Would you like to make some carrots? I thought I'd share with you the pattern I gave to my class on Saturday.
First, take a standard sheet of paper, 8-1/2" by 11". On the 8-1/2" edge, find the center point (4-1/4" from either edge). Place a dot there. Now, from that dot, using your cutting ruler, measure 9 " from that center bottom dot to the right edge of the paper and mark that spot. Measure 9" from the center bottom dot to the left edge of the paper and also mark that spot. Keep measuring and marking 9" from the center dot along an arc near the top of the paper and then connect all the dots (this forms the top of the semi-circle). Your drawing will look something like this:
The outer lines that meet the edges of the paper will be your sewing line. For purposes of making a template, cut the paper pattern along those edges and along the line you've drawn for the top of the arc--it will resemble a slice of pizza.
Trace the pattern onto a single piece of muslin for each carrot, adding a 1/4" seam allowance on each side--you'll cut your fabric along those outer lines.
This pattern will make carrots that look close to real life size or slightly smaller. If you would like to make larger carrots, extend the outer lines up further, either on a larger sheet of paper or on the muslin itself.
Last year, I posted steps for making larger fabric carrots with photographs showing each step. Once you have your fabric cut, click HERE for a link to the rest of the instructions I posted last year. For making these smaller carrots, stuff with batting to about 1-1/2" from the top, cut the fringe about every 1/2" or a little less, and use a smaller muslin tie. (The photo below shows the pattern instructions I gave my class.)
Now you can hop off and make a whole GARDEN full of carrots!