37 Fat Quarter Sewing Projects
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If you sew, you're guaranteed to have fat quarters all around your house... lurking in your closet, in your scrap stash, around your sewing room. Maybe you purchased a package of them on sale, only to wonder what to do with them. Maybe you just have tons of leftover scraps. However you came by them, this roundup of scrap fabric sewing ideas will put that partial yardage to work! Use these trusty tutorials to finally make something amazing out of all your fat quarters.
In this collection of 37 Fat Quarter Sewing Projects, you’ll find fat quarter projects that will use up your whole hefty quarter and some that let you save leftover scraps. As far as fat quarter patterns go, you’ll find an ample amount of quality ones in this large collection. Sewing projects with fat quarters doesn't have to be a difficult task: browse through our wide collection of things to make with fat quarters, then let the handy tutorials guide you to an easy finished project.
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Fat Quarter Projects to Wear
Save big bucks on your next clothing project by using only the appropriate amount of fabric instead of purchasing extra. Especially handy for kids' clothing patterns, these fat quarter sewing projects involve little fabric and time. Don't mourn over the money you spent on a skirt that your daughter outgrew in only a few months. Create adorable and affordable pieces out of budget-friendly fat quarters and rejoice in your savvy spending.
- Frou Frou Bag Pattern
This free purse pattern comes with step-by-step pictures and instructions for sewing your bag together, and even shows you how to make trendy ruffle detailing. Complete with a printable bag pattern, this DIY purse is the perfect medium between a small and compact handbag and a roomy tote bag, and it's sure to become your everyday go-to purse.
- Fat Quarter Long Wrap Skirt
This is an easy skirt to sew that will look perfect under the summer sun. Mix and match your fabrics however you'd like.
- Fat Quarter Crafting Apron
To get your kids in the DIY crafting spirit, follow this tutorial so that they can keep their clothes clean while they make fun crafts. This is a great homemade fat quarter project that uses all the fabric scraps in your stash.
- Charm Pack Patchwork Skirt
This free sewing tutorial is a fantastic way to use your charm packs or fat quarters to create an adorable skirt that's perfect for fall. This DIY skirt for girls is incredibly easy and quick to make, so your granddaughter will be styling in no time.
- Father’s Day DIY Bow Tie
This bow tie would make a wonderful birthday gift or a Father’s Day gift. The great part about this bow tie sewing tutorial is that you can choose the colors and fabrics to personalize your gift!
- Quick Sew Crop Top
Here's a quick-sew project that's sure to appeal to all ages. This crop top can be made with one or two fat quarters and involves minimal sewing if you opt for a stretchy fabric that doesn't fray.
- Outgrown Shirts and Patchwork Skirts
Got an old shirt that's too short and some leftover fabric? Then you can easily make these projects! Wardrobe refashioning is the way to go if you want to save money and add to your wardrobe at the same time.
- Roxanne Retro Headband
With these instructions and just a few minutes, you can easily create this headband, which is great for adding extra flair to any boring outfit. Sewn hair accessories are so easy to make, so follow these steps and learn how to make thi vintage-style headband.
If you're searching for more great ways to use up your scrap fabric, don't miss this collection of sewing projects! 40+ Scrap Fabric Projects: Clothing, Quilts, and More
Fat Quarter Bags and Containers
Money spent on a bag or purse is always money well spent. But you can get more bang for your buck by sewing your own purse patterns! Put your fat quarters into one of these DIY bags or containers and enjoy a piece that expresses your individuality on the cheap. Fat quarter sewing projects like these simple bags and purses not only look fabulous, but can be used for various purposes as well. Use these fat quarter patterns on bags that hold the basics, like your wallet and phone, to more specific items like cosmetics.
- DIY Vera Bradley Makeup Bag
Put those pretty fat quarters you've been saving to good use with this simple sewing tutorial that shows you how to create a designer-inspired makeup bag for a fraction of the cost. This is the perfect project for spring, and it's a simple and stylish way to keep your makeup stash organized.
- Compact Zippered Cosmetic Bag
Follow this sewing tutorial to learn how to sew a bag in which you can store small cosmetics and kick-knacks. You’ll need a closed end zipper, thread, a yard of printed fabric, and half a yard of fusible interfacing.
- Fat Quarter Bag
This is a fast project that can be made from a piece of fat quarter fabric. Simple knotted handles make it easy to sling over your shoulder on the way out the door.
- Pocket Organizer With Zipper
This DIY bag can be rolled up to fit in your purse or luggage for a trip. You could even add a strap to it to make a small bag for holding necessities like keys, cash, lipstick, hand lotion, and anything else that's small.
- Mini Quilt Lunch Sack
Since you can turn a lovely mini quilt into anything, why not create something beautiful and useful? This project requires little fabric and time but delivers a lunch tote that's great for your midday meal on the go.
- Fat Quarter Backpack with Decorative Flowers
Use this tutorial to learn how to make a budget-friendly accessory. DIY crafts like this are stylish alternatives to store-bought items.
- Pleated Pouch
Sometimes you just need a cute little bag to throw a few things in. With a zippered top and a body small enough to fit inside a larger bag, you'll find this accessory works for everyday life.
- Gathered Round Basket
Grab some of your favorite leftover fabric and create one of these baskets—or several! This basket is reversible and useful for organizing craft supplies and everyday objects.
- Fat Quarter Tote Bag
You don't have to go to the store to have a fashionable tote bag. This DIY tote is a great way to have a stylish bag without breaking the bank.
- Fat Quarter Project Tote
This tote can be made by beginners in about an hour, and by more experienced sewists in even less time. Easily transport your projects if you change your workspace location, or have a place to stash them when you're not working on them, with this cute pattern.
