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DIY Dwarf & Gnome Costume Tutorial

20 minute gnome or dwarf costume tutorial

Hi everyone, I’m Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings. Costumes are one of my all time favorite things to sew. I seriously use any excuse to dress up my nieces and husband in coordinating costumes, oh yes he’s a trooper like that!

Halloween is my busiest time for my Rae Gun Etsy shop so I’m usually sewing non-stop (this year is no exception). A couple years ago after a lot of work on my older niece’s Snow White costume I needed to throw something together for the little one. We decided she’d make the perfect Little Dwarf.

Once it was done we thought it looked a bit more like a gnome. The costume is SO easy to throw together. And it can be easily adapted for other fun costumes like Peter Pan or even a fairy.

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You’ll Need:

  • Tunic Fabric
  • Sash Fabric
  • Fleece for the Hat


First lay down a loose fitting shirt of your kiddos to get a close size. You want to pick a top that doesn’t need to stretch to be put on or worn. Cut the basic shape. For the neck I’d cut the V shallow since you can always make it deeper if necessary.

Cut points into the bottom edge of the shirt pieces.  The front and the back are the same.

Sew together at the shoulders. Then sew the side seams.

Try it on your kiddo. If it doesn’t fit over their head cut the V a bit wider in the front. Grab a scrap of contrasting fabric and tie around the waist for a sash. If you need it longer then tie sew the edges of two straps together. I didn’t finish it at all.

For the hat I just cut two triangles out of fleece. Then with right sides together I sewed up the long edge and called it good.

If you want you can finish your seams and top stitch along the edged for better wear but if this is just going to serve as a one or two day Halloween costume I’d vote for saving yourself some time and calling it done. I thought the rough look of it fit the whole dwarf thing. Just throw on a pair of pants, tights or leggings and you’re good to go.

It was so easy that I’m actually giving away the one I made to make a tutorial on my blog. Come on over to enter.

I’d love to know if you try it out and I hope you’ll stop by Rae Gun Ramblings and say hi! And be sure to link up what you’ve been up to on Wednesday at my What We Wore, Read, and Made Link Party. Thanks so much for having me Andrea!

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