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What is a Fat Quarter?
A fat quarter (often abreviated to FQ) is a rectangular piece of fabric which generally measures 50cm x 55cm however this is not always the case as it depends on the fabric. Confused?! It's quite easy once you know how a fat quarter got its name...
A fat quarter is "Half a Length and Half a Width", so in our case half a length is 50cm (as one length is one metre) and half the width is half of whatever the width of the fabric is. The width is generally 110cm for cotton fabrics, but sometimes a fat quarter will measure 50cm x 70cm if the fabric is 140cm wide, or 50cm x 5cm if the fabric is 150cm wide etc.
A fat quarter has the same surface area as a 1/4 metre of fabric, it's just cut in a different way and is more versatile for some projects than a "traditional" 1/4m.
Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words...
Our premium plush fabrics come in a variety of cut sizes. sometimes it's important to understand how the fabric is cut to work out which way the fabric stretch will go, and also the pile.