I buy sewing machine thread in the colors I use most often in bulk by the serger cone. I use stand alone bobbin winder like this one to wind the cone thread onto an empty regular size thread spool to use on my sewing machine. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience.) This is supposed to keep me from running out of thread but when my historical costuming projects usually take up to 10 yards of fabric I still go through a ton of sewing thread.
Which means I have a nice little stack of empty thread cones on my To Upcycle shelf waiting for a craft project that never comes.
I recycled empty thread cones into cute little gnomes. If you don’t have empty thread or serger cones
cluttering up your house waiting to be upcycled you can use paper craft cones like these.
You will need for each gnome you want to make:
Empty thread cone or craft cone
Fabric – you can buy fat quarters of fabric here
Craft rope, mop strings, yarn, twine, etc. to make hair or the beard – you can buy white cotton yarn like I used here
Tacky glue this Tacky Glue is my favorite
Craft bead – you can get a variety of craft beads here
1. Starting at the front of the cone, wrap a rectangle piece of fabric around the lower third of the cone to make the gnome’s body and glue it into place.
2. Make and attach the beard for the boy gnomes by:
- Cutting craft rope, mop strings, yarn, twine, etc. and gluing it into place on the front of the cone.
3.Cut a cone shape from fabric that will make the hat.
4. Roll the hat fabric onto the top of the cone and glue it into place.
5. Use glue to attach a craft bead nose to the gnome’s face.
6. Decorate and celebrate!
Rather buy than DIY? Check out the following gnome decoration ideas – and more! – below!