Free Fabric Friday

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Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet

Hello Betty arrived in the shop this week.  It’s a new group of reproduction ’30s prints done in a very modern color palette.  This collection is perfect for your kitchen projects or it would make a wonderful quilt.  Chloe’s Closet designed one of my very favorite groups a few years ago, Fruit Cocktail, and I love this one just as much.

The middle image above represents one of our brand new fat quarter packs!  We offer three packs of 7 prints each for this collection.  We’re also in the process of cutting and folding fat quarters for other groups as well.  We’re so excited about this new option that we’re planning an entire theme month devoted to fat quarters!  Next week we’ll introduce you to our new editorial board who are helping us plan February’s theme.

Also up next week is an interview with a craft book publicist.  Ever thought about getting your ideas published?  Tune in for some great tips.

Have you stopped by the Forum lately?  You might be intersted in one of these discussions:

What do you do with your small batting pieces?
Sewing for Charity
Make some fleece socks…
Laptop Sleeve!
How do you find old patterns?

Check out this cute monkey and some beautiful smocking

If you comment today you might be able to post a thread like this soon too: What I did with my free yard of fabric!

If you’d like to enter to win a yard of free fabric, either join in the discussion on the Forum, or tell us about a great project that uses fat quarters (NOT a quilt.)  Have a wonderful weekend!

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401 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. Kaye says:

    I use fat quarters to make pin cushion thread catchers to set on my crafting table. I always have a scrap bag handy to throw threads and bits of scraps into. The top is weighted with sand so it keeps it on the table or arm chair and doubles as a pin cushion. I also use fat quarters to keep my son occupied at the fabric store. He spends his time choosing a fat quarter while I am doing my shopping and we both leave happy with no fuss.

  2. Ebby Ray says:

    Making little girl purses, gift bags or framing it for a little punch on the wall.

  3. Bena says:

    I would use to make some little stuffed animals to give away as Bday presents!

  4. Della says:

    Pillows! Fat quarters are great, and if you’re thrifty, you can get two pillows out of one quarter.

  5. lorrie says:

    quilts, always quilts…well sometimes a bag, too.

  6. Nicole says:

    I love fat quarters because then I can have more beautiful fabrics to work with that way! I love making little moccasins for my son and my best friend’s daughter. I’ve also made a few softies and puppets 🙂

  7. sarahkeith says:

    I use fat quarters when I make the great bag pattern in Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing book (the artsy clutch). I also use pieces for patchwork strips on handtowels, or other things that need a bit of spiffy up!

  8. Char says:

    When I buy fabric, it’s almost always fat quarters (so everything I make is usually coming from fat quarters). What comes to mind now is children’s aprons, fabric boxes, and pencil rolls. I think several patterns for adult aprons can be made from fat quarters, but I haven’t tried them yet.
    PS Now I’m headed for that thread about what to do with small pieces of batting… good question!

  9. sophie says:

    Fat quarters are awesome especailly if you want some designer fabrics but don’t have a lot of cash. I have used fat quarters for lunch sacks, book covers, pockets, patches and loads of appliques. A little really does go a long way!

  10. oblinaknit says:

    I use fat quarters for zipper pouches and smaller items…I have been going thru my ‘scrap’ stash and making up some cool travel tissue holders with a bit more spunk …gotta love your fabric stash – even the small pieces!

  11. Brandy says:

    I use fat quarters for patches, to piece together for coasters, fabric bookmarks and book covers. There are tons of other uses…I love the variety.

  12. Amy says:

    If I can’t bring myself to cut into a fat quarter, I square it up and use it as a furoshiki (japanese wrapping cloth) to give away and look forward to it’s return at a later date.

  13. Jackie Davis says:

    I am such a new Wanna-be-Quilter, that I am still learning what a Fat-Quarter is!? HELP! Sounds like a nice juicy part of a chicken or something LOL!!! Just kidding. I assume a Quarter of a Yard? If so, then maybe book covers with handles for the kids. I have made these for my kids Bibles. It keep them in great shape and easy to carry with the handle! – Jackie

  14. Jennifer H. says:

    I think a cute tote bag would be a great use of fat quarters. Love the new prints!

  15. Debbie says:

    I just designed and made a casserole cozy that uses three fat quarters. It will be posted on my blog as soon as I finish the binding.

  16. Janna says:

    My favorite fat quarter projects are totes. I would love to try some quilted coasters out of it. Love this fabric, I may just have to retire my great-grandma’s apron and make myself a new one.

  17. Karly Foster says:

    I use my fat quarters to make birthday shirts for my kids. I trace out the age they are on the quarter, cut it out, and sew it on their shirts. It is their favorite shirt all year!

  18. shawn e. says:

    I use them for lavender dryer sachets, amongst other little crafty things!

  19. Natasha says:

    I don’t think I have any new ideas but I have had a love for the fats for years. They are the perfect size for placemats, or pieced table clothes, also they are a great size for tote-ing library books and making fabric boxes. Have a lovely week!!

  20. Kim says:

    I love the fabric- I love making placemats and I’m ready to make some more!

  21. Sarah says:

    I’ve used fat quarters to make pillow slip covers. You can do so many things with fat quarters!
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  22. Trinity says:

    I like making baby mei tais with fat quarters! It is the perfect amount for a body piece, and if you use 3 contrasting fat quarters, you can have a reversible mei tai with a funky hood. 🙂

  23. Tara says:

    Oooo, pretty fabrics!

    My current favorite project for fat quarters is messenger bags and totes. I’m new to quilting and sewing, but I’m having tons of fun experimenting and creating useful and interesting things!

  24. Sandi Hj says:

    Fat quarters make a great little paperback cover/tote — a bookcover with handles to protect your book when you ride the bus or train and/or to keep your reading material private. Also looks really cute. Or they are great for making variegated bias strips for edge bindings. Love to use that to bind edges of plain colored fabric to add that patchy touch.

  25. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    I love making table runners and place mats with fat quarters – you can get a lot of different looks with fat quarters.

  26. danna osen says:

    My granddaughter folded fat quarters and sewed side seams to make tote bags for her kindegarten teachers to hold their papers….I love your blog and forum.

  27. Kate says:

    I use fat quarters to make small storage bags for my daughter’s toys. They are small enough for her to tote around, but big enough to hold lots of her treasures. Fold in half, stitch two sides, make a casing with a drawstring at the top and you have a pint-sized carrier!

  28. Beth says:

    I use my fat quarters for diapers and wipes cases I post on my Etsy shop.

  29. Amanda says:

    I make small knitting bags to carry my socks, an apron for my daughter, and a craft apron for her to carry her “supplies”.

  30. shannon says:

    doll/barbie/pony clothes. Applique when embroidering on clothing (usually children) wallet, pin cushions. lots of fun little stuff.

  31. Heather says:

    You can make really big pockets for a really big shirt. ~H

  32. Pam says:

    I love the Amy Butler pattern Stash and Dash wristlet with zippered coin purse and makeup bags. I can make 3 wonder wallets with three fat quarters, criss-cross coaster, etc. oh, the possibilities!

  33. Cathi Pedersen says:

    Pretty colors. I’d like to make something for the table — placemats, napkins with napkin rings made from one of the other fabrics, or perhaps a patchwork table runner. Someone is really going to enjoy this fabric.

  34. valerie says:

    I love fat quarters. There is always something you can do with them.

  35. Anne says:

    I would use a fat quarter to applique baby onesies

  36. Emily S says:

    Aren’t fat quarters wonderful? I love to make patchwork bags and totes, and kitchen linens of all sorts!

  37. Melanie says:

    I use fat quarters to make zippered pouch too. You can never have too many zippered pouches! And I use the scraps for quilting projects: coasters, oven mitts, etc.

  38. Shelly says:

    I love fat quarters! Lately I’ve been buying them to make skirts for my little girls! I cut 10 strips from 5 different fat quarters, sew them together to make a long rectangle with fabric that is verticle, then I add a horizontal strip of fabric to the bottom, sew together, add a hem, casing for the elastic and whah lah, the cutest little funky skirt!

  39. Staci says:

    Although I may have missed the time to comment to win I will still comment on my projects for FQ’s since that is all I buy.
    I make zip pouches, clutches, coasters, plushies, pillows, pincushions, place mats, cozies, bookcovers, quilts, patchwork bags, doll clothes, wall hangings, trivets, potholders, ornaments, makeup bags, wallets, camera holders, kitchen towels, teapot cozy, patchwork sewing machine cover, book cover, check book cover, crayon/colored pencil/needle hook roll, fabric bucket, basket cover..I could go on but don’t want to over do it. 🙂

  40. elizabeth says:

    Fat quarters are good for placemats and fast pillow covers!
    Those fabrics are pretty cute!

