Fat quarter projects, what do you make?

June 23, 2013

A few weeks back I had the delightful surprise to win a giveaway, a couple of fat quarters of Sarah Waterhouse’s beautiful fabric. This is the gorgeous packet that dropped through my door.

Sarah Waterhouse Textiles

Sarah Waterhouse Textiles

Sarah makes a range of modern funky designs. Using water based ink in her Sheffield studio she handprints onto organic cotton and hemp fabrics.


To see more of her range, or to treat yourself to one of her kits (rather tempted by the lampshade kits myself)  see her website.

I have to admit to a little bit of pondering (and indecisiveness!) – what to make with this organic hand printed cotton? Regular readers will not be surprised to discover that I made a bag, this time for myself:)

Fat Quarter bag

The Buttercup Bag, is free pattern from Made by Rae, designed for making with one quarter, perfect:)

The pattern was  easy to follow, partly I think because I’ve made a few bags now. I tweaked it here and their, sewing the handles in between the lining and main fabric (rather than attaching on top) to make it more secure.

Fat Quarter Projects

I’m chuffed with the bag, and still have some fabric left in the dusk blue, plus the yellow quarter to make with. Naturally I have started a Pinterest board fat quarter projects.

What do you make with fat quarters? Any great suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Thank you to so many of you who take the time to comment, often weekly, it really encourages me:) And thanks too to Sarah for the fabric, and introducing me to biodegradable packaging, next time I stock up on postage bags I will be buying biodegradable:)


PS As usual, I’m taking part in Handmade Monday, pop over there to see what everyone’s been up to this week.

22 comments so far.

22 responses to “Fat quarter projects, what do you make?”

  1. CatkinJane says:

    That looks a lovely little bag 🙂
    I often wonder what to make with fat quarters – too many on my shelves from when I worked next door to Samuel Taylors in Embsay and spent my lunch breaks treating myself to just another one or two from the bargain bin!
    I need to go and check out your board on Pinterest

  2. Your bag looks lovely. I must admit I spend quite a bit of time longingly looking at bundles of fat quarters in fabric shops. You’ve inspired me to have a go at an fq project 🙂

  3. I love the shape of that little bag and fancy trying it with some of my Liberty fabrics! I buy quite a few fat quarters and usually use them in patchwork as I get lots of nice fabrics to play with! Excuse me while divert from HM to pinterest! (Patchwork Fairy)

  4. SUPER cute bag, Vicky!!! 🙂

  5. Clare says:

    Thank you for sharing the link to this pattern, I’ve been looking for a simple, spacious bag to make, this looks like it could be the one! Great choice of fabric too!

  6. That fabric looks gorgeous! I’ve just bought a fat quarter to make some dribble bibs, but generally I have no idea what to do with them either!!

  7. A great make, glad it is for yourself – you deserve it 🙂 Noticed your pin it badges 🙂

    • Thanks for spotting! Took me a while to work out how to do it… sadly it appears wordpress.com does not allow floating Pin It buttons which appear over an image when your cursor moves across. This is my compromise! Vicky

  8. Natalie says:

    Gorgeous bag, a lovely treat for yourself xx

  9. Gorgeous fabrics and you’ve made a beautiful bag. I tend not to make things with individual fat quarters as most of my projects as they’re either using less that a fat quarter or a mixture of them.
    Hope you have a creative week.

  10. what a cute bag! those fabrics do look gorgeous, what a treat to win them!

    i’ve recently started making doorstops and quarters are perfect for them 🙂 x

  11. Pam says:

    Your bag looks great, Vicky!!! Lucky girl winning that fabric…

  12. Lucy Blossom says:

    I’ve started to use some fat quarters to make dolls clothes for my daughter. I really like the bag you’ve made, it looks very stylish.

  13. soyofthenorth says:

    Some lovely fabrics and a great looking bag. I’ve never made anything with fat quarters before as I tend to buy full metres of fabric instead.

  14. Love the bag, and the fabrics. I usually make something to do with patchwork, but have also made small tote bags and kindle cases.
    Wendy x

  15. I love your bag, very summery as I don’t sew I’m not sure what a fat quater is, but it sounds like you had a super win.

    Just popped over from Handmade Monday

  16. Jennifer Craft ~ Civilian Style says:

    Great job, I LOVE both chevron and tribal prints and this combines both!

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  17. judy says:

    Thank you so much for linking-up at Pin It Monday Hop#14. We appreciate for taking the time to share your post with us. If you have extra time, please stop by and check what other Bloggers are sharing. See you

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