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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback + 2 fold-out pattern sheets in back pocket
  • Publication: 17 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217329
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 325
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £9.99
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Take Two Fat Quarters: Gifts


16 gorgeous sewing projects for using up your fat quarter stash by Wendy Gardiner

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Book Description

A fabulous new series using leftover fat quarters to create 16 gorgeous items.

Who knew just two fat quarters can be used in so many ways?

For the birthday that's on the way, or a festive holiday that needs more sparkle, conquer that pile of odd fat quarters you've stashed away and make 16 fun gifts for your loved ones from children’s clothes and toys, to bags and make-up pouches.

Start off with an easy-to-follow crash-course on the essential techniques you'll need from adding a zip and bias binding to creating patchwork. Then, jump straight into your stash and get stitching! Each project includes inspiring photography, instructive hand-drawn illustrations and heaps of handy hints and tips from popular best-selling sewing expert, Wendy Gardiner.

Ideal for sewists of all abilities, this is the ultimate, affordable stash-busting project book that will get you making practical, colourful items too.

Table of Contents

- seaming 16
- patchworking 18
- quilting 21
- free-motion embroidery 24
- appliqué 25
- using twin needles 26
- decorative stitches 27
- adding trims 28
- adding piping & bias binding 30
- adding a zip 32

Two-Tone Tote Bag  36
Cosmetic Pouch  40
Make-Up Kit Roll  44
Super Summer Shorts  48
Scissor Keep  52
Pin Cushion in a Cup  54
Sleep Easy Neck Cushion  56
Sleep Eye Mask  58
Tablet Case  62
Retro Purse  66
Flying Geese Lunch Bag  72
Tots Trapeze Dress  76
Christmas Crackers  80
Stitch-and-Flip Zipper Pencil Case  84
Two-Tone Teddy Bear  88
Vintage-Style Christmas Stocking  92


About the Author

About Wendy Gardiner

Wendy Gardiner is an internationally accredited sewing guru. She has held the role of editor at several leading sewing magazines, including Vogue Patterns and Sewing World; written 17 books, most recently The Great British Sewing Bee: From Style to Stitch; presented nearly a dozen DVDs on sewing; and is a tutor. In addition, Wendy is the brand ambassador for The McCall Company; works with leading exhibition organizers to produce extensive workshop programmes; and teaches and makes guest appears on Create and Craft and Sewing Quarter TV. She also runs regular residential Creative Sewing Weekends and writes projects and technique articles for various magazines and her own resource website, which is packed with tips, techniques and projects. Through all of this, Wendy shares her passion for all things to do with sewing in her much-loved enthusiastic and friendly manner. Wendy lives in Hampshire, UK.



When I saw the projects on the front of the book, I actually thought there was no chance of me being able to create the gifts, they looked very technical. However, I tried. In fact, the book is very well planned out. The steps are easy to follow and you don't have to be an advanced crafter!

Despite being a great way to use leftover fabric, the gift looked like a great quality, store bought product. This book is amazing for those who love to give a bit extra as a gift while using up old fabric and therefore not putting them on the scrap pile!


Like many quilters I have an ample stash of fat quarters, and this book is ideal for starting to use some of the stash. The book contains 16 projects, which make ideal presents for a wide range of recipients. To start with, there is a page that describes what a fat quarter is. After this, there is double page spread about what materials you will need for the projects; this section explains how and why the materials are used, which is useful for all projects, not only the ones in this book.

There is a comprehensive list of the essential tools, including measuring, marking and cutting tools again, this is valid for most sewing projects. The next section in the book is Techniques. This section is accompanied by colour photos with instructions. One part covers seams including French seams, which sound tricky, but are actually very simple, and give a neat and professional finish to a project. There is advice on different ways to finish seams, and which way is more suited to different fabrics. The section then goes on to detail patchwork and quilting techniques, free motion embroidery, and appliqué. This is followed by adding trims, using twin needles and decorative stitches, as well as adding piping and bias binding and adding a zip. This section is one that I will be referring to regularly, and not only when making projects from this book.

The main section is the one dedicated to projects. The project title double spread shows the finished project, gives a list of what you will need, and instructions for the preparation for the project. There then follows step-by-step instructions for making up the project, including diagrams and photographs. Some projects include ideas for adding other elements to the finished project. Throughout the book there are tips included, giving suggestions for altering the project, or or guidance on resizing a project. These tips are useful for many sewing projects, not just the ones in this book.

What makes this book stand apart from many others, is the inclusion of two full sized pattern sheets in the back of the book. It is a great change from seeing patterns printed in the book itself, which sometimes requires enlarging the pattern. All in all this is a great resource and one that I will be making good use of again and again.


Lovely book to either give as a gift or keep for personal use. Easy to follow instructions and techniques with lovely colourful photographs to follow.


I loved this book. Great ideas and well written instructions and great pictures. It gave me inspiration and the belief that I could do it. It explains different techniques including putting in a zip and free motion embroidery. A great book for all.


I think this is a very good book, it's easy to follow instructions are great, it has 16 different projects to make, with 2 full size template sheets. Perfect for beginners and upwards, with step-by-step guides to all the patterns. Great for using up your fat quarters and small pieces of left over materials.


A beautiful looking book with a good range of gift ideas. I like the patterns in the file at the back, makes everything so much easier. The pictorial steps to making the projects are good and clear as was the start of the book with all the "how to" information. Can't wait to make the scissor keep on page 53.


The details are clear and very concise, pages are colourful and even give me great ideas of my own. Materials are easy to find in craft stores and inexpensive. I highly recommend it!


If like me you have more than few fat quarters then this book will be one for you.

The projects are cute, colourful and useful and as the title suggests, ideal for gifts.

From toys to children's clothes there is something for everyone.

I loved that,was design has a contrasting fat quarter that not only compliments the project but it also gives it an added quirkiness and depending on your fabric choice it will be pretty or retro.

This book is perfect for beginner sewists, as the projects are quite simple, that said, there are many useful techniques that will advance your sewing skills.

There are full sized pattern sheets included, and with easy instructions, accompanied by visual step by step hints and tips, so you really cannot go wrong.

Highly recommended by me!

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