This pattern is really versatile. When my kids were small they used them as travel toys, they fit easily in pockets and turn up in unlikely places to keep little fingers busy.
When we have stuffy noses we use lavender filled gnomes on pillows at night to get us breathing again. There is one cedar smelling gnome in our piano to keep away the dreaded moth and if the guitars ever got packed away they would have cedar gnomes too.
I've made smaller versions into badges, sparkle encrusted ones hang from the Christmas tree and friends babies chew larger versions with bells inside.
Just making them is fun and I've used making these doll to teach blanket stitch, as party activities and also at festivals. This pattern has been tested and enjoyed by children as young as 4 and as old as 84.
If you're making a pin cushion or you are new to sewing, using felt for the body will give the best results.
If you are making a rattle for a small child, making a lavender bag, a key chain or decoration, then your choice of fabrics becomes one of what you like the look of, what is comfortable to work with and for the rattle, what washes well.
I prefer to always use felt for the hats. It stands up without being stuffed and I like the way it looks.
Jersey knit (stretch, like tshirt) fabric to be cut in a circle 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm for the head
Felt for the hat 8 cm x 5 cm
Fabric for the body 6 cm x 13 cm
A handful of stuffing (I'm using wool)
Thread to match your fabric choices
Needle and scissors
Optional: lavender to fill the body, a bell, a sewing machine for steps body and hat