This year when the boys wake up on Easter morning instead of finding their baskets they will only find these cute little *Carrot Pouches*. Inside the pouches will be a clue that will lead them to their Easter baskets.
I am planning on being a little bit more elaborate this year for Easter since the boys are away on Spring Break with Grandpa. I can't believe it! This is their first week away from Mom & Dad ever. The house is really, really quiet without the boys here. I miss them tons already, but I am looking forward to my week 'off'. I will be working on lots of overdue projects, Easter projects and relaxing. Anyway, back to the carrot pouches...this is a quick & easy sewing project that you can modify to make whatever size you want. Here are the steps I followed (it seems like a lot of steps, but they go by fast):
1. Optional Step: Machine or Hand embroider recipient's name on orange felt.
2. Using a water-soluble pen draw carrot outline on orange felt.
3. Place another piece of orange felt under the felt that has the carrot outline. Sew along pen lines, but make sure you don't sew your pouch closed! Leave an opening at the larger end of the carrot.
4. Using sharp scissors trim just outside carrot outline. See Exhibit A below:
5. Draw a template for the carrot leaf on paper and cut out. NOTE: Make the end of the leaf that will attach to the carrot rounded. This will allow you to sandwich the carrot between the two layers of the leaf.
6. Pin paper template to two layers of green felt. NOTE: The two layers will make the leaf more substantial and will allow you to nicely attach the carrot.
7. Sew around the leaf template. Make sure you do not sew together the rounded bottom portion of the leaf. Start on one end of the rounded portion and sew all the way around to the other end of the rounded portion, but do not sew the bottom of the leaf yet.
7. Using sharp scissors trim around the leaf (including the rounded end). See Exhibit B below:
8. Now for the slightly tricky part...attaching the leaf to the carrot. Fold over the top lip of the carrot pouch and pin it so it is out of the way. Maneuver the bottom lip of the carrot pouch between the rounded open end of the leaf. The bottom layer of carrot will now be sandwiched between the leaf pieces (see Exhibit C). Sew the leaf closed. Now the leaf and carrot will be attached and you will have a cute little carrot pouch for lots of Easter goodies.
9. Fill with treats & enjoy!