Friday Favorites–Fat Quarter Projects

You may have noticed by now, it’s Fat Quarter Week.  I didn’t exactly plan it, it just happened.  What better way to wrap it up than a round-up of great projects from around the ‘net that can be made with a fat quarter or two?

A pincushion may seem an obvious choice, since you can make most of them from a small amount of fabric, but the addition of the Scrap Bag to this Puff Pincushion from Awaiting Ada takes it up a step.


You probably saw my apron yesterday, but there are lots of others out there, including this cute Fat Quarter Apron from Prudent Baby.


And this Reversible Apron from Wendymoon Designs.  She used her own fabrics she had printed by Spoonflower!


With a fat quarter and 20 minutes, you can make this Grocery Bag Holder from Craftiness Is Not Optional.


Tiny shoes always get my attention, so I’d love an excuse to make these Cloth Shoes from Stardust Shoes.


Little gift bags are a great way to use up fabrics you might be having a hard time finding another use for.  Check out these Small Treat Totes from AllPeopleQuilt.


This DIY Fat Quarter Bag from Make and Takes would be cute for a little or big girl.


I love the elastic around the inside of this Beach Comber Bag from 2 Little Hooligans to hold all your sunscreen bottles in place.  I also love the thought of getting to use sunscreen again.

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The Sometimes Crafter makes these Fabric Scrap Baskets look easy.


These Criss-Cross Coasters from Allsorts are so cute, and the color and pattern mixing opportunities are endless.


If you’re still searching for projects that can be made from fat quarters, here’s a few Crafty Staci tutorials that fit the bill:

Pan Protector and Hot Pad

Butterfly Headband

Flip-Flop Covers

Take-Out Wristlet

Quick and Easy Fabric Coaster

Shamrock Barrette

Drawstring Wristlet

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve

Love Note Coffee Cup Sleeve

Camera Lens Cap Pouch

Fabric Cornucopia

Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

Superhero Luggage Tags

Lip Bag

Sunglass Bag

Forever Fabric Flowers

Last Minute Flower

Fabric Fortune Cookies

Purse Pad Pouch

Fabric Origami Jumping Frog

Passport Wallet

Travel Curling Iron Pouch

Thanks for joining me for my informal Fat Quarter Week!

Fat Quarter Half Apron

If you’re keeping score at home, you know I have two fat quarters left out of the bunch I received from my New Zealand fabric swap partner.  They’re my favorites, so I wanted to make sure I used them for something I could keep.  I’ve been working on a full apron pattern I’ll be sharing with you soon, but sometimes all you need is a half.  Since I don’t own an apron at all, that settled it.

FQ apron 1
FQ apron 1

To make this apron, you’ll need two fat quarters and this pocket pattern

From the first fabric, cut:

Apron skirt – 21” x 19”

From the second fabric, cut:

Bottom edge trim – 21” x 4”

Waistband – 21” x 4”

Ties (cut two) – 21” x 2 1/2”

Pockets (cut two) - from pattern

FQ apron 2
FQ apron 2

Sew the two pockets, right sides together, leaving a 2” opening at the bottom to turn.  Clip the corners.

FQ apron 3
FQ apron 3

Turn the pocket right side out and press, turning in the opening.  Place the pocket, centered on the skirt, 6 1/2” from the top edge.  Stitch around the straight edges of the pocket, leaving the two curved sides open.

FQ apron 4
FQ apron 4

Fold the bottom edge trim in half with wrong sides together.  Press the fold.  Open back up and line up one edge with the bottom edge of the apron skirt, right sides together.  Stitch.  Press seam toward the trim.

FQ apron 5
FQ apron 5

Repeat the same process with the waistband, stitching it to the top of the skirt and pressing the seam toward the waistband.

FQ apron 6
FQ apron 6

Create a 1/4” rolled hem on each side by folding the edge under 1/2”, then folding the raw edge in 1/4”.  Stitch.

FQ apron 7
FQ apron 7

Fold tie the long way, right sides together.  Stitch near edge, angling at the end if desired and leaving the opposite end open.  Turn and press.

FQ apron 8
FQ apron 8

Turn the raw edge of the waistband under 1/4” and press.  Fold in along the previously pressed center line, so the folded edge covers the seam on the back.  Tuck the raw end of the tie into the end of the waistband.  Stitch near the bottom edge and down the sides of the waistband.

FQ apron 9
FQ apron 9

Repeat with the bottom trim, leaving out the ties.

FQ apron 10
FQ apron 10

This is quick and easy to make and takes very few supplies.  You could even change up the shape of the pocket.

FQ apron 11
FQ apron 11

I’m not only the proud owner of a new apron, but a new apron with a story behind it.  The very best kind.

FQ apron 12
FQ apron 12

Bet you can’t guess what my Friday Favorites theme is tomorrow!

Fat Quarter Cosmetic Bag

I had quite a bit of fabric left after making my daughter a dopp kit yesterday, so I moved on to searching for tutorials for cosmetic bags.  I found several, all with great qualities, like this beautifully lined bag from Flossie Teacakes. 28 finished

I also liked this quilted version from Terri’s Notebook.


But I ultimately settled on this cute bag from Sew Like My Mom.  I liked the unusual shape and side zipper.


This little bag was pretty easy to make, nicely lined and didn’t require much fabric.  And, like the dopp kit yesterday, Codi has already added it to her travel gear.


I actually still have some of these fabrics left, so I might have to find another project to use them on.  Tomorrow, however, I’m moving on to my last two fat quarters and a new tutorial!

Fat Quarter Dopp Kit

As I mentioned yesterday, I recently participated in a fat quarter swap.  I sent five and received five.  I jumped in because I was in the process of de-stashing my fabric shelf, which doesn’t really make sense in hindsight.  I was trying to get rid of fabric, but by swapping, I’m still even.

My daughter spotted one of the bunch right away, and never one shy to share her opinion, told me how cute it was.  Several times.  Hint, hint.  We’re taking a trip soon, so I set out looking for a tutorial for a small bag that could be made from a couple of fat quarters.

I found several so I started with a boxy number, also known as a dopp kit, where she can put her hair brush, etc.  I settled on this tutorial from Skip to my Lou, mainly because it left the seams exposed inside, which seamed faster than the versions that enclose them. 


I followed the directions, except I added fusible vinyl to the inside so it can be wiped clean easily and fusible fleece to the back of the outside pieces for padding and stability. 


I actually meant to add a handle to the end, like this one from Linz Sews, but forgot about it until it was too late.  I also like the direction of the zipper on this one.

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The combination of fabrics on the outside of this version from Sew4Home caught my eye, but was a bit more complicated than I was looking for.


In the end, I wound up with this little bag.  As soon as my daughter spotted it, she scurried off with it like a chipmunk with an acorn.


This actually took significantly less than two fat quarters, so join me again tomorrow for the second project from this fabric!

Fabric Postcards

Last month, I was in the middle of cleaning out my fabric when I stopped to catch up on some email.  I subscribe to a blog called Ninth Street Notions, which caught my eye a while back because she’s a fellow Oregonian.  She was organizing a Fat Quarter Swap and asked that interested readers sign up.  It seemed like good timing, what with me sitting in the middle of all that fabric…

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