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Sewing Projects Using Fat Quarters


Brandi has been publishing her words online since 2002, receiving much inspiration from her kids and a desire to live a rich, healthy life.

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Perfect Beginning Projects for a Newbie Seamstress!

Fat quarters are amazing to use in sewing projects, especially for novice sewers...and I am definitely a novice! It is so much easier to assemble a project that doesn't require a lot of cutting. I get caught up in the measuring and the angles and the confusion of starting with a long yard of fabric.

Using pre-cut fabrics (and tutorials or patterns that begin with them) gives the beginner seamstress a little more confidence that her (or his) sewing project will turn out the way it was intended instead of a half-finished jumbled mess.

I hope the projects and videos on this page will give you a starting point for sewing with fat quarters. It is so much fun to create pieces this way!

What are Fat Quarters? - This short video will answer this most obvious question for you!

If you've never heard of them before, you will love learning about them and how easy they can make your sewing projects. Start here by watching the video below and gain a basic understanding of what a fat quarter is and how it can be used! You may never want to sew any other way again!

Tons of Free Project Tutorials! - Don't get overwhelmed...choose one and get started!

Many FREE Online Patterns to Try

You can visit websites like www.AllPeopleQuilt.com to find an almost endless supply of free online patterns like the ones listed below. You could literally keep yourself busy for years and get all of the practice you could ever desire!

Free Online Quilt Patterns

Simple Projects Online - Great beginner sewing projects!

Looking to make something super-fast and super-cute!? Click on the links below to find some fast and easy patterns to quickly make some adorable items for yourself or to give as gifts! These also make wonderful, unique re-sale items if you are thinking about starting your own craft business.

Watch How Fat Quarters Are Made

The following video shows how they are created by cutting them right off the bolt of fabric. You can buy them online or in fabric and discount stores individually or pre-bundled in many different patterns and themes. The possibilities and choices are endless!

How Fat Quarters Are Cut Off the Bolt

Pre-cut Fabric Bundles

These bundles are so much fun to add to your fabric collection because you get so many different designs all at once! And most of the time, they coordinate with each other, so it makes your next sewing project so easy to pull together! Check out some of these fabulous choices I found on Amazon...the varieties are endless!

Small Stash Sewing

Homemade is Best!

Handmade projects make the best gifts! You can personalize your items so the receiver will love it as much as you do. Some gift ideas include lap quilts, aprons, trivits, pot holders, bags, pin cushions, baby bibs, decorative kitchen towels, basket liners, and so, so much more! The possibilities are endless...make it with love!

Creative Fabric Storage

Fat Quarter Storage

Fat Quarter Storage

This creative gal bought IKEA DVD storage shelves to organize her fabric. I am drooling over this storage idea. By placing it in that small space behind the door, it hardly takes up any room at all! Excellent for small houses or sewing rooms where storage space is very limited.

Easy Japanese Bag Tutorial

The following video gives you a visual step-by-by tutorial for how to make a simple, cute Japanese bag. This is a great beginner project...try it today!

Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.

~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

Cutting Your Own

If you don't wish to purchase pre-cut fabric bundles, you can easily create your own by cutting fat quarters from fabric you already own! Here's a very helpful video that shows how!

If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?

A Quick Poll

Please let me know what you think about sewing with fat quarters! - Do you plan on tackling any of these easy sewing projects?

Rosemarie Graham on December 09, 2015:

Thanks for that info. A fat certainly looks like 4 corners at equals sides.

Myreda Johnson from Ohio USA on August 14, 2014:

Love your fat quarter lens! You have included so much good stuff here that is perfect for beginners and experts alike.

Anna from chichester on July 10, 2014:

These are such great ideas - I have two full boxes of fat quarters that I didn't know what to do with until now! So excited to get going! You must be such a fun mom coming up with all these great ideas :)

Im2keys on January 22, 2014:

I love your photos and you've highlighted some great books I don't have! Thanks for this informative lens.

cagoldbear on December 23, 2013:

Thanks for the links.. I don't even own a sewing machine and don't know any stitches but really want to start!

VictoriaHolt on November 07, 2013:

Great collection. I love how colorful the page is. I'm with you on that DVD shelf full of pretty fat quarters! You won't believe where I find cheap cheap fabric...Goodwill! I look all the time and sometimes I find some great stuff.

mariacarbonara on June 06, 2013:

Really enjoyed this. Great info

anonymous on March 27, 2013:

Great website. I just began learning to sew and I found FQ's at Big lots's for a dollar each, so I'm going to have lots of fun with this! Thanks!