  41. Ariane says:

    I bought 3 to 4 coordinating fatquarters to make my friends baby shower gift. I was able to make 3 burp cloths, baby shoes, and a monogramed onesie. The Mom and Dad loved it. These projects can be seen on my blog.

  42. Pamela says:

    Fabric Teddy Bears with big cheery fabric bows!

  43. Betsy says:

    Those fabric designs are so neat!

  44. Julia in MI says:

    You could use fat quarters to make wallets. I made the quilted wallet tutorial I found on this blog. It was easy and works great.

  45. Stacey says:

    I Like making reusable grocery bags with FQ’s They are prettier than plastic grocery bags, and save the environment!

  46. Joanna says:

    I’ve used them to make the contrasting pockets and bottom cuffs of kids’ pants. One fat quarter is usually enough for one pair.

  47. Amy says:

    Lately I have been using fat quarters to make up coasters and placemats. They make easy and lovely gifts.

  48. Karen says:

    I love fat quarters! I use them for finishing my cross stitch projects.

  49. Regina says:

    I love the Lazy Girl patterns – the Runaround bag, the Sassy, and the Wonder Wallet – that are fat quarter friendly. They make awesome quick gifties and you can play with those fun and funky FQ’s.

  50. Somer says:

    I made a bunch of fat quarter bags and gave them to my seven-year-old’s friends for birthdays last year. I filled them with lip gloss and a mixed CD the my daughter and I put together.

  51. Pipany says:

    Oh how lovely to win such gorgeous fabric. Perfect for a little top for my 2 year old or as squares for teh quilt I am making for her sister’s birthday.

  52. Sarah says:

    Fat quarters are just right for making outfits for my cat. Yes, I know. I’m THAT kind of cat lady.

  53. LisaB72 says:

    I really like the colours of this fabric as well as the designs.

    Hmm, I could use fat quarters to make sewing accessories, sewing & serger machine covers. I even think you could make doll’s clothes with fat quarters. Patchwork cushions to brighten up the living room furniture. Craft bags and totes. I could also make some lovely skirts and dresses for my daughter.


  54. Toby says:

    I’ve been making tag blankets, or we actually call them chew blankets since that’s what he does, for my bff’s 6 month old little boy. One quater on one side and another on the other. Little tag ribbions sewn down each side and sew them together. He loves them!

  55. Katie Mitchell says:

    Fat quarters are good for making potholders and head bands.

  56. piece together a table cloth? shower curtain? diaper bag?

  57. Jenny Benson says:

    I would make a clutch! LOVE the fabric!

  58. Viv says:

    I’ve been using fat quarters for making pencil rolls, and coaster 🙂

  59. Jess says:

    Tea Wallets of course!

  60. Alisa says:

    Baby or kids clothes or ascessories. Notebook covers. Baby bibs. Applique (on bibs, kids jeans, shirts etc.) Oh so many wonderful things to do with a fat quarter of fabric!

  61. Jenny L says:

    Even if I win, I’m buying more asap. My little wheels are spinning on what to do with this… My fav fat quarter projects: pieced outfits for my daughters with lots of contrasting ruffles or pleats. Second favorite: potholders for hostess gifts.

  62. Lisa says:

    I like to use fat quarters for make-up bags. They make great last-minute gifts.

  63. Amy says:

    I have made a handprint lap throw for my husband with my kids handprints!!! He loved it!
    please enter me I would love the fabric it’s one of those treats I can never seem to buy for myself!

  64. heleen says:

    lovely fabric, can use it in quilt, bag, heart, and many more things

  65. Jen M says:

    I love using my smaller fabric pieces to add to cloth diapers for burp rags. So cute and practical, too.

  66. Aimee says:

    I used a fat quarter to make a crayon roll for a nephew. Now I’m looking for another idea to use up the rest of the fabric….

  67. Ramona says:

    I’ve never actually used fat quarters. I have read some tutorials such as coasters, softies and wallets that have called for them, but I try to use up my scraps for those. I love all the different ideas and guess I should try getting some of them.

  68. shaina says:

    It’s amazing how many dolls can be made with a fat quater! They take up so little material. You can also make some pouches, pin cushions, small aprons….

  69. What adorable fabric! I personally would use this fabric for making an apron and matching aprons for my kids. I could see tons of possibilities for little girls’ outfits, too. 🙂

  70. Bev says:

    Lately I’m leaning toward making Barbie clothes. You cant find them in the stores, and a fat quarter is just the right size!

  71. buebau says:

    Wallets, pouches, cellphone cozy (oh… that’s what I was looking for here, a tutorial for this), stuffies, book covers… so many things…

  72. Raellyn Hatter says:

    I love making patchwork pillows and purses from fat quarters. My goal for this year is to sew at least one new pillow design a month.

  73. Kelli says:

    For Christmas, I made my daugther a notebook and marker holder out of 3 fat quarters. She loves it and it keeps her busy during church…double bonus! Sure would love some of these new fabrics…

  74. Dorte says:

    I use my FQs for bags – use them to contrast the main fabric, for straps and pockets and other “additions”.

  75. Hazel says:

    I use my fat quarters for making pincushions, potholders, patches on my son’s pants, cloth napkins, bath mats (you had a fun tutorial for making rugs with a cloth top and towel bottom), small toys.

  76. Cindy says:

    Doll clothes for the new dolls Santa brought would be a great treat!

  77. sandy says:

    Tissue cover, cover a small photo album, humbug bag, coasters of course.

  78. Kate says:

    I’m new to sewing, but I’m starting to make cloth napkins to cut down on our paper use. Fat quarters are perfect for this–finish the edges and you’re done! Your packs would make a lovely mixture of coordinating napkins.

  79. Renee says:

    Fat Quarters…
    Notebook cover
    Basket covers
    I LOVE the fabric!!

  80. monica says:

    oooh i looove that fabric.
    I have an apron pattern that uses Fat Quarters. It’s from Leila and Ben on etsy.
    and here is a picture of the two I made

  81. I found an “apron in an hour” tutorial on the “stop staring and start sewing!” blog…it uses just a fat quarter and a tiny bit of aother fabric and voila! a bomb apron! definitely on my list of makes in 2009. lovely fabric, thanks!

  82. Lori says:

    I found a pattern for some patchwork fabric baskets ( you have a link on here somewhere) You could also make patchwork totes, placemats giftcard bags, patchwork pillows. The possibilities are endless, and you get more for your money with fat quarters because you get multiple patterned fabrics.

  83. I have to admit that right now I’m not quite sure what I’d do with them. My initial thought is fondle them… lots, while I thought about it.

  84. Chase says:

    I’ve been contemplating making giant plushie versions of my owl pincushions with a fat quarter-sized piece of material and some felt. I need to get on that!

  85. Heather B says:

    Fat quarters are great for appliquing, belts and small totes for my daughter.

  86. Laila says:

    How about making some cute fabric applique to go on a cardigan and then cover fabric buttons with same fabric and put on cardie too. A cool new lease of life for a tired or plain piece of clothing. Try it, it looks great! x

  87. SarahB says:

    One fun fat quarter project I’ve made is a baby dress/skirt! Cut it into thirds to create 3 18″ strips, sew them together on the short ends and gather. Either sew on a ribbon or fabric band or sew onto a pre-made shirt or onesie.

  88. Chelsey says:

    I am finishing a small drawstring bag right now. I’d love to make more! My daughter (5) and I sewed a teddy sized pillow with some small scraps recently and she loved it (so did I when I was her age!).

  89. Natalie says:

    I LOVE fat quarters. I make everything out of them. A few ideas would be placemats, coasters, knitting needle holders (or crochet hooks), and journal covers. Most of the fabric I buy I have to say is fat quarters. If something I want to make is bigger I just sew two of them together.

  90. Judy says:

    One fat quarter will yield 6 tissue holders:
    Happy sewing!

  91. jmbmommy says:

    fabric…is there anything better than fabric??

  92. Yetta says:

    I used fat quarters to make bandanas.

  93. Elizabeth says:

    This fabric is so cute. I LOVE FFF because you guys never fail to have the best fabric around! 🙂

  94. Well, my favorite project using a fat quarter requires absolutely no crafting and makes my two year old very happy….she picks out her favorite from the long wall at the fabric store…we take it home and wrap up her favorite baby in her new blanket. And then, of course, she takes the little piece of cardboard that was inside it and draws all over it. A whole afternoon of fun for ninety-nine cents 😉

  95. Sunny says:

    I love fat quarters for variety! Use them for anything! You can make just about anything patchwork… skirts, tableclothes, fabric buckets 🙂

    But I really like the variety for framing same sized swatches as fabric art! Variety is the spice of life.

  96. Kristin says:

    The colors on the new fabric are sooo pretty. I like to use coordinating fat quarters to make headbands, quilted eye covers, small pouches, applique, etc… So many possibilities!

