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Fabric Width Yardage Conversion Chart

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Your project instructions call for two yards of 60" wide fabric, but the fabric you want to use is 45" wide. Hmmm... attempting to dredge up that old math lesson in proportions is probably not going to happen on the fly. Instead, print out our handy conversion chart for those times you don't have a pattern envelope with a yardage conversion table.

Remember, these are general estimates. If your fabric has a big motif, a large repeat or is directional, it's best to buy extra. When working with large repeats, the rule of thumb is to buy the pattern's suggested amount of fabric plus enough extra to cover one full repeat. 

Other extra-fabric situations include if you are cutting fabric on the bias or if your pattern includes extensive fussy cutting for matching pockets and the like. 

When in doubt, add an extra ½ yard. It's always better to have a bit more than not enough. Poplular fabrics can sell-out in the blink of an eye. It's best to get a bit more than you need when it's readily available. 

Sew4Home Fabric Yardage Conversion Chart in Adobe Acrobat format (36KB)


Comments (6)

LRKimo said:
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i am considering an expensive fabric that is 83" wide. How do I convert that?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ LRKimo - That is an unusual width, so standard charts aren't going to help you. It would probably be better to sketch it out  on paper. Make a box on graph paper to represent your 83" in width on the horizontal axis, and then draw in the cuts required for your project. Extend the length vertically as needed to get everything to fit. When it all fits, measure your vertical axis and round up to the nearest traditional yardage cut. 

Linda Steaples said:
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gracious said:
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Thank you for this handy, informative chart.  I'm wondering if you would add the 104"-108" backing widths to this list.  The Wide Backs are increasingly common and super convenient for quilters.  Thank you.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@gracious - Thanks for the suggestion; we'll look at adding that next time we do an update.

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