Garden Gnome Costume Tutorial Roundup

For the past few weeks I have been looking forward to a Halloween in which I would walk into a store, buy the kids' costumes, and walk out with finished costumes in hand.  This plan did not involve a trip to Joann's, it did not involve time trying to sew sequins on my sewing machine, and it did not involve a battle to try to find a plain black t-shirt with no logos on writing on it (why is that so hard?).

But then I realized that this is the one and only Halloween in which I can put anything I want on August and he can't take it off.  My husband has been requesting that we dress him as a garden gnome and that seemed like a fun option so I went for it (if you want to see an adorable girl gnome project, check out this one that my friend Morgan made for her daughter).
lawn gnome baby costume

And I promise, this costume was not difficult so I thought I would share the tutorials I used in case anyone else is interested in making their own.

1.  Felt Gnome Hat - I cut my cone 19" at the widest point and 12" tall.
2.  The beard - This is a beard that is also secretly a bib because this child drools SO MUCH.  I was originally going to just use fleece, but it seemed too stretchy so I cut a piece of felt the same size and then edge stitched around the felt/fleece combo.  For the shape, I just traced a small bib onto the fleece for the top part, and used this image (enlarged 120%) for the bottom. 

3.  The shirt - I used this tutorial, but sized down based on one of August's t-shirts, but if you can find a shirt in the right color you can just buy one.

4.  Pants - I already had these navy pants from here

5.  The belt - It is 1.5" black elastic found in the by-the-yard trim section at Joann's.  The belt buckle is 2 pieces of brown felt cut into 3.5" square.  I edge stitched around the shape, then cut 2 slits in the middle and then I wove the elastic in between the slits.  

6.  The boots - I am definitely going to be making more of these in the future.  They are adorable and super easy.  Mine are made out of fleece.  

lawn gnome baby costume

And just a little plug here, no matter what costume you are making.  I have discovered and have fallen in love with  They sell reasonable priced, super soft, super cute clothes that don't have any labels or sparkles or characters on them.  And if you use this link you get $10 off your first purchase of any amount (I get a little credit too, so it's helping both of us).  My kids now have pants, shirts, sweatshirts, and dresses and we are so pleased.  Their shirts, pants, PJs, sweatshirts, and dresses are perfect basics for costumes. 

My older kids ended up with improvised, store bought costumes.  Since we live in Southern California and late October can still be pretty hot, they both refuse to wear long sleeved costumes.  Jonah wanted to be Batman and Harper wanted to be Batgirl, so this is what we ended up with.
batman and batgirl costumes
Just ignore than Jonah insisted on wearing his blue and orange sandals and Harper somehow ended up with mismatched socks.  

If you are still looking for handmade costume ideas, this Craftsy class is awesome!


  1. oh that's one cute and clever costume - it looks so fun on your darling boy! ;-)

  2. Gnome sweet Gnome - love all the costumes :)

  3. Absolutely adorable!!! It's funny--you were not planning on hand made costumes but ended up with one, and I was looking forward to hand made costumes but ended up with store bought! Isn't it funny how that happens? Your gnome is super adorable and the bib-beard is genus!

  4. Thanks for sharing all your tutorials! I needed a costume (free and easy) for my two month old son- this is perfect!!

  5. All the costumes are great. Jonah looks like such a serious superhero. I recently went through a box of homemade costumes that had been in storage in the garage...what a trip down memory lane!

  6. Oh haha so cute.
    Kids are so funny, our very own clowns, year 'round
    I am so happy to hear all of you are enjoying Halloween

  7. Love your little garden gnome.

  8. Such an adorable gnome!! I always hated halloween growing up and even as an adult because of the pressures of coming up with a good costume, but I've fully embraced it when making costumes for my son. A lot of it has to do with his sensory issues - if a costume feels too much like a costume, he won't wear it - and that's why we can't just pick something off of a rack at the store. And that's also why I want to thank you for the link to SUCH A GREAT SITE! Thank you! Definitely a site I'll be going back to often.

  9. August is so adorable! What a great costume!

  10. All your kids are cuties but that gnome! Super adorable (and it sounds like pretty low-effort too). I'm totally filing that away as a potential Halloween idea for the future.

  11. Kids are so adorable in wearing batman costumes. They will receive many candies in Halloween with these beautiful clothes.

    Helen@certificate tefl


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