DIY Christmas Elf

We think this cheery little elf is much cuter than the one who sits on shelves! Prop this adorable Santa’s helper next to your sewing machine. If you’re lucky, he might even use a little magic to do some stitching while you sleep!

green elf

Supplies

  • Two (2) sheets of black felt craft fabric
  • Two (2) Rectangles of green felt craft fabric
  • One (1) Rectangle of white felt craft fabric
  • One (1) Rectangle of red felt craft fabric
  • (1) Rectangle of brown (hair color) felt craft fabric
  • Scrap piece of yellow or gold felt craft fabric
  • ¼ yard of muslin or other white/off-white woven fabric
  • ⅜ yard of red and white stripe fabric or other holiday print
  • Five (5) small buttons
  • Three (3) small bells or pompoms
  • PolyFil
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins or Wonder Clips
  • Wash-away pen or pencil
  • Point turner, knitting needle, or other blunt pointed object
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Standard presser foot (BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot #1)

craft supplies

Step 1) Cut the fabric pieces.

Download and print the Elf pattern: DIY_Christmas_Elf_pattern_pieces_121314.pdf

Printing Tips

  • Print all pages on standard 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper
  • Make sure that “Auto Rotate and Center” is checked and that “Scaling” is NOT checked. If you have a newer version of Adobe Reader, your options might look like “Fit to Size” or “Actual Size.” If that is the case, make sure you choose “Actual Size.”
  • To make sure you’re printing the right size pattern, measure the 1 inch test square. Do your troubleshooting here so you don’t print out the wrong size pattern pieces.
  • If you live outside Canada or the US, print the pages to your standard paper size.
  • To connect each page, trim to the grey border (do not cut the grey border off), and match the gray shaded triangles. See the pattern diaagram below to help.
  • Tape the pages together, matching the letters in the corners.
  • Once the whole pattern is printed and taped, cut along the pattern lines.
  • Note that 1/4″-wide seam allowances are included unless otherwise specified.

pattern diagram

Cut pieces from felt as indicated on the pattern pieces.

Muslin

  • Cut two (2) elf heads
  • Cut four (4) elf ears
  • Cut four (4) elf hands

Red stripe or Christmas print

  • Cut two (2) elf bottoms
  • Cut four (4) elf legs

Green felt

  • Cut two (2) elf arms
  • Cut two (2) elf tops
  • Cut two (2) skirt fronts

Red felt

  • Cut two (2) hat pieces (or cut from green felt)

White felt

  • Cut one (1) collar
  • Cut two (2) sleeve details
  • Cut two (2) hat brims

Black felt

  • Cut one (1) belt
  • Cut four (4) shoes

Yellow/gold felt

  • Cut one (1) belt buckle

Brown (or hair color) felt

  • Cut one (1) hair front
  • Cut one (1) hair back

 

Step 2) Make the elf head and hat.

Place (2) ears right side together, matching the outer edges. Clip or pin around the outer curved ear. Sew, leaving the straight short edge open. Repeat for other (2) ears.

elf ears

Clip seam allowances. Turn ears right side out.

elf ears

Stuff ears with Polyfil and set aside.

elf ears

Place the hair on top of the head pieces, and pin. Sew around the edges, securing the hair in place.

elf hair

At the eye markings, hand sew (2) buttons to the front of the face. If desired, reinforce by add a small piece of interfacing to the back of the buttons on the wrong side of the face. Set the head pieces aside for a moment.

elf face

Take the hat brim and line it up on top of the bottom of the hat piece. Pin in place and sew. Repeat for both hat front and back.

elf hat

Pin the hat to the top of your Elf’s head, both front and back. Make sure you are pinning the mirror images of the hat onto the head pieces. Sew along the bottom of the hat to secure in place.

elf hat

Take the ears and match up the raw open edges to the side of your Elf’s head. Pin in place and sew, using a 1/8″-wide seam allowance. When pinning, make sure the ears are aligned on both sides. Set aside.

elf ears

Step 3) Make the elf shirt and belt.

Pin the collars to the top of your Elf’s top for both the front and back. Sew around to secure.

elf collar

Pin the belt buckle to the front center of one (1) belt piece. Sew around to secure it.

elf belt

Pin the top belt piece (with buckle) on the bottom of your Elf top front. Sew. Clip off any excess at the sides.

elf belt

Repeat for the other belt piece and the Elf top back. Hand sew buttons to the front of the Elf shirt.

elf belt

Overlap the skirt front pieces so that they are the same width as the bottom of the belt. Pin in place, and baste stitch along the top edge.

elf suit

Pin the top of the skirt to the bottom of the belt and sew. Clip off any excess side seams.

elf suit

Flip the skirt piece back up so that the seam is exposed along the bottom edge. Take the elf bottom piece, and place the top edge right sides together with the bottom edge of the belt. Pin in place and sew. Repeat for both front and back.

elf suit

Pin the bottom of the head to the top of the elf body, right sides together. Sew. Repeat for both front and back. Set aside for a moment.

elf suit

 

Pin the sleeve detail on top of the bottom of the arm, matching up the straight edges. Sew around to secure.

elf suit sleeves

Pin the straight edge of the hand to the bottom of the arm, right sides together. Sew. Repeat for other arm.

elf suit sleeves

Fold arm in half, right sides together, and pin along the outer edge. Sew. Clip curved seams.

elf sleeves

Turn right side out, and use a blunt pointy object to push out all edges. Stuff with PolyFil.

elf arms

Pin arms to the Elf sides, matching up the raw edges, so that the arms are pointed downwards. Sew, using a 1/8″-wide seam allowance to secure.

elf arms

If desired, sew a straight line in the very middle of each arm to create an “elbow joint.” Set aside.

elf elbows

Step 4) Make the elf legs and shoes.

Place a sjoe directly on top of the bottom of the a leg, with the curved bottom of the leg matching up with the bottom of the shoe. Pin the top of the shoe to the leg, and sew a straight line to secure. Repeat for other (3) legs and shoes, making sure to do mirror images.

elf shoes

Place (2) legs right sides together, and pin around outer edges. Sew, leaving the top edge open. Clip curved seams. Repeat for the other leg.

elf legs

Turn legs right side out using a blunt pointed object. Stuff with PolyFil. Add a “knee joint” if desired, as we did with the elbow joint.

elf legs

Flip up the Elf’s skirt, and pin the top of each leg to the bottom of the front Elf body. You can choose whether or not you want the shoes pointed outwards towards the side, or towards the front. Sew.

elf legs

Place the Elf front and back right sides together, matching up all sides. Pin around and sew, leaving the bottom of the elf open.

elf body

Stuff with PolyFil.

stuffed elf

Flip the Elf skirt up, turn the Elf bottom in 1/4” towards the wrong side, and pin together. Whipstitch to secure closed.

elf body

Sew on bells or pompoms to the points of the hat and shoes.

elf shoe

And you are finished! You might get creative and embroider your Elf’s name on the back of his skirt. Enjoy :).

elf

DIY Christmas Elf - free pattern and tutorial

green elf

5 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Elf

  1. Just finished making this elf-turned out so cute. Did put a smile on him! Feel that the final closure requiring whip stitching is not appropriate for a little person who will play with the elf or use it for many years. Still trying to make the closure more permanent and more professional since the rest of the elf is put together so well and will tolerate a lot of use. Other than that this is a great project and good pattern.

  2. I made this little guy out of cotton fabric. It took longer to make but he came out so cute. I would lI’ve to be able to post a pic. I did reduce his size by 25% but he was still pretty good size.

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