Sunday, July 17, 2016


I've been having fun putting together a couple of gifts for a friend that likes gnomes. First is a simple wooden box that is embellished with a cross stitch gnome on the lid.
Gnome cross stitch box
The box is a Hand Made Modern wooden box from Target, and the gnome pattern comes from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Woodland Sampler (you have to decrease the height of the gnome hat to make it fit).  I started with cross stitch thread but wasn't getting the coverage I wanted, and then changed to use sock yarn from my stash.
Gnome cross stitch box
I think it turned out pretty cute. Turns out that I wasn't the only one - Naomi asked if I would make a box for her too. For her box I opted for a simple initial in colours that match her room.
Cross stitch boxes
This is a simple, quick and easy project. There are some fiddly elements - dealing with the lid as you stitch and tucking in the end of each threads But otherwise it's a straightforward make, with a cute result.

The other project is a storage basket made from the adorable Heather Ross gnome fabric, together with some Michael Miller polka dots.
Gnome yarn basket
The pattern is a modified version of the popular, free pattern: One Hour Basket from Hearts and Bees. My modifications were to make it larger:
  • I cut 4 pieces of fabric that were 17 x 21 inches
  • The square cutouts for each corner were 3.5 inches
  • I folded over approx 3 inches of the polka dot fabric at the top of the basket and top stitched across the top and bottom of this polka dot band

Gnome yarn basket
The storage basket is quite floppy - which could be a result of the larger size. But if I were to do this again, I'd probably use a stiffer interfacing. However, with enough yarn stashed inside, it stands up quite nicely :)
Yarn in the basket
Hope that you are having a fabulous weekend.


Karen said...

Very cute projects! We have a gnome lover in our extended family, too, and recently bought her a gnome tea towel. Hoping to get around to knitting one for her someday :)

Chrisknits b said...

You have been so crafty!!! I need to get the machine going and make some more stuff. But knitting is so portable and downstairs. Sewing means upstairs. Which I don't mind, but with pups wanting in and out all the time, that means I am up and down all the time!!!