Welcome to the Creative Blog Hop! Every third Thursday a group of crafty bloggers get together and share fun crafts. Today I’ll be sharing how to make easy fabric carrots. I’ve been wanting some really large fabric carrots, but didn’t want to pay large carrot prices. So I decided to make a few – or ten or twenty – to add to my Easter decor.
Before we get started I’d like to thank Sara from Birdz of a Feather for hosting, if you haven’t been to her site, be sure and check it out!
If you are coming here from Purple Hues and Me welcome! I’m so glad that you are here!
Now let’s get started!
You are going to need the fabric of your choice for the carrot body and the carrot leaves.
A sewing machine or fabric glue
Needle and Thread
Jute in the color of your choice
Making the Carrot
To make the carrot body, I took the corner of the fabric and folded it inward to create a cone shape.
Make sure that the wrong side of the fabric is facing outward.
Honestly, I started using patterns that I had drawn to make the carrot, but it was so much easier to do it this way.
Pin the fabric in place and cut the cone shape out.
I ended up using 3 different sizes of leaves for my carrot toppers.
For small carrots I drew out a 2 x 2 square on card stock.
Medium leaves will need a 3 x 3 square and large leaves will be 4 x 4.
Cut all of these out and cut off the top outside corners to make them rounded.
Once you have your pattern, lay it out onto the fabric and cut out 2 per leaf.
You will need 3 leaves per carrot, so you will be cutting out six pieces of fabric for each carrot top.
Sew The Carrot and Leaves
Sew a 1/4 inch seam down the side of the carrot fabric to create a cone.
Once you have done that sew the “arch” of the leaves leaving the flat bottom open.
When you have finished sewing, turn all pieces inside out.
What if you don’t have a sewing machine?
I’ve got you!
Fabric glue works just as well for this step.
Stuffing The Carrots
Once you’ve turned your carrot and leaves with the fabric right side out, it’s time to stuff them with batting.
TIP: use small tufts of batting at a time to stuff your carrot to keep them from being lumpy.
Once you have the desired amount of batting in the carrot, fold over the top edge 1/4 inch and sew a running stitch all the way around.
Pull the string tight leaving about a 1 1/2 inch hole open in the middle.
Do not cut or tie off the needle yet!
You will need to use this in a few steps.
Make the Leaves
Pleat the base of each leaf.
Using a separate needle and thread from the one you used on your carrot, run the needle through the center of your pleated leaf fabric at the base.
Do not tie off.
Add the next two leaves to this same sting of thread using the same steps as above.
Pull thread tightly and tie a knot in your thread.
Add the Leaves to the Carrot
Once you’ve made your leaves, you are going to place them in the center “hole” that you left in the top of the carrot.
Push them down far enough that when you pull the thread on the carrot you cannot see any part of the bottom of the leaves.
Sew the Leaves To The Carrot
Using the same needle and thread that you gathered the carrot top with, sew the leaves to the carrot using a whip stitch.
Do this all the way around the carrot.
Tie jute string around the carrot where the leaves and the carrot meet.
You now have a finished fabric carrot.
Making these easy fabric carrots was a lot of fun and I’m so glad that I decided to make them.
Not only were they fun, but they were a fraction of the cost of buying them.
Now please join me in visiting Niki at Life As A Leo Wife, her St. Patrick’s Day wreath is adorable.
I’ve also listed all of the blogger that are sharing their crafts this month below.
Be sure and visit them to see what fun crafts they are sharing.
- Macrame Mail Stand
- Soft and Cozy DIY Throw
- Japanese Glass Float DIY – Tie One On!
- Plain to Pretty: A Wood Trinket Box Makeover
- Painted Confetti Bud Vases
- St. Patrick’s Day Lantern
- DIY Faux Wooden Dough Bowl Candle
- St. Patrick’s Day Wreath: Easy, Adorable, & Inexpensive!
- How to Make an Easy Fabric Carrot
Until next time…
BE SURE TO PIN IT FOR LATER!