Costumes: More Gnomey Goodness

Homecrafted Halloween

Anyone considering a gnome costume this year will have plenty of inspiration to draw from (see the first round of gnomes here). Click the thumbnail photo to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.

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Gnome

aka: Jackson Wyatt (3 months)
location: Kalamazoo, MI
age group: infant
difficulty level: super easy

materials: felt for beard and hat, brown pants and a blue button-up cardigan

description: the inspiration here; the outcome here
Thanks Emily!

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Gnome

aka: Gabe Griffin (1 month)
location: South Pasadena, CA
age group: infant
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Blue onesie, Old red T-shirt, Black fabric, yellow fabric, hot glue, red thread, store-bought sock/slippers

description: First I made the belt out of black and yellow fabric and just glued it onto a blue onesie. Then using the sleeve of an old, red T-shirt I created a dome hat using the finished end of the sleeve as the hat of the base. Add slipper leggings and - DONE! It was a hit at a woodland creatures themed birthday party, and about all I could muster energy for one month into motherhood!
Thanks Valerie!

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Travelocity Gnome

aka: Lukas (3 months)
location: San Jose, CA
age group: infant
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Toddler T Shirt, Felt, Foam sheet, Yarn

description: The hat was made simply by rolling large foam sheet found at Micheals into a cone and cutting it so the opening fit my baby's head. The beard is attached to the cone in front of each ear and fits under the baby's chin and hold the hat in place. The base of the beard is white felt cut in a broad 'U' shape. I found yarn that had strands dangling from it and glued long stings of it to the felt base. After fitting it I trimmed the beard to the right shape and length. The blue tunic could be purchased however, I could not find one in an infant size and so I bought a toddler T shirt and transformed it into a tiny tunic. To minimize sewing, I reused the neck opening and cut the body straight down either side of the neck at the width of his body. Using the left over fabric I made sleeves and re-attached them to the new body stitching up the sides.
The belt is simply pieces of black and yellow felt cut and glued onto the body. I wove the black strip through slits in a yellow square so that it looked more like a real buckle. I paired the tunic with simple black leggings and glues pom pom to dress up his socks. A little rouge brightened his cheeks :)
Thanks Deanna!

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Garden Gnome

aka: Izzy (10 months)
location: Cincinnati, OH
age group: infant
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Felt, yard, buttons, thread, faux fur

description: It would be hard to describe, since I made it up as I went. I'll try my best: The hat is crocheted, with a faux fur beard to hold it on. The coat was pieced together with cheap sheets of felt--I used one of my son's coats as I guide for the size/shape. It's sewn inside-out with thick, lightly colored button thread to give it a hand-made look. I made gnome shoes out of two small squares of felt, stitched together to make a point. I rubber-banded them to his shoes. It was all pretty simple and intuitive. (I considered rolling him around in a wheelbarrow for extra effect, but decided against it!)
Thanks X!

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Garden Gnome

aka: PJ (1 month)
location: West Sacramento, CA
age group: infant
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Felt, thrifted fleece

description: We found a fleece pullover with some kind of patch on the front, turned it backwards (she was only a month old and pretty stationary, so it was never seen), made a hat and belt out of felt, cut a beard out of felt with some velcro tabs on the end to stick it to the hat and we were done.
Thanks Sarah!

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Gnome

aka: Hans (5)
location: Oshkosh, WI
age group: child
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Red fleece for the hat, white fake fur for the beard, a green t-shirt, a green sweat shirt, green pants, and green rubber boots.

description: For the hat I cut a triangle of fleece and sewed two sides together to form a cone. I used the left over fleece to stuff the top of the hat to make it stiff. For the beard I cut a triangle of fake fur and stitched two rubber bands to the top two corners to attach to the wearers ears. The clothes were all pieces my son already owned (make a printed shirt a solid color by turning the clothes inside out) the boots we already owned as well.
Thanks Jenny!

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.