I love being outside and growing stuff but have always been a dismal failure at vegetable gardening.Â I would love to have baskets of homegrown veggies sitting on my counter but year after year that doesn’t seem to happen.Â So I came up with the idea of making some that I don’t have to grow and will last all summer.Â Â I liked these so much that I think I’ll make some squash, peas, and green beans to go with it !
- small piece of soft canvas type fabric
- food coloring
- embroidery thread
Make a pattern piece like the one above and then cut out two for each carrot.Â You can fold the fabric in half and cut both at the same time.
Stitch all around carrot using a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance.Â Leave an opening at the top.Â Turn carrot so seam is on the inside and then fill it with stuffing.
Mix food color withÂ water and paint it on the fabric.Â If you want a deep shade of orange use more food coloring and for a lighter shade use less.Â Make sure you put plastic wrap or wax paper under the carrots while they dry.
Cut more fabric into strips and then dip them in a bowl of water and green food coloring.Â I used a small dowel to hang the strips while they dried.Â
Fold three fabric strips in half and stuff them down into the opening of the carrot.Â Using a needle and thread stitch the strips to the carrot closing the opening at the same time.
To get the dimpled look that carrots have thread a needle with aÂ strand of brown embroidery floss and tie a knot in the end.Â Poke it through somewhere on the bottom of the carrot.Â Now pull it snugly and then poke it back through where the knot is.Â Then push the needle up in another spot on the carrot and pull the thread snugly.Â Repeat this step until you have numerous lines on the carrot.Â On the last one stick the needle through the fabric and back out then pass the needle through the thread loop to lock it in to place.Â