  97. juliecache says:

    Hello Betty looks like kitchen ware to me, so I would use fat quarters for covers for the toaster, a teapot cozy, a coffee press cozy, maybe a table runner.

  98. Carla Ehrenreich says:

    I would make a skinny scarf for myself. or a head scarf for one of my girls.

  99. Jen V says:

    I’ve used fat quarters for making stuffed toys for kids. I had a lot of fun making an outer space themed mobile, complete with space ship, stars, planets and shooting stars. Wacky little dolls are fun to make with fat quarters and embellish like crazy with scraps.

  100. Holly says:

    I like to make crayon rolls out of fat quarters. Love the new prints.

  101. mara says:

    what *can’t* you make with fat quarters? small totes, wristlets, ditty bags, baby shoes and bibs, ipod and camera cozies.

  102. jodie says:

    How about little drawstring bags, tissue holders, coasters or fold over pouches?

  103. Barbara C says:

    I like to use fat quarter collections for pre-coordinated projects. I know the colors will work together. The FQ is the perfect size for smaller projects like totes & tablerunners and craft projects like covering shoe boxes for decorator storage. Thanks for providing this new option. Barb

  104. Nani says:

    I recently bought a pattern for purses that uses fat quarters…looks just like my Coach purse!

  105. Louisa says:

    I want to make a garland for my daughter’s room

  106. Deb says:

    Recently I made a picnic rug just the right side for a doll and put it in a little drawstring bag with a dolly tea-set for a present. Perfect project for fat-quarters!

  107. Erinn says:

    I love to use my fat quarters for coasters. I do have plans to use them for bags but that has not yet happened. Another good idea is sewing machine covers. My machines have covers made of cheap remnant fabric with two seams! Poor things…

  108. shelli says:

    potholders, ‘natch! 😉

  109. I’ve made my daughter a halter top out of a single fat quarter before – the advantage to having scrawny kids… But FQs are useful for all the wee projects: needle rolls, pincushions, doll clothes, wee bags etc. I’ve also used them when making the fabric dollhouses, too.

  110. Michelle says:

    Funny you should ask…five minute ago, I cut out some doll clothes from two coordinating fat quarters! I can get a pair of pants with ruffle bottoms for Bitty Baby from one fat quarter, and a raglan-sleeved peasant top from another. I adapted some vintage patterns to be very similar to Portabellopixie’s line, and use a narrow rolled serger hem for the edges, and her shirring method for the neck, sleeve, and waist gathering. Super easy, and i used to find doll clothes a fiddly mess!

  111. Julie says:

    I’ve actually never used a fat quarter before, but have seen so many great tutorials that use them. I have one for a handbag that I am dying to try. This website is adorable, I’m glad I stumbled upon it!!

  112. Deb says:

    I love the Hello Betty coloring. Beautiful fabrics

  113. Leah says:

    I’m new to sewing & love these fabrics! I’ve seen some great bags that use fat quarters! TFS 😀

  114. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been wanting to make napkins and a pillow out of some of my fat quarters. Of course there’s also enough small-stuffed animal patterns where all you need is less than a fat quarters worth. I can’t wait till fat quarter month! I’m so glad you will begin carrying them in your shop. I love collecting them.

  115. Shanna says:

    I just started sewing, and I love your blog! I think fat quarters would be great to make headbands or head scarfs for my girls!

  116. Lisa says:

    I love the fabric! I have no idea what I’d make but I love it all the same.

  117. Aimee says:

    I have a children’s summer hat pattern that is very simple and I love making them from fat quarters.

  118. pam says:

    bags and pillows!

  119. Devon says:

    I love using fat quarters for baby booties and bibs. Just the right size!
    These fabrics are wonderful, can’t wait to get my hands on them!

  120. Alana Jo says:

    I love using fat quarters for totes!

  121. audrey says:

    I like the project on goody goody that uses two FQ’s to make 2 purses at once. here’s the link – it’s really cute.

  122. Libby says:

    I have made little zipper pouches and fold-over wallets with fat quarters.

  123. Jennifer says:

    Zippered pouches and burp cloths are two of my favorite things to make with fat quarters.
    LOVE the featured fabric!

  124. If I had that beautiful set of fat quarters, I would make an apron for my good friend’s toddler. She just got a little kitchen playset for Christmas, so you can’t forget the apron!

  125. Liz says:

    Doll accessories or stuffed animal “parts”. Also bags and pouches!

  126. Terri Moran says:

    I love seeing bundles of fat quarters. The combination of colors together in a stack is fun. Yo-yo’s are a great project that fat quarters are made for.

  127. Liz says:

    now, i haven’t done this yet, but a great fat quarter project would be placemats–set of x, depending on how many fat quarters you had, etc. it IS sort of quilty, but not as long or involved as a quilt, and much more useful day to day!

  128. LaLisha Lindsey says:

    i have a new handbag pattern perfect for these fat quarters. Thanks for doing this giveaway each week. have a great week.

  129. Laura Capp says:

    Ooh! You can use fat quarters to make swatch portrait bulletin boards. I just did several myself for a collage of fabric-covered memo boards for the wall above my desk. It’s a really lovely way to highlight some special fabric!

  130. Jude says:

    Two fat quarters will make a circular knitting needles holder. I’ve made two so far!

  131. Amy Hachem says:

    I love using fat quarters to make bibs for my very messy 13 month old son 🙂 I use a cotton woven on the top and either 2 layers of flannel or i do cotton woven on front and reverse sides with flannel sandwiched in between. They are great and i really get to enjoy them frequently!

  132. Denise says:

    I have been making little tissue holders to put in your purse. We live in Asia, and OFTEN there is not toilet paper in the restrooms, so you must carry tissues at all times. My friends really enjoyed the bright spot for their purse!

  133. Judy says:

    I love thre retro prints!

  134. Robyn O says:

    I used a couple of fat quarters to make pot holders! They make great housewarming gifts!

  135. Toni says:

    For younger girls, you can take two fat quarters and make a skirt. This is how I started sewing again after 10 years of a break. And now, look at me. I LOVE to sew. (Okay, I don’t sew as much as I’d like – but I DO love to buy fabric!!!).

  136. mikawendy says:

    I use fat quarters to make oven mitts (I use muslin and Insul-Bright for the inside).

  137. Laura says:

    I want to add it to my stash I’m accumulating for a quilt!

  138. sarah says:

    i love you and all your stuff– amazing 😀

  139. alisha says:

    I think the last comment I made didn’t get published because I did something wrong with the XHTML tags. I’ll try it with just the links.

    I saw a link to this tutorial for a burp cloth on your forum a while back:
    SouleMama’s Gratitude Wrap might be a good project for fat quarters:

  140. Mushyhed says:

    I have a great pattern that uses 2 fat quarters to make a tote bag. It’s not a large bag so I usually use the tote bag as a gift bag. It’s easy to put together (takes less than an hour) and makes for a great presentation.

  141. Charlene says:

    I have used fat quarters to make gift bags, doll clothes, pieced fabric belts, bookmarks and tote bags. The fabric is gorgeous!

  142. Kathy says:

    I love fat quarters and have used them for so many different things: coasters, decorative towels, hot pads, pencil rolls, table runners and more! I have a hard time committing to a whole yard of fabric unless I know exactly what I’m doing with it, but fat quarters are so easy to pick up!

  143. Jennifer says:

    I love making Spool birds, Black Apple dolls, napkins and coasters with fat quarters!

  144. amanda says:

    Tonight I’m going to make some zipper pouches from some fat quarters, using a tutorial from Purl Bee.

  145. Erin S. says:

    I use fat quarters to make soft baby toys, pincushions, little stuffed Christmas trees in holiday fabrics…

  146. Stockton says:

    I’ve used fat quarters to make lunchbags and patchwork cushion covers (that last one’s not technically a quilt, right?) … I made a cover for my moleskine notebook too!

    p.s. love the colorways of this new fabric!

  147. Brie says:

    Beautiful eye pillows are a great way to use fat quarters, especially if you are making more than one…

  148. Shaz says:

    I use two fat quarters to make “tiny totes.” I sell them in my little etsy shop ( and donate the proceeds to help feed hungry people.

  149. Stephanie says:

    I use fat quarters for tons of things, like baby bibs, grab balls, small bags, yo-yo’s and more. Love the designs of these fat quarters. I hope to win! Thanks for having the giveaway.

  150. Georgia says:

    I love 30’s prints – my very favourite!
    So, fat quarters…soft toys, applique t-shirts (I’ve been putting a big number on birthday t-shirts and the kids love them), bags, pincushions. LOTS of stuff!

  151. anna says:

    ooh! who doesn’t love fat quarters? they’re great for smaller projects!

