5 things to make with a single fat quarter

Things to make with a single fat quarterFat quarters…oh, how we quilters love them! They’re the quilt-shop equivalent of the candy rack at the grocery store (but without the calories). It’s so easy to pick one up and bring it home. Sometimes, though, you get it home and it either:

1) Doesn’t really “go” with anything in your stash, or

2) It’s not quite enough fabric to include in a project, or

3) It’s so pretty you can’t cut it into little pieces to put in a quilt.

Sure, you could make a pincushion or a potholder, but there are lots of other things you can make too. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Super-cute headband
Here’s a fun tutorial for making a one-size-fits-most headband by Dana Bolyard, author of Imagine Quilts:

Headband tutorial by Dana Bolyard

2. Burp cloths for baby
How about whipping up a couple of these cute burp cloths by Amy Smart, author of Fabulously Fast Quilts:

Burp-cloth tutorial by Amy Smart

3. Fat-quarter wall art
Stretch and staple your fat quarter onto a canvas, put it in a picture frame, or secure it in an embroidery hoop for some nearly instant wall art.

Embroidery Hoop Memo Minders
From Kitchen Stitches: designer Linda Turner Griepentrog went one step further and added ribbon, buttons, pockets, and even chalkboard fabric to her cute “Memo Minders.”

4 and 5. Love the fabric? Wear it!
You could easily make both of these projects from designer Cassie Barden using one fat quarter:

Evening Essentials wristlet pattern Cotton Cuff pattern
“Evening Essentials” wristlet (get the ePattern); “Cotton Cuff” (get the ePattern).

See more of Cassie’s sewing patterns.


What have you done with a single fat quarter? Tell us in the comments!

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