Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fabric Carrot tutorial

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Sew your own Fabric Carrots with this tutorial from Ameroonie Designs
Sewing fabric carrots is simple and fun. Don't be surprised if you end up sewing a whole lot more than you think you really need.

Supplies:
Fabrics- large scraps of orange and smaller scraps of green
Fiber fill or other stuffing material
Sewing machine and tools
Needle and thread

Make the Carrots
Fabric carrots can be made in any size you want
 The first thing you will need to do is decide how big you want your carrots to be. You will need two rectangles in the sizes shown for each carrot. (unless you are making multiple carrots of the same fabric, then see tip below) Fold the rectangle along the length and then cut from the top outer corner to the fold point to create the pennant shape. You can really use any measurement you want, the wider the rectangle, the fatter the carrot, the taller the rectangle, the taller the carrot.
cut and sew the body of the carrot before stuffing
  1.  Cut a pennant shape that is the height and width you want for your carrot. Most of the carrots I made were 3" across the top and 9" tall. **A tip for cutting out multiple carrot bodies from the same fabric is to alternate the direction of the carrot so you can get more out of one piece. Cut a length of fabric the height of the carrot body you want, then fold it over so the right sides are facing. Use a rotary cutter and plastic ruler, or draw your lines for cutting to create the pennant shape- the point of the pennant will be at the half-way point of the width of the top. For example: To make the medium size carrots I would cut a length of fabric 9" wide. Then, I would fold over that piece so the right sides are facing. Next- using a rotary cutter or ruler, measure from one corner at the top, to a marking 1 1/2" (1/2 of the 3" width I want) in on the bottom and cut an angled line. From that bottom point, measure over another 1 1/2" (so you have 3" from the top corner) and cut your second angled line. Continue this process- measure 1 1/2" from the last point you cut on the opposite side so you create more pennant pieces that are 9" tall and 3" across the top until you reach the end of your fabric piece.
  2. Sew along the two angled sides at 1/4" seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and ending.
  3. Trim off the fabric around the tip to allow the point to be easier to turn.
  4. Turn the carrot right side out. Tip* use a blunt, pointy tool (like a chopstick) to push out the point of the carrot.
Sew the Leaves:
fabric leaves for your stuffed carrots add a bit of whimsy to your project
  1. Cut the green fabric into the size of leaves you want. For the larger carrots I used 2" X 3" rectangles, for the smaller ones, I used 2" X 2" squares. You need two pieces of fabric for each leaf. For the larger carrots I made 3 leaves, for the smaller carrots, I made 2.
  2. Round the two top corners of the leaf pieces. (note: the larger leaves are 3" tall and 2" wide)
  3. Sew around three sides of the leaf- leaving the bottom (straight) edge open. I do back stitch at the beginning and ending of each leaf so the stitches don't pull out when you turn.
  4. Clip the rounded parts of the leaves. You can use scissors to cut notches out, but I like to just use pinking shears to trim it. Just be careful to not clip your threads.
  5. Turn the leaf right side out and press.
 Assemble the carrots:
Use fiber fill to stuff the bodies then close the top with a needle and thread, adding the leaves at the end.
  1. Stuff the carrot with fiber. I like my carrots extra firm, but you do you. Leave a bit of space at the top to turn the edges over and add the leaves.
  2. Fold the top edge of the carrot body over a scant 1/4" and stitch a running stitch around the top. Bring the thread to the inside of the carrot. Pull the thread to begin to gather the top, but don't close it all the way- you still need to add the leaves. *tip: I used button thread which is thick and strong, if you use regular thread, just make sure to double it up so it's strong enough to pull tight to close the top of your carrots.
  3. Add the leaves. You can either run a gathering stitch along the bottom of the leaves, or fold the leaf and then just push the needle through the bottom- which is what I do. I accordion fold the leaf into fourths and then just add it to the thread. I add all the leaves at the same time. Pull the thread to gather the top of the carrot closed, make sure the bottom of the leaves are all enclosed in the carrot.
  4. Stitch around the top of the carrot again, catching the leaves as you go to keep them securely in the carrot. Tie off the thread when you are done.
Tie your fabric carrots into a bunch with a bright ribbon to create a fun accent piece
 Tie a group of carrots together with a bow.
Add fabric carrots to a bucket and use as a decoration with a bunny for spring or Easter.
See- even the Easter bunny loves these fabric carrots!

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out! I'm happy to help or clarify anything.

Have a wonderful Spring!
xoxo,
Amy

2 comments:

Anne said...

Cute!!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your carrot tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=92348 --Anne

Quilts for Sale said...

Love your carrots!

May I have permission to copy a photo to add to my blog. - http://www.mariamichaelsdesigns.com/blog/ - I'll direct my readers here to your pages for the tutorial.

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