  152. Deborah Ocasio says:

    I love the 30’s!!! I am thinking a coffee press cozy , matching mitts. You can also trim out kitchen towels . This is fun! I love teh different ideas I read about here.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Debbie O in Idaho

  153. Jessica says:

    I’m working on a paneled skirt that uses up fat quarters really well. Finishing those edges, on the other hand … not so fun. These panels are OK – the next one I have planned are 2-3 inches wide.

  154. Saskia says:

    Fabric gift bags

  155. MaryL says:

    I haven’t done it yet, but I’m dreaming of making a kitchen aide cover ond a electric teapot cozy.

  156. Sherri says:

    Fat Quarters make a great bag!

  157. Helena says:

    I have made the puppy love from indygo junction using only fat quarters, that one hour aporn, lovies(that cute frog on purl bee) my son loves his collection, baby shoes ,a couple of different purses(the jenny and japanese knot).

  158. Jenn says:

    I made this fantabulous note taker for friends and family this past Christmas. All I used were fat quarters to make them

  159. hanamik says:

    I think I would use fat quarters for some patchwork bags and other small pouch/bag patterns I’ve found

  160. Gail says:

    I love the color combinations! I make softies and doll clothes from FQ’s 🙂

  161. Katherine says:

    I have gotten into making wallets and pouches with fat quarters. I love it, especially with the more expensive fabrics. It is a great way to showcase beautiful fabrics.


  162. Laura says:

    I like using fat quarters for the quilted wallet @ I’ve only made one so far, but hope to have time to get started on the FQ I’ve bought to make more for my sisters. I would LOVE to have some of Hello Betty for making a shopping bag. Love Free Fabric Fridays!

  163. Debbie says:

    My most recent project using fat quarters was a lovely table runner. The new fabric is great!

  164. Lisa says:

    I just posted about my love of that fabric on my blog a few days ago. I badly want to make a quilt out of it.

    Other than quilts, I love to make baby shoes out of fat quarters. I like to pick up 4 or 5 coordinating ones and mix up the tops and backs from matching prints.

  165. bec says:

    i just got anna maria horner’s book, and i love the cuff project. very doable with fat quarters.

  166. emily says:

    i love to make patchwork tablecloths and napkins from fun quarters!

  167. Leah says:

    I use fat quarters to make little diaper clutches to carry a travel pack of wipes and 2-3 diapers. FQ are also the perfect size for reversible quilted coasters, or an eye pillow with a pretty cover. So many uses, so little time!

  168. Kate M. says:

    My favorite fat quarter project is to a make-up brush roll that uses two coordinating fat quarters. There is enough fabric leftover from one of the FQs to make one of Heather Bailey’s “Hooray for Headbands” headbands. If you give them as a set, the headband can be for wearing or to push your hair back when you wash your face.

  169. tooticky says:

    I have used some of my fat quarters to make toddler clothes, and others to make purses.

    I love the look of this new fabric!

  170. Heather says:

    I like to do stripwork twirly tops for my girls with fat quarters… and–of course–handbags!

  171. Joy says:

    Fat quarters are perfect for little cosmetic bags. I’ve made 4 of them in the past month!

  172. Jen O says:

    I made stuffed pumpkin decorations for last fall using different orange fat quarters. Trace a large circle, like a pizza pan, then sew it up like a yo-yo. Stuff it with poly fill; hot glue a piece of broken tree limb in the middle for the stem; hot glue artificial leaves; tie a brown organza ribbon around the stem. Cute decorations for fireplace mantels and bookshelves.

  173. kellie says:

    Bean bag baby toys!

  174. Diane says:

    Yo-yos and cell phone purses!

  175. Cami Paul says:

    I’ve used fat quarters for small gift bags and for placemats. They’re not just for quilts anymore….

  176. Tracy M says:

    Just one more thing to add – I made my very first project last Sunday from this website, the rice therapy bag, and I used a couple fat quarters for the patterned fabric strips. It turned out awesome!

  177. Tracy M says:

    I’m brand new to sewing – just got my very first sewing machine one week ago today. I love all these great ideas for fat quarters because it seems like an inexpensive way to get my feet wet!

  178. Shannon says:

    Zipper bags and small tote bags are great projects for fat quarters.

  179. Sarah says:

    Love the new fabric!! I love fat quarters for small handbags, they’re perfect as accents and pockets!

  180. Rina says:

    Those are gorgeous. I’m all about the pouches with fat quarters.

  181. Kim says:

    I’ve made cute little purses using just one fat quarter for Christmas gifts this year.Very cute,economical,and well received!

  182. Torina says:

    I buy primarily fat quarters because I love making tote bags. They are easier to store and work with.

  183. Allyk says:

    A Baby Bib, rice therapy bag cover or a decorative pillow … thanks for entering me!

  184. Keilah says:

    I am in the process of making a quilted wallet. I would even love to make a set of quilted place mats and napkins. Thanks for the giveaway.

  185. Jenn says:

    I love fat quarters for making doll baby clothes and tea party accessories for my 2 year old daughter. There are so many great prints and colors available as fat quarters that don’t require a huge layout of cash. So little M can have great reversible tea party napkins, and frocks for her doll guests.

  186. Mary Anna says:

    I’ve been sewing hostess aprons a lot lately (for gifts, for school fundraisers, for friends), and they start with a fat quarter as the main body and a 1/2 yard for the trim and ties. Super fun fabrics – I’d love to win! I’d totally make an apron, of course! These are perfect for a kitchen project.

  187. katie says:

    Fat quarters would be great to recreate a patch work dog I have, that my great-grandmother made out of square patches. These prints look like a great match to the kind she was using way back when. Although my dog will be machine sewn, not hand stitched like hers. I also plan to use fat quarters for some other old softie patterns that I have from my childhood that my mom used to make.

  188. Crissy says:

    One of my ideas is to make a laptop cozy and I think a fat quarter would be a perfect size to start with! Even if I don’t win, I think I’ll add some of that fabric to my stash. 🙂

  189. JenniMac says:

    I recently hosted a baby show that had a university theme. I bought a bunch of different fat quarters in collegiate colors and made a cute flag banner to adorn my mantel during the shower. I sent it home with mom-to-be for use in the babies nursery. It was a fun project, and one of my first.
    I’d love to win some fabric, since my stash is so small. I have a million more project ideas!

  190. ellen says:

    I used fat quarteres to make my daughter a case for her camera.

  191. Meg says:

    Fat quarters are great for making totes and little purse accessories like tissue cozies.

    I love to use them to make magazine totes. I’m planning my wedding, and I’m always carrying a magazine or two around to flip through for inspiration. I don’t like carrying them in my purse because they’ll get bent up, which is why I make magazine totes! Fat quarters are the perfect size to make them.

  192. Miss Behave says:

    I’m a fat quarter addict and I love to use them for clutches and bags!

  193. craftytammie says:

    I love those prints and the colors. I am making lots of quilted list takers and pillows lately – and since I love fabric a fat quarter lets me buy print I love without feeling too guilty about my stash!

  194. naomig says:

    As others have said, aprons are a great use of fat quarters. Also, throw pillows covers, drink coasters and I’m planning on seeing if I can design a cute skirt out of the neatest bundle of them I got. That being said, this bundle would be awesome for that too. 🙂

  195. lately i have been collecting fat quarters and making key fobs and gobs and gobs of fabric covered buttons! FuN!

  196. Sara R. says:

    I like to make purses and pincushions from fat quarters. 🙂

  197. Leslie says:

    Fat quarters …love to make place mats and table runners.

  198. Robin C says:

    fat quarters, My favorite thing but alas they are too cute to cut. Let me win and give me a challenge to make something and you might just break my cycle.

  199. Junglewife says:

    I’d love to make a little handbag with my pink and green fat quarters!

  200. Serena says:

    I find that you can get a couple of Ruby Dolls out of a few fat quarters.

  201. Michelle says:

    Toiletry bags are just the thing….perfect measurements from a fat quarter.

  202. Pam says:

    Headbands are my current favorite way to use fat quarters. 🙂 Have two more to sew up in the next few days.

  203. Amy Hunter says:

    lately I’m very into making bags, so I would probably uses some fat quarters to make bags. It sure would brighten my day to win some fabric, here in smoggy Utah.

  204. barbara says:

    With extra batting pieces I stuff things, make ornaments, sew together with other pieces to make a useable size, or shove in a bag or bin for “something” that comes up later. This last option is has always been my sewing downfall. 🙂

  205. norarachel says:

    I used a fat quarter and some iron-on laminate stuff to make a reusable lunch bag. More stylish than the usual and it holds up to wear!

  206. Emily S. says:

    I saw a cute tutorial that used a fat quarter to create a french memory board. I’m dying to try it!

  207. yvonne says:

    i like to make all sorts of things with fat quarters, but what i’ve used them for most is for doll clothes. my daughter loves to pick out the fabrics.

