Easter Decor- Fabric Carrot Tutorial

I love Easter! To me it means the end of a loooong winter, and the promise of spring. I love all the fun Easter foods. I love the pastel colors of Easter. In a house full of boys, I don’t get to use them very often, so I take any opportunity I get!

I’m glad Easter is late this year, because it gives me more time to work on cute Easter decorations. I’ve got several projects planned; we’ll see how many I actually get finished. ;)
I started with these fabric carrots. I saw a wreath at the store that had some similar carrots on it, and I knew I could make them myself. I love how they turned out. Now I just need to get the rest of my entry table Easterized.  Bring on the bunnies!
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Fabric Carrot Tutorial

Materials:
Orange fabric
Triangle cut out of paper (Mine was 4″ across the top and 9″ long.)
Fabric scissors
Needle and orange thread
Fiberfill
Greenery for carrot stems
Brown craft paint (Optional)

Fold your orange fabric in half and place the triangle on top.

easter craft-fabric carrotsTrace around the carrot with a pencil. Move the pattern across your fabric and trace as many carrots as you would like.
easter craft-fabric carrotsCut out your carrots and sew a straight stitch up both sides, making sure you backstitch on both ends.
easter craft-fabric carrotsCut off the end of the carrot, but make sure you don’t snip the seam.
easter craft-fabric carrotsTurn your carrot right side out. I use a chopstick to push the tip out. A blunt colored pencil works too.

At this point I decided that my carrots were way too brightly colored. So I mixed up a little brown craft paint in some water till it was the consistency of ink. I dipped all my carrots in the brown mixture, then squeezed them dry and set them out on the counter to dry. OK, not really. I got impatient and baked them at 200° for a few minutes. But I promise I watched them very carefully. I cannot be held responsible if you try this and burn your house down. ;)

This is what they looked like when they were dry:
easter craft-fabric carrotsNice and grungy!

Next you want to fill them with fiberfill.  Use a fair amount, but they don’t need to be stuffed full.
easter craft-fabric carrotsNow you need to tie off the top. You are going to need a looong piece of thread for the next step. I cut mine 36″ long. Tie a knot in the end and stitch a running stitch around the top of the carrot about 1/4″ down from the top.
easter craft-fabric carrotsNow pull the thread till the top is all gathered together. Don’t pull it too tight, you want to have room to stuff in your greenery. Tie a secure knot, but DO NOT cut the thread. See how mine is still nice and long?
easter craft-fabric carrotsNow you are going to make little puckers in your carrots so they have wrinkles like real carrots.
Take your needle and insert it at an angle, coming out the side of the carrot.
easter craft-fabric carrotsNow make a tiny stitch, and come out on the back side of the carrot.
Make a tiny stitch in the back and come back at an angle to the front of the carrot. Continue going from side to side, making stitches on the front and back of the carrot. Pull your stitches tight enough that they pucker, but not so tight that you break your thread. That’s no fun.

When I got to the bottom, I tied a knot.
easter craft-fabric carrots
Then I inserted the needle into the carrot really close to the knot and came out the back of the carrot. I pulled it till the knot went through to the inside, then clipped the thread. Hope that makes sense. It will look something like this when you are finished:
easter craft-fabric carrotsSee how those little stitches add texture and make it more realistic? Love it!

Next you want to add your carrot tops. I had some of this greenery left over from my spray painted bucket project.
All you have to do is add some hot glue at the top and shove a few down into the hole.

Totally cute, right?

You can toss them in a bowl:
Tie a piece of burlap around them and tuck them in amidst your decor to add a little bit of spring bling:

Or put them in a little basket or bucket like I did:

Notes: You can skip the step of adding the tucks, and they will still be really cute.

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Comments

  1. Very cute! Perfect for Easter. :-)

  2. Oh you did such a great job! They look fabulous!

  3. This is so cute! I am definitely going to try it out.

  4. Love these little carrots and great tute. Now I just need to find a cute little rabbit to go with them. Thanks for linking up.

  5. Love these! So cute that I might be able to whip some up. With my glue gun of course! I would love for you to look at my Sham wow carrots. Just in case your bored and you wander through the dollar store and happen to stop and look at the all of the things that are orange, just in case you can make carrots out of them. :)

  6. Okay, I think I need to make those. So cute!

  7. I love carrots and the thing I love most about your carrots is the dimples! They look almost real and so adorable~!

  8. So cute!

  9. Kirsten Giles says:

    How cute, looks like we have the same idea! I made some sort of like yours! Very Cute!

  10. I love the little tucks… makes them look more “carrotish.”

  11. These are wonderful! I can even picture them made out of patterned fabric as well. Your tutorial is awesome. Thanks!

  12. What a great idea. They turned out so cute. Your tutorial is great, makes me want to give the carrots a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. They are so cute! Great job!

  14. Found you on Tatertots and Jello… I love the carrots! I’m your newest follower!
    I live at homeroad.net :) Great to find you!
    Susan

  15. I am featuring these tonight at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com!!! Love them!

  16. Love these they are sooooo cute!!!

  17. Adorable!

  18. You were featured on Today’s Top 20! Woo Hoo!

  19. Very Cute! I want to make a giant one for my front door. Saw a metal one at hobby lobby, but yours are so much cuter!

    • Oh my gosh, that is a great idea! I have an empty door just waiting to be decorated, so I might have to try that. If you make one, I’d love to see how yours turns out!

  20. This looks lovely and so cute :-) Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

  21. These are so adorable, thankyou for sharing! I will have to make some of these for sure. I would like to share your project on my blog…they are a perfect addition to my easter egg patchwork I plan to share again on my blog.

  22. these look super easy, could even be used in our easter themed homeschool projects

    Stop by and feel free to link up to my MAKE & SHARE first edition Fridays.

    ~Christy

  23. I just saw your carrots featured on One Pretty Thing and had to drop and tell you how much I love them! Great job and tutorial.

  24. These are adorable! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch’s “Sew Cute Tuesday”! I’ll be featuring these tomorrow, so be sure to stop by!

  25. Love this Kara! Thanks for linking! I’ll be featuring this on BCD on Thursday!

  26. Love this Kara! Thanks for linking! I’ll be featuring this on BCK on Thursday!

  27. Kara I LOVE these! The details and the puckers are just amazing! love love LOVE! them. I’m featuring them today on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays’! Thanks again for linking up!

  28. Hello!
    Your idea is great!
    I published it in my new post.
    Hope you’ll enjoy it!
    CIAO!!!

  29. Hi!
    Your idea is great.
    I published it in my new post.
    Hope you will enjoy it.
    CIAO!

  30. So cute! I love how simple they are to make, too! Thank you for sharing this!!! :)

  31. I LOVE this! I will totally be making these!!

  32. Thanks Kara,
    Your carrots are so real, amazing!!!

    xoxo
    Carine

  33. Totally adorable! I love your Easter book page wreath and I adore these. I can only imagine the other decor in your house for the season :)

    Claire

  34. Kara! How cute are these?! Great job my friend!!

  35. Really cute! I love the little dimples :)

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