Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fat Quarter Projects

Being in a quilt group, has encouraged me to organize my fat quarters and fabric remnants and think about what I might create with them.

Most of us who sew end up with a "stash" of beautiful fabrics we bought just because we loved them, with no particular project in mind. I'm definitely guilty!

Our Cobblestone Quilters group just had the reveal of our Brown Bag projects. The challenge was to make something wonderful for another quilter with only five fat quarters. I made this bag. 

The person who drew my name, used my five fat quarters (orange, of course!) to make me this beautiful table runner.

My friend, Claudia, is a sewing diva who owns her  own business selling Boot-E bags and other unique hand-sewn accessories. She made me this eyeglass case for Christmas and I love it; it's bright and cheerful and I can always find my reading glasses.

Since imitation is the best form of flattery, I used my glasses case to make a pattern and have had fun making a few glasses cases of my own.  I used this tutorial from Sew Many Ways as a guide to putting the case together so that the seams are hidden.
Claudia has also started making adorable little clutch bags with fat quarters. How cute are these? 

We have a little Casita camper so this quilt block from El Blog de Elsi caught my eye. It might be fun to do with fabric remnants . . .

As would this sewing machine cover form Rainbow Hare Quilts blog.
Very cute!

Pinterest has lots of sewing tutorials as do a lot of my favorite blogs so I'm widening my search for the perfect "small amount of fabric" projects.

I'll continue to use some of my stash to sew My Sister's Scarves for cancer patients, although probably not with this "martini" fabric. Eventually that's going to be an apron for BFF Mary Elizabeth to wear when she entertains at her DIY martini bar.
 If you sew, how do you use up your "little pieces"?
I'd love to hear your ideas!
Yours in fabric,
Linking this post to:
Sew Darn Crafty Party at Sew Many Ways
Upcycled Link Party at Funky Junk Interiors
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios


  1. Love your bag - cute projects here! Visiting from Sew Many Ways link party.

  2. What cute little projects. I am always buying FQ and know that there is not enough to always make a quilt, your projects are just perfect!
    Visiting form Sew may ways.

  3. So glad you stopped by my blog this week! I love your little eyeglass cases.... so cute. You've been quite busy it seems!!! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  4. I LOVE that sewing machine cover! I am a tad too obsessed with fat quarter projects. I love to do coffee cozies, crayon rolls, most recently did an Essential oils travel case and an Essential Oils key ring. Found you at the Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party. Thanks for sharing these cute projects!

  5. i love quick cute little projects, You have given me so many ideas. Thank you.

  6. Super projects - very handy to read as I am a sucker for fat quarters and can't stop buying them if I am attracted to a pattern even though I have no idea what I'd use it for! I am hoping to use some up on making little presents for my best friend when we holiday together again this year, so am searching for ideas!

    I am also now suffering from serious fabric envy... such gorgeous patterns!

  7. I love that camper quilt and sewing machine cover. I have been going to make one like that to cover my toaster . . . just haven't got around to it yet. Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration.
    Connie :)

  8. Love your FQ projects....visiting from Sew Many Ways Linky Party

  9. These projects are all awesome! I always hit the remnant bin when I go to JoAnn's and my stash continues to grow because of it. I would love for you to link up to the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at


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