Linda Pogue from Missouri on February 15, 2013:

Nicely done! I enjoy sewing, but have not yet purchased any fat quarters. Blessed.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on January 26, 2013:

I love fat quarters for small, easy sewing projects! You've done a marvelous job of sharing a great variety of fun, easy sewing projects using fat quarters. Thanks for sharing. Blessed!

bikerministry on December 08, 2012:

I'm about to make some pillows with swatches from some of my felted old sweaters, this gave me some great ideas. Hate getting out the sewing machine, but love what I end up with when I'm done. Blessings your way!!

anonymous on September 29, 2012:

yes, I use them also to make wine totes!

MamaRuth on July 10, 2012:

I don't sew regularly, but have been thinking lately about trying some quilting. I'm always attracted to the fat quarter bundles in the stores; maybe I'll give a small project a try first using these.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 06, 2012:

I am so naïve. I thought that sewing with a fat quarter meant that you took a 25 cent coin and sewed it into fabric. Thanks for enlightening me...lol. Can you tell that I have never quilted before?

squid-pinkchic18 on April 06, 2012:

I had no idea what you meant by fat quarters, but no that I've read this, I have seen these at the craft stores. Nice lens!

anonymous on April 01, 2012:

I know how to sew, but never thought there were so,many books on using fat quarters, looks like fun :)

traveller27 on March 07, 2012:

Back for a second visit and to leave a blessing.

ChrissLJ on February 24, 2012:

I don't typically buy fat quarters but often repurpose old clothing into "new" sewing materials. Dress shirts will often give you about the same material as a flat quarter or two.

Athelyna LM on February 21, 2012:

@Athelyna LM: Thanks for coming to visit, Mamabush! I wanted to let you know that I bookmarked this lens on Pinterest - and got 19 repins in the next 30 seconds! And they keep coming in, one by one. It looks like fat quarters are a popular topic among my friends, and their friends, and their friends :-)

Athelyna LM on February 20, 2012:

I think the fat quarter bundles are usually overpriced - but the downside to thinking that way is that I'll usually wait for fabric that catches my eye to come on sale, then buy by the yard or half yard (or, let's be honest, 5 yards) - and then I wind up with a stash that's much harder to control! Buying individual fat quarters is a way to give into the lure of pretty fabric without having to worry much about storing it.

Missmerfaery444 on February 17, 2012:

Ooh, now this is perfect reading for me! I too am a sewing novice and I have a huge stash of fat quarters that I bought off one of the shopping channel craft hours on a whim... now I can find out what to do with them all! :D

Deadicated LM on February 16, 2012:

Great Lens very good info; thanks for sharing.

laporter79 lm on February 12, 2012:

I like fat quarters, makes quilting so much easier! And the best part is that buying them is a little expensive, but you can find just a little bit of that favorite fabric you have your eye on...I just have fabric love....I love it so much I can't cut it!

clouda9 lm on February 11, 2012:

I am a fat-quarter addict...man, oh, man I have boxes full. Each bundle 'has', erm 'had' a project in mind and what gal could resist such a colorful, project-ready piece of fabric? :) *Blessed today because everyone that crafts needs to know about sewing with fat-quarters...for sure.

mumsgather on February 10, 2012:

I like your little snippets of humor sprinkled all over the lens. :)

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on February 08, 2012:

I worked at the cut counter at JoAnns craft store a while back and I LOVED the fat quarters section! They all looked so pretty all displayed along the wall. When they would go on sale I would usually have to grab a few. :) Great article!

jimmyworldstar on February 01, 2012:

I never knew these things were called fat quarters, they just look like handkerchiefs.

julieannbrady on February 01, 2012:

Gosh, I remember the first time I heard "fat quarters" it made me stop and go, "Huh ... whaddaya mean?" Some of the most artistic fabric are they!

Senora M on January 30, 2012:

Great lens! I love quilting and using fabric. As a matter of fact, I need to get off of here and find a craft to do during naptime! ;)

Coreena Jolene on January 29, 2012:

I have seen those at the fabric store and never paid attention to the name of them. I just figured they were quilting squares. Very nice presentation. Thanks for sharing.

damoiselle on January 28, 2012:

I don't even sew and I love fat quarters -- they're like candy in fabric form.

Netlexis LM on January 28, 2012:

I like the variety of fabric you can get in the fat quarters. Great for building up a stash of fabrics.

poutine on January 26, 2012:

Fat quarters give you a chance to have more different fabrics.

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