What is a Fat Quarter & other Fabric Dimensio...

What is a Fat Quarter & other Fabric Dimensions {free printable chart}

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to pre-cuts in fabric, or sizes of just regular cuts, my brain goes to mush.  I can’t remember.  I mix them up…. is a fat quarter 18″? 19″?  I usually hold up my hands and think to myself– it’s about that size. Right? You, I am sure, remember them much better than I.  You can quickly recall to your sewing buddies the right size.  If that’s you, then please ignore this post.  For the rest of us– I have come up with a solution.  A little business card that holds all dimensions. You can stuff it into a pocket in your purse or bag and whip it out when the mind fails you. printable card of pre cut fabric sizes / #fatquarter #fabric Besides all of the ‘fat’ sizes, fabric now comes in pre-cuts.  There are some super fun ones out there, and now there are tiny ones and triangles! Who would have thought that we don’t like the cutting method so much and we are going for quick- so these pre cuts are handy and we love them!

Here are all the sizes- just in case you needed to know what is a fat quarter right now…. 

Fat quarter 18″ X 22″

Fat Eighth 9″ X 21″

Charm Pack 5″ X 5″

Mini Charms 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″

Jelly Roll 2 1/2″ X 45″ or Width of Fabric

Layer Cake 10″ X 10″

Turnover 6″ triangle

Honey Bun 1 1/2″ X 45″ or Width of Fabric

One Yard 36″ X 45″ or Width of fabric

Dessert Roll 5″ X 45″ or Width of fabric

Honeycomb Hexagons 6″

Just in case you wanted to know how many squares you can cut from a fat quarter piece- Number of Squares from a Fat Quarter

99 2″ squares
56 2 1/2″ squares
42  3″ squares
30  3 1/2″ squares
20  4″ squares
16  4 1/2″ squares
12  5″ squares
12  5 1/2″ squares
9  6″ squares
6  6 1/2″ squares

You can quickly download the file containing the printable here.  It is a pdf file and will print off 10 business card sized charts per page.  You can easily share all your knowledge with your sewing friends.

printable pre-cut fabric size chart / #fatquarter #fabric

patchwork posse tutorial download


Is there anything missing from the list? What else should be on there? Leave me a note in the comments-

For a bit more fun– check out cutting your fat quarters up…what can you get out of it?

fat eighth cuts- there are two! | patchworkposse #fatquarter #fabric #quilting

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  1. Patti

    16 September

    Thank you so much for this. It is just soooo helpful and so are you.
    Patti xxx

  2. Anne Weaver

    16 September

    One to keep, 9 to share! Thanks for collecting all that info into one place! I’ve linked to your printable over at Craft Gossip:


  3. kathleen babbitt

    16 September

    thanks so much becky! I have been so completely confused about all the precut sizes! this clears everything up so much! I’m so happy I have you for an online buddy!! kathleen

  4. Becky

    16 September

    Kathleen- thanks for stopping by and yes, I am glad that I am not alone in the confused department! 🙂

  5. Ruth

    18 September

    Was not able to download printable chart. Can you help?

  6. Nikkie

    18 September

    This is such great information but sadly I cannot get the download to work. 🙁

  7. Nikkie

    18 September

    Please ignore my last comment. I didn’t realize I had to hide the banner in order for the page to go to craftsy. Thank you very much for this. 🙂

  8. Sue

    21 September

    this would be so very useful if the link weren’t broken, tried to click to down load and
    I get a page with logos for pintrest etc not a printable chart

  9. Becky

    22 September

    check your browser blocker. sometimes the link won’t open because it is blocked.

  10. Becky

    22 September

    Sue, don’t click on the pin button. that will take you to pinterest. Click on the picture itself. Hope that helps-

  11. Paulette Miller

    26 October

    Thank you for the measurements!!! I just cut a bunch of vintage sheet fat quarters to sell at an upcoming flea market. Now I’ll get busy on fat eighths, charms, layer cakes, turnovers from the scraps. That is after a have a snack…those descriptions made me hungry!!!

  12. Viola hache

    3 December

    Thank you for the fat quarters measurements,very helpful

  13. Terrie

    26 July

    How about adding a spot to tell how much each packet of pre-cut fabric is equal to in yardage?

  14. Becky

    29 July

    terrie- that sounds like a great idea…i’ll look into it!

  15. Barbara

    28 August

    I hit “Click to Download” the business size card of measurements & it took me to a Craftsy site. No where did I see the card of measurements. it’s a great idea as I am very new to this but found getting the print out was way to frustrating. thanks anyway

  16. Pearlie Archambault

    14 November

    Not being a quilter yet, about how many of these would you need for a non-fancy quilt top?

  17. Lori Genther

    14 November

    I work in a quilt shop and I’m forever answering the question “How wide is this fabric?” Most bolts say 44/45″ on them, but don’t count on it. They are usually 42/43″. When figuring fabric amounts most experts say to figure on 42″ of usable fabric (with selvedges removed) We tell customers that a fat quarter is 18 x 21″ at least, and a fat eight is half a fat quarter cut the WOF =9×21″. I just worry that people will think they are getting 3″ more fabric than they actually are and will be messed up. One fabric that can sometimes be 45″ are the yarn died plaids, but that isn’t for sure either. Sure wish the manufacturers would change the bolt info. It would make life easier for us shop gals! !

  18. Cindy

    15 November

    The Fat Quarter Shop has one called the Jolly Bar. It’s 5″ x 10″ or 1/2 of a layer cake.

  19. Sue

    19 November

    Thanks. Great chart! I thought I’d laminate some for my quilty friends. But…wait…no Jelly Rolls?

  20. Peggy Williams

    13 February

    Is there any way I can get the print out of the charts? I tried, but it says the page isn’t found.

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