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. Popular 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.

For a mini version, check out our Cheat Card Series.

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

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Ariel
Ariel
13 days ago

I need fabric to cover 26 ft long by 9 ft wide how many yards thst is.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
13 days ago
Reply to  Ariel

Hello – we cannot do this long distance for you – there are too many variables. Your best option is to draw it out on a piece of paper and then compare what you need to the width of the fabric you want to purchase. Remember, there are three feet (36″) in a yard. And, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to account for any seam allowances and hems.

Sue gray
Sue gray
1 month ago

I am making crib sheets. My mattress is 28 1/2 in. Wide. The material I am looking at is 42 in. Wide. I add 12 to the 28 1/2 and get 40 1/2 to make the sheet. Will this be big
enough in width when I add the elastic.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 month ago
Reply to  Sue gray

Hi Sue – it would be best to go with the measurements given in the pattern you are using as the depth of the mattress also figures in. Four our Cozy Crib Sheet, which is based on a standard 52″ x 28″ x 6″ deep crib mattress, the starting cut is 45″ wide x 69″ long. You might be able to squeak by with 42″ – but again, without knowing the pattern you are working with, I can’t really give you a for-sure answer.

Marian Rector
Marian Rector
1 month ago

I’ve got a quilt top (60×60 inches) that I need a backing for. The fabric I want to use is 44 inches wide. I think I will have a seem down the middle of the backing. How many yards of fabric do I need?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 month ago
Reply to  Marian Rector

Hi Marian — the best idea is to draw it out, but in general – yep, you’ll need to seam together two strips since your WOF is just 44″. Depending on the fabric’s motif, it’s probably best to trim each panel to about 32″ and then seam. Depending on your seam allowance, this will give you about 63″ of width – it’s always best to have your back be slightly wider than the top so you can lay down the top and trim the backing flush. Since your quilt is 60″ in length and you are working with 2 strips,… Read more »

Judy
Judy
3 months ago

Hi, I’m thinking of adding silk fabric panels to my room divider – 6 panels with these dimensions: 61” long with a little extra to sew in a dowel so that it hangs taut and 12-3/8” wide. How much is that on yardage? Thanks so much for your advice.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
3 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Hi Judy – there are really too many variables in terms of type of fabric, fabric width, final construction/hemming, etc for me to give you a guaranteed recommendation long distance. My best suggestion is to draw it out on a piece of paper. Use the horizontal axis to represent the width of the silk you are planning to use (44″, 54″, etc.), then draw in each of the panels you are hoping to create (adding in extra for hemming, dowel pocket, seam allowances, etc), first going across to see how many panels you can get in one row, then moving… Read more »

Esther Joyner
Esther Joyner
4 months ago

I have a question my window is 66 and 1/4 wide by 80 my fabric only 54 in wide what can I do

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
4 months ago
Reply to  Esther Joyner

Hi Esther – We have a tutorial on joining panels that might be just what you’re looking for: https://sew4home.com/donna-babylon-quick-tip-joining-fabric-widths-to-make-an-extra-wide-panel/

Jennifer Gustafson
Jennifer Gustafson
4 months ago

I have a classroom desk that I want to cover. The dimensions are 115” x 30” how many yards will I need?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
4 months ago

Hi Jennifer – I can’t give you an exact answer as it will depend on the width of fabric you are thinking about using as well as how you plan to use it on the desk: like a tablecloth, gathered all around – that type of thing. Your best option is to draw it out on a piece of paper. Think about the two axis lines as your fabric – so one axis is the width of the fabric (say you use an upholstery fabric that is 54″ wide) and then the other axis becomes the length (the yardage) required.… Read more »

Paige
Paige
7 months ago

Hey I’m making a baby blanket and the project calls for the front piece a 30in square and the back piece 40”. How much fabric do I need to buy?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
4 months ago
Reply to  Paige

Oh my – so sorry, this question didn’t come through into our regular inbox. It will depend on the width of fabric your are buying, but going for a minimum width of 44″ – if it’s the same fabric, you would need two yards – if two different fabrics: one yard for the front, and 1-1/8 yards to 1-1/4 yards (depending on your cutting accuracy) for the back. If you draw it out on a piece of paper that often helps – use your fabric width as one axis and then the other axis will give you the yardage.

