Fat Quarters

We love seeing new sewers in the shop! It’s always so fun showing them around that shop and discussing the classes that we offer, projects that they hope to make and sharing in their new enthusiasm.  After looking around for a bit, the question that is most often asked is what a fat quarter is and how we’d use it in a project.

A fat quarter is a quarter yard of fabric cut “fat” instead of “skinny”. A skinny quarter yard is cut 9 inches by 42 inches. Where as a fat quarter is cut 18 inches by 22 inches. A fat quarter is the same amount of fabric as a skinny quarter yard, but is often a more useable piece of fabric.

I love fat quarters. One of my favorite things about a FQ is that I can get a little bit of an entire collection without having to commit to buying a half yard cut, or more. For me, there is something very satisfying about having a little bit of everything, rather that a lot of one thing and this is the best way to do that when you are on a fabric budget.

So next, what do you do with a fat quarter? There are about a million schmillion options. I primarily use them in quilting, but I’ve included links to some of my favorite fat quarter tutorials.


Maureen Cracknell has a fantastic tutorial on how to make this apron with only four fat quarters!



Martha Stewart did it again!  A great use of a fat quarter, simply cover a flower pot or container to spice it up a bit.


Ashley, from Film in the Fridge, has put together a great tutorial for a ric rac napkin. The measurements can easily be adjusted for use of two fat quarters.


My favorite use of a single fat quarter is the Bapron, by Jessica at Craftiness is Not Optional. It seriously doesn’t get much more adorable than this.


And last but not least, the Made By Rae Buttercup Bag. What an awesome gift this would be, and just one fat quarter!

I hope that this gives you some inspiration to use up those fat quarters! If you need a few more, stop in to the shop. We have tons of coordinating bundles and are now also offering single pre cut fat quarters. Can’t wait to see you!




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2 Responses to Fat Quarters

  1. pat chandler says:

    ooo great ideas – and we know I have a bunch of fat quarters! love the bapron and the bag

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