Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What's Up Doc?!--Revisited

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!


Louise SS said...

I will try to make some carrots. They are so cute. This work business just takes tooo much time for me. But when I get home this afternoon I will start...
Louise in Sweden

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know I received my "Spring Is Here" pattern yesterday. Can't wait to start it. Looking forward to the next published pattern. Good Job!!

Millie said...

Thank you so much for the carrot pattern and for sharing it with us. I am going to make a whole basket full of carrots. I just hope mine will look as good as yours. This is a perfect spring/Easter craft.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Cute, cute, cute! I think all the kids will get a big carrot in their Easter baskets this year!

quilter000 said...

Hi Kim Love the carrots. I was wondering if could strip piece some orange fabric and a strip of the green for the top then cut the carrot shape and tie off as directed since I have no paints at this time. Do you think it would work? Thanks for sharing your work it is great!
Pat in Ohio

Busy Little Quilter said...

I loved the making the larger ones last year. It was one of those things that made me "giddy" for days. I guess I get super excited about things that don't take that long to make, but are absoulutely adorable!

I can't wait to make these! Thanks for the pattern!

Judy said...

They are very cute! Lovely for making for easter baskets in all sizes!

Greenmare said...

"what's up doc?" I love that movie! snicker

Anonymous said...

I have shown my "carrot" around and all are impressed. I think I will make a bunch of my own "carrots".
I enjoyed the class, Saturday. I never seem to get much done because I am way too social, but I am one row away from finishing my quilt. I love my tulips and will have to incorporate a few leaves.....It was a day of quilting (how could I be any happier?),shopping and great company...Imelda, Irene, Chris.....
Thanks for a great day!

Shirley--Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Thank you! I can see my family making them in a couple of weeks. Your info. is great and I will get the supplies (which I have) all ready to go. Kind of like "Martha" thanks to you!!!!