Fat Quarter Fun: 35+ Project Ideas

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Fabric PiecesLast week was a big update for fabric scrap busters (suitable to use up your fat quarters too), this week…it’s Fat Quarters! These are a favorite with quilters since they can be purchased pre-cut in several different prints without having to pay for a full cut of fabric for each.

If you’re not familiar with what they are, here’s a quick rundown:

They measure 18″ x 22″ and are a quarter cut piece from a yard of 45″ fabric. You can see this page from about.com for an image chart and how to cut them yourself.

I’ve organized this page into three groups for easier browsing: Assorted Items; Bags & Totes; Quilts.

As always, this is just the beginning…I’ll be adding new projects to this collection as I come across new ideas so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference. Have fun!

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

Changing Pad & Diaper Pouch: Fabric pouch closes with foldover flap & velcro, mat is made with FQs and lined with batting. More baby projects are on this page.

Quilted Tea Cozy: Made with 1 or 2 FQs and felt shapes for embellishment. More projects are found here.

mypatchwork.wordpress.com

mypatchwork.wordpress.com

rileyblakedesigns.com

rileyblakedesigns.com

Notebook Folder: Made with 2 FQs, fusible interfacing, batting and a button, includes pattern to print. More DIY office supplies found here.

Fanny Pack: Made with 1 FQ, mid-weight canvas, cotton webbing, a 10″ zipper and a 1″ buckle. More patterns & tutorials found here.

daisyjanie.typepad.com

daisyjanie.typepad.com

craftzine.com

craftzine.com

Craft Caddy: Nice organizer made with 4 FQs and clear vinyl, features plenty of pouches to keep crafts supplies organized.

Checkbook Cover: Made with 4 FQs (in assorted prints for cover, lining, pockets & binding). More ideas are found here.

bhg.com

bhg.com

craftinessisnotoptional.com

craftinessisnotoptional.com

Grocery Bag Holder: Made with a single FQ, twill tape or ribbon and elastic. You’ll find more grocery bag holders on this page.

Potluck Bowl Covers: These feature an elastic casing in a contrasting color (made with double fold bias tape).

thecottagehome.blogspot.com

thecottagehome.blogspot.com

fatquarterly.com

fatquarterly.com

Round Pincushion: Just under 4″ in diameter, can also be used as a small toy. Free template provided. The large pincushion collection starts on this page.

Fabric Folder: You’ll need 2 FQs, ultra firm double sided fusible interfacing and coordinating thread. Tutorial via free pdf download.

schlosserdesigns.com

schlosserdesigns.com

jonag.typepad.com

jonag.typepad.com

5 Yards of Bias Tape: Uses a FQ with the selvage removed. More bias tape tutorials are listed here.

Fabric Scrap Baskets: Made with 2 FQs (one for exterior, one for lining) and sew-in interfacing.

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

tadacreations.blogspot.ca

tadacreations.blogspot.ca

Child’s Apron: Finished size measures approximately 10″ x 12″ (wide) and is trimmed with rick rack or bias tape.

Pillowcase Dress: Made with 2 FQs, wide ribbon and thread. More dresses are listed on this page.

modabakeshop.com

modabakeshop.com

angeledenblog.com

angeledenblog.com

Clutch: You’ll need a single FQ, lining fabric in contrasting color, wadding, thread, velcro and a metal handbag clip to make this project. You’ll find more clutches on this page.

Striped Placemats: Reversible. You’ll need 3 coordinating FQs, a yard of solid fabric and matching thread to make these. More placemat projects are on this page.

maubys.net

maubys.net

sewlikemymom.com

sewlikemymom.com

Cosmetic Bag: Made with 2 FQs, fusible vinyl, a zipper and a scrap piece of fabric for the zipper pull. More makeup bags are on this page.

Party Bunting: Makes 5-1/3 yards of bunting (plus tails). You’ll need 6 FQs, grosgrain ribbon (or bias binding), Lite Steam a Seam to make these (includes a template download).

supposecreatedelight.com

supposecreatedelight.com

lrdesignsquilting.com

lrdesignsquilting.com

Dish Mat: Made with 1 FQ and backed with terry cloth (prewashed). Tutorial via pdf download.

Garden Apron: Beautiful! Made with 5 FQs, fabric, cotton webbing, rick rack. The master apron collection is found here.

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

alwaysexpectmoore.com

alwaysexpectmoore.com

Drawstring Backpack: Made with 4 charm squares, 3 FQs (border, straps, lining, top and back) and basic sewing supplies.

Fabric Rose Buds: You’ll get 7 flowers from 1 FQ, you’ll also need florist’s wire, craft glue and embroidery floss. More fabric flowers are found on this page.

marmadaisy.com

marmadaisy.com

craftster.org

craftster.org

Knitting Needle Roll: Made with 4 FQs (outside, inside, pockets), fusible interfacing, double fold bias tape, ribbon and a snap. More projects are found here.

iPad/Kindle Case: Made with 2 FQs, a bit of felt, double fold bias tape, quilt batting, velcro. More cases and covers found here.

mypatchwork.wordpress.com

mypatchwork.wordpress.com

sew-fantastic.blogspot.com

sew-fantastic.blogspot.com

Scrappy Mug Mat: 1 FQ for the back, the top is made with scraps. You’ll find more mug rugs on this page.

