Adorable Chef Gnomes (DIY Craft Pattern)

A charming chef gnomes DIY craft that is easy to create and perfect if you love to cook!

Five Valentine's Day chef gnomes from a Be Brave and Bloom blog post.

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.

Chef Gnome E-book is available here.

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!

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How to Make a Gnome

If you want to make a basic gnome instead, let’s start at the beginning.

Get loads of gnome ideas, and learn how to make a gnome with this free gnome tutorial.

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.

Download this free Valentine’s Day banner too!

Gnome Supplies

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.

For affordable and creative finds, go to women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing sections.

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 and 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.

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Holiday gnomes
Christmas ornament gnomes
Ornament gnome e-book
Plaid gnomes
Wine Topper gnomes
Bottle Topper gnome ebook

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!

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4 comments on “Adorable Chef Gnomes (DIY Craft Pattern)

  1. I would like written directions on how to sew all pieces to make a garden gnome.Where can I get these for free?

    1. Hi Estelle! Yes, go to the top navigation under PROJECTS, then MAKING GNOMES, then HOW TO MAKE EASY DIY GNOMES (FREE PATTERN). All instructions and inspiration are there for lots of gnome styles. (Scroll all the way near the bottom for the instructions) All can be made with the same pattern by embellishing differently. Have fun!

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