A fat quarter is essentially a quarter of a metre of fabric.  Instead of it being divided up the regular way (25cm in length x full width of the fabric) the metre of fabric is actually divided in half width wise, and then in half length wise, so a fat quarter measures 50cm in length x half the width of the fabric.  Instead of it being long and thin it is short and fat - hence the name fat quarter!

This is what a 1/4 metre looks like

This is what a fat quarter looks like

If you wanted to purchase a half metre of fabric you would purchase 2 fat quarters and would get a piece 50cm in length x full width of fabric

If you want to purchase a metre of fabric you would choose 4 fat quarters which would get you a piece measuring 100cm in length x full width of the fabric.

How do I purchase fabric larger than a fat quarter?

Below is a chart showing how many units (fat quarters) you would need to purchase to get larger pieces of fabric

 

Fat Quarters

 

Fabric Length

 

Fabric Width
(E.g. fabric width 110cm)

1

50cm

55cm

2

50cm (1/2 Metre)

110cm

3

75cm (3/4 Metre)

110cm

4

100cm  (1 Metre)

110cm

5

125cm  (1.25 Metres)

110cm

6

150cm  (1.5 Metres)

110cm

7

175cm  (1.75 Metres)

110cm

8

200cm  (2 Metres)

110cm

9

225cm  (2.25 Metres)

110cm

10

250cm  (2.5 Metres)

110cm