Here it is almost Easter time and what a great time to get out your sweater stash and make SWEATER carrots. Yep, fabric CARROTS! What can’t you make out of upcycled sweaters? Ha, ha. I am going to share with you a quick upcycled sweater carrot tutorial.
If you don’t sew and are interested in purchasing the carrots already made, I sell them in my Authentic U shop.
Here is what you will need:
- Orange fabric (felted sweaters, fleece, or knit) If using felted sweaters, make sure they are not too thick and have a little stretch.
- Carrot pattern template (download here)
- Cloth stem wire (20 gauge)
- Green felt, felted wool scrap, or even green fleece works (carrot greens)
- Needle and thread
Start filling the carrot with stuffing, a little amount at a time. Using something to push it down. I find the pokey tool just slips through the stuffing and doesn’t push it down. (I found that using the tip of my scissors works well)
Now pull the stitching to gather the top of the carrot. Stuff the fabric seam allowance down into the carrot as you put the thread. Now stitch another row or two around the carrot to close the top tightly around the stems.
Take a little stitch where the thread comes out and knot. (To make a knot, take a small stitch and pull the thread to make a little loop, then wrap the thread around the needle a few times and gently pull to create a knot. Stick the needle back into the carrot right where the knot is and pull out where you want to make the first dimple.
To make little dimples in the carrot: pull the needle out where you want the dimple to start and take a big stitch (these stitches can be small or even wrap all the way around the carrot). These dimples give the carrot charter and shape. I like to take two stitches in the same place to reinforce the stitch and give it more shape. Stick the needle down into where you want to other dimple to be. Add as many as you want.
Knot the thread again. Now stick the needle back in where the thread comes out. Poke out somewhere and clip thread.