Fat Quarter Fun: 35+ Project Ideas

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.

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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Comments

    • Carmen Russell
    Reply

    These are wonderful,thank you very much.

    • Amira Eshak
    Reply

    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

    • Rebecca Whittaker
    Reply

    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

    • kavita kishna
    Reply

    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.

    • Lisa Seale
    Reply

    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!

      • Tipnut
      Reply

      The project appears to be no longer available on the site Lisa so I’ve had to remove it.

    • Linda Barton Hughes
    Reply

    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??

    • Sharon Ferguson-Bryant
    Reply

    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

    • sue lloyd
    Reply

    Love your site! Became a follower right away!

    • scottie
    Reply

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

    • Dawna
    Reply

    Great website -Love all the quilting/sewing craft ideas

    • MSGRACIE
    Reply

    i have several beautiful fabric vests (none are the sweater type) and was wondering if you have ideas/patterns to recycle them? thank you for your time it is appreciated.

    • Donna
    Reply

    I am looking for a quilt pattern I have made a couple of times in the past, but have lost the exact instructions. Made with stacked fat quarters, and cut like a 9 patch but at “wacky” angles then sewn together to make 9 blocks that are each pieced in different orders. Any ideas? thanks

    • Margie Broadway
    Reply

    I need an idea for a gift using dish towels No sew ideas please Thank you

    • Carolyn Vallat
    Reply

    So many “Fat Q’s have been collected over the years especially some lovely Christmas ones.Now I’ll have some ideas for there use.

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