I have a lot of fabric that is suitable for doll clothes. I have been buying pieces of fabric with doll clothes in mind for many years. I also have inherited interesting pieces and sewing friends save me large fabric scraps with small prints. When I am ready to sew doll clothes, I can usually go to my fabric collection and find something suitable to use.
I needed an excuse to experiment with the fat quarters, and I decided to write a blog entry about them. I went shopping and bought several fat quarters to play with.
A fat quarter is one half yard of fabric measured down the selvage. The piece is only half the width of a normal cut of fabric. It is about 22 inches wide instead of the full width of 44 to 45 inches of most fabrics. A fat quarter has a selvage on only one side. It is closer to square shaped than the long skinny rectangle made by measuring a quarter yard down the selvage of the fabric and leaving it the full width.
I think the almost square shape is easier to handle than the longer rectangular shape. One fat quarter provides enough fabric for several small doll outfits. It is also large enough to use with many of my 14 inch doll clothes patterns. I think that outfits for larger dolls will require more fabric. Fat quarters come in many attractive small patterns in a variety of colors. They are inexpensive and easy to buy because a clerk does not need to cut a length from the bolt.
My main complaint is that so many lovely fabric designs on bolts of fabric are not available in fat quarters. However a quarter yard of fabric cut from a bolt of cloth will work for 6 to 8 inch doll clothes. There are many inexpensive options for the fabrics needed for a small doll’s wardrobe.