How To Make No-Sew Fabric Easter Carrots

March 8, 2022

Today I'm sharing how to make no-sew fabric Easter carrots with pretty much nothing more than a paper template and some fabric.

cotton ticking fabric stuffed Easter carrots

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After seeing some rustic fabric carrots on a high-end retail website, I decided to try and make some on my own. I looked for different tutorials around the web and came up with my own version of a DIY fabric Easter carrot. 

Yes, you can buy some already-made decorative carrots. Many of them out there consist of string or yarn, or strips of material, wrapped around a carrot shape. I thought my look was more rustic, farmhouse and romantic so I went with it.

Let's get started!

crafting supplies fabric glue gun buttons ruler


SUPPLIES FOR MAKING
 DIY FABRIC EASTER CARROTS


2. hot glue gun (mini)
3. hot glue sticks (mini)
5. scissors 
6. paper
7. pencil and/or Sharpie
8. poly-fil stuffing (not pictured)
9. rubber bands

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES

11. rustic and/or vintage buttons



HOW TO MAKE NO-SEW 
FABRIC EASTER CARROTS 


piece of paper with dots and ruler

Step 1.  Place an 8 1/5" x 11" piece of paper vertically on your work surface. Measure across the bottom edge of the piece of paper, using a pencil to mark the approximate mid-point.


Step 2. Measure down approximately 3" from the top on both side edges of the paper and make a mark on each side. 


Step 3. From that mark on both sides, draw an angled line down to the pencil mark at the mid-point on the bottom of the page.  

paper template for fabric carrots

Step 4. Cut out your paper carrot template. 

NOTE: These instructions can be used no matter the size of the carrots. You can readjust the paper size and/or three-point measurements according to your needs. My carrots were approximately  10" tall and 6" around at its widest part.

white paper template for DIY fabric carrots

Step 5. Place the paper template onto the fabric 

beige and white cotton ticking fabric

6. Then, using a Sharpie marker or pencil, trace around the outline of your template. 

craft fabric triangle shaped

7. Remove the paper and cut out the carrot form. Then repeat steps 1 through 6 for as many more carrots as you want to make. 

NOTE: If your fabric is wrinkled like mine was, be sure to iron the fabric either before or after you cut it out.

carrot fabric folded over for gluing

Step 8. Lay the fabric, front side down, and fold the right side over to the mid-way point. 

back side of carrot fabric

Step 9. Begin squeezing out hot glue on top of the fabric you've just folded over from the right. Then cover that by bringing over the fabric from the left. 

Be careful not to glue all the fabric from the right onto the back side of the carrot because then you won't be able to stuff the carrot with poly-fil! 

craft fabric striped Easter egg cone shape

Step 10. Then continue, gradually, to work your way up the piece of fabric with the hot glue. Watch out for your fingers! Hot glue guns can really burn your fingers -- so be sure to use finger cap protectors.

Once you reach the spot where you made the 3-inch mark on each side, stop gluing. 


striped fabric carrot filled with poly-fil

Step 11. Begin filling your fabric carrot with poly-fil. The hardest part is getting the filling all the way down into the pointy bottom of the carrot. 

To do this you can use a number of tools: pencils, chopsticks, the handle of a wooden spoon, popsicle stick, bamboo skewer, hemostats and more. I used a combination of a pencil, wooden skewer and my finger to get the poly-fil as far down into the narrow pointy bottom of the carrot as I could.

NOTE: Once I finished making all my carrots, I realized I could have filled the pointy bottoms with poly-fil as soon as I had glued that lower portion together. That way I would have had a much easier time making sure that the narrow point at the bottom of the carrot got sufficiently filled.

Once the bottom area is sufficiently full, continue stuffing more poly-fil into the carrot, all the way to the top of the opening. 

top of rustic fabric Easter carrot with rubber band

Step 12. Gather the top fabric together, twist it closed and secure with a small rubber band. Cut away any stray strings, etc. Then cover the rubber band with some pretty vintage lace, ribbon, or twine. You can tie it in a bow or just allow it to hang down loosely. 

Step 13. (OPTIONAL) Using your scissors, cut the left over fabric at the top into narrow strips all the way around, creating somewhat of a "fluffy" top. I chose not to do this since I thought they looked pretty good without adding that step. It's all about personal preference here. And if I ever change my mind I can go back and cut them up! You could actually mix things up and cut the top of some carrots but not others. 

Step 14. Lastly, hot glue your decorative buttons onto the fabric carrots. 

NOTE: I couldn't decide how I felt about using the buttons versus leaving my fabric carrots plain, sans buttons. So instead of gluing them on, I merely pinned the buttons onto the carrots with straight pins, one pin per button. That way, if I change my mind, I can always easily remove the buttons and revert to a plainer look.










I styled the carrots on a large wooden tray with handles, adding some moss covered bunnies and colorful orange Easter wood bead garlands. The small white porcelain bunnies are actually dining place card holders but they are so cute I just had to add them to the tray.



The tray will most likely be updated, as will the buffet top in general, and when I get it fully decorated I will be sure to share, either here or on Instagram.


The moss bunnies are from Target's Bullseye Playground and the farmhouse wood bead garlands are from Dollar Tree.



I think they add a great pop of color to an otherwise neutral vignette,


I also added a small nest with brown speckled eggs into the mix as a sure sign that spring is approaching!

So, to recap, you can make these fabric carrots in any size and out of any fabric you prefer. (I ended up very happy with how they ultimately turned out using the ticking stripe cotton duck fabric). You can also add buttons, or not add buttons. You can use vintage lace, or ribbon or twine. The ultimate look is up to you!

Well, that's it for today, friends!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about 

How To Make No-Sew Fabric Easter Carrots

and that I've inspired you in some way. 

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cotton ticking fabric stuffed Easter carrots

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Rita C at Panoply said...

Super cute, Kathleen. Nice tutorial, thank you!

Junkchiccottage said...

These are so cute. I just bought a set of these at Rustic Fox in North Aurora. You could be selling yours there! Have a good week. xoxo Kris

The Antiqued Journey said...

These are adorable, Kathleen!! I love the neutral fabric you chose paired with the lace. It makes them seem like elegant carrots...not so loud :) Amazing project!!

mjmaterazo said...

I love these kathleen! You diid a great job; I am loving the neutral colors. I wanted to make some using a paper mache form but your way is much easier. XO- MaryJo

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial! Love your rustic look. I bought some metallic orange material yesterday--thinking ahead for pumpkins; wonder if I might make a few carrots! I made some wooden carrots last year with wooden spindles cut in half (from a magazine rack I'd let weather in the yard!). Painted in oranges, whites, and purple (heirloom carrot color!) and topped with a variety of greenery, they came out well. Followed your advice and got 2 cute Easter decorations at DT! Kathy A

The Blue Building, Inc. said...

Kathleen, these are great! Pinned!

My thrift store addiction said...

Hi Kathleen, just dropping by to let you know I am featuring your adorable carrots tomorrow for Feature Friday! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Such a cute project Kathleen!
Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tonight's party and pinning it too.
Hugs,
Kerryanne

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Kathleen,
Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!! I hope to find the time to give it a try....Love how yours came out!!! Very Pretty!!!
Hugs,
Debbie

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