What to Make with Fat Quarters | Nested Boxes Sewing Pattern

Fat quarters are those gorgeous little squares of fabric you see bundled up in cute parcels at craft shows and fabric fairs. They are completely irresistible just because they look so pretty just sitting on a shelf, but what do you do make with them? This pattern for a nest of handy boxes is a simple project if you are wondering what to make with fat quarters.

This nest of four boxes uses six fat quarters so perfect for using up some of your stash. They make great gifts for friends and family and are perfect for holding craft supplies such as threads and quilting pins.


You Will Need



1 For the large bowl cut two 19in (48.5cm) squares from fabric, one 19in (48.5cm) square from compressed fleece and one 18in (46cm) square from iron-on interfacing.

2 For the medium bowl cut two 15in (38cm) squares from fabric, one 15in (38cm) square from compressed fleece and one 14in (35.5cm) square from iron-on interfacing.

3 For the small bowl cut two 10in (25cm) squares from fabric, one 10in (25cm) square from compressed fleece and one 9in (23cm) square from iron-on interfacing.

4 For the tiny bowl cut two 61/2in (16.5cm) squares from fabric, one 61/2in (16.5cm) square from compressed fleece and one 51/2in (14cm) square from iron-on interfacing.

5 Use the following steps for each nesting bowl. On the wrong side of one fabric square, fuse the iron-on interfacing for the inside of the bowl, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You should have
a 11/2in (1.2cm) gap around each edge.

6 Place the other fabric square wrong side down onto the compressed fleece. Now place the fabric square with the interfacing onto this, so that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other. Pin around the
outer edges.

nesting boxes tipSew around all four sides, leaving a 3–4in (7.5–10cm) turning gap on one side. You can use the edge of the interfacing as a guide for your seam allowance. Clip the corners to reduce bulk.

8 Turn the right sides out through the gap, using a wooden stick or similar to push out the corners into a neat point. Iron well and tuck the raw edges of the unsewn gap inside, then iron or pin the gap closed.

9 Topstitch around each side, 1?8in (3mm) from the edge, to close the gap.

nesting boxes diagram10 Repeat step 1-4 with the remaining squares for the other bowl sizes.

11 To form the sides of the bowls, start with the large bowl and fold the square in half diagonally, with the interfaced fabric on the inside. Measure 3in (7.5cm) from the point along the topstitched edge and mark. Sew a line at a 90-degree angle to the topstitched edge, reverse stitching at the start and end to secure. Repeat for the opposite corner (see Fig 1).

12 Open out the triangle and refold diagonally in the other direction. Repeat Step 11 for the two remaining corners.

13 Repeat Steps 11–12, substituting the measurements from the corner as follows: 2½ in (6.5cm) for the medium bowl, 2in (5cm) for the small bowl and 1in (2.5cm) for the tiny bowl.



what to make with fat quarters - 50 fat quarter makesThis project was designed by Emily Levey and is excerpted from the book 50 Fat Quarter Makes which is available to pre order here.

Happy sewing!




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2 thoughts on “What to Make with Fat Quarters | Nested Boxes Sewing Pattern

  1. Hi Jackie, it looks like a couple of steps were hidden from view! Sorry about that. If you take another look now you’ll see step 11, which tells you how to stitch the corners