Bibs: Made with fat quarters, batting, velcro or snap closure. Free pattern pieces to download. Lots more listed on this page.

sewshesews.wordpress.com

sewshesews.wordpress.com

craftblog.com.au

craftblog.com.au

Appliqued Ribbon Taggy: 1 FQ of quilting cotton, dot minky or baby fleece and a wide range of ribbons. More ideas on this page.

Gadget Cozy Tutorial: Works with iphones, ipods & other gadgets too. Made with two FQs, a piece of cotton batting and closes with an elastic loop and button. Lots more found here.

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

awaitingada.com

awaitingada.com

Puff Pincushion & Scrap Bag: Made with 2 FQs, fusible interfacing, a button, scrap of felt, uncooked rice and polyfil. More threadcatcher & sewing caddy projects are on this page.

Quilted Pillows: Made with 2 coordinating FQs, 4 more for the backing (or width of fabric), binding, pom-pom trim (optional), buttons and pillow forms. More pillow projects found here.

rileyblakedesigns.com

rileyblakedesigns.com

simplicity.com

simplicity.com

Button Box Flowers: Quilted dresser mat or small table topper, finished size measures 23″ square and is made with assorted prints.

Bags

These are just a sample of various totes you can make, I have many more listed on these pages: 50+ Reusable Grocery Bags You Can Make and 40+ Free Tote Bag Patterns & Tutorials: {Sewing}.

diaryofaquilter.com

diaryofaquilter.com

Small Totes: Cute little bags made with 1 FQ (or 2 if you want contrasting fabric for the lining), ribbon for straps.

Handbag: Supplies needed: 1 FQ, fabric for lining, a pair of purse handles, interfacing, magnetic snap and some thread.

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

modabakeshop.com

modabakeshop.com

Party Favors: Materials listed are for making 13 totes (as party favors) using a FQ bundle but you can make just one if you like.

Fabric Produce Bags: Requires one fat quarter or one 18″ square. Free pdf pattern download provided.

daisyjanie.typepad.com

daisyjanie.typepad.com

cicadadaydream.blogspot.ca

cicadadaydream.blogspot.ca

Half-Tote Project: Tired of digging deep down into totes to find something? This is the bag for you! Large enough to hold all the essentials.

Cradle Purse: Folds up into a drawstring bag with cord or ribbon closure.

emmalinebags.blogspot.com.au

emmalinebags.blogspot.com.au

sewingsteph.blogspot.ca

sewingsteph.blogspot.ca

Catch-All: (3 Coordinating FQs) These can be used for all sorts of things and measures approx. 4.5″ x 5″ x 8″.

Quilts

Here are a few ideas for making quilts but you’ll find lots more on these pages: 30+ Quilts To Make and 18 Charming Baby Quilts

allpeoplequilt.com

allpeoplequilt.com

Twin Bed Quilt: Along with nearly a dozen fat quarters, you’ll also need a few yards of various fabrics (for pieced rows, sashing, border, binding & backing) and some batting.

Baby Quilt: Finished size measures 34″ x 42″, you’ll need 6 FQs, fabric for backing and binding, batting.

neverenoughhours.blogspot.com.au

neverenoughhours.blogspot.com.au

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

For Picnics: Made with 20 FQs in assorted prints, fabric for backing and binding, batting, pompom trim (optional). More picnic blankets & goodies are on this page.

Easy Queen Size Quilt: Made with 18 FQs, solid fabric for sashing strips and backing, batting, thread and basic sewing supplies.

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

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Published: February 29, 2012
Updated: May 16, 2013

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11 Comments to “Fat Quarter Fun: 35+ Project Ideas”
  1. Carmen Russell says:

    These are wonderful,thank you very much.

  2. Amira Eshak says:

    I LOVE YOUR IDEAS VERYMUCH BUT AS I AM WORKING AS A TEACHER I REALLY DON’T HAVE TIME FOR CRAFT , IAM KEEPING ALL THESE WONDERFULL IDEAS TO DO LATER ON IN SUMMAR TIME . THANKS ALOT

  3. Rebecca Whittaker says:

    Hi

    i like your ideas i make religious tote bags and bible covers i am starting new for the spring and summer.Thanks for the pattern.Have a good day

    Thanks again
    becca

  4. kavita kishna says:

    I really love these ideas. I will try to do some as soon as I have some free time. It wonderful of you to share these ideas.

  5. Lisa Seale says:

    Do you have directions for the origami style gift bag. I know I was able to follow the link at one time, but now I am not able to see the directions. Thanks for posting these great ideas!

  6. Linda Barton Hughes says:

    I am so happy to find this page.. have been looking for a sewing and patterns. Was wondering if you had ideas for teaching simple things. Have a 10 year old granddaughter that I would like to teach…but I cant find things that are up todate so she would use…can you help??

  7. Sharon Ferguson-Bryant says:

    Thank you so very much for everything on your site,and information you forward to everyone.
    I’m a crafter, and digging out my real sewing machine again (been put away for years) am taking up my
    quilting again,because of things I have seen and read on your site.
    Bless you and all you do. Keep up the great work!

    Best wishes,
    Sharon

  8. sue lloyd says:

    Love your site! Became a follower right away!

  9. scottie says:

    wonderful ideas for everyone could not find better thank you so much Scottie.

  10. Dawna says:

    Great website -Love all the quilting/sewing craft ideas


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