Fat Quarter Fabrics

Fat Quarter Fabrics
Quilters know what fat quarters are. Four equal sections cut from a usually 44-inch wide yard of fabric. A 9-inch length (one-fourth of 36-inches) of fabric cut from a fabric 44-inches wide would produce a rectangular piece 9-inches by 44-inches whereas the fat quarter is cut as 18-inches by 22-inches. Each fabric section is still one-fourth or one-quarter yard in size but more blockish than a rectangular crosswise cut hence the name - fat quarter. The resultant piece of fabric is useful for quilters, scrap crafters, all crafters and sewers alike.

Fat quarters are often sold in coordinating fabric palette colors in bundles sometimes referred to as sets or packets or collections. Fabric types are usually cottons or cotton-blends and a mixture of harmonizing prints and solid colors. These bundled fabric quarters are often known by whimsical names like jelly rolls, charm packs, or layer cakes based on how the cuts are folded, rolled or stacked then tied as a unit for sale.

If you are looking to manage a slightly out of hand and growing fabric stash of small fabric pieces it can be helpful to cut fabric leftovers into the fat quarter size and bundle several individually folded and coordinating as to prints, solids and a combination. Secure with a ribbon tie for gift giving. Fat quarter bundles, chosen for their print theme or thematic colors, make great gifts for sewers, quilters, and scrap crafters alike.

Note: It is helpful to gently launder fat quarters to anticipate any distortion of the fabric, then press. Best to avoid any surprises before beginning any fabric project. A rotary cutter, mat and clear quilter’s ruler is very valuable to cut and true-up the fabric pieces if necessary.

Coordinating fat quarter bundles are a fabric lover’s delight as they infuse the imagination. Quilters have known the joy of fat quarters for quilt making yet fat quarters easily lend all sewers a hand in making fabric projects such as fabric bowls, baby quilts, bibs or burp cloths, patchwork pillows, basket liners, place mats, hot pads, potholders and oven mitts, eye glass cases, padded picture frames, book covers, whimsical soft children’s toys, hair scrunchies, ornaments, tote bags, clutches and purses, patchwork table runners, doll making and doll clothes, sachets, fabric postcards, gift bags, pincushions, contemporary non-medical face masks and so much more!

Sew happy, sew inspired.





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