  208. erika says:

    I love the pattern of this fabric line, and the colors are absolutely cute!

  209. mary says:

    I used fat quarters to make the little house from UK Lass in the US.

  210. Amy says:

    I have made change purses, coasters and bean bags with fat quarters.

  211. Kim says:

    I would love to make some wall pockets!! Get stuff off the floor! The fabric is great!!

  212. Patricia says:

    I’ve picked up fat quarters and have made placemats.
    I am excited about your new fat quarter packs.

  213. Tara T. says:

    I love using fat quarters for wallets and zipper pouches. And I currently have a few fat quarters to make pillows out of. I’m thinking either log cabin blocks or crazy 9 patch squares. ohhh fun

  214. Gen says:

    Patchwork bags and skirts (for my daughter) are my favorite thing to make with fat quarters.

  215. Pat says:

    I love this fabric and I would make some pot holders for the microwave (covers fingers only) or a tablerummer for my dining table. Thank you so much for being so generous with your fabric giveways.

  216. Sarah says:

    they would be great for anything small-ish…coasters, throw pillows, aprons, patches and pockets

  217. Cami says:

    Baby bibs and burp cloths. I’ve figured a way that I can make two burp cloths and one bib from a single fat quarter. Love it!

  218. Jennilyn says:

    I lOvE this fabric! Using fat quarters, I like to make tiny totes for little hands, nursing covers, and wallets! Thanks so much!

  219. Bailey says:

    I have made simple baby bibs with fat quarters. I love the Hello Betty fabric!

  220. Susan says:

    I love fat quarters, the assortment of fabric can be so fun! I made some gratitude wraps (free design on soulemama’s website), some pin cushions and bean bags for kiddos. Such great colors and patterns, fat quarter bundles are the best!

  221. Alison says:

    I love using bright colors of fat quarters to piece together pillows. I’ll add a piece of embroidery that I made as well, to have a little window in the middle of the front of the pillow. I made one for a friend’s birthday using bright purple and pink fat quarters and a lotus embroidery with similar colors. She loved it. 🙂

  222. Amanda says:

    Pants for babies.

  223. Jenna says:

    That fabric reminds me of some sheets that my grandma had. We always used to stay at her house, and i remember the sheets like it was yesterday… they were always so soft and comfy! 🙂

  224. Keri says:

    gotta love free fabric!! I’m itching to sew again! This doesn’t help! 🙂

  225. Erin says:

    Ooooh, a chance to win free fabric! I’m game.

    Okay, I’d say some good projects for fat quarters would be cute little baby bibs (and if you simply serge the pieces together and use snaps…well, then…the project is a snap!), machine appliques to put on store bought shirts (like sweet little birdies or flowers) and those roomy fat quarter bags (I use mine for shoving all the towels in when we take the kids to the swimming pool).

  226. nettie says:

    I like to use them for potholders!

  227. Jessy Roos says:

    With fat quarters I like to make rice and oatmeal hot packs or cute little bags and pouches. They are so useful!

  228. HeidiMonkey says:

    Wow what beautiful fabric! I could do so much with it!!

  229. Jessica says:

    I made a cute valentines skirt for my 7 year old.

  230. Shellyfish says:

    I’ve actually never made a quilt – I would use them probably for clothing for some cloth dolls that I am drafting a pattern for. I want to try to make some dollies for my daughter & nieces that they’ll love as much as I loved my Raggedy Ann and Andy when I was little – but I really want to do something fun with the clothes. These would be RAD!

  231. Julia says:

    Fat Quarter…not a quilt? Well…let me think…a sewing companion/needle keeper, apron {which I’d only use to show off in front of guests, lol…my aprons look…well used}, a biiig pincushion…could go on endlessly ;o)
    Cheers, Julia

  232. Gloria says:

    This line would make perfect mats to put in between my brand new Rachael Ray’s orange frypans. These mats will protect the Teflon coated pans from getting scratched from the bottoms of the stacked pan. My Linens ‘n Things went out of business and I got some of her pans for a great price. I’d love to look at these protective mats made from this line every time I chose a pan to us and then when I put them away because they would go very nicely with the orange bottoms!



  233. Gabrien Chaney says:

    I love reproduction prints in fat quarter size for doll clothes.

  234. Jan says:

    I make fabric wallets with fat quarters.

  235. Sara D. says:

    Coasters and placemats! Dolls! Kids clothes!

  236. Lorrie says:

    I recently finished a clothespin bag that would be perfect for using fat quarters. Then there are tablemats, book covers, napkins (in a set of coordinating prints), small zippered pouches, as part of a crazy patch pillow….

    I’m looking forward to reading what others do with their fat quarters.


  237. MamaBee says:

    I made an apron for my little one, and am planning a cover for my digital camera out of fat quarters. Those prints are lovely!

  238. Deanne says:

    While not technically a project, my kids adore fat quarters for learning about color. They sort through my folded stash to rearrange them in a pallet that pleases them. Sometimes I’ll ask them to find all the primary, secondary, or even tertiary colors. It keeps them busy, happy, and learning for a good long while. Things I used fat quarters for this past Christmas included small notebook covers and wristlets.

  239. Laura says:

    A fat quarter cut in half (so that you have two pieces that are 18 by 10.5) makes two perfect pieces to sew into little cases for corn sacks (you know the bags of feed corn that you heat in the microwave?) If you fold it so that you have a 9 by 10.5 rectangle, it works out nicely! I love that new fabric too!

  240. Catherine says:

    fat quarters = journal covers from handmade holidays! Happy Friday!

  241. April says:

    Very pretty fabric! I have never sewn with FQ as I am not a quilter. I bet they would be great for making wallets, small purses or totes, or an I Spy pillow for kids.

  242. I like to make placemats, coasters, and lately ornaments 🙂

  243. Rachel says:

    I made a Checkbook Cover found here It’s way better than the black plastic ones that come with the checks.

  244. Anja says:

    Coaters of course. i love them. And I made a lovely baby bed protection (sorry to my English, no dictionary in sight) with small pieces of fabric.

  245. Karen says:

    I used fat quarters to make the rocket ships that you all featured during the holidays. I also used some to make the In town bags from Amy Butler. I love fat quarters. I think there are so many uses for them and a great way to get inspired by a fabric line!!

  246. Donna says:

    I love Fat Quarters for all my sewing – a good sieze that you get enough fabric to make something big like a doll, but also small enough to be folded neatly and stacked in my fabric cupboard (I’m rather anal, so I love this about FQs!). I can fit lots of FQs and have a good selection of colours for my appliqued shirts, which I make for every kid i know!

  247. Shelly says:

    Oh gosh, I haven’t been sewing long enough to discover the merits of fat quarters, so I don’t have any favorite projects. That said, I love the fabric and would love to find a great project for it!

  248. Jeannine says:

    I used three fat quarters and made two of the medium-sized AB Stash and Dash bags for teacher’s gifts this past holiday season. Fat quarters make excellent pouch bags or patchworked larger bags.

  249. Heidi says:

    What a beautful twirly skirt they would make for my daughter!

  250. ChrisC. says:

    I’ve been using fat quarters to make drawstring bags to carry my knitting and other little things around. No more pens, hair clips, keys, etc. tangled in my yarn when I toss it in my purse!

  251. nanann says:

    I just made some padded camera strap covers with fat quarters! SO easy and a nice happy project!

  252. MegVS says:

    Oh, I make all sorts of things with fat quarters! Tea wallets, flower pins, tissue cozies, wristlets, etc…

  253. Susanna says:

    I LOVE those fabrics!!! Scrappy tote bags are always fun to make with fat quarters. Doll clothes for my little sister’s dolls, and bits of decoration for softies that we make together are both good uses for fat quarters. I have my mind on some lavender sachets for Valentine’s day as well…

  254. Mary Ann M says:

    I LOVE to use fat quarters to make “twirly” skirts for my 2 granddaughters, – you know the kind that uses up lots of colourful fabrics!

    Mary Ann M.

  255. Carly says:

    I would use it to make my daughter a dress. I just got my sewing machine for Cmas and am new to the sewing world. I have a lot to learn, but am having so much fun! Love these fabrics!!!

  256. Lisa says:

    I like making quilts from FQ’s like a Yellow brick road or Turning Twenty…

    I just love 30’s prints so much I should had been born 30 years earlier…

  257. claudia says:

    I haven’t purchased fat quarters very often but I’m sure they’d be great for a child’s apron and I can imagine making some great bias tape!

  258. Victoria says:

    Kid’s crayon rolls! Such a fun project, too!

  259. Leslie Newton says:

    I love fat quarters. I use them for patchwork purses and even just to decorate. I like a basket full of fat quarters.