Fat Quarter Sewing Projects for the Home
Do up your decor with these fat quarter sewing ideas for the home. You'll find fat quarter patterns that can make miracles in your kitchen, dining room, living room, or bedroom in this crafty collection. If you don't have a full fat quarter left, don't worry! Use up those charm packs or scraps on these simple designs. These tutorials deliver perfect additions to your home and can serve as go-to DIY gifts.
- Watermelon DIY Potholder Tutorial
Made with beautiful batik fabric, this DIY potholder uses three fat quarters and is a quick sewing project that you can whip up in no time. This kitchen sewing project is a great choice for teens just learning how to sew, and it's easy to customize with ric rac, fabric markers, or even ribbon.
- Simple Patchwork Cushion
Adorn your living space with this scrappy and sassy pillow. Learn how to make a decorative pillow with this great cushion pattern!
- Fat Quarter Pot Holder
Do-it-yourself home decorating should do more than just spruce up your lifestyle. As long as you have access to this free potholder pattern, you might as well make the most of it by sharing the fat quarter love with everyone around you!
- Long Stemmed Fabric Flowers
Learn how to make fabric flowers that will bloom year-round when you sew up these DIY fabric flowers. These flowers would look great as a centerpiece, on your nightstand, or even adorning your entryway.
- Fat Quarter Patchwork Curtains
This is a budget-friendly way to learn how to sew curtains. Whether you want to make the panels uniform or if you want to mix and match fabrics, this sewing tutorial will show you how to give your child's room a unique touch.
- Raw Edged Dresden Plate Pillow
Thanks to these pillow instructions, it's easy to piece your fabric together into a starburst appliqued cushion that will brighten up your home decor. To top off the look, add artistic additions like a fabric flower, buttons, and printed sentiment.
- Pretty Patchwork DIY Curtains
These long curtains would look fantastic covering a floor-to-ceiling window, hanging behind your bed, or even as a room divider in a studio apartment. Even better, this craft is made entirely from fat quarters, so if you have a bunch laying around, this would be a great way to get rid of them.
- Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial
Learn how to sew this small drawstring bag and you'll be able to easily reach for a plastic bag whenever you need one. Once you check out this tutorial, you can easily recycle plastic bags and keep them organized for easy use.
- Patchwork Kitchen Mat
Sew your own patchwork kitchen mat to liven up your kitchen floor while using up fabric scraps from your stash. This easy sewing pattern is a great way to decorate your kitchen.
- Big and Bold Beach Blanket
Fat quarters make up this easy summer craft, which shows you how to sew a blanket that's big enough for the whole family. The tutorial for this blanket has very convenient steps built in so you can sew a blanket that's going to last a long time and can be easily stored in your home.
Check out these sewing tutorials to find even more scrap-busting ideas you're sure to love! 30 Simple Sewing Projects to Use Up Your Scraps
More Simple Fat Quarter Projects
Fat quarter sewing projects don't end once you've taken care of your wardrobe and home. As long as yards of fabric need to be cut into generous quarters, there will be an endless amount of fat qarter sewing ideas. Below you'll find some AllFreeSewing favorites that are creative beyond belief. Sewing projects with fat quarters like these will surprise even the most experienced sewists.
- Patchwork Picnic Blanket Tutorial
This tutorial lets you transform 3 1/2 yards of bright spring fabric into a simple picnic blanket that's perfect for family trips or church cookouts. This picnic blanket tutorial shows you how to combine simple patchwork with a budget-friendly vinyl tablecloth so that your blanket is spill-proof and protected from the elements.
- Fabric Corner Bookmarks
For anyone still reading actual books (e-readers don't count!), these Fabric Corner Bookmarks are a simple way to keep place in your book. Round up a bit of fabric and a few minutes of your time to make these adorable and useful bookmarks.
- 10 Minute Treat Bags
These are perfect for Halloween and birthday parties. This tutorial is so easy and will take you 10 minutes or less!
- Fast Floppy Finned Fat Quarter Fish
Apart from the charming whimsy that this DIY stuffed animal exudes, this sewing project uses the sewing community's favorite amount of fabric, a fat quarter. Softie patterns that are both conservative with fabric and cute are must-makes for the sewist who likes to have fun.
- DIY Car Sun Shade
If you plan on having some little ones in your car this summer, this project is an absolute necessity. Created with a fat quarter, this sun shade suctions onto the window of your car with a suction cup.
- Tie Notebook and Pen Holder
Give dad the gift of organization this Father's Day. Made from an old tie, this will look great in anyone's office. It's a great sewn gift idea!
- Patchwork Fat Quarter Shower Curtain
This bathroom sewing project is the best way to show off your love of sewing with some fun DIY home decor, and it's a great way to add some country charm to your home. Made in darling spring shades like lavender, spring green, and hot pink, this DIY shower curtain is a great way to update your home without breaking the bank.
- Felt Flower Gift Card Holder
If you've been looking for a fabric gift card holder pattern, this is a great option. Skip the generic store envelope and opt for this special wrapping.
- How to Cut Charm Squares from Fabric
Perfect patches are a great way to repair worn out items or to create new accent pieces. Read this tutorial to learn how to cut your own charm squares, and you'll be making your own patchwork quilts and pillows in no time!
- Zippy Wine Bottle Cover
When it comes to free wine sack sewing projects, you won't find one more festive than this glitzy Coats and Clark pattern. Featuring a metallic fashion zipper and red velvet material, this free wine tote pattern makes a perfect holiday gift.
- 5 Things to Make with Fat Quarters
There are so many great uses for fat quarters! Try these additional free sewing projects to make a headband, a wine bottle holder, and more, with only a small amount of fabric.
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