Take the length of your quilt and double it, adding a half yard to your total. The extra half yard is allowance for shrinkage and uneven cutting. If you have a quilt top that is 70 inches per side, you need at least 140 (+18) inches for the back. Ideally you want this in one length, or two 79″ lengths.
How do you calculate fabric for quilt backing?
Take your backing length measurement and multiply it by the number of WOFs you need. 74″ x 2 = 148″ This is how many inches of fabric you need. Now, divide that number by 36″ to get how much yardage you need. Round up to the nearest ¼ yard and you get 4 ¼ yards.
How much fabric do I need for a double quilt?
If you have created a double or king quilt you may need to create 2-3 panels sewn together to create a full backing. Bear in mind that most fabric bolts on average are either 45 inches (110cm) or 60inches (150cm) wide. For example: If my finished quilt top is 54 x 67 inches.
How much bigger does quilt backing need to be?
Size of the back: must be at least 6″ wider on each side, top and bottom, than your quilt top. A total of 12″ larger than your quilt top. Trim the top and bottom edges of your backing so they are straight and square. Press your backing.
How much backing do I need for a queen quilt?
Typically, three horizontal strips of fabric are pieced together to cover a queen-size quilt. For example, if your finished quilt width with allowance is 126 inches, you need 3 1/2 yards of fabric to go across it.
What is the best fabric for backing a quilt?
In general, though, quilting cotton fabric offers the best results. As such, it is the most commonly used fabric for quilt backing.
How do I calculate how much fabric I need?
Figure out how much fabric you need with this formula:
- Width of fabric divided by width of one piece equals the number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number).
- Total number of pieces divided by number of pieces that fit into width equals number of rows you need.
Can I use a bed sheet for quilt backing?
We’ll talk about this in more details, but here’s the short story: you can ABSOLUTELY use bed sheets for quilt backs! There’s a few obvious benefits to this: No piecing together a quilt back! This is the best benefit – just buy a sheet big enough to back your quilt and you don’t need to piece it together!
Do I quilt or bind first?
Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between.
How much bigger should your batting be than quilt top?
Did you know that the thickness of your batting determines how much larger than your quilt top, the length of your batting should be cut? Especially if you are loading it lengthwise. This is a fact that you may have never crossed your mind. Just follow the 6″ bigger or 8″ bigger rule.