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What is…..a Fat Quarter?

Ever wondered what a Fat Quarter is? We have a whole stack of them in our shop and they are often mistakenly referred to as ‘scraps of fabric’ A Fat Quarter is a quarter of a yard of fabric. If we cut strips selvedge to selvedge then we end up with a long thin strip that has a limit to the projects that can be made from it.  These strips are known as border pieces and they can be used to edge panels of patchwork.  What is more useful to the crafter is for us to cut a quarter of a yard of fabric into a rectangle shape.  We lay the fabric out and cut it in half vertically then again horizontally so it looks a bit like a window pane.  This makes the quarter of a yard ‘fat’ not long or ‘thin’  A fat quarter should measure approximately 45cm x 50cm but it might be as big as 45cm x 57cm, it all depends on the width of the cloth as we cut.

All of our fat quarters are cut from our large selection of dress cottons, some plain, some patterned, some floral and some dotty.  We sell them individually so you can select a small piece of material for a little project but we also put bundles of colours and patterns together for you so that you can save time in matching up fabrics.  Buying a bundle makes it easier to buy a larger selection of fabrics in small amounts and to coordinate your projects.These bundles could make coordinating napkins for the Christmas table or maybe a collection of decorations for the tree.  For more inspiration and ideas we sell a great book by Wendy Gardiner that will teach you step by step, how to make lovely gifts and decorations for the home and family.Fun with Fat Quarters book

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