Why Pre-Cuts Need to Be in Your Sewing Room

Pre-cut fabrics are one of my favourite parts of sewing. Fat Quarter Bundles, Fat Eighth Bundles, Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charm Squares, Mini Charms…oh my!!

Pre-cuts revolutionized the quilting world along with the rotary cutter.

They generally contain every print from a collection and sometimes doubles, depending on how many print designs there are. Read below for my top 10 reasons to have them on hand in your sewing room!

1. You get a whole fabric collection.

Love a full collection but you’re on a budget and can’t afford to buy all the yardage you’d like? With pre-cuts, you get a bit of everything!

2. Everything coordinates together.

Guesswork is gone! Colors are pre-decided for you and everything works together since it’s a full designer collection. This is especially great when you are just starting out, as it can help develop your color and scale senses.

3. They are great for quick projects.

Pre-cuts are awesome when you just want a quick project to knock out! I love sewing layer cake squares together for a fast quilt.

quilt made with precut fabric

(Layer cake squares sewn together- a quick and easy project)


4. They save space in your sewing room.

Pre-cuts are a space saver! Even a fat quarter bundle takes up minimal space on a shelf and it can be quite a bit of fabric. 40 fat quarters is 10 yards and they are tidy, compact packages that look awesome on display.

5. They are easier to press.

Easier pressing! Sometimes a fat quarter will need a bit of a press, but in general precuts are flat like layer cakes and jelly rolls, so they are ready to go right out of the package.

6. You’ll do much less cutting.

Save the wear and tear on your wrists. Pre-cuts require less cutting! Finding patterns that are geared towards the precut you have means you can spend less time cutting and more time sewing.

quilt made with precut fabric strips

(Multiple charm packs just needed to be organized into a plus layout before sewing in rows)


7. You don’t need to wash them.

No laundry! I know this is a controversial one, but pre-cuts aren’t meant to be washed. Wash your finished quilt at the end, and it will shrink uniformly.

8. Impress your friends.

Impressive! It looks like you did a lot of work cutting, when you only had to arrange squares before sewing. No one will know. 🙂

9. Adapt and configure them as needed. 

Adaptable! Need charm squares but only have a layer cake? A quick cutting into quarters will turn it into 4 charm packs. Voila!

10. Less Fabric Waste.

Reducing your waste is good! Pick a pattern that uses a pre-cut to its fullest and you won’t have leftovers! I’m always excited about the new project and new fabrics, which means I can move on with zero quilt guilt. 

pre-cut quilt fabric

(One jelly roll for top and binding plus a bit of white yardage leaves no leftovers!)

Do you love pre-cuts too? I hope this convinced you to pick up a few more lovely pre-cuts for your sewing space. BONUS: they look lovely all nicely stacked and coordinated on your shelves. They can definitely help brighten up your sewing space!




Michelle Brassens

Hi, I’m Michelle! I’ve never met a craft I didn’t like. Sewing however was where I really found my groove! So I left behind life as a pastry chef and concentrated on making things with fabric instead of food. I work at Dinkydoo Fabrics now and get to write about sewing and quilting for work. Stick with me and I’ll show you all kinds of tips and tricks, from beginner to expert maker level. Can’t wait!