Thursday, March 24, 2011

Easter Carrots Tutorial

Recognize this post???  I thought I would repost
it since Easter is just around the corner!

I've been wanting an Easter / Spring decoration for my front door forever so I came up with (copied from a neighbor) this cute Carrot decoration for my door. The little girl that I watch everyday came over today and said that it was weird to hang carrots on the door. I told her that is how we get the Easter bunny to come to our house, she didn't think it was so weird after that. This picture makes me want to paint my door black!

I love it when projects turn out to be easier than expected and that's how this one was. It only took about an hour and a half and that is with me trying to take care of my crying baby too.

2 orange tea towels ( or 1/2 yard of orange fabric that you like)
orange thread
* ribbon (what ever you have around the house, it wont be seen)
* small safety pin
* fake greenery (something that resembles carrot foliage)
* glue gun or craft glue
* fiber fill or stuffing (they are the same thing aren't they?)
* optional - brown wood stain and foam brush

Cut three carrots. They should be 6" wide at the top and 15 - 17" long. Mine are 15", but if I had to do it again I think I would make them a little bit longer. I would especially make them longer if you have a big front door, not the normal white generic one like I have.

Starting at the top, sew down the sides of each carrot using a 1/4" seam allowance. Then fold the top over 1/2" and stitch near the bottom (like picture below). Be sure and leave about a 1/2" opening to thread the ribbon through.

Turn the carrot right side out. It helps to clip the excess fabric at the bottom a little and use a pencil when turning it. Fill with fiber fill or batting or stuffing or whatever you want to call it.
Slide some ribbon onto your safety pin and feed it through the casing that you just made.

Group some fake greenery together so it resembles carrot stems and wrap some of the wire around it so it stays together. Now put lots of hot glue all around the end of it. Put it in the top center of the carrot and pull the ribbon tight and close and knot.

This is totally optional but I used some watered down wood stain to give my carrots a little more character. I didn't want them to look so new. It worked good, but my house smelled like wood stain for a while.

Group your three cute carrots together and tie some ric rac around. Use some fray check at the ends of the ric rac so it doesn't fray.

When your done you should have some cute carrots hanging on your door, and when your kids think you've lost your mind, you can tell them it's so the Easter Bunny will be sure to come.


Vintage Sandy said...

Love cute thanks for the tutorial!!

sewfunquilts said...

That is sew fun! Looks cute.

Ashlee said...

Loved the Carrots last year and I love them again this year! You are one crafty gal! Now if only I could get my rear and gear and make my own carrots to display for Mr. Peter Cotton tail! Hope you are doing well!

Debbie M. said...

I made this a couple weeks ago from seeing it on your blog. I loved it! Thanks for the great idea and for being such an inspiration!

Mimi Sue said...

We need you on our enrichment (or whatever it's called) committee! Mimi

Ruth said...

I still think you should make some for your Mother!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

THANK you for reposting I remember seeing them last year and LOVED them, I made them this weekend and I am going to post them tomorrow!

Sailing with bare feet said...

Super cute !!
My mom used to eat a small bag of carrots a day.. they eventually turned her hands ORANGE... then we visited a new church, ended up going there for a while. After a couple years the pastors wife heard about how my mom eats so many carrots and she said OH ... the first time u stepped foot here I thought you had tanning spray on your face ! HA nope it was the carrots. My mom doesn't eat carrots that much anymore. I think she was lacking Iron in her body. That's why she would crave the carrots. Okay enough of my rambling. I love your blog,So cute. You can visit me here
I am new to blogging so only have 7 followers .. SO FAR!

RHMoffatClan said...

This is such a great idea! I'm planning to maybe use this as a idea for a big group idea for our church. I'm not the best at figuring out how much product I will actually really need. Do you think you could help me with that? I think it could be anywhere between 10-40 people that sign up for this project. How many can you get at the length you wish you would have made... out of 1 yard of fabric that is like 46in" wide do you think? how much greenery do you need total? and the filler? total? Sorry any help you could send my way would be greatly appreciated!!!

Anonymous said...

These would look cute made with some orange calico fabric. Love the idea, making these for my family for easter.thanks!

Maureen McCabe said...

cute! OK to Pin It?

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

These are adorable! I'm pinning, I've been searching for inspiration and came across this post. Love it, and doesn't look hard to do.
Debbie :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea. Thank you for posting.

Patty's Stitches said...

Love these! Found on pinterest and followed the link to your blog. Thanks for sharing I plan to make a few or 50!

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Group your three cute carrots together and tie some ric rac around. Use some fray check at the ends of the ric rac so it doesn't fray.
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