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    How many times have you been to an online store and you don't need a whole yard or even a half, but maybe just 1/3 of yard?
    Do you know the correct fractions you can use to order just that amount?

    Here you go..your very own handy dandy chart of fractions done in Decimals.

    Fabric is usually purchased "by the yard", 36 inches, or a fraction of a yard. Fabric is traditionally manufactured in 44" widths; however, recently some manufacturers have shortened that to 42". These measurements explain what the length of the fabric cut is when you buy a fraction of a yard.

    1/8yd = .125 = 4.5"
    1/4yd = .25 = 9"
    3/8yd = .375 = 13.5"
    1/3yd = .333 = 13.5"
    1/2yd = .5 = 18"
    5/8yd = .625 = 22.5"
    2/3yd = .666 = 24"
    3/4yd = .75 = 27"
    7/8yd = .875 = 31.5
    1yd = 1 = 36"

    hope that helps you when ordering so you are not OVER buying in these times of $$$$ crunches!

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    Thamks for sharing this information. It will be a great help when I can order online!! :D :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    thanks for the chart

    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    How many times have you been to an online store and you don't need a whole yard or even a half, but maybe just 1/3 of yard?
    Do you know the correct fractions you can use to order just that amount?

    Here you go..your very own handy dandy chart of fractions done in Decimals.

    1/8yd = .125
    1/4yd = .25
    3/8yd = .375
    1/2yd = .5
    5/8yd = .625
    3/4yd = .75
    7/8yd = .875

    1/3yd= .333
    2/3yd=.666

    hope that helps you when ordering so you are not OVER buying in these times of $$$$ crunches!

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    I have just updated this and will also be making it into a word and PDF file as well!

    FIles have been added..thanks and enjoy!

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    What great info. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    How many times have you been to an online store and you don't need a whole yard or even a half, but maybe just 1/3 of yard?
    Do you know the correct fractions you can use to order just that amount?

    Here you go..your very own handy dandy chart of fractions done in Decimals.

    Fabric is usually purchased "by the yard", 36 inches, or a fraction of a yard. Fabric is traditionally manufactured in 44" widths; however, recently some manufacturers have shortened that to 42". These measurements explain what the length of the fabric cut is when you buy a fraction of a yard.

    1/8yd = .125 = 4.5"
    1/4yd = .25 = 9"
    3/8yd = .375 = 13.5"
    1/3yd = .333 = 13.5"
    1/2yd = .5 = 18"
    5/8yd = .625 = 22.5"
    2/3yd = .666 = 24"
    3/4yd = .75 = 27"
    7/8yd = .875 = 31.5
    1yd = 1 = 36"

    hope that helps you when ordering so you are not OVER buying in these times of $$$$ crunches!
    Shouldn't it say 1meter=36" ? It doesn't make sense this way.1yard = 36" = 91.4 cms or .914mm Sorry to sound like a knit picker.

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    Jaqi...1/3 yd isn't 13.5" it is only 12". That needs to be corrected on your measurements in the above list. Thanks for the good reference. crafty_linda_b

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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    How many times have you been to an online store and you don't need a whole yard or even a half, but maybe just 1/3 of yard?
    Do you know the correct fractions you can use to order just that amount?

    Here you go..your very own handy dandy chart of fractions done in Decimals.

    Fabric is usually purchased "by the yard", 36 inches, or a fraction of a yard. Fabric is traditionally manufactured in 44" widths; however, recently some manufacturers have shortened that to 42". These measurements explain what the length of the fabric cut is when you buy a fraction of a yard.

    1/8yd = .125 = 4.5"
    1/4yd = .25 = 9"
    3/8yd = .375 = 13.5"
    1/3yd = .333 = 13.5"
    1/2yd = .5 = 18"
    5/8yd = .625 = 22.5"
    2/3yd = .666 = 24"
    3/4yd = .75 = 27"
    7/8yd = .875 = 31.5
    1yd = 1 = 36"

    hope that helps you when ordering so you are not OVER buying in these times of $$$$ crunches!
    Shouldn't it say 1meter=36" ? It doesn't make sense this way.1yard = 36" = 91.4 cms or .914mm Sorry to sound like a knit picker.
    A meter is approximately 39". This chart is for people ordering fabric from or in US stores where the yard is the usual measurement.

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    Thanks for the info. It's always a hassle trying to figure out the fractions.

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    Thanks. That is a great help for those of use that are "Math" challenged!! Me for one!!! :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    How many times have you been to an online store and you don't need a whole yard or even a half, but maybe just 1/3 of yard?
    Do you know the correct fractions you can use to order just that amount?

    Here you go..your very own handy dandy chart of fractions done in Decimals.

    Fabric is usually purchased "by the yard", 36 inches, or a fraction of a yard. Fabric is traditionally manufactured in 44" widths; however, recently some manufacturers have shortened that to 42". These measurements explain what the length of the fabric cut is when you buy a fraction of a yard.

    1/8yd = .125 = 4.5"
    1/4yd = .25 = 9"
    3/8yd = .375 = 13.5"
    1/3yd = .333 = 13.5"
    1/2yd = .5 = 18"
    5/8yd = .625 = 22.5"
    2/3yd = .666 = 24"
    3/4yd = .75 = 27"
    7/8yd = .875 = 31.5
    1yd = 1 = 36"

    hope that helps you when ordering so you are not OVER buying in these times of $$$$ crunches!
    Shouldn't it say 1meter=36" ? It doesn't make sense this way.1yard = 36" = 91.4 cms or .914mm Sorry to sound like a knit picker.
    NO, 1 yard = 36" a Meter = 39"

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty_linda_b
    Jaqi...1/3 yd isn't 13.5" it is only 12". That needs to be corrected on your measurements in the above list. Thanks for the good reference. crafty_linda_b
    yep, late night typing..and now it won't let me edit, so have to start all over....

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    Thank you for this good information!

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    You're such a helpful gal! Thanks!

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    Thanks bunches--goes straight into a sheet protector into my notebook to pull out as needed.

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    Thank you so much!

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    Thanks again for another helpful chart.

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    Thank you so much for the 2 downloads for charts, was in the process of trying to find fractions of yards chart done in decimals. This board always comes thru for me, and most of the time I don't even have to ask!!!

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    Wow! Haven't thought about this sort of thing since I worked at a fabric store. Used to be second nature but now I can use the chart. Thanks:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewie45
    Wow! Haven't thought about this sort of thing since I worked at a fabric store. Used to be second nature but now I can use the chart. Thanks:)
    heehhahah...me too...and the other day the girl at Hobby lobby could not figure out how to cut me 5/8 of a yard...then CRS hit me and I could not either...so NOW...it is on a nice hot pink index card in my wallet....hhummppff....I will win....

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