  260. Fat quarters are the perfect size for box bags. Although I must admit, I am addicted to fat quarters and frequently buy them with abandon with no project in mind.

  261. Carrie says:

    I am making some bed bugs from Amy Butler’s new book with my fat quarters. So cute!

  262. Jennie says:

    I love making projects with fat quarters, partly because I can cut them out without occupying my entire dining room table AND the ironing board. You can make lots of things — headbands, pincushions, decorative towel edgings, magnets, perfume vial pouches, DS game holders… lots of good stuff. I LOVE the new prints. I may have to get some of those and redo my kitchen. Again. I just made all my appliance cozies, but I feel they need a change already….

  263. Chassie says:

    I like to use fat quarters for Hot Pads & Mittens.

  264. Autumnesf says:

    Love the top made with the won fabric! I think I need to find that pattern!

  265. Robyn says:

    Fat quarters are great for doll clothes and dolls too!

  266. Lisa says:

    Tiny quilts with needleturn applique are my favorite fat-quarter project. Pieces that sit for a while unfinished lend themselves nicely to pillows, panels for totes or purses, or for framing for impromptu gifting!

  267. Kristin says:

    I just made a striped shirt with sock monkey fabric fat quarters. It also works as a dress for my 1 year old.

  268. Lesli RIchards says:

    My favorite uses for fat quarters are ruffles on Portobello Pixie pants, and building a nice stash for the paper pieced advent quilt I want to make for next year!
    Lesli Richards

  269. Emilee says:

    A fat quarter is the perfect size for a changing pad. Or I’ve used a favorite fat quarter of mine as trim for a baby dress.

  270. katherine says:

    Ohh I have a pattern for a bag that uses only fat quarters. A wallet, makeup pouch, or makeup brush holder(maybe a set).

  271. Aimee says:

    I used fat quarters to make Christmas presents, mostly from patterns and tutorials posted here! Passport covers and luggage tags for traveling parents, bookmarks and eyeglass cases, be-ribbons lid covers for jam jars, etc. Now I’m making some small zippered pouches with my leftovers…

  272. Sara says:

    What would I do with a fat quarter? Probably put it on my bulletin board to stare at and inspire me for a bit and then turn it into a zippered pouch – I seem to find so many uses for these and a beautiful fabric just makes me smile.


  273. aimee says:

    I’ve used fat quarters to make some smaller sized tote bag, napkins and placemats. I love the look of these new prints!! I could think of lots of projects for these.

  274. Sara W says:

    Fat quarters are perfect for making small handbags and storage “baskets” for selveges, notions, washcloths, etc. They’re also fantastic for making skirts, dresses, and capes for my daughters’ doll and stuffed animal collection.

  275. Shannon says:

    I’m still a very, very beginner sewer, but I love fabrics that inspire me, and these are gorgeous! Since I am such a sewing newbie, I used some fat quarters to make homemade beanbags for one of our young neighbors. Easy, satisfying and quick!

  276. Julie says:

    If I had some fat quarters right now, I would turn them into a crayon roll for my daughter. If I win that yard of fabric, I intend to make her an A-line dress with a matching hairband.

  277. Molly says:

    Fat quarters are perfect to make woven drink coasters! Two of them in coordinating fabric is perfect to make four coasters. Perfect hostess gift or just a nice addition to a gift back.

  278. mommymae says:

    love the new fabric!

  279. Limor says:

    I would use them to make a quilt for my daughter. I love those colors, and would just combine the fat quarters with some other fabrics to make her a cute patchwork.

  280. Zoe says:

    I have used fat quarters to make napkins. Also, I used them to make the rockets from The Long Thread.

  281. Lisa Boyer says:

    I love making box bags and fabric baskets. Scrappy scarves are great, too!

  282. Christine says:

    I made my fabric bird ornaments at Christmas out of fat quarters, and plan on making some spring ones to hang from a branch this spring!

  283. Andrea Methvin says:

    Those fabrics are so pretty! I would love to sew something up with them! My fave way to use fat quarters and/or scraps is zippered coin pouches, and checkbook covers. Fast, easy, and very practical!

  284. another amy says:

    I just found a great pattern for note-book covers that I can’t wait to try. FQ’s are the perfect width for cutting the strips! New to Sew Mama Sew. (I know, I’m always behind the curve) and I’m loving it!

  285. Mary says:

    I used fat quarters to make zippered box bags.

  286. alison says:

    I was so excited about fat quarter month, I forgot to say what I’ve done with fat quarters. I’ve recently used fat quarters for sleeves on a dress for my daughter. A fat quarter is just about the right amount of fabric for a puffy sleeve on a peasant top or dress for my 2 yr-old. I like the idea of taking two coordinating fat quarters and, along with another coordinating print for the body, making a fun scrappy dress or shirt.

  287. shean says:

    I use my to make pin cushions, aprons, and pouches. I love your site there is so much info.

    Thank you

  288. abby says:

    Fat quarters work great for the panel of a baby carrier. They also make great bodies for all kinds of softies.

  289. Nada says:

    i used fat quarters when i made the space boy and robot from wee wonderfuls!

  290. Julia says:

    Napkins! Nice, big napkins are great out of fat quarters! Just about anything smallish or patchwork! Oh, I love fat quarters!!

  291. Elle Doughty says:

    Fat quarters are great for Amy Butler’s free business card holder project. I’ve also used them to make a glasses case and decorative pockets on a pinafore. Thanks for sharing!

  292. Christie says:

    My favorite bag parttern, the “Mama’s Pocketbook” free pattern makes a great tote bag with larger measurements than she specifies. My favorite thing is to use two colors for the outside, one for the top portion about the height of half a fat quarter and corduroy on the bottom part to make it nice and durable. Makes a nice bag!

  293. Ellen B says:

    Indygo Junction’s Bella Bag pattern is great for fat quarters….I also like making napkins out of coordinating fat qtr packs. So glad you’re selling FQ packs!

  294. alison says:

    Ooooh, fat quarter month – how awesome!!! I love fat quarter bundles and can’t wait to see the sets you put together. Hooray!

  295. Beth says:

    I just cut into a bunch of my fat quarters for Valentine’s Day and Birthday presents. I will be making pathwork coasters, a patchwork sewing machine mat with pockets, soft soled baby shoes, or for softies!

  296. Lauren V says:

    I love using fat quarters to make belts, headbands, any of those great little projects that require really special fabric!

  297. Tracy says:

    Ooooh, I love the fat quarters pack. A great opportunity to try out a few fabrics at once.

  298. Carol says:

    I made some grocery bag holders using fat quarters and they are great because you do not have to measure and cut that much.

  299. Kristen L says:

    For a Christmas present, I made my cousin an apron using only fat quarters. I thought that was a great way to use up some of my stash! My friend now wants me to make her some, too. So more aprons are on my list of things to do in the next few months.

  300. sandyandcosmo says:

    I use fat quarters for placemats and potholders.

  301. Sara R. says:

    Hmm, anything can be done in patchwork, but I’d say kitchen curtains, table runners or placemats. Also fat quarter packs are great to make coordinating baby clothes!

  302. Teresa says:

    The drawstring purse from Amy Butler’s In Town Bags pattern, which, by the way, would look great in this fabric.

  303. Shelly B. says:

    I do love the new Sew Mama Sew tweets…so much good stuff! And Free Fabric? Who can pass that by? Not me!

  304. Kay says:

    I love this tutorial for soft baby shoes by “On Pins and Needles”. It only uses one fat quarter! =)

  305. Elizabeth says:

    I’m in love with those fabrics by Chloe’s Closet! I’m picturing a skirt in that first one with the orange flowers, gorgeous!

  306. katie z. says:

    I use fat quarters to make double-sided aprons for my girls! 2 fat quarters per apron, including pockets, plus a few inches of velcro and a few of elastic make great, quick gifts too.

  307. Shanna says:

    I have three friends that are pregnant and I’ve been looking for baby gifts to make them. I found a shop on Etsy that sells a pattern for some really cute soft baby blocks. The best looking ones use 4-6 different fabrics so I’m going to get some cute coordinating fat quarters to sew them up.

    Here’s the pdf pattern:

  308. Anya T. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win free fabric! I like to use fat quarters for Christmas napkins like I showed in my blog here – There are several tutorials available out there in blogland.

  309. Christine says:

    Oooohhhh – I am loving that “Hello Betty” series! That would make a fabulous tote or weekender bag!! Hmmm….

  310. rebecca says:

    I love using fat quaters! It keeps me creative in using more than two fabrics for a project. I especially love putting them together in a dress or skirt for my daughter.

    And wowie is that Hello Betty fabric beautiful!

  311. Malinda L says:

    I immediately had a an idea for a fat quarter project as soon as I read this post. My idea is to make as many yo-yo’s as possible with one fat quarter and use coordinating fat quarters of fabric as backing to create a set of matching coasters. You would arrange the yo-yo’s in a grid of 9 on top of each backing and sewing them down to finish the design .

