How To Calculate Quilt Yardage

So you want to make a quilt? The only problem is finding out how to calculate quilt yardage. Luckily, calculating quilt yardage isn't as difficult as it's made out to be.

  1. Your first step is to ask yourself a few questions. These questions will help you determine how large the quilt will be. The first question you need to ask yourself is: How big do I want this quilt and what am I going to use it for? If you're going to use it to cover an entire bed with it hanging over the sides comfortably, you're going to take those measurements into consideration. If you want to just use it as a general quilt to cuddle with then you're going to choose how big you want it.
  2. Your next step, after you've decided how big you want the quilt to be is to figure out how large you want your blocks to be. You will need to calculate how many blocks you'll need as well to make the size of the quilt you are aiming for.
  3. You next need to decide if your blocks are going to be placed straight set or placed on-point. You will need to multiply the block's finished size by 1.41 if you're placing each piece on-point. You can also piece partial blocks together to use as setting components rather than cutting two triangles with different cuts for plain setting triangles for an on-point quilt.
  4. You will want to have a decimal to fraction chart for the next few steps. If you're using more than one color or design block for your quilt, you need to figure out how many of each you are going to need. Most fabrics are around 42". Multiply the strips or units by the number of blocks that you need (generally around 56 for a full size quilt).
  5. Next, for each color (if you are using multiple colors repeat this step), take your fabric and calculate how many full strips you can get. Still using the same color fabric, divide the number of strips needed by how many strips you can get. Multiple the number of strips you are going to cut by the width of the each unit. This will tell you how many inches of fabric it is.
  6. Lastly, divide the number of inches you need by 36" to calculate how many yards you need. Repeat these steps for every different colored fabric you're using. And you're done!


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