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Fat Quarters


Quilters know what fat quarters are. Those sections of usually 44" wide precut fabric cut from one-half yard of fabric to produce a fabric piece that is now 18” by 22” (46cm x 55cm), a one-quarter cut that is not rectangular in size but more squarish and wide, hence the name - fat quarter. Nine inches of fabric cut from a fabric bolt 44” wide would produce a rectangular piece 9” by 44” whereas the fat quarter is cut as 18” by 22”. 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. These precut tied together bundles are often given charming 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 your fabric leftovers into the fat quarter size and bundle several individually folded and coordinating pieces together then secured with a ribbon tie. 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 pre-wash fat quarters to avoid any shrinkage surprises before you begin any fabric project. A rotary cutter, mat and clear quilter’s ruler is valuable to cut and square the edges of the fat quarter sections you make.

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, table runners, doll making and doll clothes, sachets, fabric postcards, gift bags, pincushions, wall hangings and so much more!

Sew happy, sew well.



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