How to Make Wee Santa Ornaments

Naptime Creations Crafty ChristmasI’m excited to be a part of Nap-Time Creation’s Crafty Christmas!  Emily’s got some other great crafts you can check out today, too!!  I’ve got a great tutorial to make a cute little Santa ornament, which can also be made into little pocket gnomes for your children.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

I make a lot of pocket-sized Waldorf dolls for small children, and one day I got the idea to turn a little gnome into Santa and make him into a Christmas ornament.  Thus, Wee Santa Ornaments were born. These have been quite popular in my Etsy store.

These are also very versatile as you can even really make him in any color and leave off the ribbon for hanging, and then you have a pocket gnome.  My kids love pocket gnomes.

Or if that’s too much work, head over to my Etsy store and place an order for your very own Wee Santa!

 Wee Santa Ornament / Pocket Gnomes

Pattern Sheet – download here.


  • Scraps of fleece, cuddle fleece, minky, or velour in red for Santa, or any color for gnomes.
  • Scrap of skin colored knit fabric
  • Thin string or twine
  • Wool roving
  • Polyfil or wool stuffing
  • Fine point marker – black
  • cotton swab and blusher
  • small jingle bell
  • 1/4 to 3/8 inch black grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 clear rhinestone
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

1. Cut out pattern pieces and use to cut out fabric.  Make sure to place top of body on fold.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

2.  Sew body and hat closed.

 Wee Santa Doll Tutorial3. On the body, snip the middle of the fold to insert the head.  Then, flip body right side out.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

4. Fill the body with polyfil or wool stuffing.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

5. Take a small ball of polyfil or wool, place in middle of skin tone knit square and then tightly tie shut with string to form head.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

6. Insert the head into the body and sew small stitched around to secure it in place.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

7. Next, turn the hat right side out, fold the raw edge inward just a bit, and sew around the head.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

8. Take a small piece of wool roving and wrap it around the base of the hat and sew it  with small tiny stitches that aren’t too tight all the way around.  When sewing, wrap the roving around the edge to overlap the beginning of the roving, sew down and then cut off any excess of roving.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

9. Sew a small jingle bell to the very tip of the hat.

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10. Make the beard.  Take a piece of wool roving roughly 2 x 1 inches and roll the roving once so that it becomes a 1 x 1 piece, shaped like a square.  Start at one top corner of the square and sew it right at the edge of the hat on the face.  Then take small stitches across the face through the bead to the other top corner of the square and finish it at the edge of the hat on the face. You  may need to snip some edges of the beard to clean it up a bit and look more “beardly.”

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

11. Fold Santa’s hat over like the picture and sew across the back of it with tiny stitches to give it some character.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

12. Take your fine point marker and make two little closed eyes as shown, and then through the beard make a tiny small mouth line.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

13. Take your cotton swab and dip it into the blusher, then make two rosy cheeks for Santa.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial
14. To finish Santa, add his belt.  Starting in the middle of a long piece of black grosgrain ribbon attach it to Santa’s waist, just in the front with a glue gun.  Then, once that the glue is mostly dry, take one side of the belt and add glue and pull it tight to create a waistline for Santa, and glue it down.  Hold it for a minute to keep it taut while it dries.  Make sure there is enough on either side for overlap, and do the same thing to the other side of the belt, overlapping the raw edge of the first side.  Snip off the excess edges. Then, using the glue gun, attach a rhinestone to the very center of Santa’s belt.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial

15. Take an 8 inch piece of ribbon, (I use 1/8 inch satin ribbon).  Fold it in half, then take both raw edges together and sew them securely to the back of Santa’s hat.

Wee Santa Doll Tutorial
Now he’s ready for the Christmas tree.

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8 Comments on How to Make Wee Santa Ornaments

  1. Emily
    December 18, 2013 at 7:46 am (4 months ago)

    cute, cute and more cute!! :o) Love these.. what a great tutorial. thanks so much for being part of my Crafty Christmas celebration… I just spread your blog all over social media land ;o) Emily

    • Stephanie
      December 18, 2013 at 7:49 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your Crafty Christmas, Emily!

  2. Julie
    December 18, 2013 at 8:12 am (4 months ago)

    So cute! I love making handmade Christmas ornaments

  3. Linda
    December 18, 2013 at 11:33 am (4 months ago)

    He is as cute as anything!! PINNING! Linda Crafts a la Mode

  4. Ashley
    December 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm (4 months ago)

    I don’t think I’m crafty enough to make these but good grief, it sure is cute! My son would love little Santas…I might just have to give it a try. *Pinning*

  5. Pary Moppins
    December 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm (4 months ago)

    I can only dream of being crafty enough for this cute project. :)

  6. Aleshea Dominique
    December 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm (4 months ago)

    That ornament is soo cute and I love that it is hand sewn. Means I could do it.

  7. Amy @The Stitchin' Mommy
    December 27, 2013 at 9:28 am (4 months ago)

    Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much for sharing this adorable tutorial with us. Even though Christmas is over, it’s a cute idea that I think I will try next year =) Just stopping by to let you know you’ve been featured at this week’s Get Crafty Friday! I hope you have a wonderful new year!



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