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Measuring Fabric

2new2sew | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hello everybody! Can anyone tell me if there is standard yardage to a bolt or if the length and width varies, ever?

Thank you!


  1. sueb | | #1

    There is no standard, each bolt and fabric will vary in lenght and width by bolt. 

  2. SewTruTerry | | #2

    My first posting to threads so here goes.  There is no real standard for bolts of fabric but there are some generalizations that you can go by at least in the US.  Fashion fabric or dress material will generally be 45" wide and be "put-up" in lenghts of at least 10 yards sometimes 20 yard increments.  Home Dec fabric will be 54" wide and be "put-up" in lengths of 30 yards or so. Utility fabrics like Muslin will vary in width but usually come in lengths of 40 - 50 yards.  The tags on the end of the bolt will give this information to you.  If you can not read or know where to find the information ask at the cutting counter.  Unless you have a really newbie cutting counter person they should be able to help you with this information.

  3. Gloria2b | | #3

    I worked in a fabric store for three years. There was a formula used to calculate the yardage using a number which was put on the price sticker. Using that number and the weight of the entire bolt we could calculate the yardage on that bolt. I do not recall the formula anymore. Also, if you did not already know it--- if you measure on one side of a flat bolt ... for every two folds counting a one yard you can estimate the yardage on that bolt. Neat trick!

    I hope this helps you some.

    Take care and Happy sewing!

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