How many yards of fabric do I need for a quilt?

Backing fabrics: 3–5 yards because you want enough for a standard-size quilt. If you end up needing more, you can select a second fabric and piece the back.

How much fabric do I need to back a quilt?

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 many yards of fabric do I need for a lap quilt?

Purchase 3 yards of cotton blend quilting fabric (Wash and Wear). Choose coordinating colors and patterns. You can blend solid colors with each other or you can make combinations in printed ones or even in plain colors.

How do I calculate how much fabric I need?

Figure out how much fabric you need with this formula:

  1. Width of fabric divided by width of one piece equals the number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number).
  2. Total number of pieces divided by number of pieces that fit into width equals number of rows you need.

Can I use a 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!

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How do you calculate yardage for the back of a quilt?

If your quilt is wider than 60″, you may use one or two vertical seams to piece the backing.

  1. Quilt top length x 2 + 12. Divide by 36″ to determine yardage.
  2. Example for a 70×84″ quilt top: 84″ x 2 = 168″. 168″ + 12 =180″. 180″ divided by 36″ = 5 yards.

How many yards is a full size sheet?

Full-size sheets have 6 square yards and 3.25 square yards in flat and fitted sheets, respectively.

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