Precut Fabric Sizes Reference Card | Your Go-to Guide

Download our handy precut fabric sizes reference card. Our comprehensive guide explains all the common precut fabric sizes and includes tips for working with precuts.

If you’re new to the quilting world or are in the process of getting quilting supplies for your first quilt project you might be confused when it comes to fabric. Names such as layer cake, jelly roll, precut strip, etc. can be overwhelming for a new quilter. That’s why we’ve put together this precut fabric sizes guide that will clarify everything confusing about precuts. 

We’ve also made a handy precut fabric sizes reference card for you to put in your wallet and always have handy, so keep on reading to download your own. And of course, to make working with precut fabrics easier, we’ve included some tips for using precuts.

Precut Fabric Sizes Explained

Precut fabric is – quite simple – fabric that has been cut for you in the factory. 

There are different sizes of precut quilting fabric, packed in lovely little fabric bundles.

Manufacturers usually put together fabrics from the same collection, which means they go together really well, making them irresistible for the fabric hoarder inside you (and also a great gift idea for a quilter!). So beware, they can be dangerous for your wallet. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Quilt fabric designers also make very good use of these precut bundles, creating some incredible precut-friendly quilt patterns. Browse some of our favorites in our round up posts:

Precut fabrics come in rectangular (or square) shapes and different size strips. Below are charts for both rectangles and strips. But we’ve also got a great precut fabric sizes reference card for you to download and keep with you at all times (scroll down for the reference card).

Precut Fabric Squares & Rectangles

Here is a chart of the most common precut fabric squares and rectangles going from the largest to the tiniest. 

Keep in mind that the precut names are commonly specific manufacturers’ names for the given size. For example, ‘Layer Cake’ is a name given to the 10’’ squares pack by Moda Fabrics. When you’re buying fabric from a different manufacturer, it might be called a 10’’ Stacker, a 10’’ Square Pack, etc.

Precut fabric namePrecut fabric sizeAmount per bundle
Fat quarters
Also known as FQs
18″ x 21-22″varies
Fat eights
Also known as F8s
9″ x 21-22″varies
Layer cakes
Also known as 10″ Stackers, 10’’ squares, Ten squares, Tiles
10″ x 10″ squares40-42 squares
Charm packs
Also known as Charm Squares, 5 Karat Crystals, or 5″ Stackers
5″ x 5″ squares40-42 squares
Mini Charm Packs
Also known as Moda Candy
2.5″ x 2.5″ squares40-42 squares
Precut Fabric Squares Size Chart

Precut Fabric Strips

Another popular type of precut fabric are fabric strips, namely 2.5’’ strips and 1.5’’ strips.

Precut fabric namePrecut fabric sizeAmount per bundle
Jelly Rolls
Also known as: Bali Pops, Design Rolls, Rolie Polies, Roll Ups, StripsAlso known as FQs
2.5’’ x 42’’40-42 strips
Honey Buns
Also known as: Skinny Strips
1.5’’ x 42’’40-42 strips
Precut Fabric Strips Size Chart

Other Precut Fabric Shapes

Although squares, rectangles, and strips are the most common types of precuts, other precut fabric shapes exist. I have come across:

  • Precut fabric hexagons
  • Precut fabric triangles

The sizes of these vary greatly between manufacturers, so look into what is available when planning for a project.

Precut Fabric Sizes Reference Card

Precut Fabric Sizes Reference Card

Knowing all of these precut fabric sizes can get a bit overwhelming. That’s why we made you a precut fabric sizes reference card you can use as a cheat sheet when buying fabric. It includes all of the most common precut fabric sizes along with the names, dimensions, and how many precuts you typically get per bundle.

We’ve also added the number of precuts you can get from a yard of fabric (calculated for a WOF – width of fabric of 42’’).

You can download the precut fabric sizes reference card by signing up to our newsletter below:

Precut Fabric Yardage Equivalents

Sometimes you might want to convert precut fabric dimensions into yardage. Perhaps you’re following a quilt pattern that uses precuts and you want to go with yardage to save some cash. Or maybe your chosen fabric is only available in yardage and not precuts.

Here are the calculations of how many precuts you get from a yard of fabric for all the different precut fabric sizes.

