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Thread: How many inches are in (fraction/decimal) of a yard

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    How many inches are in (fraction/decimal) of a yard

    One yard = 36 inches

    1/36 = 0.028 = 1 inch (some stores sell fabric and trims by the inch)
    1/8 = 0.125 = 4-1/2 inches
    1/6 = 0.167 = 6 inches
    1/4 = 0.250 = 9 inches
    1/3 = 0.333 = 12 inches
    3/8 = 0.375 = 13-1/2 inches
    1/2 = 0.500 = 18 inches
    5/8 = 0.625 = 22.5 inches
    2/3 = 0.667 = 24 inches
    3/4 = 0.750 = 27 inches
    7/8 = 0.875 = 31-1/2 inches

    Decimals are rounded to nearest thousandth of an inch (0.000)


    Fraction review

    1/8
    1/6
    1/4 = 2/8
    1/3 = 2/6
    3/8 = 1/4 + 1/8
    1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8
    5/8 = 1/2 + 1/8 = 3/8 + 1/4
    2/3 = 4/6
    3/4 = 6/8
    7/8 = 1/2 + 3/8 = 1/4 + 5/8 = 3/4 + 1/8



    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 08-02-2016 at 11:14 AM. Reason: correcte 7/8 numbers per member request

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    thank you for taking the time to share this information
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    CorrectioN:

    7/8 = 1/4 + 5/8

    Not 1/4 + 3/8

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    I have all this on a laminated card that I carry in my purse along with another laminated card with mattress dimensions, quilt sizes for that mattress in inches and what size batting to use. You would not believe how many times I've had to pull in out in fabric shop's to help a customer out. I think I downloaded and then printed it out from Pinterst.

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    Thanks for the post.
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    Thank you! It's nice to have a chart to refer to, rather than always doing the math.

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    Thanks for the cheat sheet for this old memory

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    CorrectioN:

    7/8 = 1/4 + 5/8

    Not 1/4 + 3/8
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    Always good info to have!!
    .... For those of us in Canada, we often float between metric and imperial, and need to be able to convert between the two.
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    thank you--it is always the 3/8 yd that I have to calculate into inches.

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    .... For those of us in Canada, we often float between metric and imperial, and need to be able to convert between the two.[/QUOTE]

    I was just wondering - do you have a chart for this you could share? I buy patterns from all over and sometimes have to convert the measurements and it would be great to have this in a chart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    CorrectioN:

    7/8 = 1/4 + 5/8

    Not 1/4 + 3/8
    Thanks for the chart and the correction! This is really helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieH View Post
    .... For those of us in Canada, we often float between metric and imperial, and need to be able to convert between the two.
    I was just wondering - do you have a chart for this you could share? I buy patterns from all over and sometimes have to convert the measurements and it would be great to have this in a chart![/QUOTE]

    I know there are sites that one can access for the equivalents. Here is one of them:
    http://www.metric-conversions.org/le...-to-meters.htm

    Does fabric come in the same width in Canada as in the United States - even though it is labeled with the metric measurements.

    Are you asking for something like?

    1 yard = 36 inches = 0.9144 meters

    I can do a chart like that if that is the format that would work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieH View Post
    .........I was just wondering - do you have a chart for this you could share? I buy patterns from all over and sometimes have to convert the measurements and it would be great to have this in a chart!
    Not Really .... sorrym JanieH!!
    I usually just go with one meter is approx 40" and then do the math.
    (in reality it is 39.3701" ... but whose counting! )

    Or you can look at it as one meter is a yard plus 3" inches approx.

    More so, we see patterns in yards. I don't mind buying extra, so if it calls for 2 yards, I just buy 2 metres and have a safety factor built in!

    We still have a lot of stores that will sell fabric in either metres or yards ... our choice!
    It doesn't matter to me which ... just make sure that it is cut right and charged right.

    Just took a quick look and here's one conversion chart I found.
    I am sure there are lots more, if you google.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/F/fabric_width.html

    Here's another where you can fill in the blanks for yards to metres; metres to yards; and price conversions from yards to metres.
    http://www.sewfancy.com/yardMeter.htm

    Please note: I have not verified either of these, to ensure their accuracy.
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    good info...guess everyone is not like me...no matter how much I need...I cannot buy less than 1/2 yard and if I need a 1/2 yard I buy 1 yard....always afraid I will not have enough and/or cut something wrong....lol

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    Thank you QuiltE and bearisgray - those were very helpful!

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    Thanks for the great info. It comes in handy

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    I googled "chart for converting metric to imperial" and many charts came up! Scroll down to an image of charts. Thanks again Google!
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