Fabric Yardage Guide
Many of the finest fabrics and best deals on ebay are for a limited amount of yardage. But don't despair! If you have your heart set on a fabric to re-upholster your favorite chair, but there are, for example, only 4 yards available and you need 7, you might want to follow one of the latest interior design trends and combine coordinated fabrics by using one for the back and sides of the chair, another for the seat and another for the trim and skirt. See our Guide to Mixing Fabrics for suggestions and inspiration. Combining patterns for bedding and window treatments is another option to get the most impact out of a favorite fabric when there is not enough available or just as a creative way to stretch your budget.
When purchasing fabric, remember that many drapery or dual-purpose fabrics are also suitable for upholstery, although we do not recommend their use for heavy-duty applications.
For Throw Pillows:
The general rule of thumb is half a yard for 14 to 18 inch pillows and 1 yard for 19 to 24 inch pillows. If you want to add a ruffle, you will need at least another half yard.
For Upholstery:CHAIR SEATS: 3/4 yard of 54" wide fabric is enough to re-cover 2 standard chair seats. So 3 yards will be enough for 8 chair seats. Each 3/4 yard gives you two 27" by 27" pieces of fabric to work with. If the repeat is large or a pattern has to be centered, you may need more.
SOFA WING CHAIR TRADITIONAL CLUB CHAIR
3 cushion with arms 5 to 7 yards CHAIR 5 to 6 yards
6 ft sofa 10 yards Upholstered Back
7 ft sofa 11 yards and Seat
8 ft sofa 13 yards 3 yards
add an extra 2-3 yards
if you want a ruffled skirt
or if the back is taller than usual
LOVESEAT CHAISE OTTOMAN
6-7 yards 7-9 yards 2-3 yards
Bedding Yardage Chart:
Duvet Cover Dust Ruffle* Bedspread* Plain Pillow Sham Ruffled Pillow Sham
Twin 5 yards 5-6 yards 9 yards (std.) 4 yards (std.) 6 yards
Full 6 yards 6-7 yards 10 yards (std.) 4 yards (std.) 6 yards
Queen 8 yards 8-9 yards 11-12 yards (queen) 4 yards (queen) 6 yards
King 10 yards 10-11 yards 15 yards (king) 5 yards (king) 7 yards
* Add more if you want extra fullness in the skirt
For Curtains and Draperies:For curtain width, measure window or door plus any additional coverage outside of casing. For fullness the window/door width should be, at minimum, doubled. For extra fullness and a custom look, multiply the width by 2.5 or 3. Add another 2 to 3 feet for hem and to match pattern repeat. (The larger the repeat, the more you need to add.) Divide your final width measurement in half to get the finished width for each panel. If the width per panel is wider than the fabric (usually about 54 in.) you may have to sew two lengths of fabric together to get enough width. For example, if you are making draperies for an 82 in. wide window area, you would need 2 pieces of fabric for each panel, and 4 pieces for the pair.
For length, measure from the top of your rod to the point where you want the panel to end. Add approx. 30 in, to this measurement for the rod pocket, heading, and hemming. To measure for the rod pocket or casing, take the diameter of the rod and add 1 inch. To add for the heading, or the part of the panel that sits above the rod pocket, take the height you want it to be, double that and add an extra half inch for seaming. So if, for example, you want a 1 inch header, you need to add 2.5 inches. For a 4 inch header, you would add 8.5 inches.
For Round Tablecloths with 10" drop: For Round Tablecloths with 29-30" drop:
30" diameter Fabric = 1.5 yards Trim = 4.5 yards 30" diameter Fabric = 5 yards Trim = 8 yards
36" diameter Fabric = 3.25 yards Trim = 5 yards 36" diameter Fabric = 5.5 yards Trim = 8.5 yards
48" diameter Fabric = 4 yards Trim = 6 yards 48" diameter Fabric = 6 yards Trim = 9.5 yards
- Not sure whether to use a fabric made from natural or synthetic fibers?
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