Precut fabric packs are perfect for those looking to do patchwork and quilting projects from full-size quilts to small intricate placemats or even handbags. You can buy kits to follow or even tutorials or you can simply create your own and go with what you want.
Though if like me, you aren’t overly skilled in patchwork and quilting and still not sure what you need, how much you need or even how to match up the fabrics you might be looking at precut fabric packs. Though with that comes more confusion on what they are, what the differences are between them and what they can be used for.
In this article, I am going to talk about what precut fabric packs are, what they are used for and how to know the difference between each pack and size.
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- 1 What Are Precut Fabric Packs?
- 2 What Are The Different Precut Fabric Packs?
- 3 What Are The Precut Fabric Sizes?
- 4 Where Can I Buy Different Precut Fabric Packs?
- 5 What Can I Make With The Different Precut Fabric Packs?
- 6 How Many Precut Fabric Packs Do I Need To Make My Quilt?
What Are Precut Fabric Packs?
Precut fabric packs are bundles that are made up of a number of fabrics that are all cut to the same size. You can often find anything from 7 pieces to 30+ in a pack. They can come in a variety of sizes, widths and lengths and styles.
Many leading fabric brands such as Moda, Lewis & Irene and many more supply these packs. They are great for people looking to makes quilts or sample different collections.
What Are The Different Precut Fabric Packs?
A fat quarter pack comes straight off the roll of fabric, fabric rolls usually have a width of 44 inches approximately. The fabric is then cut into half metres to create the 20-inch by 22-inch square.
In America, these measurements differ as they work in yards but more on that later. These are then folded up and stacked to create a theme, colourway or design bundle.
These can come in a variety of number fabric packs from 4, 5 and 6 fat quarters in a pack. Generally, in the UK, we don’t have large bundles whereas the USA provide more variety in larger fabric packs. These can cost anything from £7 in Hobbycraft to £10 online.
These are less frequently used or known about, they are the same as a fat quarter is so many ways. The way they differ is that they are strips instead of squares.
They are 44 inches by 10 inches strips. Not many quilters use them as they are limited, whereas with a fat quarter bundle has more fabric to work with.
A Charm Park
A charm pack is a pack of 5-inch squares and come as a 42 piece bundle. Some packs do vary so always check before buying. They are again being put together as a colourway, design pack or theme.
These are great for beginners as there are lots of books, patterns and free downloads that use charm packs to create the quilt. So initially the hard work is done for you as the squares are already squared up and ready to use.
Charm packs are commonly known as charm fabric packs both in the UK and USA. Charm packs can depend on the designer/ manufacturer, these can cost anything from £10.50 to £15
Mini Charm Packs
You can also buy mini charm fabric packs with measure 2.5-inch squares and still have the 42 in a pack.
These are great for smaller details in quilts or for applique designs. These can often have multiples of the same fabric designs in the pack.
A Layer Cake
A layer cake is a term that has come from Moda Fabrics. The different precut fabric packs contain 42 10-inch squares, these come as a colourway, theme or design pack. These are mostly known in the USA, there is no alternative name in the UK.
Moda layer cake fabric packs are selling for anything between £28 to £30. Online prices vary depending on retailer and delivery prices are not included.
A jelly roll was another of Moda Fabrics creations, this was introduced around 5-6 years ago and has become one of the fast growing popular precut packs to be used by quilters.
Jelly roll fabric packs include 40 x 2 1/2-inch strips. When rolled out this equals to 2.5 metres. The strips have been cut for you so the measuring and cutting have been done for you.
The Jelly Roll precut fabric packs are great if you want to collect quite a few of the design pack and don’t want to cost you a fortune.
Junior Jelly Roll
This is similar to the Jelly Roll pack but simply smaller. The measurements and strip sizes are the same but you get half of what you would in a jelly roll pack.
Junior Jelly Rolls aren’t common in the UK and are much more well known in the USA. As the USA is more well known for quilting these resources are more catered to that side of the pond.
What Are The Precut Fabric Sizes?
I decided to make a table to make it easier to see the different precut fabric packs and the sizes. If there is any other information you think I should or need to add let me know in the comments at the bottom.
Where Can I Buy Different Precut Fabric Packs?
There are so many places you can buy different precut fabrics packs. Here in the UK, we have places such as Hobbycraft, local craft shops and online. Hobbycraft currently sell Fat Quarters, Jelly Rolls (though they call them rolled cotton fabric strips) and Charm Packs.
We can find unbranded packs on eBay, Amazon and online fabric retailers. Crafts fairs and conventions are a great place to find unique and new materials to buy.
The USA can find most of the different precut fabric packs online, on Amazon, Joanns, Walmart and Hobby Lobby.
What Can I Make With The Different Precut Fabric Packs?
There are so many different things you can make with precut fabric packs. They are most commonly used for making patchwork quilts and appliqued quilts.
Fabric packs such as fat quarters can be used to make so much more, toys, purses and bags, gifts and even types of clothing. You can find a number of books that help you make something and everything from fat quarters. Below is a book I recommend.
Here are some of the top things you can make with different precut fabric packs.
- Soft Toys
- Patchwork Quilt
- Table Runner
- Table Place Mats
- Bags/ Purses
- Cushion Covers
- Children’s Clothing
- Doll’s Clothing
How Many Precut Fabric Packs Do I Need To Make My Quilt?
This will all depend on the size of the quilt you are making. There are a lot of different size charts online to follow. The quilt sizes can differ from country to country E.g what the UK double size might be perfect for me could be too small for an American double bed.
If you have a quilt or duvet that you like the size of, I would suggest using the measurements from that to create your quilt. It also depends on if you want the quilt to have over the bed or simply lay on top.
This would mean adding inches to the pattern to create the hangover. Here is a rough chart that I have used and found help when sizing up a quilt, it has clear measurements of the mattress size and recommended quilt sizes.
When it comes to how many fabric packs you will need to create your quilt it is simple if you are following a book, pattern or download they very often will state how many of the pack you will need.
If this information is not stated you then work out if you are making, for example, a cot quilt. You will be making the cot/crib size of 27-inch by 55-inch and you are using a charm pack.
You will require 6 of the 5-inch squares across and then 11 of the 5-inch squares down. Multiply 6 by 11 and then you should have your answer- 66 squares.
This means within a charm pack there is usually 42 squares you will require 2 and will have leftovers. This is to create one side only, if you require the same pattern for the back, you would require 3 charm packs.
The maths is simple as long as you start simple, working with squares is the best for beginners.
Always remember here in the UK we are by law required to sell fabrics by the metre (metric) whereas the USA sell fabric in yards and inches (imperial). To convert inches to centimetres I roughly remember that 1-inch equals to 2.54cm. So when calculating 39 inches into centimetre is 39 x 2.54= 100cm.
That is everything you will need to know about the different precut fabric packs. If you have found this post useful and helpful please let me know in the comments below. If you have a great place to find great deals on fabric packs let me know below.