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Fat Quarter

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First, some background information.

1. Fabric yardage on a bolt is folded in half. When you unfold that fabric it measures around 44″ (it varies) from selvage to selvage.

2. A quarter of a yard is 9 inches.

This means a quarter yard of fabric is 9 x 44 inches. If you want your quarter cut “fat” though, you can instead have your fabric cut at 18 x 22 inches. This is done by cutting a half yard of fabric, and then cutting along the fold to create a “fat quarter” of a yard rather than the skinny quarter you would otherwise get.

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