Fabrics are often sold in fat quarters, especially in bundles in the world of quilting. However until you know, you might be wondering what exactly a fat quarter is. So I thought I would write a post to explain this sizing…
This diagram shows the fabric roll at the top, the selvedges at the sides, the arrows show where a full metre of fabric is cut.
This diagram shows half a metre.
This is the fat quarter. Essentially it is the half metre cut in half down the length rather than the width. A thin quarter would be the half metre cut in half across the width.
There are lots of things you can make with a fat quarter – bags, panels on clothing, pockets, dolls clothes, quilt panels, decorations, bunting, cushions to name but a few projects. Books have been written with projects you can make from one fat quarter.
A fat quarter is a handy size to have amongst your stash to call upon for a multitude of projects. Most of the fabrics in my new online shop can be bought as a fat quarter or multiples of quarters to cater for all your sewing projects.