DIY Sock Gnome Dolls

My mum and I sorted through a bunch of clothes and items from around the house to donate to charity. Whatever did not seem good enough for a second life went into our craft materials pile. These gnomes were made from those scraps. We used socks, shirts, and shoulder pads. It was a lot of fun!


A sewing machine is optional here. It just makes things a bit faster. If you don't have sewing skills, a hot glue gun is a good friend! I know; I use it as a substitute sometimes! :)



  1. Take 2 socks and roll them into a ball. Insert them into a long tube sock.
  2. Fold the tube sock down three times. This will create a head area that has a lip that will hold the beard.
  3. Stuff 3 segments of cotton, the longest in the middle, into the folded down sock to make the beard.
  4. Cut out a circle of the thin white fabric, about 2 inches in size.
  5. Sew around the edges of the circle, then pull on the string to make a bowl.
  6. Fill this little bowl up with some cotton stuffing.
  7. Pull the string taut, then sew it closed. You now have a button nose.
  8. Sew the nose onto the sock right under the fold, through the beard.
  9. To make the hat, take a big piece of scrap material and wrap it around the gnome's head to make sure it's big enough to slip on. Fold the material in half so it's inside out. My fabric was about 10.5" x 4.5" when folded in half.
  10. Take a straight edge and draw a tall cone onto the fabric.
  11. Sew the side edges of the tall cone, leaving the bottom edge open.
  12. Trim the cone you just sewed, about 3mm outside of the sewed lines.
  13. Flip the hat right side out and stuff with a bit of cotton. I used more stuffing in some and did not put some in others, for variation.
  14. Fold the rim of the hat inwards.
  15. Pull the hat onto the gnome's head so it touches the nose.
  16. Sew the bell or mini ornament onto the end of the pointed hat.
  17. To make shoes, cut off the edges of a shoulder pad so you have 2 curved triangles.
  18. The shoulder pad comes with a bit of stuffing, but not enough. Cut some cotton sheet stuffing the same size as the shoes.
  19. Stuff the shoes with the cotton.
  20. Sew up all the edges of the shoes.
  21. Sew the shoes onto the bottom of the gnome.
  22. These gnomes will stand on their own because of the weight of the socks. I like to anchor little bags of candy to them and have my nieces and nephews play a Christmas version of an Easter egg hunt. They love the gnomes, and the candies!

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December 28, 20180 found this helpful

Cute for indoor display ONLY

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January 1, 20191 found this helpful

Absolutely clever!
Adorable as can be.
Will have to try this one.
Thank you for sharing

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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you!!! :)

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