Sammy
Sammy
11 months ago

Hello,
I am a male and just bought an old Lane foot stool bench for my lady to sit on to change her clothes. I removed all the staples from the plywood holding the old worn fabric and want to purchase new fabric of her choice. The dimensions are 46″ x 16 ” –I also need to purchase new foam backing say 1-2″ thick.
How much fabric in yards will I need counting the excess that needs to be stapled onto the plywood backing and including the foam?
Thank You ladies !
Sammy
usnavyveteran51@aol.com

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
11 months ago
Reply to  Sammy

Hi Sammy – What a lovely gift. Unfortunately, there are too many variables for us to be much help given you exact advice long distance: fabric width based on the type of fabric, pattern direction for matching, the final construction method to determine the wrap, etc. The very best option, one that we often use, is to make a pattern from the old fabric you removed. If that fabric is already gone, next best is to make a pattern from large sheets of paper, like kraft or wrapping paper. If possible, purchase the foam first so you make sure you… Read more »

Teya Bridgmon
Teya Bridgmon
1 year ago

Hey I have 60″ wide fabric but my pattern uses 45″ wide. Do i just fold it in half then it’s only 30″? Do I adjust my fabric to make it 45″ so the fold want be equal? To scared to cut until I’m sure.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 year ago
Reply to  Teya Bridgmon

Hi Teya – I don’t know what you’re making so it’s hard to give advice long distance. And, I don’t know if your fabric is directional, has a large motif, etc…. kind of a lot of variables. In general, I wouldn’t cut your fabric down to 45″ – instead just deal with each pattern piece or cut individually to make the best use of any motif (to get the best “fussy cut”) and to get the most efficient use of the fabric.

Cheryl White
Cheryl White
1 year ago

Is there a workbook for the 5300qdc? There is not much information on the web. I have started a facebook group for 5300 owners and they are looking for more information.

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheryl White

Hi Cheryl — The 5300 is still a pretty new model, but we haven’t heard anything regarding Janome planning a Workbook for it. You might try reaching out to Janome America directly. Their customer relations email is: custrel@janome-america.com

Gloria Yachyshen
Gloria Yachyshen
1 year ago

I have a 60×60″ square table that would really like a tablecloth (85×85 with 12.5 inch drop). The fabric I am looking at is 42×36″. I am a novice at sewing so your responses are greatly appreciated!

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 year ago

Hi Gloria – Unfortunately, we can’t give you a specific plan long distance – there are too many variables. In general, if all you have is one 42″ x 36″ piece of fabric, you don’t have enough for the project. If you are able to get more than one yard (36″) of the fabric you want to use, you could seam together two pieces. Here’s where all the variables start to come in. Two panels side by side, with a 1/2″ seam allowance and a 2″ hem along each side (just examples), would only yield 79″ in finished width, so… Read more »

Lynda
Lynda
1 year ago

I have four chair pads that are 24 x 24 x 4 and four chair pad backs that are 24 x 20 x 4 that I want to recover in. Sunbrella fabric. The width of the fabric is 56 inches. Can someone tell me how many yards of material I would need? Thank you

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 year ago
Reply to  Lynda

Hi Lynda – So sorry, but we really can’t troubleshoot general projects long distance. There are so many variables in terms of the pattern you’re using, such as: seam allowance, piping or no, sidewall/gusset or simple seam, motif direction of the fabric for pattern matching, etc. What I’d suggest is for you to get a large piece of paper and draw a rectangle that represents 56″ wide across the top, but leave the vertical axis open. Then, start drawing in all the pieces you’ll need to cut, extending the vertical axis as needed until all the pieces are accounted for.… Read more »

Heather R.
Heather R.
1 year ago

I need help. I have a large piece of fabric 60” wide x 144” long. I need to cut one long piece 4” wide x 126” long for a side panel for my pillow. How would be the best method to use?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 year ago
Reply to  Heather R.

