Hey all! Madeline here– Jennifer's Assistant! Hope you had an awesome weekend!
How many of you are inundated with amazing Sis Boom Fabric, but don't always have the time to create a masterpiece? It's time for some quick, simple, fun projects– easy peasy things you can do with a fat quarter pack (or two), 20 minutes, and just a few other ingredients.
Before we go any further… I bet that 98.6% of you know what fat quarters are… for those few who don't, here you go… (don't be ashamed, when I first started working with Jennifer I had no idea what she was talking about… I was like, "a fat, what?!"…)
A fat quarter is the result of cutting a yard of fabric into four pieces. A fat quarter (usually) measures 18" X 22". In order to get a fat quarter, you would cut a yard of
fabric (which usually measures 9" X 44") across the selvage and the crosswise grain. There you have it, my friends. A fat quarter.
psssst… Need some fat quarters?! Buy them right here, right now! $15 per pack including shipping (add $15 to order if you're outside of the US). That's four fatquarters all together !!We'll surprise you with the pattern! Mostly from our new Poodle collection!
And onto the projects!…
The no mess, no stress project… supplies needed? 1 fat quarter, one small charm with a hole (you'll see), needle & thread, about 5 minutes.
Nice and simple. turn that fat quarter into a neck scarf. Viola. That was easy! Wanna kick it up a notch? Grab a needle and thread, and with a few quick stitches sew a little charm on the corner of the scarf. Bling bling, baby!
Home decor in a snap… supplies needed? 1 fat quarter, 1 old frame, 1 special photo, about 10 minutes.
Have an extra frame lying around the house? If no, maybe you can find one that holds a dated photo.. or perhaps a photo of an X? Bingo. Take it down, pop out the picture, and replace it with a beautiful piece of fabric. Place your new, little creation on a bedside table, coffee table, or powder room. Kick it up a notch by putting a photo in front of the fabric, so the fabric forms a border. Cute!
Banner time!… supplies needed? At least 2 fat quarters, piece of ribbon, glue OR needle & thread, about 20 minutes.
Take the back of a notebook or notepad, ya know, the cardboard piece. Trace something triangular, or measure a nice, generous triangle. Prefer a bib shape? Create a half circle shape with the cardboard. Use this as your template. Place that triangle or half circle atop your fabric, trace on the wrong side, and cut away. Create as few as 3 triangles or half circles, (yep, even 3 little pieces will create a sweet frame). Find an old ribbon or gift box bow that's sitting in your kitchen drawer (the everything drawer). Either use a hot glue gun (careful!), some fabric glue, or hand stitch, attaching the base of the triangle, or flat side of the half circle to the ribbon. You've got yourself a darling, little banner. Step it up by adding some Sis Boom embroidery! (I know! how cute!)
Take a nap on this cute little creation!… Supplies needed? 1 or 2 fat quarters, needle and thread OR sewing machine, poly-fil (don't have poly-fil? grab an old tee-shirt, about 25 minutes.
Either fold one fat quarter in half, right sides together, or press two fat quarters together, right side facing right side. So simple, So quick, So satisfying. Pin your right sides together (making sure to leave a nice space open for stuffing). Depending on how much time you have, either pass the edges, all the way around, through the machine, or do a nice hand stitch – don't forget to leave space for stuffing! Flip your pillow-to-be right side out. (how pretty!) If you have poly-fil, squish it in there and bring your pillow to life! Don't have poly-fil? Cut up an old tee shirt into long strips and then cut those strips into small cubes. Stuff those in instead of stuffing and there you go! Hand sew the little gap closed, and take a quick nap on your new pillow if you so wish.
That's it for today! I really hope you were able to enjoy at least one of these projects! Let us know how it went!
Thank Madeline! Good ideas for small pieces with lots of pizazz.
Good ideas! So good to hear from you girl!
I love quick fat quarter projects! One of these days, I hope to get time to make a banner for celebrations in our house!
Great quick projects, thanks!
Great and quick ideas!! I have a question though…you stated, “In order to get a fat quarter, you would cut a yard of fabric (which usually measures 9″ X 44”) across the selvage and the crosswise grain.”…..a yard of fabric is 36 inches by WOF? right?
What an inspiring post. Thanks Madeline! I like the bling bling charm on the scarf !