On Thursday afternoon Rodrigo and I were talking and we decided to take the kids to the park the next day since he would have the day off. That night after the little ones were all in bed I made gnome hats for Emmett and Claire. I have one in the works for little Miss H as well, but didn't have time to finish it before we headed to the park the next day.
For Emmett's hat I used a beautiful dark blue felted wool sweater and appliqued a little squirrel out of cream colored wool felt on one side and a pair of leaves and an acorn on other side of his hat. I then made a little running stitch with yarn around the brim of his hat and made the ties out of the same yarn braided. Claire's hat I made out of a warm fuzzy piece of dark grey polar fleece and trimmed it with bright red ric rac and appliqued a cheerful red toadstool out of wool felt on the side of it. The ties are also made out of the same ric rac trim.
I think the hats turned out absolutely adorably! The day was quite cold and windy and both babies' heads were kept warm and snuggly! The kids enjoyed playing in the fallen leaves, I enjoyed spotting the cute little forest gnome playing among the trees! And the puppies also enjoyed their first trip to the park. (We got 2 English Bulldogs puppies a few weeks before Emmett was born, back when we still had 2 more foster children. So there I was, 9 months pregnant with 4 toddlers under the age of 3, three big boys to homeschool and 2 puppies to house-train while Rodrigo was at work all day... I was really really tired! Which was why I didn't post much craftiness or anything else for a few months!)
I am hoping to post a tutorial of how to make a gnome hat like these in the next few days! It's really easy (even if you are a beginning sewer) and they are so cute!
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