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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 21 July 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211464
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 192
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £10.99
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Fun with Fat Quarters


15 gorgeous sewing projects for using up your fabric stash by Wendy Gardiner

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Book Description

Containing 15 fresh, fun fat-quarter projects, from doorstops and drawstring bags to tablemats, aprons and cushions, this book is ideal for sewers of all abilities. It starts with a comprehensive techniques section, guiding you through a variety of useful techniques, from inserting a zip and sewing buttonholes to creating patchwork. The techniques are fully explained and are combined with easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. The book then leads on to the projects; each contains inspiring photography, instructive hand-drawn illustrations and heaps of handy hints and tips. Each project is made from fat quarter fabric, but there is no reason why you can’t cut your own or use up some of your cherished left-over stash fabrics instead.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
What is a Fat Quarter? 8
Materials 10
Tools 12
Techniques 16
Projects 40
Fabulous Flowers 42
Drawstring Bags 46
Reversible Bag 48
Quilted Cosmetic Bag 50
Door Stop 54
Party Clutch 58
Retro Mini Pinny 62
Diamond Star Mat 66
Al Fresco Placemat 68
Tucked and Stitched Cushion 72
Disappearing 9-Patch Bag 76
Draught Excluder 80
Cushion with Piping 82
Baby Playmat 86
Pillowcase Dress 90
Templates 94
Index 96

About the Author

About Wendy Gardiner

Wendy Gardiner is a writer, teacher and author. She has been editor of several leading sewing magazines and written 21 books including The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style, Fun with Fat Quarters, The Very Easy Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine and most recently Take Two Fat Quarters: Home and Take Two Fat Quarters: Gifts. Wendy has also presented many DVDs on sewing and made several YouTube videos for leading haberdashery and pattern companies. She runs regular residential Creative Sewing Weekends, teaches a weekly class and writes articles for various magazines and her own website. Wendy organizes the extensive workshop programmes for the Festival of Quilts and the Knitting & Stitching Shows. She has a strong reputation and fan base because of her enthusiastic and friendly approach to sharing her passion for dressmaking and machine sewing. Wendy lives in Hampshire, UK.

Visit her website www.wendygardiner.co.uk


If you cannot resist purchasing fat quarters whenever you are in a fabric store, then you will probably have more fabric then you know what to do with! Use up some of it by making these fifteen fun stash busting projects.

This book is also great for people like me who always buy more fabric than they need when making clothes so they can make accessories. There are several of those in here, from simple flowers for corsages and trims to various bags, a cosmetic purse and aprons. You will also find a baby play mat, draught excluder, door stop and more than one mat. This is a good book too for those who don't have a lot of sewing experience, as many of the techniques are explained in some detail in the second chapter. The first is devoted to introducing the tools and materials you are going to be using, so any beginners out there will get a good grounding in the contents of their sewing box. In here you can learn the basics of quilting and patchwork, but you can also learn how to put in a zip, make buttonholes, work with a twin needle, attach piping, trims and appliqué, and even use any fancy stitches your machine does. These lessons all come with staged photographs as do the projects, although here there are fewer (since you have already had the basics) and there is more print and less picture. Each project has a large photo of the finished item plus several diagrams in most cases. None of the projects are too large or ambitious, and all templates are given where necessary at actual size, always a good thing. Most projects don't use more than one fat quarter of each type, so if you have bought one of those mixed packs you can still use it. This is a great book for beginners and anybody else with too many smallish pieces of fabric!

Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts

September 2015

Lovely projects that you can really spice up by choosing your own fabrics. Use fat quarters to make home projects such as a door stop, coasters, baby blanket, bags, placemats, draught excluder and cushion. There are 15 items to enjoy making. Templates are given where necessary and the instructions and photos are very clear. There's a great introduction and techniques section; something Wendy excels at. I like the mini flower tutorial, showing you how to make 3 different fabric flowers. Most of the projects take just two fat quarters. Useful little book.

Popular Patchwork

August 2015


Wendy Gardiner has produced a great book for beginners in this lovely collection of 15 gorgeous projects for using up fat quarters from your stash or from a newly started fabric collection. Wendy is a very experienced quilter and writer who has combined these projects with an excellent how to start patchworking and quilting manual. The emphasis is on small easy to finish projects using fat quarters is great for novice sewers as it is certainly more productive and less overwhelming to make a cushion, pinny or bag rather than a full sampler quilt , but it is rare to find a book which combines such good basic instructions with pretty desirable projects. Each project introduces a new technique , such as piping applique or inserting a zip. This book would make a lovely present for a friend who would like to start sewing, but isn't sure where to start. Just add a bundle of fat quarters to a copy of the book and you'll make someone very happy.

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