How to fold a fat quarter…

January 27, 2009 29 Comments by Kirsty


Yesterday while I was waiting for all the muffins to cook I spent some more time in the pool room trying to sort everything out.

I love to fold. The pillowcase collection looks magnificent but the other set of shelves is looking a bit sad.

I’ve seen a bit of sorting & folding going on around the place & this morning I popped in here. It made me want to rush out & buy lots & lots of lovely new fabric. (contradiction?) Then I remembered…I don’t do that.

So, I got to work with the vintage sheeting. This little exercise required the use of my maths brain as well as my very rusty dramatic skills…OK so I totally got stage fright & the video is pretty awful but I had fun with the logistics. I set myself up a ghetto rig for the flip & away I went.

How to fold a fat quarter…the video.

This may or may not be an original way to fold squares of fabric. I was trying to hunt down a folding technique last year as I seemed to remember this sort of thing from Patchwork House when I learnt to quilt (about a million years ago). But Mr Google turned up nothing. I combined my memory of nappy folding (which I also loved) with my idea of how I remembered the fat quarters at Patchwork House.

Formula: width of shelf (w) x 4 is the size to cut your squares.

So…if you’re a collector of fabric & your shelves are six inches wide you need to be buying 24 inches of fabric to make them fit snuggly on your shelf.

Amy likes to fold too…check her tute out here.

29 Comments

  1. copperseal
    6 years ago

    your accent is too adorable! i dont have any quarters in need of a fold but i watched the video anyway! lol

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  2. Tobi
    6 years ago

    I loved the video. I immediately practiced on a paper towel I had sitting on my desk and was successufl first time out of the gate. Thanks so much for posting.

    I also love to fold napkins. I took a class on how to fold napkins on my honeymoon cruise one of the days we were at sea and have been folding my napkins for dinner parties ever since. You have insipired me to perhaps do a demonstration of my own.

    Thanks!

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  3. CurlyPops
    6 years ago

    That’s so groovy. I can’t wait to test it out when I move and colour co-ordinate the stash!

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  4. MildlyCrafty
    6 years ago

    I had no idea that fabric could be folded so neatly!

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  5. Amy (badskirt)
    6 years ago

    Oh the irony. I literally just posted a fat quarter folding tutorial today, then googled it and found yours!! Crazy!

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  6. The Crafty Librarian
    6 years ago

    Hahaha, you sent me one of these and I spent aaages trying to figure out how you folded it. I would never have guessed that!

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  7. amity ville boronia
    6 years ago

    I’ve been wondering how to do this for ages! Ever since I bought a fat quarter from Mikes.

    The funny thing was that after I got it home I couldn’t get it UN done.
    :)

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  8. marianedwardsdreamweaver
    6 years ago

    What a FABulous thing, great fun to watch too! thanks for sharing :)

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  9. mayaluna
    6 years ago

    My fabric so needs your help! What perfect little squares you’ve made… with a pouch?! I never knew… I watched twice, just so I could here your sweet voice, again! {blush}

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  10. Stacey
    6 years ago

    I too loved folding nappies. Your video is most excellent.

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  11. Penny
    6 years ago

    LMAO, I was about to leave my comment but I’ve been seriously side tracked by other comments about your CUTE accent! Accent? What accent?? Right, back to business… UNREAL tutorial. I had no idea! Now I’ll have to head off to my shelves and fold, fold and re-fold. Cheers Kirsty.

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  12. melissa
    6 years ago

    ack! i can’t watch it here at work (they’ve blocked videos. gr)! i’m definitely checking out your video when i get home!

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  13. Jimmy Trickle
    6 years ago

    This is brilliant! Love the technique – and the video tutorial. I have to try it immediately – thank you so much for sharing.

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  14. Hyena In Petticoats
    6 years ago

    Accent! ha ha ha ha……

    We Aussies do have such sweet voices, don’t we?

    This is brilliant – I’m sold! Now all the fabric I sell will have to be folded this way – thanks so much….

    Leah xxx

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  15. Leah D
    6 years ago

    Where have you been all of my life? well, all of my crafting life!!lol. This is awesome. Thanks for sharing Again!

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  16. jan
    6 years ago

    I don’t really think that I will have occasion to fold fabric like this, (too much fabric, too little time!) but I enjoyed watching the video. Perhaps I will try it on a hanky!

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  17. Tina
    6 years ago

    I have never seen this before. That was so cool!..I have some folding to do. :-)

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  18. KittsKrafts
    6 years ago

    That was just too cool. Thanks so much for sharing! =^..^=

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  19. Heather
    6 years ago

    This is fab – thanks for recording it :)

    It also works for half yards/half metres, you just fold them in half selvedge to selvedge, and then they’re FQ sized for folding :)

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  20. Stephie @ Narrative Self
    6 years ago

    I never thought I’d hear Nick Cave in a music box! Magic.

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  21. Ros
    5 years ago

    it does start out like an Aussie nappy fold! it's been a loooong time but I remember how to fold those. Nice tute I will go up to my studio & see if I can duplicate your method.

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  22. Mary
    5 years ago

    This is such a great video! I hope you don't mind that I put a link to this page, along with your great picture, on my blog

    http://www.livingonpinsandneedles.blogspot.com

    I look forward to reading more on this blog; it looks great!

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  23. Sherri
    5 years ago

    I was JUST looking for a clever way to fold a FQ for our next guild meeting. I LOVE it! May I share this with others on my FB page?
    Thanks!

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  24. Melissa
    5 years ago

    From someone who loves folding laundry, nappies and fabric I thank you! Love the pouch bonus too! :)

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  25. Obsession With Online Tutorials
    4 years ago

    I will fly you out to my home if you could do that for me…I have a billion..well not that many…of fat quarters that could use your folding… :)

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  26. Linda J
    4 years ago

    Hi there,
    I could not access the video,,any suggestions? Also, where do I sign up to receive any of your new posts?

    Linda J
    VA

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  27. Skooks
    4 years ago

    I tried this on my vintage sheet fat quarters the other day and I love how it turned out! Thanks for the great video.

    http://www.skooksplayground.com/2011/05/organizing-fabric-like-superhero.html

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  28. Taylor
    3 years ago

    just found this in a search about craft rooms and I LOVE IT!

    i am doing a series on my blog about unique craft spaces/ideas and would love for you to link this up!
    I will be doing a ton of features!

    Thanks
    Taylor
    http://www.itstaylormade.com/2011/11/craft-spaces.html

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  29. Peggy
    2 years ago

    Wow, now I’ll have to go and fold ALL of my fat quarters like this. Thanks for the tutorial!

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