Hi Heather — Well … I guess it depends on what you’d like to end up with as a “scrap.” Since it is 60″ wide, you’d need to cut at least three 4″ strips horizontally (width of fabric) and seam them together to get your finished 126″ strip. You’d end up with a scrap that is 60″ x 132″ plus the excess from the strips (I’d sew two 34″ strips to either side of the 60″ strip, using 1/2″ seams to equal the 126″ but the balance is up to you). Or, since you have the length already, you could… Read more »

Terry
Terry
1 year ago

Help! I’m trying to make a 12’x20’ tarp fabric is 60” wide. How many yards do I need. It doesn’t matter which way the fabric runs

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 year ago
Reply to  Terry

Hi Terry — It’s a bit hard to tell you for sure long distance because there are several ways you could seam together your panels to create that size. It’s best if you map it out on paper. First, turn the feet into inches: 144″ x 240″ — Since 60″ divides equally into 240″, I’d suggest that as your best use of the fabric width. You’d need three 60″ widths. When seaming them together (using a 1/2″ seam allowance) you’d lose 2″ and then, depending on how/if you need to finish it all around, you might also lose a bit… Read more »

Debra Strait-Clarahan
Debra Strait-Clarahan
1 year ago

I want to convert 5 1/4 yards of 45″ wide to 118″ backing. How many yards to i need?

Liz Johnson
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Liz Johnson(@liz)
1 year ago

@Debra – We don’t have any charts that go all the way up to the 118″ quilt backings. In general, the traditional math used on most standard charts bumps up the width in increments of approximately 3-5″ (32″ to 36″, 36″ to 39″, 39″ to 41″, 41″ to 45″, 45″ to 50″, 50″ – 54″, 54″ – 60″) — our chart, like others, stops at this more common 60″ width. With each of those increment increases, the amount of fabric needed decreases by about 1/8 yard. Using these general figures, you could keep working out wider and wider past 60″.… Read more »

Stk
Stk
2 years ago

Hello,  I am trying to make a

Hello,  I am trying to make a circle skirt, it’s saying due to the inches length 55” the fabric is best to be 60” width,  I have 45”.. is there away to convert? If so how do I ?

mianorton100
mianorton100
2 years ago

So I’m making the yellow

So I’m making the yellow ballgown from Beauty and the Beast, and I was wondering how many yards of fabric I need? I have a 13 year old girl thats about 5’1 that I’m making this for. (I know this might be off topic.)

Savannah
Savannah
3 years ago

Hi is there a video? I’m

Hi is there a video? I’m trying to figure out how to make a throw blanket I need 2 yards of fabric and the with needs to be about 60 inches how do I do that? Please help

EDenise
EDenise
4 years ago

I have a pattern that only

I have a pattern that only shows the amount of fabric needed in 45″ wide.  The fabric I want to purchase is 60″.  If the pattern calls for 4-3/8 at 45″ how much would I need if the fabric is 60″?

Phoenix
Phoenix
4 years ago

hello.. I am new to this

hello.. I am new to this sewing/crafting world. I am in a total bind at the moment.. and any helpful tips would be so greatly appreciated! I currently need to make a Minky blanket in a queen and king size. However, all the prints that my customers like are 42″ in width! Is it possible to execute this project? 

LRKimo
LRKimo
4 years ago

i am considering an expensive

i am considering an expensive fabric that is 83″ wide. How do I convert that?

Linda Steaples
Linda Steaples
4 years ago

AWESOME THANKS SO MUCH FOR

AWESOME THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU TEACH US !!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR! !!!!

gracious
gracious
4 years ago

Thank you for this handy,

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.

Diane Hughes
Diane Hughes
4 years ago

Have you done the update as

Have you done the update as of Aug. 2017???

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