Fabric Projects to Make from One Yard

What can you make with one yard (give or take) of quilt fabric? So many creative fabric projects!

yoga mat carrier fabric project
With about a yard of fabric, you can make projects like this yoga mat carrier.

No doubt, as a quilter your stash is full of coordinating fat quarters and scraps that make up about a yard of fabric.

And you probably have yard-lengths (more or less) of leftover backing fabric, fabric from the remnant bin you just couldn’t resist, or pieces you inherited from family members or given by friends who know you love fabric.

Or, maybe you’ve just seen some yummy quilt fabric and thought, I’d love to buy just a yard, but what would I do with it?

Here are some ideas for creating with one yard of quilt fabric:

Piece a quilt backing. A pieced backing is an economical and interesting way to back a quilt. For a kids’ quilt you could use a few pieces of novelty fabric, for example. A floral quilt would look great with butterfly-themed fabrics on the back. Or you could use fabrics with designs or colors that mean something to the quilt recipient (starfish for beach lovers, for example).

Make a pillow. Use your yard of fabric as the base for a pillow cover and add applique motifs or pieced borders from your scrap stash. Or take a yard’s worth of fat quarters and piece together a design of your own or according to a pillow pattern.

quilted tote bag
Tote bags make great fabric projects using short yardage and scraps.

Make a tote bag. One yard is usually all you need for a handmade tote bag to carry your quilting supplies and more. Choose a pretty batik and use coordinating fabric scraps to add interest on handles or pockets.

Add fabric inspiration. Yoga is a great way to relax your body and stretch out the kinks from hours spent at the sewing machine or cutting table. With a yard of fabric—preferably something inspirational, you can make a yoga mat carrier. That would be a great gift, too!

Pamper a pet. A yard of fabric especially a soft flannel, makes a comfy cover for a small pet bed, and your dog or cat will love you even more for it.

Set the table. You don’t need much fabric to give your kitchen or dining room some pizzazz. In fact, you could make fabric projects such as red and white mug rugs for Christmas gifting  or fashion a pretty pieced table topper from batiks.

Whether you want to make a one-yard wonder or an entire quilt, be sure to check out our Fabric Markdowns where you can score one yard of quilt fabric for less than 5 bucks!

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