These took longer than I thought they would, but I’m delighted with the results. I needed a beach run for more sand, but everything else was here in the house. The fabric is loose-weave upholstery material so I lined these with a tightly woven taffeta (both from Goodwill). The carrot tops are rolled tulle and some unusual green fabric that is so old I can’t remember where it came from. I rolled them together, then sewed the roll into the carrot before I filled it with sand and sewed it shut. (Two tips for this: cut a 1.5 inch round of rubber drawer liner to ease pulling the needle through…these can be purchased in quilting shops…and secondly, quadruple your thread for strength. I use strong quilting thread when I’m assembling my crafts, or if they are really difficult I’ll use an upholsterer’s thread which will catch the fabric and hold particularly well.)
Once finished, I cut the roll as follows: the outermost layer was cut almost to the top of the carrot. The next layer was cut an inch above that and so on until all the layers are cut slightly above the one before with the inner-most layer cut but an inch or two. This varies the lengths and makes the leaf cluster look “carroty.” If anyone is interested, I’ll post the pattern, but really it’s just a narrow triangle with a curved top. You can see in the last photo that the leaves are almost as tall as the carrot itself.