To make patchwork even easier and quicker for us, many companies cut up their fabric into certain sizes so we can go straight into sewing. They package these sizes up into bundles and they are called ‘precuts’. Moda, a huge fabric company in America, did this first and called their precuts after many baking terms and those terms have become universal. A Bit like ‘Hoover’ for vacuum cleaner and ‘Sellotape’ for sticky tape. Other companies will produce the same precut sizes but they have to call them something different.
GENERAL PRECUT SIZES
5″ x 5″ (12.7 cm x 12.7 cm), most commonly containing 42 pieces per pack.
Moda has branded these as CHARM PACKS, other companies will have to call them something different eg Charming Squares but they are all 5″ x 5″.
10″ x 10″ (25.4 cm x 25.4 cm), most commonly containing 42 pieces per pack.
Moda has branded these as LAYER CAKES, other companies will have to call them something different if they produce their own 10″ squares. Lewis & Irene call their 10″ precuts ‘Scrumptious Squares’. However, they are all the standard 10″ squares.
44″ x 2 1/2″ (112 cm x 6.35 cm), most commonly containing 42 pieces per roll.
These are strips of the width of fabric. Moda have branded these as JELLY ROLLS. Other companies have their own names for these. They are all 2.5 strips of the width of fabric – 44″. What’s great about this is you get all the colourways from the entire collection. Many shops, like us for example, don’t have room for many bolts and can only stock 5 or 6 from each collection. A jelly roll means you get all the colours the designer has created. The Jelly roll makes a single quilt so quickly!!
FAT QUARTER BUNDLES 22″ x 18″ (55 cm x 45 cm)
Fat quarter is a universal term for a piece of fabric cut to a particular size.
Our fabric of 100% cotton is all 44″ wide. and comes on the bolt folded in half.
A quarter of fabric (.25cm) is pretty useless for quilters and crafters alike. These are called skinny quarters or long quarters. So a fat quarter is cut differently. It’s basically 1/2 a metre of fabric, but you only get one side.
Many companies will cut fat quarters from various fabrics in a collection and make lovely bundles. It saves time in the shop for the customer and they also make perfect gifts!
WHICH PRECUTS TO USE FOR PROJECTS?
These are generic sizes for quilts, they may vary, but in general, they are around these sizes.
Baby = 36′” x 54″
Crib = 45″ x 60″
Twin = 63″ x 87″
Double = 78″ x 87″
Queen= 84″ x 92″
King = 100″ x 92″
You can make a baby quilt and a crib quilt from a Charm Pack. You could make a Twin, or Queen Quilt from a Layer cake. (These do not include borders or backing).
If you search on Google for patterns you’ll be amazed at what is out there, especially on you tube!
In the shop we always try to get in some sort of precut with each collection we have. We also make our own fat quart bundles up too. If you need precuts for a project we can even cut the fabric so you don’t have too!