Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (or toy!)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a cute gift to make this Christmas – a felt Santa (Father Christmas) / Gnome! Read on for a tutorial and templates!

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve made this to give to my Nanna, she has some heavy doors in her house so she always appreciates a good doorstop. He’s about 10.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide at the base. I used blue for Santa’s coat (main body piece and arms) so that he could be mistaken for a garden gnome – in case she wants to have it on display all year round. But if you want it super festive you could give him a red coat.

It doesn’t have to be a doorstop either – you could also make this just for a room decoration, or as a toy for a child if you leave out the weighty insides and just fill it with stuffing. Oh the possibilities!

Want to make one? I’ve made some templates for you. You can download them at A4 size (page 1 HERE, page 2 HERE) or at Letter size (page 1 HERE, page 2 HERE) – clicking the link will prompt you to download the png file.

Templates for a Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

And here’s how to put it together…

Step 1: Gather your felt (I didn’t end up using the dark grey piece. My felt is from Handmade Haven), and print and cut out the template pieces:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use the templates to cut out the right amount of felt pieces. I pinned on the larger templates to cut around, and for the smaller templates I drew around them with haberdasher’s chalk before cutting the felt:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the pieces of felt all cut out – I used light grey for the circle for my base, I would have preferred light blue to match his coat but I didn’t have enough:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Check the placement of the face piece by laying the beard and hat on top – they will line up with the edges of the main body, so you can check the face is centred. Pin the face in place and sew it on, then sew the beard on top, finishing with the hat and moustache:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew the hat onto the back body piece, then add any other decorations you want to the main body pieces. I stitched on a belt of layered red and gold ribbon, with a black button for a buckle, sewed a few gold seed beads onto the hat, and used two small gun-metal coloured brads for the eyes.

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

NB: If you are giving this as a toy to a small child make sure you don’t add buttons, brads, or beads – or anything that could be pulled off a swallowed.

Step 5: Place two arm pieces together and stitch around two sides and the ‘hand’ end, leaving the body end open. Turn the arms inside out, then stuff lightly with toy filling (do not fill too much, you only want a little depth, and don’t fill above the ‘elbow’ height):

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Put two sleeve pieces together and sew down each long edge, leaving the top and bottom open. Push your arms through the sleeves – mine were a bit tight so I’ve increased the sleeve width on the template to make this step easier for you:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a couple of quick (tacking) stitches to hold the arms in place on each side of the body – they will fold outwards so make sure they fold the way you want them to:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Pin the two main body pieces together, so the right-sides are facing each other, and the arms are tucked inwards:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Sew down the two long sides. I used my sewing machine for the thinner areas, and hand-stitched a back-stitch across the arm areas, as there was no-way my sewing machine would get through that many layers of felt:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Fold the circle felt piece in half, and pin it so the two corners you’ve created are pinned to the bottom edges of Santa’s body:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Sew most of the circle onto the base, pinching the circle to gather it occasionally, otherwise you’ll run out of space for the whole circle. Leave a hole a few inches wide so that you can turn Santa the right way out again:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Once he’s the right way out use some more toy stuffing to fill his top half – down roughly the arm height. If you are making this for a toy, and leaving out the weighty fillings, you can use toy stuffing all the way down.

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: Add the weighty fillings. To weigh the doorstop down you can fill it with a variety of things like sand, dried beans, or gravel. I’ve used a combination of rice and pebbles. If you’re using something edible (eg. might attract critters to eat it) then make sure you bag it up. I tucked a couple of sturdy sandwich bags (one inside the other) into Santa, then filled it my folding a piece of paper in half and using it to tip the rice in:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

When it was nearly full of rice I tucked four pebbles inside too – my Nanna’s doors are too heavy for rice alone:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 15: Tape up the bags with strong tape:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 16: Tuck in any extra toy stuffing that you think Santa needs, then sew the hole closed using an invisible seam stitch (HERE is a good tutorial for one by Fern Freckle).

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 17: If you want to you could add a little pom-pom to Santa’s hat:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

He’s finished! Gift him or place him in a doorway – and smile each time you walk by!

Be Inspired:

Use felt to make a gift, decoration, or embellishment

Create a Santa with a coat that’s NOT red (eg. use stamps, die-cut machines, or hand-cut paper)

Use brads, buttons, and beads on your next project

Would you make this Santa with a red coat or blue? Would he be a doorstop or a toy?

Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to bookmark, pin, or share this post if you enjoyed it!

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P.S. I’m linking this up to the Snap Show & Tell Linky!

Jennifer x

20 Comments
  • Oooo, I like him! Shall have to pin this & buy some felt.

    November 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm
  • LOVE the soft look of the felt and the pale blue coat!! Wonderful decor piece or toy. I don’t do much craft sewing and I rarely use felt on my cards, but this inspires me!!! I might have to look around to see what felt I have lying about.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm
  • He is darling and I love the pale blues you used!

    November 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  • totally cute!
    I have some unused felt somewhere will have to dig it out and see what colours I have and then decide if I can go festive (that is definitely my preference…a red santa figure

    November 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  • Jean Bullock
    Reply

    This is very cute. If I made him, he would be a gnome too and he would be a doorstop for my daughter who uses a 2 liter soda bottle filled with water for a stop. Well done on this project and thanks for the cutting files and tutorial.

    November 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  • He’s lovely and I really like the blue coat for a change!

    November 7, 2014 at 6:58 pm
  • LesleyG
    Reply

    OMG adorabubble!!!!
    Fab tut and great template – thanks Jennifer!

    November 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    He is super cute Jennifer!! Your Nan will love him!!

    November 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  • He’s very cute. Is it still a Santa if he’s not in red?!

    November 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm
  • FUN door stop!

    November 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm
  • Oh my!!! I’m so inspired!!! This might just happen! I feel like a little festive one would do the trick here! Love this Jennifer! He’s a cute little man!

    November 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm
  • Sarah
    Reply

    How super cute is he??!! Are you sure you can part with him? Great tutorial!

    November 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm
  • Adorable – I, too, like the pale blue.

    November 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm
  • aww he’s fab! great tutorial too x

    November 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm
  • Forgot to ask – what is the font for your title, Charming Felt Santa Doorstop?

    November 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm
  • This is such a cute idea…..I love felt…..so easy and forgiving to work with.

    November 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm
  • Sue D
    Reply

    How cute–thanks for pattern.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm
  • Julene
    Reply

    What a gorgeous idea. I’ve added it to My favourites and will make one when I eventually find my sewing gear.Having just moved, I can’t find much at all. LOL

    November 10, 2014 at 12:13 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    Oh my, this is so darn cute!! Love that he can be a Santa OR a gnome!!

    November 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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