Buying Fabric for Your Class

Some Info on HOW to get the Right Fabric for your project...

Yes, we know - it’s complicated.  How DO you get the right fabric, the right amount, etc.   First off - don’t let all that fabric in a fabric store overwhelm you.  FOCUS on what you need for your project.  

Almost ALL fabric comes in 2 widths:  45” wide or 54”/60” wide.  Occasionally you will find fabric 36” wide or 108” wide, but that’s pretty rare.

You buy fabric in increments of a yard, like: 1/8,  1/4,  3/8,  1/2,  5/8,  3/4,  7/8  or 1 yard (or more).

SO, if you buy 1/4 yard of 45” wide fabric, you are buying a piece of fabric (they call it yardage) that is 9” long and 45” wide.  So 3/4 yard of 54”/60” fabric is 27” long and 54”/60” wide.

Here is a guide as to what increments of a yard will be:

1/8 yard = 4 1/2”
1/4 yard = 9”
3/8 yard = 13 1/2”
1/2 yard = 18”
5/8 yard = 22 1/2”
3/4 yard = 27”
7/8 yard = 31 1/2”
1 yard = 36”
FYI - 1 meter is 39” plus about 3”.

Your Materials List will tell you how much fabric, and what kind of fabric to buy before you come to class, so follow the suggestions on the materials list.  Ask someone at the fabric store if you need help.

If you have ANY questions, please contact us at 360-733-1323 or email us at info@socialfabricart.com