Fat Quarters, while not a body part, are something all sewists have on hand. These wonderful little half of a half yard cuts of fabric are infinitely appealing and seem to multiple in our stash. Now, what do we do with ALL those Fat Quarters?! Look below to choose a Spring Fat Quarter Project, reduce that stash a little and then you can buy more!
Fat Quarter Circle Skirt
Twirly circle skirts are always in style and popular with young girls. This sweet skirt, designed by Jamie of the Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom blog, is easy to make and a joy to design. You’ll choose at least six Fat Quarters and download Jamie’s skirt panel template from a previous tutorial. Following her tips and tricks, cut your panels and stitch them together. From there, you’ll choose a waistband finish and follow Jamie’s great instructions. And, if you hate hems on a skirt like this, Jamie offers a link to her bias tape method, too! Click here for the Fat Quarter Circle Skirt tutorial.
Adult Fat Quarter Panel Skirt
The grown-up girls love colorful skirts, too! So, this Fat Quarter project from Stephanie of the Venus de Hilo blog is perfect. Choose six Fat Quarters for this fabulous panel skirt, four for the skirt and two for the drawstring waistband. Stephanie includes great advice for picking your fabrics quickly, so you can get right to the fun of sewing. If you love trim, Stephanie suggests adding rick rack – ribbon or pom-poms would be adorable, too. Click here for the Fat Quarter Panel Skirt tutorial.
Modern Table Runner
Take your Fat Quarters to the table and choose the colors you love for this stunning Modern Table Runner. Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker blog designed this decorative runner with inspiration from a painting in her parent’s home. She gives simple instructions for creating your own runner using the colors, fabrics and shapes that inspire you. In true Improvisational style, the design emerged as she sewed and assembled separate panels. A Fat Quarter project that will be unique each time, this runner would also make a thoughtful gift! Click here for the Modern Table Runner blog post.
Quilted Tea Time Trivet
This modern style Fat Quarter Project makes a great gift, so plan to make several! You’ll need just four Fat Quarters plus scraps of Linen for each one. Designer Rashida used felted balls on the corners of the Quilted Tea Time Trivet she designed for Art Gallery Fabrics and they’re charming. Tassels or pom-poms would look good on the corners, too. After you follow Rashida’s easy steps for piecing and finishing, choose the hand stitched tufting she used or opt for machine quilting. Click here for the Quilted Tea Time Trivet tutorial.
Fold Up Fabric Basket
Caroline of the Sew Can She blog designed this Fat Quarter Project basket to use up two different Fat Quarters and be reversible. They fold up neatly and are just right to load with precious things around the house! You’ll appreciate the research Caroline put into these pretty holders. She tested two different stabilizers and three different edge finishes, so you can choose. She included great steps and photos with good tips and tricks along the way making this a super-fun project. Wouldn’t they look charming filled with Easter eggs?! Click here for the Fold Up Fabric Basket tutorial.
Bento Market Bag
A Fat Quarter Project that still looks like Fat Quarters! This modern version of a classic Japanese bag is soft enough to stash in a handbag, yet sturdy enough to hold your Farmer’s Market finds. Roxanne of the Modern Textiles blog added a handle and lining to the bag to make it durable and comfy to carry. Grab six Fat Quarters from your stash and enjoy how quickly this bag goes together. Roxanne cautions that this bag is addictive, then kindly gives you hints for mass production. Your friends and family will love these and you’ll love making them, too! Click here for the Modern Bento Bag tutorial.
Dumpling Shaped Pochi Pouches
Back on the Sew Can She blog, Caroline offers a beautiful zippered pouch made from two Fat Quarters. She recycles her free Pochi Pouch pattern, originally designed for extra quilt blocks, as a Fat Quarter Project with a little Asian style. Using a 12” or longer zip, this helpful pouch is lined with one FQ while the other is on the outside. Make two the same or reversed so they coordinate! The Pouch is folded to create a flat bottom making it perfect for makeup, on-the-go art supplies or any small essentials. Don’t miss Caroline’s terrific linked video how-to for making continuous binding, too! Click here for the Dumpling Shaped Pochi Pouch tutorial.