Step 1: Assemble What You'll Need
I bought: red fabric to make a hat, white fun-fur to make a beard & eyebrows, piece of white felt to sew fun-fur onto, thrift store belt, tiny garden tools.
You will also need a sewing maching, red thread, velcro and some basic sewing skills.
Step 2: Make the Gnome Hat
I bought a bright red shirt and started by cutting off the sleeve.
Step 3: Make a Cone With a Chalk Line
Step 4: Sew Along the Chalk Line
Step 5: Fit on Your Child's Head
I originally had a cone made out of a piece of thin, flooring underlay. It was stiff and stood straight up. I think it would have worked well, but I opted instead for polyfil, thinking that if he bumped it or knocked it off, it would retain its shape better stuffed with stuffing instead of just a cone shape. Make sense? So I stuffed it, making sure to really cram it into the tip so there was no floppage.
Fit it onto your child's head. You want it to pull snugly over the ears so it will stay on. I didn't bother with a strap, as I knew it would drive my son nuts. If you have a younger toddler, a chin strap might not be a bad idea. If the armhole ended up being too big for your wee one's noggin, now is the time to take it in at the sides.
Step 6: Does It Fit?
Step 7: Make Your Beard
I made a point at the bottom, with 'sideburns' going up the side. The shape is really up to you. This one ended up being a bit wide for my son's face, but it's good, because it won't impede him from eating, drinking, talking, yelling, tantrums, etc. :D
Step 8: Tack on Your Fun-fur
Using white thread, hand-sew the felt to the fun-fur cutout in large stitches around the edge. I know hand-stitching isn't fun, but you really can't do this on the machine without truly messing up the fun-fur! It doesn't take long, I promise.
Step 9: Add Some Velcro Tabs
Step 10: Placing Velcro on Inside of Hat
Step 11: Add Eyebrows to Gnome Hat
Cut out a couple of small squares from the fun-fur and round off the edges, taking care not to cut off any more of the fur than you absolutely need. Stitch them on by hand with 4 or 5 stitches each. Twist the ends of the eyebrows...spritz on a bit of hairspray to keep them looking neat!