Primitive Fabric Carrots for Neutral Easter Decor
Add something a bit different to your home this season with these adorable fabric carrots DIY project! All you need is some neutral scrap fabric, stuffing, and a few basic craft supplies to whip up these decorations in no time. Get creative this Spring and make something thats both beautiful and all your own.
Gather Fabric Carrot Materials
Gather your materials making sure to check your stash first. You can make these DIY fabric carrots in any colours you love. If you don’t have the exact fabric scraps you like, I would check out those wonderful fabric quarter bundles. Besides the fabric you will need a few simple sewing supplies.
If you have an old unused cushion recycle the batting stuffing. The diy carrots use very little stuffing you would have more than enough.
If you have to buy batting, I suggest pricing the cheapest polyester stuffed bed pillow you can find. It often costs less than buying the actual batting.
Scrap fabric or fabric quarters
Fabric Carrot Pattern
Very large eyed needle
Twine for gathering
Natural rope (dollar store)
Buttons, ribbon, rickrack (optional)
Create the Carrot Shape and Sew Together
Download the fabric carrot pattern and cut out as many carrot shapes as you like.
Sew a zig zag stitch along the top of each fabric carrot cut out regardless of the closure style you choose.
We will finish the long seam that holds the fabric together later, so don’t edge it now.
Two Fabric Carrot Style Choices
As I want to make several primitive fabric carrots I wanted to find ways to make them stand out from one another. You have a choice between a plain seam top and a ruffled top. I will show you how to do both easy styles.
Plain Seam Fabric Carrot Top Instructions
If you want a seamed closure to your stuffed carrot fold the top over and press. Cut a piece of twine about 18 inches long. While sewing the fold at the top of the carrot place and hold the twine in the fold while you sew the arrow seam closed. You may find it easier to use pins, I didn’t as the seam is quite short.
Repeat for all the other fabric carrots your making.
Ruffled Edge Fabric Carrot Top Instructions
Leave the top of your carrot fabric with the zig zag showing. Using the large eyed needle and 18 ” length of twine create a ruffle across each carrot. Start about an inch from the top and work the 1/4″ gathering running stitches across the carrot.
If you choose to add little buttons and embellishments on your cloth carrots like I did. I suggest sewing them on before just before you sew the carrots closed.
I have a huge jar of vintage white buttons it took eons to find any pairs, but I did score that cute daisy button. If you prefer to glue on buttons after sewing to decorate the carrots the choice is yours.
Sewing the Fabric Carrots Closed
Fold the carrot cut out in half lengthwise, good sides facing. Pull the twine pull closure to the top and out of the way of the sewing machine. Sew a narrow 1/8 inch seam along the length of the carrot being cautious not to sew in the pull twines. In the next image you can see the zig zag edge, the narrow seam and the starting point for the closure thats just below the twine.
The closure seam is very narrow, so once sewn turn your carrot over and resew the entire length using a small zig zag stitch to seal the fabric edges. Doing both seams at once saves time and strengthen the narrow seam.
Check to make sure the seam is closed. If not resew.
Turn the carrot right side out. Repeat with the remaining carrots.
Stuff Your Carrots with Batting
Once your fabric carrot is all sewn up, you’re ready to stuff the carrots. This is easy to do with a couple of quick hints.
When stuffing the bottom of your carrot where the tip is pack your batting in as much as you can. This makes the point rigid and gives it a better shape.
For the upper portions of the carrot don’t overstuff the carrot, by leaving this batting less packed it reduces the chances of lumps and bumps in the filling. Once the carrot it stuffed, finish all the remaining carrots and set aside while we create the carrot tops.
Creating Carrot Tops for the Fabric Carrots
To complete the look of your DIY fabric carrots, you’ll need to add a neutral coloured top. This time I used dollar store twine rope. Cut the rope in 8 inch lengths. Holding one end divide the rope into individual strands. I suggest the larger rope instead of plain twine because it gives the string a fun curl.
A quick hint, it will be easier to untangle the rope if you start in the middle, pull and work outwards.
Wrap the end tightly with wire to hold the end. Set aside and repeat for all the other carrots. The next image shows the bundled top with the wire, but it has the hot glue added just before placing in the carrot bottom.
Assembling and Decorating the Fabric Carrots
This is the fun part when you finally get to see the variety of carrots you made.
Begin by adding a large dollop of hot glue to each carrot top on the end with the wire. Push that end down inside the carrot into the batting. And hold it.
Gently gather the top of each carrot a little bit, apply hot glue inside the carrot fabric edge on the inside.
Once glued pull the closure tight, being careful not to break the twine.
Tying the Carrot Closure
The tails of the twine will come out on the back of the carrot where the seam is. I wrapped the twine in the back of the carrot, flipped it over, took on tail of twine and wrapped it around the carrot a couple of times before tying it in the front with in a pretty bow.Tie in a pretty bow.
Decorate each carrot with button, tiny paper flowers, extra ribbon, tags, farmhouse beads, or wrap in paper bundles.
Other Scrap Fabric Carrot Posts
I have made bright and cheerful carrots before because they are so versatile for filling trays and centerpieces. Not to mention they are really fun to decorate and make unique.
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