What To Do With All That Fabric?

When you’ve been sewing for a while you will start to accumulate “leftovers”.  I handle different sized pieces of fabric in different ways.

Today we’ll see how to fold fat quarter size.  I take a page from quilt stores for my pieces that are at least a fat quarter (18″ x 21″) and up to 1/2 yard.  This example uses a fat quarter.

  • Lay your piece of fabric flat, right side down and fold both sides to the center.  (If your piece is wider than a fat quarter, start with the fabric folded as it came off the bolt.)
  • Fold again to make the piece approx. 5-6″ wide.  At this point if your piece is larger than a fat quarter you may have to fold again until you reach that measurement.  This will ensure that when you fold it up they will all stack nicely.)
  • Fold down from the top and up from the bottom and you will have a square.  (Some will be thicker as there will be various amounts of fabric.
  • You can now stack them according to colors, fabric lines or even themes.  Mine are a little bit of each.  Batiks are together as well as novelty fabrics and then colors.  It’s easier to find the amounts and colors I need just by looking at the stacks.  They can be stacked on a shelf or even stood up in a drawer.
  • NOW YOU CAN USE ALL THOSE PIECES INSTEAD OF THEM HIDING IN BOXES OR BAGS.  Ask me how I know. 😉

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