Tuesday, March 15, 2011

star gnome and pouch tutorial

A very similar little star gnome is brought out of the clouds each week at our Steiner playgroup to help us all sing 'Twinkle Twinkle' together. I thought North would be sick of this little song by now, as it was the very first one he ever learned, and there is barely a day that goes by in which it isn't sung. But I couldn't be more wrong. All the children just go into a mellow, happy trance whenever we sing it together. Especially when a star gnome is floating around in the air above them. I just couldn't resist making one of our own. We often pull him out before bedtime for one last lullaby.

felt in two colours- one for star and one for pouch
wooden bead or small acorn for head
wool roving for stuffing
embroidery thread or regular thread and needle


Trace two matching stars out on the felt.
Add a circle to one of the stars tips (size depends on the size of your bead)
Glue a small bead or acorn to the circle and hold until dry
Blanket stitch the stars together, sewing the neck together at the top too
Stuff with wool roving and then seal
(It's not in the photo, but trim the top tip off of the star without the bead so that the point is not in the way of the face)
Attach a thread to his head so he can be hung, dangled and spun around

Trace a large rectangle onto the felt (making sure the gnome will fit inside the shape)
Add a large semi-circle to the top of the rectangle - this will be the opening flap
Fold the rectangle in half and blanket stitch each side together
Sew in a small loop and button

xo m.

PS. Are you new to sewing? Do not be intimidated! I only just learned how to blanket stitch and it couldn't be simpler. Felt is so beautiful and so forgiving- you don't have to worry about seams or hemming or fraying, just cut and use as is.


Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

that is so cute!!! I love it as it has a real purpose and meaning and link to the song!! no wonder North loves it so much - i think my two would love it too! And i agree this is a great little project for any sewing beginner!

Shannon said...

So sweet, thank you for taking the trouble to share this little project. Your stitches are beautiful.

Megan said...

what a lovely little project and such a nice way to end the day with a little song :)

Mama Gone Green said...


jodi said...

it's gorgeous M!

Andréann said...

It's so lovely, I'm doing it right now and I'll add it to my little box of equinox project that will go into my daughter's egg hunter treasures :)
I'll come back and show you!

TwigandToadstool said...

I'm SOOOO making these! We're just starting to renovate the children's bedroom...I think I'll make one for both of them as a little nighttime ritual!
xo maureen

Tricia said...

So sweet! I'm definatently going to make one of these. Thanks for the tutorial :-)

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