What Sewing Project Can You Do With One Yard of Fabric?


One yard of fabric may not seem like a lot, but you can make a number of projects using 1 yard or less of fabric. Sew up a few handbags to give to friends or family members, make an apron and potholder set for a cook, or even sew a skirt or clothing for small children with only a yard of fabric. Use a boldly printed fabric for your projects to make them stand out even more.


  • You don't need a lot of fabric to sew a handbag, especially if you are making a clutch or small purse. Even a larger tote bag only needs a yard of fabric. The type of fabric you should use depends on the style of bag you're making. Canvas or another heavier weight cotton fabric will work well for tote, while satin will work for more formal handbags. If you decide to use a lighter weight fabric, you may need to use interfacing and a lining fabric to make the purse or bag more durable.


  • Children's clothing typically doesn't require more than 1 yard of fabric, especially clothing for babies and very small children. Use clothing that fits the child as your pattern, such as a baby's skirt or pair of children's pants. In some cases, you can make clothing for an adult or teenager using a yard of fabric. If you fold a yard of 44-inch-wide fabric in half, you can make the front and back pieces for a knee-length skirt for a person with a waist measurement smaller than 36 inches.

Cooking and Eating Accessories

  • A yard of fabric can turn into several 9-inch-square potholders, a cute skirt apron or a few oven mitts. You can also use 1 yard of fabric to make a tea pot cozy, a set of place mats, dinner napkins or coasters. To make potholders or oven mitts, you'll also need insulated batting, so that you don't burn your hands. Coasters require regular quilt batting to give them some thickness.


  • Turn a yard of fabric into a hanging, over-the-door organizer with pockets or a fabric box for storing odds and ends in. You can also use 1 yard to make a portfolio to hold a pad of paper and a pen. You may need additional supplies to make organizers, such as stiff interfacing to give the fabric box body and to make the walls of the box stay upright. Cardboard sewn between two layers of fabric will give a portfolio stiffness so that you can write on the notepad easily.

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