  312. Rhiannon says:

    I’ve been making rice stuffed pot trivets lately… they’re perfect for fat quarters.

  313. Ms. Fine says:

    I have several ideas of what to do with a free yard of fabric, don’t you want to see them? 🙂

  314. Chrissy says:

    Oh, I just adore that new collection of prints! I love the one on the right that resembles lovely poppies bending in the breeze…

    Anyway, my favorite thing to do with fat quarters (or any little scraps for that matter!) is make doll dresses for my daughter’s favorite doll named Mimi. All it takes is a strip about 6 inches wide run through a ruffler foot along one end, and a square about 6″x6′ folded over for the bodice. And she (my daughter, not the doll!) loves helping me with embelishments like lace, ribbons, and buttons.

    I would love that free yard of fabric! 🙂

  315. lorchick says:

    well i have an 18 month old so I can use even just fat quarters to make cute simple little skirts by adding a contrast ruffle and waistband! In fact, when I won Amy Butler fat quarter solids I used one of them for exactly that!
    sooooo, with an entire yard, i could definitely easily come up with a dress for DD. And probably a matching dress for dolly as well. ohoho.

  316. DebbieKL says:

    Happy Free Fabric Friday!

  317. Kim says:

    love the orange and blue combo!

  318. Terriaw says:

    Yay, I love fat quarter packs!

  319. Denise Powers says:

    I use fat quarters for the back of pin keeps for my cross-stitch projects.

  320. becky says:

    I’d love to be entered to win a yard of your beautiful fabric. I have a special sister-in-law with a birthday coming up, and a long list of great ideas, thanks to your website.

    Have a happy weekend.

  321. Samantha says:

    I made a cool bag out of fat quarters once. It was in one of my mom’s quilting books. You sew 6 fat quarters together to make a large rectangle that is two FQ by 3 FQ. You line it with a single piece of fabric or more FQs. On the two short ends you do a casing for the straps and on the two long ends you do elastic in a casing. Run fabric straps through the casings on the ends and tie them in a knot. It makes a nice big bag that is great for carrying a quilting project or toys and blankets for your baby or a million other things. I’ve thought about adapting it down to a smaller size for my daughter to carry her babies in. I like that you can put it down and open it almost flat and get to everything. Good for a toddler who wants to get to her toys.

  322. Carolyn Lamberson says:

    I like to do all kinds of things with fat quarters. Funky dinner napkins, blankets for my daughter’s dolls and Barbies, etc. I’m also thinking it would be fun to stitch a few together to accent the base of a simple cafe apron. The fat quarter packs of the Hello Betty fabric would look especially cool on an apron!

  323. sara says:

    I love the Hello Betty line! Very inspiring!

  324. Yay, another free drawing. I love these opportunities to win some fabric, thank you. Janet

  325. Ashley Ann says:

    That new fabric is super cute!

  326. Lisa W says:

    I like to use fat quarters for small projects–like Christmas stockings!

  327. Kim Lynch says:

    I have used fat quarters for lots of small projects… pin cushions, pot holders and pillow cases off the top of my head, though I’m sure there are more! Sure would LOVE a yard of this to make a sundress for my toddler! And I’ll probably have to have the fat quarters too… maybe for a little apron! They’re adorable!

  328. Melissa says:

    Love the colors!

  329. Paige says:

    How ’bout a pretty table runner? Or placemats and napkins?

  330. Kate says:

    I love the Hello Betty line so retro and cute

  331. Jennifer says:

    or pillows… I can’t think of anything untraditional I would use them for now that I’ve seen how great they match. I guess I will just have to buy some! 😀

  332. Carol says:

    I have used fat quarters to make pillow case dresses… LOTS of them for my twin daughters. I even made one that they wore to a parade and they won Best Decorated Stroller for. 🙂

    I also have made mini patchfolios, coin/credit card holders and dog collars… lots of dog collars. I LOVE fat quarters!


  333. Jennifer says:

    I love those colors and the retro print! They match the prints that I have in my living room perfectly! I would to get ahold of those for a couch quilt!

  334. Hannah says:

    I like using fat quarters for handbags, patchwork scarves, coin purses, appliques, and scarves for my doggies. I like using them when I am unsure about the color scheme in a project. Sometimes I just buy a whole bunch blindly and when I get home and put them together it makes for a really unique piece!

  335. Rachel says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a scarf with flannel on one side and scrap fabrics on the other…does that count? 🙂

  336. Sharon says:

    Me first? I love this book… Omiyage : Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition. Great ideas for scrap or fat quarter fabrics!

  337. ann says:

    I love those fabrics! Recently bought an old craftsman house, and now we’re totally into all things from that era, including retro fabrics. I recently made a pillow with a stack of retro fabric fat quarters I had , but I set them sideways to cut the square out – in other words, after I made a nine-patch square, I turned it diagonally to cut out a piece for the front of the pillow. Turned out great!

  338. Julie A says:

    I make small projects for my girls, like a purse or sleeping bag for a favorite teddy bear. Pin cushions are my favorite to make, but one only needs so many of those 🙂
    I am planning on making a small diaper and wipes case holder for my sister-in-law who is due in May!
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  339. Miya Sohoza says:

    I’m just now teaching myself to quilt, but I’ve been sewing and embroidering and such for a little while now. I feel more comfortable with my abilities, and my creativity after each new project. When I was learning to sew I would buy up tons of neat fat quarters and make (market) tote bags and simple pillows with embroidered embellishments. It was great practice for both sewing and embroidery and some super neat stuff came of it!

  340. Aimee says:

    I saw a great tutorial for these really awesome house potholders that would be a perfect craft for fat quarters!

  341. Rachel says:

    This is not a project that I designed myself but I’ve been having fun making them for my nieces. It’s called a “Molly Monkey” and I got the pattern from The fat quarters are used to make the clothing (skirt, socks, sleeves) for the monkey and it’s absolutely adorable!

  342. Kim says:

    I’m about to make some reversible drawstring bags (with fat quarters) for my son to put his toys in . Maybe by living room will look a little less like a toy store!

  343. KathleenM says:

    This fabric is amazing! I will be on the lookout for a special project for it!

  344. Tjlut says:

    I’m new to sewing so my only “project” thus far is the cute fabric basket I found thorough your site on the Pink Penguin blog. I used partial fat quarters to finish some of those cute baskets up for Christmas Presents and organizers for myself. There are so many things you could do with fat quarters and I plan to use my leftover scraps for some patchwork tote bags and/or larger baskets!

  345. katy says:

    A project with fat quarters . . . not a quilt. . . I took a class about sewing hidden zippers in a pillow. We used fat quarters for that.

    I love Free Fabric Friday! Thank you –

  346. Jodie says:

    I’ve made a very cute little purse that uses 3 fat quarters for the outside, plus one 1/2 yard for the inside lining. It’s cute and very fast. Although, to be honest, since I made it, I haven’t seen it much since my almost-three-year-old daughter pretty much claimed it as her own!

    I also make a lot of bibs using fat quarters. It’s an inexpensive and fast project that I love since our bibs are all so stylish and unique.

  347. Marilyn says:

    This fabric is so pretty. I really like the color combinations and it would make a beautiful quilt!

  348. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve seen some fantastic patchwork purses made with fat quarters but personally, I’ve made fabric baby blocks with fat quarters and they were perfect!

  349. sarah f says:

    I’m working on a patchwork skirt (or maybe it’ll turn into a dress)that i found on this website God bless that blog. I figured that if a bought a lot of one main print and FQ of coordinating colors it would save me a little $$. So far it’s a row of squares, but soon it’ll be more! Otherwise I love to use FQ for little appliques.

  350. Shawna says:

    Lolly from has a pattern for an owl, and I have found that the fat quarters work perfectly for this. I can get about two owls out of each quarter and they are so cute!

  351. I love the “apron in an hour” tutorial using fat quarters! here is the link:

  352. Glass Flower says:

    If I won the free yard of fabric it would turn into a sun dress and maybe a pair of shorts for my two year old’s summer clothing that I must get started on.

  353. Whistlepea says:

    I’m not a quilter so if I have fat quarters I end up using them for pouches and pencil cases to give as gifts.

  354. Jody says:

    They are great for coasters as well.

  355. Kimiko says:

    I use fat quarters to make pretty burp cloths for new mommies–cut the fabric to sew over one entire side of a prefold cloth diaper. (Wash & dry the diaper first so that it shrinks up to be thick & absorbent.) A friend made some for me when I had my 2nd daughter, and the beautiful fabrics she chose were fun to have around during those dreary post-partum days. Funny how pretty fabric can make you happier when you’re awake at 4am for another feeding…well, that and your beautiful baby’s face!

