{How To} Use a Fat Quarter

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Ever wonder what a Fat Quarter is?  Well, if you are not a quilter you might think it is a plump coin for your pocket.

But no, it is not a new measure of $$.

It is a piece of fabric that measures 18″ x 22″.

Ways to use a Fat Quarter | The Sewing LoftFabric stack from Fabricworm.com

From this piece of fabric that is much that can be created!!

Did you know that from just one fat quarter you can create….

  • 6  6 1/2″ squares
  • 9  6″ squares
  • 12″  5″ squares
  • 16  4.5″ squares
  • 20  4″ squares
  • 30  3.5″ squares
  • 42  3″ squares
  • 56  2.5″ squares
  • 99  2″ squares  (now that is a lot of squares!)
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Fat quarters are also a great way to try out some new fabrics from some of your favorite designers.  Many stores (both on-line and brick & mortar) sell quarter bundles.  They are great for people like me who have commitment issues to fabric.
I did some digging and found some really cute patterns on-line made specifically for fat quarters. Here are a few of my faves!
Ways to use a Fat Quarter via thesewingloftblog.com
  1. Annika Market Bag by Hemma Design Pattern on Etsy
  2. Matryoshka Doll by Little Bird Lane LLC on Etsy
  3. Sewing Accessories Pattern 4476 by Butterick
  4. Little Flower Petal Flower Bib by Voknitting Shop on Etsy
  5. Stepping Star Quilt by Stepping Star on Etsy
  6. Zippered Pouches by SMCNY on Etsy
  7. Kaleidoscope by Cluck, Cluck, Sew on Etsy
  8. Annie Lee Pillowcase Dress by Viola Lee Patterns on Etsy
Honestly, there are so many options out on the market – the possibilities are endless!
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A special Thank You to Robert from my ASG group for sharing this fun fat quarter chart!  You inspired me!
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  1. Cool! I did not know what a fat quarter is until now. Thanks for posting lady!

  2. Great post Heather 🙂

  3. What an intriguing post title! I knew it couldn’t be money, for our money is getting slimmer, not fatter! 🙂 I’m not a quilter, but I enjoyed this post. I hope you’ll stop in sometime at Cranberry Morning.

  4. Katie's Nesting Spot (@KTnestingspot) says

    I’ve seen fat quarters sold at the craft store and bought them for collage projects. You’ve found a really great collection of things you can do with them! Thanks for sharing at A Crafty Soiree!

  5. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem says

    I love fat quarters! They give me a chance to be creative on a very limited budget and still use the prettiest fabrics I can get my hands on!

    Another use that wasn’t mentioned: They are almost exactly the right size to make placemats, if you add a layer of batting and finish the edges. Great way to freshen up the table each season.

  6. What line is the lovely fabric stack pictured above?

  7. Katherine says

    Actually, not just quilters, used for teddy bears as well 😛
    A fat quarter of fake fur is perfect for an average sized bear. Actually, fake fur is more often sold in fat quarters than from a roll. Well, the decent stuff at least

  8. Karen McB says

    Thanks for information with the breakdown at the beginning—it’s a great reference!

    Fat Quarters are also perfect for napkins. My family loves using cloth napkins and this is one approach.