Let’s talk Fat Quarters
First, what is a fat quarter (FQ)? Many sewists know this as the “original precut”. The fat quarter is a staple in any fabric stash! The FQ is so versatile and the perfect size for so many quick little projects!! The definition, I prefer, is a quarter yard of fabric but is cut in a different shape. A regular quarter yard of fabric is 9” wide by the width of the fabric. A fat quarter is cut 18” wide by the width of the fabric then cut in half. The FQ is basically an 18” square Four of these cuts create a yard. Clear? As mud.
Many of you prefer a fat quarter to a normal quarter yard cut because it allows you to see bigger prints better, is a more versatile size for many quilt patterns, or if you are a fabric lover like me you just collect them. I sometimes buy a fat quarter just because I couldn’t leave the shop without buying at least a smidge. Plus, I probably don’t have a project already in mind.
How can I possibly inspire you and myself to cut up these beautiful, perfectly sized pieces of fabric!?! I can offer some great options.
- Creating continuous bias: I can think of so many different uses for a strip of continuous bias. You can clean finish your seams with it, hem a cuff, create piping, and so much more. Here is a diagram on how to make continuous bias, and yes, it is that easy
- Make your own headbands Looking for a new hairstyle, quick gift, or just a clever way to show off your sewing skills. This is the perfect pattern for you and it only takes two FQ
- Reversible messenger bag A very useful style for keys, phones, cash and all the other little bits that are essential.
- How to sew fold up baskets Need to tidy up your sewing area? You can with just 2 fat quarters - “instant declutter”!
Have I won you over to become a Fat Quarter lover?? A quarter yard of fabric has so much potential to create beautiful and unique projects. Let us know what you create and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org