What is a fat-eighth you ask? A traditional 1⁄8-metre cut and a fat-eighth cut contain the same amount of fabric, however they differ in shape. A traditional 1⁄8-metre cut is 5 × 44″ cut from the bolt. A fat eighth is cut crosswise from a 1⁄4-metre piece of fabric—a 10″ × 44″ rectangle cut in half to make a 10″ × 22″ hence a “fat” 1⁄8-metre piece. You can also find a fat eighth cut as 20″ × 11″.
And because Canada uses the metric and the United States uses the imperial system here are the options for the US fat-eighth cuts 18” x 11” (US) or 9″ x 22″ (US).
Benefits of Fat Eighth Bundle ~
- Allow for cutting many different quilt shapes such as half square triangles and smaller strips and are ideal for smaller shapes such as 5″ and 2.5″ squares.
- Great size for making small items like make-up bags, coasters or pin cushions.
- You have a wide variety of fabric to choose from.
There are other pre-cuts you can buy, and you can read more about them here.