Fold the piece of black felt in half. Sew the bottom and open side with a good seam. Turn the piece inside out so the seam is on the inside.You can use a sewing machine or hand sew. We want a good tight seam to hold the rice. This is the body of your bee gnome. There are several materials you can use to fill the body. We need some weight there to ensure he will stand up.The most readily available option is dry rice. Use about 3 cups of rice to fill out the body. You should have enough room to gather and tie the top of the bag. You can use a couple of good rubber bands or twisted wire.My favorite is a zip tie that is very easy to work with and get a good seal.
Lay down the fabric chosen for a hat with right sides together. Place pattern piece for gnome hat on the fabric as shown. Cut out hat.
With the hat piece still right sides together, sew with machine or by hand along the seam line. This forms the cone that will become the hat for your bee gnome.
Turn the hat right side out. Pack some polyfill (or similar) into the hat. Use your scissors or something slim to reach the tip so your hat will stand up.
Don't make the mistake that I first did of over-filling the hat. You do not need to fill the cone completely. Leave room for the sides of the hat to fit down over the bag of rice.
Using one of your hands ( or a coupe of pins), place the hat down over the top 1/3 or so of the gnome body. Use the hot glue gun to attach.Don't be stingy with your glue. People make want to pick your bee gnome up by the hat! Let cool until set.
It's time to cut the beard. Lay your beard pattern on the backside of the fur fabric. Check to make sure that the direction of the fur is going the way you want.
When cutting your gnome beard, gently insert your scissors under the backing material only. You do not want to cut the strands of fur just the backing.
Use the hot glue gun to attach beard to front of bee gnome body. It normally sits right at the hat line.
Glue jute cord around the seam where the hat meets the body. Then, glue on a wooden bead (or similar) right under the cord to be the gnome nose.
Use a lint roller (optional) to remove any furry residue from the body.
To complete our bee theme. Use 2 black pipe cleaners to make antenna. For each, wrap one end 3 times about a pencil (or finger). Cut length to about 5 inches. Then, glue to area between jute cord and hat.