    And fine, I’ll fess up…sometimes I just buy fat quarters b/c it’s another excuse to by wonderful fabric. So I’m eager to read other people’s uses for them, so they don’t just pile up in my house!

    Love this site, by the way…it’s so inspiring!

  356. Sarah says:

    Wow! I absolutely love these!

  357. Jody says:

    I would love love love to win some of this fabric. What do I do with my fat quarters….They are great for potholders, coasters, baby blocks..these are just a few ideas.

  358. Jennifer says:

    You can kae a great apron with fat quaters. Or a nice little tote .

  359. Alison says:

    A sleeping mask! So easy and a great gift. This fabric is to die for!

  360. Java Jane says:

    This week I started sewing the bathmat that was shown in Homemade Holiday ’08. With cold weather in the forecast, nothing sounds better than a bowl of homemade soup (mushroom barley on the stove now) and some quality time with my sewing machine.

    Stay warm everyone!

  361. CJ says:

    Very cute fabric!!! Thanks for the chance to win some!

  362. Celeste says:

    I used some fun fat quarters to make bean bags for my littles this Christmas.

  363. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    I am the first to post because I believe this fabric was designed just for me! I love these colors and this style and I certainly will be ordering more from you once I win this give away, because I want every one of the prints!

  364. Amy says:

    The Hello Betty collection is lovely, would love to be a winner !!!

  365. Rachel says:

    A pillow can be easily made from fat quarters, or maybe a hot pad. I would love to learn how to make a pillow with an initial on it that isn’t appliqued, but actually sewn in.

  366. Annette says:

    uses for fq’s that are not a quilt. Well, I would use them for gift bags or peice together to use as cafe curtains in my kitchen – would look fab with the new wood cookstove we are getting ready to install. =) As for gift bags, this are handy for any time. Last minute gifts are common at my house. Oh, or use as a decorative topper to a jar of homemade preserves. Yum!
    I just love the fabric in this shop. =)

  367. Marianne says:

    Fat quarters that aren’t quilts? What an interesting conception! How about reusable shopping bags? Book covers? Pillow covers? With beautiful fabric, anything is possible!

  368. sarah says:

    I just made a neck pillow out of two fat quarters for my cousin. She’s pregnant and due next month. She’ll need it for all those late nights soon.

  369. Kelli says:

    There’s a whole lot you could use fat quarters for — like stuffed baby toys, creating appliques for onesies, tissue cozies, or wristlets. Right now, I am actually using some for these fabric bookmarks and a tin-pen holder I am making.

  370. karen says:

    hmmm… making booties for a baby! They don’t need much fabric, and you can get soooo creative while making adorible baby booties!

  371. CHARLIE says:

    I like to use my fat quarters for making softies, or finger puppets. i love combining different fabrics with wool felt in my creations.

  372. supa says:

    i just signed up for the forum last night. itching to get my feet wet in there — so many good ideas.

  373. audra says:

    I’ve been sewing little pouches lined with fleece for sunglasses, and other “purse pouches'” for my friends to help keep them organized. JoAnn’s had a sale on fat quarters, so I stocked up on random patterns, and let my friends choose what they want their pouch set to be. It’s been great way to spend an hour each week.

  374. Chelsey says:

    I love these prints! I am imagining my living room with these colors. Maybe pillows could be made out of these or some cute wall art! I am not sure how big fat quarters are since I’ve never bought or sewn with them.

  375. Jan says:

    Please choose me for the fabric – I have vintage Progressive Farmer apron patterns and reproduction fabrics. would be absolutely perfect. Please, please, please….

  376. Stephanie says:

    Ooh, I just finished a project recently that could be made with fat quarters. It was a purse from a pattern – it was a rather tiny purse (I’m guessing only about 7″ by 8″ when it was finished?). I actually got the fabric and pattern about ten years when I was in middle school, but was too intimidated to finish it. So I finished it recently (even though I don’t have a need for it now. Anyway, you could make this purse from absolutely any fat quarter. It’s nice for if you don’t want to carry too much with you, just some cash and credit cards.

    But aren’t fat quarters addictive? Just looking at them, they seem to call to me. I think because they’re smaller, they seem like they don’t require much commitment…I look and them and think “Hey, it won’t hurt me to get this even though I have other projects to finish. It’s just a little fabric, it wouldn’t take long to make something from this.” 😀

  377. Michelle says:

    Fat quarters are great for scrappy bags…a pattern (ideas: where you need something more than a jelly roll-type strip… Or you could use full FQs for simple totes (matching fabrics or just coordinating prints for a bit of extra fun) – these end up as a great size to put in a laptop and peripherals. Or Amy Butler’s fabric necklaces ( – make a scrappy necklace. 🙂

  378. kristine hanson says:

    The blog “stop starting and start sewing” has a “one hour apron” tutorial using a fat quarter, too cute!

  379. molly says:

    I have made small tote bags/handbags using fat quarters and interfacing. Love Hello Betty!

  380. Brittany Godfrey says:

    I just LOVE these!!! I have been wanting to try to make a bag, and I think these would be amazing… thanks for this site!

  381. Lisa says:

    I made the Black Apple doll on the martha stewart website with the last fat quarters I bought.
    I keep meaning to put a picture on my (very small) family blog. Maybe today! Love to make another one with new fat quarters for my older daughter!

  382. Leah Davis says:

    My favorite projects with fat quarters are baby bibs and matching embellished burp cloths!

  383. Hollie says:

    Two of my favorite projects that use fat quarters are pin cushions,(tomatoes, strawberries, squares, or just circles) or ornaments.

  384. froghair says:

    I used fat quarters of batiks to make my 2yo niece’s halloween costume. She was a cricket, so I used strips of different batik colors to make a segmented body, which was attached to a smock also made of fat quarters.

  385. Jessi says:

    I love this fabric! It would make a lovely apron. As I have yet to work up the ambition to start quilting (it will happen), my favorite thing to do with a fat quarter is Stop Staring And Start Sewing’s apron in an hour. I love it! –

  386. Kristin says:

    Oh … I love this new Chloe’s Closet line. I wonder if being first to post is a sign of good luck???

  387. Tammy says:

    I love fat quarters! 🙂 I’ve used them to make a tea cozy, little zipper pouches, a bread warmer, and all kinds of things!

  388. Rachael says:

    I love using fat quarters for aprons and placemats.

  389. Hannah says:

    Sorry, I didn’t read the instructions before I commented. Here’s my idea for a project that uses fat quarters: This Christmas, I used fat quarters to make fabric gift bags. They were the perfect size for most of my gifts. I just folded the piece in half, sewed two of the open sides together and ziz-zaged the top. Then I attached a ribbon to tie it up with. Everybody loved them and promised to re-use them next year.

  390. Katie says:

    Fat quarters could make great napkins, just cut ’em down a bit and we all know we can find use for those scraps! I think fat quarters are great when in a rush and you just need something for a small trim. I love collecting fat quarters. I really hope there is a month devoted to fat quarters!

  391. Carolyn says:

    I use fat quaters to make mini-tote bags to carry around my knitting projects in. After all, one can never have too many bags. 🙂

  392. ashley says:

    I’ve been undecided on what fabric I want to use to make my daughter a simple A-line dress, but I think my search is over!

  393. Katy Jorgensen says:

    My friend has a darling bag she made with a couple fat quarters. I’ve been trying to find the right fabric for my bag.

  394. Jenny says:

    My sister is pregnant with twins(boys) (already mother to 3 boys), her husband is in the military (very busy and often over seas for 12-18 months at a time{already done with 6-7 tours and they have only been married for 7 years{), and they have just received some bad news about the pregnancy. I would love to make her a sleep mask that she could warm up or cool down along with a matching (large) bag for her feet and ankles. I love your blog!

  395. Jessica says:

    I used fat quarters for my first sewing project. I made a wrap-n-mat. You know, so we don’t have to put our sandwiches in plastic bags. One side is the fat quarter and the other was PUL. I love them.

  396. Hannah says:

    I’ve got no running water and an infant with a stomach virus. Perhaps free fabric might cheer me up!

  397. Im making a yo-yo puppy using fat quarters and scraps – hope to have the head and all assembled by next week!

  398. I love reading your blog. It always gives me great ideas for little projects I’d like to do.

  399. Jody says:

    I like these prints a lot. Does this mean I am old???

  400. Rebecca says:

    I’ve made lots of quick projects using fat quarters – two of them will make a child’s apron, two will also make a child-sized lined messenger bag, and I’ve also used them for purses, keychain wristlets, tissue covers, baskets, baby booties, cheque book covers, notebook covers, etc. They’re a great way to get my hands on lots of fabrics but keep to my budget.

  401. Shannon says:

    Coasters or zippered pouches! Great use for fat quarters.

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