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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)

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Comments (18)

Stk said:
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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 ?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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Stk - We can't answer for sure long-distance as it will depend on the pattern. It sounds like they want you to cut the skirt as a full curve and to do that you need the full 60" in width (and probably that in depth as well). If the fabric you're using has a random motif or is a solid color you could get extra fabric, cut a 16" panel (x the required depth so it matches the depth of your main fabric panel), then piece that narrow panel to the main width of the fabric to create the full width you need. Once pieced together to equal their recommended 60" in width, you can cut out your pattern. With the swirl of a circle skirt, that seam used to piece will likely be hidden. 

mianorton100 said:
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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.)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@mianorton - Sorry, but there are SO many variables involved in coming up with that answer in terms of the pattern, the width of your chosen fabric, all the measurements of the wearer of the garment. If you're using a pattern, I'm sure you've see that the back of the envelope gives you some information about sizing. Sometimes if there's not enough info there, the pattern company site might have additional sizing charts to compare height plus chest, waist, hips so you can determine you are working with the correct size. Then, you can match to the pattern fabric requirements based on the width of the fabric you are using. If you're not using a pattern, there's really no way to give a recommendation. 

Savannah said:
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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

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Savannah - We don't have videos, but it sounds like you have all the information you need. You should be looking for a fabric that is 60" wide. Once you find that, you should get two yards. Since you know both of those variables, you don't need any conversion. With a throw, you really want to find the proper width. Otherwise you'd need to seam together two panels to get the full width and you're unlikely to want a seam down the middle of your throw.

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

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.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Diane - We haven't done an update yet, but it's stil on that ever-lengthening list of things to do.