Fabric Yardage Calculator

How much fabric do I need for my project? Stop guessing! Our fabric yardage calculator calculates the yardage you need to cut the required fabric pieces.

Wondering how much fabric you need to get to cut a certain number of fabric pieces? Our quilt fabric calculator will calculate the exact yardage required to cut your pieces!

How to Use the Quilt Fabric Yardage Calculator?

Begin by entering the size of the pieces you want to cut. Use the illustration as a guide. A is the width of the pieces you want to cut and B is the length of the pieces you want to cut.

Fabric Yardage Calculator Input

Enter the total number of pieces you need. 

Enter the width of the fabric (WOF) you are using. This is the width of the fabric, measured from one selvage edge to the other. If you don’t enter any number, the calculator will use the default, which is 42’’ (as this is the most common WOF for quilting cotton). 

Press CALCULATE to run the fabric yardage calculator.


Reading The Results Of The Fabric Yardage Calculator

The fabric calculator provides two different calculations. The difference between the two options is the orientation of the pieces.

Option A: Side A is parallel to WOF

In option A, the calculator presumes sides A of your required pieces are parallel to the WOF. The diagram below illustrates this:

Fabric yardage calculator results

Option B: Side B is parallel to WOF

In option B, the calculator presumes sides B of your required pieces are parallel to the WOF. The diagram below illustrates this:

Fabric yardage calculator results

The fabric yardage calculator provides the following results for both options:

  • No. of pieces per WOF: this is the total (maximum) number of pieces you can cut from one row (= one WOF strip)
  • No. of WOF Strips Needed: this is the total number of WOF strips (= rows) you need to cut to get the required number of pieces
  • Total Fabric Needed in Inches and Yards 

Note: The value in yards is rounded up to the nearest 1/8 of a yard. The fabric requirements do not add any extra fabric for errors. If in doubt, add an extra ⅛ yd for possible cutting mistakes.

When can I use the Fabric Yardage Calculator?

The fabric yardage calculator comes in handy for so many projects. It’s especially useful when you’re not following a quilt pattern. Perhaps you want to make a quilt using traditional quilt blocks, where you need a bunch of fabric pieces of the same size.

Examples of such quilts would be the yellow brick road, the bear paw quilt, the Ohio star, the log cabin block, and so many more.

It also comes in handy for calculating and making the most basic blocks, such as the flying geese, half square triangles, or quarter square triangles.

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Disclaimer: Our calculators have been exclusively designed and copyrighted by Designed to Quilt. They are made available for unrestricted use, solely intended for personal, non-commercial purposes. Designed to Quilt does not provide any warranty or representation regarding the calculators’ functionality or precision. Designed to Quilt will not be held liable for any damages resulting from their utilization.

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