I have often glanced at patterns and books for fat quarter bags and I always assumed that they were for bags that used a fat quarter in the construction. Often they are not that at all – they are bags that can be made using fat quarters (not the plural). So I decided to make a bag that used just one fat quarter and some wadding, a button and ribbon. It measures about 7″ by 10″.
Making the fat quarter bag
I began obviously enough with one fat quarter of fabric. By the time that I had straightened the edges and trimmed the selvedges my fabric measured 21.1/2″ by 20!. I folded this in half with right sides together along the 21.1/2″ length so that I had a rectangle about 10.1/2″ by 20″. Cut a rectangle of wadding the same size and place the folded fabric on top of the wadding.
Sew a seam about 1/4″ from the edge on the two long edges and one short edge. Trim the two corners that are sewn on both sides to reduce bulk.
Turn the bag right side out and gently press out the two corners. With the open end at the top, fold up the bottom edge of the bag at about 6.1/2″. Pin in place.
Fold in the edges along the top edge of the fat quarter bag to hide the raw edges. Slipstitch across the top and on the two sides of the bag where you have folded the bottom edge up. This could probably be done by machine but there is quite a thickness of fabric there and I didn’t want to risk bending the needle on my machine.
Finishing the fat quarter bag
There you have it – a bag made from just one fat quarter of fabric. You could fasten it with a magnetic stud or a plastic stud fastener but I chose a button and ribbon fastening. Sew a button on the top flap of the bag and a looped ribbon to the bag section itself. The whole fat quarter bag took about half an hour to make.