Materials Needed

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Orange and green felt Fiberfill Orange and Brown Thread (I used 438 DMC Thread) Needle Scissors Some machine sewing in addition to some hand sewing Use the pattern from page 2 to begin cutting out your carrot. Cut the body out of orange felt (1 section) and the leaves out of green felt (5 in total). Fold the body of the carrot in half. Start sewing from the top of your carrot to the bottom tip of the carrot. Turn your carrot right side out by gently pulling the bottom up through the un-sewn top. The tip of the carrot will give you some difficulty. You can use a pin to pull the tip right side out. Begin to stuff your carrot with fiberfill. Start with a small amount, when filling the tip. Don't worry about generously filling the bottom of the carrot. Fill what you can, adding more as you work your way to the top of the carrot. Grab the 5 leaves you cut. They can be arranged any way you want. I typically arrange the taller leaves in the middle and the shorter wider leaves on the outside. {Optional Step: you can sew along the bottom of the leaves, in order to keep them together}. Make an indentation into the fiberfill, at the top of your carrot, and stuff the bottom of the leaves into the fiberfill. Begin to sew the top of your carrot shut. Sewing the leaves into the carrot as well. Use a running stitch pulling the thread taunt as you go to gather the felt into folds. When you have stitched around the entire top of the carrot, pull the thread tight so that the top of the carrot closes up. You may need to add a few more additional stitches to make sure the top is secure closed. If your leaves look wilted and you want to perk them up a bit, about an 1/8 of an inch up from the base of your leaves, tightly sew the leaves together. This will provide more structure to your leaves. Using your brown thread, one strand, thickly knot the bottom of your thread. Pull your needle through the bottom tip of the carrot, have your needle emerge about an inch up from the bottom of the carrot. This will leave your knot exposed at the very tip of your carrot. This will also allow you to start to embroider straight lines across the body of your carrot. There is no rhyme or reason concerning placement of lines. When you are satisfied with your added embellishment, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

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