Monday, April 14, 2014

A Bunch of Carrots

Felt is one of my favorite craft materials. It's easy to cut and sew, it doesn't fray, and it comes in every color I can think of. A stash of bright orange and green felt inspired this easy spring project. I wanted to make an Easter decoration with a simple, natural look, so I came up with these cute felt carrots.

To make a bunch, draw an assortment of carrot shapes on paper (mine range from about 3" to 5" tall). Cut two of each of the carrot shapes from orange felt and a small strip from green felt for the stems. Next, pin the pairs of carrots together, sandwiching the stems (folded in half to make a loop) between the carrot tops. Use a running stitch to sew the carrots together around the edges, stuffing them lightly with polyester fiberfill as you go. (I used orange and gold embroidery floss because it has a nice sheen.) Add straight stitches for the carrot's ridges and thread a piece of narrow ribbon through each stem loop. Gather the ribbons together and tie them in a knot, then hang your carrot bunches from spring baskets or on the backs of chairs at your Easter dinner table.  

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