Fun With Fat Quarters!

They’re fun, funky and FAT! Here, we explain what is a fat quarter and suggest a few great projects for you to try with these handy little bundles!

Fat_Skinny_Quarter_Diagram.pngSo, why fat? Generally, it is a square quarter of a metre of fabric. A standard quarter of a metre of fabric would be cut as a 25cm strip of the full width, and this is often called a skinny or thin quarter. But if you folded a full metre of fabric into quarters and cut along the folds, you would get a square ‘fat’ quarter, giving the same surface area as a thin quarter but in a square shape. Ta Da! A Fat Quarter! The actual size can vary slightly, depending on the initial width of the fabric roll. Also, some manufacturers measure by the yard, so their fat quarters would be slightly different sizes again.

Fat Quarters usually come in multi-packs of 5 to 8 different pieces. The main attraction of these packs is that the hard work is done for you as the fabrics are perfectly colour co-ordinated, so you do not have to find all the different pieces to use in project such as quilting. You will know that a pack will contain all the complimentary patterns and colours to make your project look amazing!

We found so many great projects to inspire us using these, and have chosen our fave five here!

An easy one to start with from Funky and Delightful blogspot – a really simple and fun mousemat made from just fabric, fusable web and cork! These would make great little gifts for any computer lover! Click here.

Do you have a collection of plastic bags in your house that need to be organised?! Well, how about keeping them together in this handy Grocery Bag Holder? These instructions from Phat Quarters show us how to make a home for your bags! Click here.

Rumour has it that the big yellow ball in the sky is going to make more of an appearance in the coming months, so be prepared and have your shades at the ready in this great Stitched Sunglasses Case from Create Craft Love. Click here.

With summer in mind, you’ll need something to put your book, suncream or picnic in! This drawstring backpack from Hobbycraft made with co-ordinating fabrics is really pretty and would also make a fun bag for the kids to put their teddies in! Click here.

Finally, this is a really neat idea from Polkadot Chaira pocket pillow! This cuddly pillow has a pocket on the front for putting a book or other small items into. Perfect for kids, travelling or lazing in the sun! Click here.

We have lots of ready-cut individual fat quarters or you can buy colour co-ordinated multi-packs in the shop. Pop in and have a look at our stock, or give us a call if there is something in particular you are looking for. We would love to hear if you have a go at one of these projects, or if you have another great idea for using fat quarters! Let us know and we will share!

Living In A Material World

We are having great fun in our sewing and patchwork workshops at the moment, so we thought we would share a few nuggets of knowledge about fabric for those of you just starting out into the world of sewing!

Types of Fabric

Choosing the right fabric for your project can be tricky, so we have found a link to a brief guide from Sew My Place.com, and a video from Fleece Fun.com  – which goes a bit more in-depth into the different types of fabric and their properties to consider.

Going With The Grain

So you’ve chosen your fabulous fabric and got your perfect pattern, but what’s all this about grain, bias and selvage? At Make It & Love It.com they explain in simple terms what these mean and why they matter, and at Favecrafts.com there is a video to explain various ways to find out the grain of your fabric.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Once you have established which way your fabric goes, it’s time to start cutting! But wait! Have a look at Craftsy.com  – which has great tips to consider before you start getting scissor happy, and Studio Fabricana.com has a great little video showing the tools required and how to get the best out of them.

We have a great range of fabrics in the shop to suit various projects, sew come on in for a browse and let us know what your next crafty creation will be! Our next sewing workshop is a patchwork project to make a Table Runner. This 2-day course starts Saturday 20th Feb, so give us a call on 00 353 49 95 27424 or click here to book your place!DSC01640

 

Grand Opening Weekend: Three days of crafty bliss

We’re 4 weeks old tomorrow and what better way to mark the occasion than have a big celebratory weekend! Join us for our grand opening activities this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and pick up lots of promotions, prizes and ideas for your next craft project or event

We’ve three days of activities to keep you entertained and inspired:

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And then we’ve some great promotions running too:

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And as if that’s not enough we’ll have prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend too! It’s all happening at The Craft Cabin so come on down if you’re crafty enough!