Thursday, March 20, 2008

Carrot Treat Box & Shredded Ribbon Tutorial

I wanted to make some treats for Easter dinner at my niece's home for her guests and I found this fun carrot pattern on SCS and thought they would look so CUTE on the dinner table. I wanted to make the ribbon that ties the top shut look sort of like a carrot top and so tried shredding it and I thought it came out pretty good!

This is also my project for the Ways To Use it Challenge on SCS - to use a tag.

Here is my first (!) tutorial on my blog on how I made this cute treat:

First I cut out and stamped my carrot pattern using a little flowers bg stamp (see supplies list below). Next I scored the lines indicated with a ruler and my scoring piece from my Scor-Pal. You can use a Scor-Pal but the lines are kind of irregular in their placement so I found it was easier using a ruler. I glued the edge using Scotch Quick Dry adhesive that I bought at Michaels.

Then I punched a slot on each of the larger tabs - one on front and one on back for the ribboon to go through.
The ribbon is 8" of 1/2" green grosgrain. I put it through the slot punches with even pieces on each side - then I tied it in a double knot.
Next I cut the bound edges off each side - just a thin sliver so it releases the cross threads. You want to cut up as far as you want to shred.
Then take a slightly thick sewing needle and stick it in the cross threads and pull down - you need to hold onto the ribbon above where you are pulling as it takes some tugging - just keep riping out the cross threads until you are up as far as you want - in other words - until you have the length of fringe that you are looking for - if you want more, just cut off more of the bound edge.
And here is the curly top to the carrot!

The final step was to stamp the cute rabbit from Lockhart Stamps, (it's on sale right now so check it out!), color her in with my Prismacolor markers and cut the petite ovals with my Nestability dies using my Cuttlebug. I attached an eyelet using my Cropadial and tied it around the ribbon using Baker's string from Martha Stewart that I got at Michaels.

Let me know if you try this ribbon shredding on your project and link it here in a comment - I'd love to see what you make!

I've used this ribbon technique on cards too - check out my 'How Frazzled Are You' card in an earlier post. It just adds a fun demension to what ever you put it on.

Thanks for stopping by today - I'd love to hear what you think about my first ever tutorial - you can click on 'comment' below and let me know!

Later Gater!

Paper: Only Orange, So Saffron, Hansome Hunter: Stampin Up
Stamps: Beyond the Basics - Flowered bg stamp: Stampin Up, Bunny: Lockhart Stamp Co., Sentiment: Rubber Soul
Ink: Only Orange, So Saffron: Stampin Up, Pitch Black Adirondack
Supplies: Green Grosgrain Ribbon, yellow eyelet, Cropadial, Slot Punch, Nestatilities Petite Ovals, Bakers Thread: Martha Stewart, Michaels. Sewing needle, Prismacolor Markers


LeAnne said...

Wonderful tutorial, Julia....hmmm, did you have help on this? How do you craft AND take the picture??? I love this carrot and the fringed top!!! Very cute!
PS--thanks for the tag!

Corie said...

Great tutorial -- thanks for sharing!!

Katherine (beadfreak22) said...

These are incredibly cute! Thanks for the awesome tutorial. And, TAG, YOU'RE IT, Julia!

Elizabeth Bracco said...

These are amazing! I would love to feature this project and your blog on It is for sharing inspiration with others. Your work is definately inspiring. Please let me know at

Beverly said...

Great tutorial.. love that carrot! And like leanne.. how did you craft and take the picture? hhmmmm?

Chriss Rollins said...

hello Julia,
i am over rom Andrea's to see how you made the carrot box, thanx for sharing as a thankyou i am inviting you over to my place for a chance to own some fab blog candy. hope you can stop by sometime this week.
chriss x

mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Super adorable! Love how you did the shredded ribbon! :O)

Anne Harada said...

I can see how this is going to be a huge hit at dinner! It's totally cute, and as always, awesome tutorial!! Your blog is a great resource!! TFS GF!!