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Thread: How much fabric to buy for backing and binding?

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    Senior Member LovinMySoldier's Avatar
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    I was hoping someone could help me out with my math. If I have a quilt that is 86x86 how much fabric should I buy? I want to order this online. As well as the fabric for the binding. I like wider bindings. It will be quilted by me. Thanks!

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    To make it simple buy 3 yds of 108 in. backing and have enough for binding and a little left over.

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    6 yards should be plenty--
    36"x44" per yard---
    5 yds- cut in half- sewn together- gives you a piece 90"x 88" (cutting it close here)
    and leaves a yard for binding---
    You only need about 22" for binding if using a 2 1/2" binding-
    that leaves a little extra for fudge room- or to add to your stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    6 yards should be plenty--
    36"x44" per yard---
    5 yds- cut in half- sewn together- gives you a piece 90"x 88" (cutting it close here)
    and leaves a yard for binding---
    You only need about 22" for binding if using a 2 1/2" binding-
    that leaves a little extra for fudge room- or to add to your stash.
    Thanks for the help!

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    Here's a useful online calculator:
    http://vrya.net/quilt/flash/QuiltCalc_Loader.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    6 yards should be plenty--
    36"x44" per yard---
    5 yds- cut in half- sewn together- gives you a piece 90"x 88" (cutting it close here)
    and leaves a yard for binding---
    You only need about 22" for binding if using a 2 1/2" binding-
    that leaves a little extra for fudge room- or to add to your stash.
    Thanks for the help!
    I'll bet that leaves you short width wise. Most fabric isn't 44" anymore, it's more like 42" and you lose the selvedges so you end up with about 40".

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    I usually buy 108" fabric from www.fabric.com then figure out how many yards (36") from there. I don't like to piece the backs and I quite often use the backing for the binding as well.

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