Garden Gnome Costume

Monday, October 25, 2010

Against great criticism, I decided to dress Avery as a garden gnome this year for Halloween. I know we have years of princesses and fairies ahead, so I wanted to do something different while I still could. Besides, I knew she would love the hat and "cape." I had one of those horrible days trying to get these pictures, but I guess it is enough to get the idea.



The hat and cape came from Simplicity 2327. It's so easy! I think you could do this with only a glue gun too. I embellished the hat with a felt mushroom I just improvised. Then, I used Marie-Madeline's tutorial for the fabric flowers on the cape.



The skirt is the Insa pattern from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love. The Gnomeville fabric from Michael Miller really pulls the whole idea together.


The little elf shoes are a free pattern found here. Instead of a solid felt bottom on the shoes, I sewed an elastic strap that would just fit under Avery's shoes and hold everything in place. We're looking forward to costume days at Mother's Morning Out and storytime at the library.


  1. Sooooooo cute. She looks adorable. Great color combo. Great job!

  2. Awww she looks so funny but definitely cute funny, not funny funny if that makes sense lol. I love your fabric flowers.

  3. That costume is sooooo cute!! It's much better and so much more orginal than the run-of-the-mill princess costumes. I love it!!!!

  4. I absolutely love this one of a kind costume!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. CUTE! I saw that pattern too, but it was the day before halloween and i knew i wouldn't be able to make it. i thought maybe for next year, but who knows. You did a great job and Avery looked darling! She looked happy to be wearing it....even the hat!

  6. Thanks for posting! It's super cute! I already have my daughter set to be a fairy this year but I saw a garden gnome pattern and wanted to do it for next year. Now I have some great ideas for it


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