Sewing With Fat Quarters — Even If You’re Not a Quilter!

We usually leave sewing with fat quarters to the quilters. But there are plenty of things to make with fat quarters besides quilts.

You know that section of pre-cut fat quarters when browsing fabric? I was always so jealous of anyone who could browse that section, which in my mind was only quilters. But if you look hard enough, you’ll soon discover that there are dozens of fun fat quarter sewing projects to try.

Check out all the awesome things you can try sewing with fat quarters, plus some fun, suggested fabric pairings!

Shark Pencil Case sewing pattern

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Shark Pencil Case (A FREE pattern!)

This shark is meant for storing pencils, but I could see it storing anything from change to on-the-go notions for stitching while traveling. The zipper serves as the shark’s hungry mouth, turning his scary pointy teeth into zipper teeth!

Get the FREE Shark Pencil Case pattern here.

Know When to Fold It Clutch sewing pattern

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Know When to Fold It Clutch

Three fat quarters make up this clutch. I love the idea of using a solid color paired with a pattern for the outside. Depending on the fabric you use, this clutch can be casual or even for your most glamorous evenings out.

If you’re into handbags and clutches, check out Design Your Own Handbag with Brett Bara, where you’ll learn about handbag shapes, as well as notions like snaps and straps. You can even use your new skills to design clutches!

Get the Know When to Fold It Clutch pattern here.

Small Padded e-reader Book Case sewing pattern

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Small Padded e-Reader Book Case

Do you tote around an e-reader everywhere you go? This book case protects it, plus makes it easier to carry around. The cover even bends back to form a stand, which is super handy for propping up your reading while you’re multitasking. You’ll need two fat quarters for this case, plus interfacing and a few other basic notions.

Get the Small Padded e-Reader Book case pattern here.

Little Man Baby Shoes sewing pattern

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Little Man Baby Shoes

Baby items are an obvious choice for fat quarters, since they’re so small. Plain 1/4 yards of fabric will work here, too, so break out those fabric scraps and see if any of them will work for your next baby project. The pattern is sized from 0-18 months, so there’s a size for every baby.

Get the Little Man Baby Shoes pattern here.

Quarter Note Clutch sewing pattern

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Quarter-Note Clutch

Shh, the lock makes the clutch look a lot more difficult to sew than it actually is. You’ll need two fat quarters for this project, one for the exterior and one for the lining, but the designer notes that you may need to buy 1/2 yards if you’re using a directional fabric.

Get the Quarter-Note Clutch pattern here.

Fat Quarter Fabric Box

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Fat Quarter Fabric Box

Sewers can never have enough storage, right? Turn those fabric scraps into useful bins than can store anything from buttons to binding. The ruffle trim is optional, so skip it if you don’t have any scraps of fabric that complement the main pieces.

Get the Fat Quarter Fabric Box pattern here.

Millie B Bibs Night at the Ballet sewing pattern

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Millie B Bibs Night at the Ballet

There are all kinds of opportunities to use not just fat quarters, but also scraps of tulle and trim you may have leftover from another project. There are options for a ballerina and tux, plus two other simpler options for those not-quite-elegant occasions.

Get the Millie B Bibs Night at the Ballet pattern here.

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