Standard Fabric Widths (Video)
How much fabric should you buy for your sewing project? If you’re using a commercial sewing pattern, the fabric length will be indicated on the pattern. The fabric width, however, will depend on the fabric itself.
I just finished filming an episode of Sew It All TV, and I’m in Denver, Colorado at Fancy Tiger Crafts. It’s a fantastic store for knitters and for sewers; they’ve got yarn, they’ve got fabric, and they’ve got great classes as well.
I want to talk to you about how to know how wide your fabric is; whether you’re buying it on a bolt or whether you’re buying it folded up on a smaller bolt like we have in the back.
All you need to do is check the end of the bolt. It will tell you if it’s either forty-five inches or sixty inches; that’s equivalent to one-fifteen centimeters and one-fifty centimeters. So once you know how wide the fabric is, then check your pattern to see how much length you need to cut. And if you’re not sure, just ask the clerk in the store they’ll definitely be able to help you out.