I have cut-and-sew fat quarters at Spoonflower, in addition to surface designs on yardage and wallpaper.

For your convenience, since some people benefit from photographs, in addition to the written instructions that are available on the fat quarters themselves, here are visual tutorials for the projects I have available in my Spoonflower shop.

Wine Gift Bag

Please read all instructions completely before cutting. Once cut out, some of the markers will be on the discarded fabric.

Cut out fabric pieces.

Fold over the top 1/2-inch (marked with small dots on the fabric and arrows on the white “waste” fabric), press, and hem. If you prefer, you can also turn the raw edge under and press again, creating a 1/4-inch rolled hem.

Take 24 inches of ribbon, folded in half, and pin where marked on one side. (A pin or safety pin can help keep the loose ends out of the way when you’re sewing – pin them to the middle of the fabric; you can undo it when you turn the bag rightside out.)

Pin the sides and bottom together and sew, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Backstitch over where the ribbon is sewn into the side seam to reinforce it.

With the bag still inside out, flatten it with the side seams to the center. The two corners of the bag will form a diamond. Measure from the tip of the corner 1-1/2 inches, and mark a perpendicular line at both corners. Sew along this line. Trim off the little triangles. This is what makes the box shape of the bag.

Turn your bag, unpin the ribbon, press out any wrinkles, insert bottle and gift!


Cut out squares along black lines. (If using a companion fabric that has no lines, trace the square on paper, and then cut out the backing fabric using the paper template.)

Pin ribbon, yarn, or a length of the patterned material provided on the fat quarter to use for hanging. (If using the patterned material, you can fold the strip so that the two raw edges are to the back, and press. Sew of desired.) Make sure the ends of the loop are at the corner marked “top” and the loop is toward the center.

Place right sides together (make sure both tops are at the top), pin, and stitch using a 1/4-inch seam allowance (shown on the squares in grey). Leave an opening of an inch or so for turning rightside out and stuffing.

Trim the corners to reduce the bulk (see the black lines in the corners), and turn. Use a chopstick or the eraser end of a pencil to gently push out corners.

Stuff with fiberfill and hand-stitch the opening closed.

Finished ornament