How to Fold Fat Quarters

My order  of Cotton Steele fat quarters from Connecting Threads came in yesterday:)  I can’t pass up a good sale, can you?  Lol!   


I love the fabric, but having a stack of fabric that I can’t see the pattern really does me no good. So I have a method of folding and storing my “scraps” that really works for me and might be helpful to some of you:)

I use this method on pieces that are larger than my scrap bin fabrics of less than 5″ or strips.  

I use my 3.5″ ruler to keep all of the folding even and exact.  For larger yardage I use the same method only I use my 6.5″ ruler.

  1. Start by folding the fat quarter in half length wise and then fold again.  
  2. Lay the ruler on top of the fabric and roll tightly.
  3. Pull the ruler out to leave a nicely folded piece of fabric


Now I have a beautiful stack of fabric.  Today I am lucky because I have saved a Moda ribbon from another FQ order, so I just tied it up to look so pretty.  I won’t tell if you don’t that the fabric isn’t Moda:)


But really, I very rarely tie my fabrics up.  Normally I just have a few pieces of left over fabrics that are orphaned and can be used to fill in a scrappy quilt.   

Here is the fun thrifty part– I use old cereal or baking mix boxes to store the nicely folded fabrics!  I cut them in half and reinforce them with tape.  

It is the perfect way to organize and keep those small scraps neat and tidy!   I can store them in my fabric cabinet and pull out a box to find a piece to match my project.  They all come out together and stay perfectly folded.  Yea!!


Maybe someday I will cover the boxes with pretty fabric or paper, but for now, this works GREAT!!

I hope this is helpful to some of you.  If you have a SWEET way of folding and storing your scraps, I would love to hear about it:)

–Tracy

9 thoughts on “How to Fold Fat Quarters

  1. Dear Tracy I have a quilting question for you. I have a collection of my son’s sport T-shirts and jerseys and would like to make a quilt for him. I see many on Pinterest but was wondering if you had any tips or suggestions on how to go about doing this? Do I put fabric in between the shirt squares, etc. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.

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    1. Hi Margareta!– I have made many a t-shirt quilt:). Yes, fabric between each square is a good idea. It is called sashing. Be sure to buy some iron on interfacing to stabilize your shirt square before sewing. – I have always found it fun to cut each t-shirt logo square out leaving 1.5″ extra around the logo. They come to all different sizes. Then I choose the largest one and sash it with my fabric. This is the desired end size for all of the other blocks. I vary the size of the sashing to make each block reach that size. Sometimes I sash and combine two or four small logos to reach the finished size. When all of the logos are sashed to the same size, I sew them all together. It looks fun and not all straight and boring because of the different sashing sizes. – I hope this makes sense:). Sounds like I should do a post about it! Good luck, I can’t wait to see your t-shirt quilt:)

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      1. Tracy thank you SO much! Makes absolute sense. I will start cutting now and the find fabric for smashing. This will be such a fun project. Thanks again! Photos or yours would be nice to see.

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