Fat quarter storage ideas

Fat quarters are like little bundles of fabric joy.

But as you continue to stockpile them, they can start to turn on you…

And transform from a tidy collection of tantalizing tidbits into some downright chaotic clutter!

Leave it to bestselling author Kim Diehl to dream up a near-effortless way to get a handle on your fat quarter stash. She’s got a perfect solution if you’re on a shoestring.

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Fat-quarter storage ideasEasily Organized Fat Quarters

From Simple Appeal by Kim Diehl

Because my sewing room is so small and space is at a premium, I’ve worked hard to find creative ways to stay organized. One of my favorite repurposed storage items is a clear plastic over-the-door shoe organizer (found in the home section of most department stores) that keeps my fat-quarter and fat-eighth prints within easy reach and enables me to see at a glance what’s available.

I roll these fabric pieces up into little bundles to fit the plastic cubbies and sort them by color—it makes choosing prints for my new projects a snap. Love this little trick!

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FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Henry Glass sent us a fat eighth bundle of Kim Diehl’s “Butter Churn Basics” fabrics—and they want us to give it away to you!

Butter Churn Basics fabric giveaway!

See how to enter to win this beautiful fabric bundle at the bottom of this post.


Now that your fat quarters are easy to store—which means they’ll be easy to see!—what will you make first? Here are a few fat-quarter-friendly ideas from some of Kim’s bestselling books.
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Country Wedding Ring quilt from Simple Seasons
From Simple Seasons: This country twist on the much-loved Wedding Ring design features a dozen fat quarters in fresh hues, plus assorted green scraps for the leaf appliqués.

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Mocha Stars quilt from Simple Comforts
From Simple Comforts: When choosing 18 fat quarters for this color- and print-drenched quilt, Kim suggests choosing fabrics that stand out from your brown border print. That way, your appliqués won’t get “lost.”

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Mending Basket quilt from Simple Appeal
From Simple Appeal: Kim invites you to get back to basics by diving into this simple, scrappy “Mending Basket” quilt. You’ll need 11 fat quarters plus 37 fat eighths in assorted colors. This design was made to show off a rainbow of colors and prints!

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What’s your favorite precut: fat quarters, fat eighths, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, or charms? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win the beautiful “Butter Churn Basics” fabric bundle from our friends at Henry Glass plus an eBook copy of Kim’s latest book, Simple Appliqué. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Sue, who says:

“Love all precuts, maybe Layer Cakes more than the rest.”

Sue, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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