Finished your quilting and looking for new ways to use up those fat quarters of fabric you have? Do you need an excuse to buy some of the lovely patterns offered in fat quarters that you have seen at your local or online haberdashery? However big your pile of fat quarters, read on for some terrific ideas for projects using them.
Fabric covered notebooks
There’s no two ways about it – fabric-covered notebooks are just more exciting, prettier and more luxurious than standard notebooks. The good thing is you only need to buy cheap hardback notebooks – ideally A5 or smaller – and cover them with fabric to create a far more expensive-looking notebook. These make ideal gifts for birthdays or Christmas – the only problem is giving them away once you have fallen in love with them!
Whether for helping you to bake or getting messy with a bit of playdough and paints, aprons are essential if you have young children in the house. You can make a very cute apron for a pre-schooler or toddler using just two fat quarters. Use different patterns for a contrasting effect.
One of the best ways to use up fat quarters is to make fabric bunting. The great thing is that each quarter will make two or even up to four triangles, depending on what size you want the bunting. Mismatch material is excellent here; however, if you end up with lots of triangles the same, be sure to alternate them as much as possible. Unlike paper bunting, fabric bunting can be re-used for every party or event you hold. These types of bunting look great draped across the garden or perhaps to add to the Glass balustrade that you have installed around a decking or balcony area, when using this space for a party or during the spring and summer months.
Buying fat quarters
The concept of fat quarters has been around for a long time and they have always been very popular with quilting enthusiasts. Fat quarters are available from most haberdasheries, either cut to order or more often sold as remnants with leftover fabric.
Fat quarters are the ideal size to make dresses, jumpers or hats for dollies and teddies.
As you can see, there are lots of great projects you can try with fat quarters. Additional projects include making a small purse and bag for children, an oven mitt, a sunglasses case, or even a phone cover.