We’ve also included these precut-to-yardage conversions in the precut fabric sizes reference card, so you can always bring it with you to the fabric shop and save yourself some thinking.

Precut fabric namePrecut fabric sizeHow many precuts in a yard?
Fat quarters18″ x 21-22″4
Fat eights9″ x 21-22″8
Layer cakes10″ x 10″ squares12
Charm packs5″ x 5″ squares56
Mini Charm Packs2.5″ x 2.5″ squares224
Jelly Rolls2.5’’ x 42’’14
Honey Buns1.5’’ x 42’’24
Yards-to-precuts conversion chart

Precut Fabric Vs. Yardage

If you’re a beginner you might be wondering what is the better option. Should you use precuts or choose yardage instead? Well, there are pros and cons to using precut fabrics so it really depends on your preferences and the project you’re working on.

What are the benefits of precut fabric?

Precuts are beginner friendly. Making your first quilt using precut fabric can save you the frustration of accurate cutting that can be overwhelming for a beginner. 

Quilting with precuts is faster. Understandably, making a quilt when (some of) the cutting has already be done for you will be much quicker than when you’re cutting everything from yardage. Some patterns are written to be used with precuts and those quilt tops usually come together really quickly. 

Precuts give you a variety of fabrics that go together perfectly. Precut packs are usually composed of a variety of fabrics from a single fabric line. This means you get a whole bunch of pretty fabrics that are compatible and work well together.

Precuts can save you some cash. At first glance, precut fabric may seem expensive because you typically get less fabric for the same price than you would with yardage. However, there is no way you could get such a variety of fabrics with yardage at the sime price tag. So if you’re looking for a variety of fabrics, precuts can definitely be more cost-effective.

What are the cons of using precut fabric?

You can’t prewash precut fabrics. I’ll go into more detail of prewashing precuts in the ‘Working with precuts’ section. But generally, precuts shouldn’t be prewashed. If you’re really adamant about prewashing, you might want to go with yardage instead.

Precuts can be expensive in some scenarios. Of course, if you’re only using precuts for all of your quilts, it can add up. If you’re buying background or sashing fabrics it will probably be cheaper to go with yardage.

Not all patterns are written for precuts. If you’re using precuts to make a pattern, always make sure the pattern is precut-friendly. Very often they are not and yardage is your only option.

Tips for Working With Precut Fabrics

Should I Wash Precut Fabric?

The short answer is NO, you should never prewash precut fabric. You should believe me when I say this because as many of you know, I am Captain of Team Prewash when it comes to yardage. But when it comes to precuts, you really shouldn’t.

You do not want your perfectly sized pieces shrinking, distorting, or unraveling in the washing machine. And believe me, they will. (Am I telling you from experience? I’d rather not say.)

If you’re working with dark colors and are afraid of the colors running and bleeding you could handwash them in warm water. This should reduce the amount of fraying and distortion you would most likely get in a washing machine.

Despite what I’ve just said, I do realize that some quilters report success with machine pre-washing precuts in a mesh laundry bag. I have not tried this and would not recommend it unless for some reason you really really need to machine prewash your fabrics (for example if you are dealing with chemical sensitivity). Otherwise, I would let those fabrics be and just use some precautions when washing the quilt for the first time.

Working with Pinked Edges on Precut Fabrics

When working with precut fabrics, you will see that many of them have pinked edges – like the edge you get when you use pinking shears. These zigzag edges prevent the fabrics from unraveling and fraying.

Here are some tips for working with pinked edges:

  • To keep errors to a minimum I suggest measuring the precut pieces to determine whether the desired dimension includes the edge itself. If you’re working with a 2.5’’ strip, for example, measure whether the 2.5’’ are measured from the peak of the edge or the valley of the edge.
  • When sewing, make sure you keep a consistent distance (whether from the peak or the valley of the edge).
  • Pay special attention to the edges when working with another piece that isn’t pinked. If possible, place the pinked-edged piece on top to see the alignment.

I hope you found this precut fabric sizes useful. Definitely download the precut fabric sizes reference card so you’ll have it with you at all times!

I wish you many many beautiful precuts in your future!

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