Good morning! Today I’m kicking off this year’s Easter crafts with this sweet Fabric Carrot Banner. It is easy to make, great for beginner sewers, and best of all – you can make it with scraps of fabric found in your stash! I have really been trying to chip away at the large amount of fabric scraps I have. I can’t seem to part with them, yet most are too small to make anything big with. This banner is perfect for using some of them up!
For this banner I used a lot of fabric scraps my mom gave me after she made my daughter this sweet quilt. I love the fabrics she used – so bright and cheerful- and since she had different fabrics in each color, there was a variety of orange and green fabrics that were perfect for this banner!
Grab the free template at the end of this post and whip one of these sweet carrot banners up in no time! I chose to string my banner on twine, which reminds me of spring vegetable gardens and Peter Rabbit. You could use a pretty ribbon, bakers twine or yarn!
Supplies Needed for DIY Fabric Carrot Banner
- Free template – located at the end of this post
- Stiff felt – orange and green (I found this at Joann Fabrics. It is stiffer than regular felt and sold in 9″ x 12″ sheets)
- Scrap of soft green felt
- Variety of 0range fabrics
- Variety of green fabrics
- Orange and green embroidery floss
- Twine or ribbon
- Scissors, needle, marker
Step One: Use the free template to cut out the stiff felt pieces. For each carrot you need a piece of stiff green felt the size of the entire carrot (top and bottom), and a piece of stiff orange felt the size of the bottom of the carrot.
Step Two: Cut out the orange and green fabrics using the template. The green pieces of fabric are for the top of the carrot. When you cut them out, make sure you cut them so they extend down enough to be covered up by the orange part of the carrot.
Step Three: Start by stitching the green fabric to the green felt with a small running stitch and green embroidery floss. I used three strands. Once the green layers are attached, lay the orange felt and fabric over the green and stitch through all of the layers with a small running stitch and orange embroidery floss.
Step Four: Add little bows to the front of the carrots in twine or ribbon. I used a dot of clear tacky glue to attach the bows.
Step Five: The final step! String the carrots together. Turn your carrots over and place a small line of glue in the same spot on all of your carrots. I used a ruler to space my carrots evenly. Press the twine into the glue. I wanted to make sure my twine didn’t come up from the glue, so I added small pieces of soft green felt over the top with glue.
The banner is finished! I love how sweet this fabric carrot banner turned out! I chose to do five carrots because I wanted a small banner – but you could do as many carrots as you want. The orange and green colors are so bright and the stiff felt backing is perfect for giving the banner stability!
I’ll be back later this week with another DIY Easter project! I’m having so much fun crafting with bright cheery colors and thinking of spring! With Easter so early this year, there’s a good chance we’ll have snow, but that’s not stopping me from loving all things spring right now!