Organizing Fat Quarters
Over the years, I've built up a large stock of fat quarter and half-metre pieces of fabric (haven't we all?), which seems to migrate from one box and shelf to another. I am always finding myself up to my elbows in scrunched up fabric with no idea if I have anything else coordinating, or even how much fabric I actually have. So, here's what I came up with ...!
Here's how I did it ...
You will need a storage box, some card (or postcards), scissors, masking tape and a pencil.
Take a piece of A4 (or letter) size card and cut it into four equal pieces. You should find the longest edge is approximately 5.5" (14 cm).
Alternatively, use some blank postcards. The larger ones are ideal for this!
Fold the fat quarter (or half-metre) piece together matching selvedges, then again to form a narrow and neat strip approximately the same height at the card. Place the card across the fabric and wind the fabric around, keeping it taught, but not so taught that the card starts to curve.
Secure on the back with a piece of masking tape. I have written on (in pencil) how much fabric is on the card. This is because I found I had a couple of fat quarters for some fabrics, so wound them on the same card. I also included half-metre pieces if I had them and noted this on the tape.
Repeat and arrange the wound fabric in a box of your choice!
I didn't include any small pieces in the "wind", but I did wind anything that looked like a fat eighth in size.
To do this, cut the fat quarter card in half again and fold the fat eighth once more to match the smaller sized card. Wind and secure in the same way.
You can see my fat eighths nestling in between my fat quarters!