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5 Things to Make with Fat Quarters

By: Deborah for Art Threads

There are so many great uses for fat quarters! Try these free sewing projects to make a headband, a wine bottle holder, and more, with only a small amount of fabric!

5 Things to Make with Fat Quarters
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Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: In an evening

Sewn by: Machine


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WOW what great way to use fat quarters or leftover fabric and the quilting adds that extra touch. I love the headband a lot it is so super cute and wine caddy what a great gift for that person that loves to leave a bottle of wine on the kitchen counter or for a wrapping for a gift of wine. The coasters are so cute and the quilting makes it even more special. The pot holder is nice to but I would use Insta brite or something instead of fleece so you will not burn your hand. These would all make great gifts. Super tutorial.

i am fairly new to sewing and your site but i was wondering what is meant by the words fat quaters? i enjoy your site it has not only given me free patterns but lots of great sewing information and tips.

A fat quarter is one quarter of a yard of fabric. It is cut to be 18" x 21" and are precut and usually in bundles of coordinating fabrics at your fabric store. Lots of stores sell singles too. If you take a bolt of fabric to the cutting counter and ask for a 1/4 yard, you get a 9" piece of fabric. Both ways you get a quarter yard, a fat quarter is just "fatter".

good ideas but with questions....are all these made from one fat quarter? how much fabric is that...? I'm about to participate in sissy's sewing challenge using fat quarters....I sew,,,I don't quilt.....instead I paint quilt blocks on canvas and furniture..

A fat quarter measures 18"x22". If you are purchasing material just ask for a quarter a yard. It may be 9" x 44" and unless you need more than a 9'' measurement anywhere when you cut, it will work. If a piece in your pattern is bigger than 9 inches on its narrow side than be specific about what you need cut. OR ask where they have their pre-cut fat quarters and pick from them. If you have excess material at home you want to use up, just lay out the pattern pieces on the material to see if its enough. Good luck and have fun!


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