buttons
Props Other ideas, a mini-cookbook, whisk, or spoon
Keep reading if you’d like to try making other gnome designs and get some ideas and inspiration!
How to Make a Gnome
If you want to make a basic gnome instead, let’s start at the beginning.
Free Pattern for Gnomes
You can create a gnome pattern yourself or get our free version.
Download the free pattern when you subscribe to my GNOME email list.
You will then receive an email (in about 15 minutes) with a link and the password to log in to the free library.
This will give you access to this pattern and all project downloads.
When you enter the library, look for the thumbnail photo of the gnomes. Click it to open the PDF, then click the download icon to download the pattern.
After you download and print the PDF, go to the DIY Gnomes post and scroll down to the lower half of the post to read the instructions.
Then go to one of these Gnome Posts for more ideas about fabric choices, trims, and embellishing.
You can use a wide assortment of materials for gnomes!
Ruth uses a combination of ribbons, buttons, and props. She enjoys searching in a variety of stores and online too.
Where to find Gnome Materials
Look for fabric, felt, trims, and props at your favorite local sewing or craft stores.
These materials are abundant and perfect for making your custom designs and embellishments.
Nationwide chains such as JoAnn Fabrics or Hobby Lobby are great sources too.
Look for ideas in the sewing, jewelry, doll-making, and kitchen departments. Don’t forget to check the clearance sections also.
Check out dollar stores or thrift stores, for example, Goodwill or Savers.
Ruth buys fabric and recycled sweaters at thrift stores for the arms and bodies of the gnomes.
Go to women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing sections for affordable and creative finds.
Don’t miss the accessories department for scarves, hats, or capes.
You can also use old buttons or trims from those vintage pieces.
Ruth also searches Amazon.com and Etsy.com for trimmings, patches, or props.
She explores Facebook Marketplace and occasionally finds old sweaters, buttons, or other embellishments.
Many adornments are available in sets on these sites, which works well if you make multiple gnomes.
Remember to pull large decorations apart and use the smaller parts and pieces to detail more than one gnome.
Enjoy creating your chef gnomes!
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or send me a note. I am happy to help!
Thanks for visiting.
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