Last 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!
Fanny Pack: Made with 1 FQ, mid-weight canvas, cotton webbing, a 10″ zipper and a 1″ buckle.
Checkbook Cover: Made with 4 FQs (in assorted prints for cover, lining, pockets & binding).
Potluck Bowl Covers: These feature an elastic casing in a contrasting color (made with double fold bias tape).
Fabric Folder: You’ll need 2 FQs, ultra firm double sided fusible interfacing and coordinating thread. Tutorial via free pdf download.
Fabric Scrap Baskets: Made with 2 FQs (one for exterior, one for lining) and sew-in interfacing.
Pillowcase Dress: Made with 2 FQs, wide ribbon and thread.
Striped Placemats: Reversible. You’ll need 3 coordinating FQs, a yard of solid fabric and matching thread to make these.
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).
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.
Handbag: Supplies needed: 1 FQ, fabric for lining, a pair of purse handles, interfacing, magnetic snap and some thread.
Fabric Produce Bags: Requires one fat quarter or one 18″ square. Free pdf pattern download provided.
Cradle Purse: Folds up into a drawstring bag with cord or ribbon closure.
Here are a few ideas for making quilts but you’ll find lots more on this page: 30+ Quilts To Make.
Baby Quilt: Finished size measures 34″ x 42″, you’ll need 6 FQs, fabric for backing and binding, batting.