In The Hoop Gnome Puppet Design


If you’ve ever wanted to make your own gnome or wizard puppet, this is the perfect pattern for you! This in-the-hoop puppet pattern is quick and easy to make in your embroidery machine. It requires just 4 hoopings and some simple hand-stitching or gluing to assemble. Full photo instructions and a free video tutorial are included to help you every step of the way.

Comes in one size to fit most hands. See details below for hoop size information.

  • Let your embroidery machine do all the hard work while you get all the credit for this crazy-cute puppet.
  • FREE VIDEO TUTORIAL shows you all the steps so you will know what to do every step of the way
  • Instructions with color photos are also included
  • Designed for Beginner Puppet makers!
  • This design comes in  ONE SIZE ONLY  (so the finished size will fit most hands)
  • You can stitch the mouth and feet in a 5×7″ hoop, while the head/body and hat require a 7×11″ hoop or larger BUT the download includes sewing pattern pieces for the larger parts.  So you can still make your machine do the hard work of the smaller pieces, while you sew the easy, larger parts on your sewing machine.
  • you may resize the designs larger or smaller by 20% – but it may not fit your hand if the puppet is resized too much.  If you resize the body/head you must also resize the mouth by the same percentage which will affect the tongue applique border. 👍  (Basically this means you can shrink it for 6×10 hoops and it will still fit children’s hands 😁)
  • The finished height of the puppet is 9” but with hat extended (stuffed)  it’s closer to 16” tall.
  • Body/head circumference is 10 inches. To ensure your hand will fit – measure around your fist to be sure it measures less than 10 inches across the widest part. 
  • Some hand stitching or gluing is needed to attach the mouthplate, feet, hat, nose and beard.
  • Be sure to check the tabs above for more info like Supplies, and Design Specs!

All designs are digital downloads for embroidery machines.  Files will be available immediately after purchase on a download page.

Estimated time to complete: 2-4 hours





Your downloaded .ZIP file will include multiple machine formats in case you upgrade your machine to a bigger hoop or different brand, you’ll still be able to use these designs! 

The .ZIP file contains these machine file formats:


And comes in sizes for these hoops:  ONE SIZE ONLY (so it can fit over most hands)

  • To stitch all 4 parts in the hoop – you’ll need a 7″ x 11″ (180mm x 280mm) minimum hoop size
  • To Stitch the feet and mouth in the hoop, you’ll need a 5×7″ hoop, and you can use the sewing pattern pieces to stitch the head/body, and hat pieces on your Sewing Machine.

You may resize the designs larger or smaller by 20% – but it may not fit your hand if the puppet is resized too much.  If you resize the body/head you must also resize the mouth by the same percentage. 👍

Number of Hoopings for this project:  4 Hoopings

  1. body/head requires 7×11″ hoop or larger
  2. mouth-plate requires 5×7″ hoop or larger
  3. hat requires 7×11″ hoop or larger
  4. feet require 5×7″ hoop or larger

Documents included in your download:

    • PDF instructions with photos and link to a free video tutorial
    • License file allowing you to sell the handmade gnome puppets you make!
    • PDF file details showing stitch order and full-size pattern templates

Max purchase quantity = 1

Tools & Materials

Tools Needed:
• Embroidery machine with 7” x 11” (180mm x 280mm) embroidery field (hoop) or larger
• A fresh needle in your embroidery machine (TIP: a size 14 needle may stitch better through multiple layers of fleece fabric)
• Sharp fabric scissors, applique scissors, small detail scissors for feet
• Hemostats or other tool for turning and stuffing the toes of the feet
• Long doll needle and strong thread for hand-stitching during assembly (at least for the nose)
• (Optional) Fabric Glue: Fabri-tac™ works well. Also, Surebonder® fine tip hot glue gun with their fabric glue sticks works great. OR you can hand stitch everything and not use any glue.
• Pins or clips to hold pieces during assembly

Materials Needed:
• Fabrics: (see cutting diagram)
• Fleece or Luxe Fleece (minky) with some stretch: 1/3 yard for head/body, and hat
• Mouth Fleece: 2 pieces of black, pink, or red fleece for mouth, each 5” x 7” (13 cm x 18cm)
• Skin-tone Stretch knit: less than ¼ yard
• Two pieces 5” x 7” (13 cm x 18cm) for feet
• One piece 3” x 3” (8cm x 8cm) for nose
• (Optional) A scrap of fabric for the tongue applique
• Faux Fur: 7” wide by 5” long (18cm x 13cm) for the beard
• Stabilizer
• Lightweight tear-away stabilizer for 4 hoopings (two 7×11” and two 5×7” hoopings)
• Rigid mouth-plate: 7” x 4” piece of rigid material such as cardboard, mat-board, foam-core, 1/8” rubber gasket (←my favorite!), piece of plastic storage tub, plastic placemat, or similar material to make the mouth firm and easy to move.
• A few inches of duct tape, bookbinder tape or similar for the rigid mouth-plate
• Embroidery thread to coordinate with your fabric, and bobbin thread
• Fiber Fill Stuffing for feet

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