This is an adorable boy/girl costume that is quick and easy to whip up using things from your child's wardrobe.
Step 1: Assemble what you'll need
I used clothes that my son already had. A cozy, primary coloured shirt, brown shorts, red rubber boots and striped legwarmers.
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 thought a tall, cone-shaped hat would be most striking, but you can get fancy and sew in a curved tip that would be more Eastern-European reminiscent.
I bought a bright red shirt and started by cutting off the sleeve.
Step 3: Make a cone with a chalk line
With a piece of chalk and a ruler, make a long triangle shape, leaving the armhole closer to the armpit, intact.
Step 4: Sew along the chalk line
Starting at the bottom of the triangle, sew up to the point, then come back down to the other side. Cut off the excess and the cuff, leave yourself an edge of at least 1/2 " all the way around.