Monday, December 1, 2014

'Tis the Season Tutorials - Holiday Fat Quarters

Here are a couple of ways to fold fat quarters to stack and give as gifts for the holidays or anytime!

5-Pointed Star:
To begin, fold a fat quarter in half lengthwise, then fold in half again, with raw edges just inside the fold line.  It should measure about 4 -1/2" wide by 21".

Begin at one end and fold the corner over at a 45-degree angle, aligning with the outer edge.

Fold the triangle up again, keeping sides aligned.  If you've ever folded up a flag, it's done in the very same manner.

Repeat the steps.

Fold the last corner and tuck in the raw edges.

Stack 3 triangles together to form a 5-pointed star, like the one I received from Joan in a recent exchange:

Now try folding your fat quarter at a 60-degree angle.  Use a mark on your mat or ruler if you want to check the angle.  

Fold to form an equilateral triangle and align with the edges.  Repeat.

Tuck the ends inside the last flap.

6-Pointed Star:
Stack 2 equilateral triangles together to make a 6-pointed star, then add as many more as you'd like for a starry tower.

Christmas Tree:
Stack or more equilateral triangles inside each other...

add another rolled-up fat quarter for the trunk and you've got a little tree stack.

Tie it up with a ribbon to secure and it's the perfect little gift for quilty friends!

These triangles work with fat eighths too.  Fold your 9" x 21" into thirds to hide the raw edges, then fold as diagrammed above.  Enjoy!


  1. A cute way to give a few fat quarters.... Thanks for sharing

  2. Great way to give a gift to a friend who sews...thanks for the demo!

  3. I have seen fat quarters folder like this occassionally at shows and now i know how to do it, thanks for sharing this with us

  4. This is the coolest thing ever! And I just sent off a package, wish I had waited, now I will have to send someone else some fabric!

  5. ohhhhh so pretty love the tree

  6. Thanks Deon, this is super helpful for making little gifties for my quilty friends! The pictures made it so clear as well, thank you :)

  7. Hi Sweetie, Just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas!! Thanks too for this Darling FQ Tree tutorial!!
    Huggs, Nancy


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