How To Figure Yardage For Quilt Binding

How To Figure Yardage For Quilt Binding

The final step of making a quilt may seem like the most intimidating, but have no fear! Adding binding can be a really enjoyable process when you know how much you need and how easy it is to make and stitch on your quilt.

Supplies needed:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Your finished quilted project 
  • A measuring tape or template

Finally, choose a lovely fabric, bias, or precut for binding and load it into your Missouri Star Quilt Co. shopping cart!

Step 1: Find the perimeter of your quilt. Measure each of the four sides and add them together.
Step 2: Add 20 inches to your total.
Step 3: Choose your binding width. We recommend using 2 ½” wide strips.
Step 4: Divide the total length of binding needed for your quilt by 40″. This gives you the number of width of fabric strips needed to create your binding.
Step 5: Round up to the nearest whole number of strips. Multiply the number of strips by the width of binding you decided in step 3. That will give you the number of inches required to cut the necessary number of binding strips for your quilt.
Step 6: Divide the number determined in step 5 by 36″ to calculate the yardage. Round this number up to the next 1/4 yard increment and you’ll have your total yardage number!

Tips and Tricks for Binding:

  • Precut strips work great for binding as they are already 2 ½” wide.
  • Sew strips together end-to-end on a 45 degree angle into one long strip using diagonal seams. Press seams open to reduce bulk.
  • Fold strips in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.
  • The entire length of your binding should be equal to the perimeter of the quilt plus 15 to 20 inches.
  • Using a Binding Tool makes the process even easier!

Example Quilt:
(Quilt length + quilt width) x 2 = perimeter of quilt
(66″ + 58″) x 2 = 248″ This is the total perimeter of your quilt
Add 20″ to that number = 268″ needed of total binding length
Take the total inches and divide by 40″ to get the number of strips you need
268″ divided by 40″ = 6.7
Round up. You’ll need 7 strips of fabric for your binding.
Take the number of strips you need and multiply by your binding width. In this case, it’s 2 ½”.
7 x 2 1/2″ = 17 ½”
Divide the number of inches needed by 36″.
17 ½” divided by 36″ = .48
Round up to the nearest ¼ yard and you get ½ yard.

How to Figure Yardage for Quilt Borders

How to Figure Yardage for Quilt Borders

For many of us, quilt patterns are a jumping off point for our own designs. Adding a border can give your quilt added oomph, just like framing a picture can make it pop.

Follow this handy guide to be sure you’re getting the right amount of yardage for your borders!

How to Figure Quilt Borders

Here are some items you’ll be needing:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Your quilt top
  • A measuring tape or template

Step 1: Decide how wide you want your borders. 

Step 2: Measure the length of your quilt top.

Always measure your quilt top in 3 different places vertically before cutting side borders to make sure you have accurate measurements. Start measuring about 4″ in from the sides.

  • Take the average of those 3 measurements to figure your length.
  • Because there are two long sides, double your border measurement.
  • Remember your ¼” seam allowance and add 1″ to that number.

Step 3: Measure the width of your quilt top with side borders.

Always measure your quilt top in 3 different places horizontally before cutting top borders to make sure you have accurate measurements. Start measuring about 4″ in from the top and bottom.

  • Take the average of those 3 measurements to figure your width.
  • Because there is a top and a bottom to your quilt, double your border measurement.
  • Then, take that number and add on the width of your borders because you’ll sew the top and bottom borders on after your side borders.
  • Remember your ¼” seam allowance and add 1″ to that number.

Step 4: Add the measurements for the side, top, and bottom borders together.

Step 5: Take your total measurement, and divide it by 40″ to get the number of strips necessary for your borders.

Step 6: After you get the number of strips needed, you need to multiply the number of strips by the width of border. That’ll give you the number of inches of fabric to buy to cut for your borders. 

Step 7: Divide the number determined in step 6 by 36″ to calculate the yardage. Round this number up to the next 1/4 yard increment and you’ll have your total yardage number!

Tips and Tricks for Borders:

  • Cut 2 border strips to that size. Piece strips together if needed.
  • Attach one to either side of the quilt. Position the border fabric on top as you sew to prevent waviness and to keep the quilt straight.
  • Repeat this process for the top and bottom borders, measuring the width 3 times. Include the newly attached side borders in your measurements.

Example:

8″ finished quilt blocks on a 6 x 7 Grid
Center of quilt without borders is 48″ x 56″
Borders are 5″ wide (plus 1/2″ for seam allowance)
Finished quilt top dimension is 58″ x 66″
Seam Allowance = 1/4″ throughout

(Side Measurement + Seam Allowance) x 2 = 113″
(Top or Bottom Measurement + 2 Seam Allowances + 2 Border Widths ) x 2 = 117″
Add both numbers together and you get: 230″ total inches
Divide by 40″ to get the number of strips you need: 5.75
Round up to the next whole strip and you get: 6 strips
Number of strips x width of the strips = inches of fabric you need
6 strips x 5.5 width (this includes seam allowance) = 33″
33″ divided by 36″ (typical fabric width) = .91 
Round up to whole yard
You need 1 yard of fabric for this quilt’s borders

Watch Jenny and Darlene Zimmerman go over some pretty border techniques for more!

The Row by Row Experience 2019

The Row by Row Experience 2019

Are you coming through Missouri this summer? Come and get a taste of Hamilton and pick up your very own Row by Row block pattern in the Main Shop or Penney’s Quilt Shop!

The Row by Row Experience is a wonderful program started in 2011 by Janet Lutz to help quilt shops attract more visitors in what might otherwise be slower summer months. All the quilt shops participating in Row by Row (find all the other participating shops HERE) have their very own free pattern to help you make a quilt block. If you are the first to complete a quilt using at least eight rows from eight different 2019 participating shops, you win a stash of 25 fat quarters, and you win a bonus prize if you use our Missouri Star block and bring it in to our shop!

The theme for Row by Row this year is “Taste the Experience” and we have our very own pattern for you to collect! Below is a sample of our block. 

To see what the rest of the pattern looks like, come to the Main Shop or Penney’s Quilt Shop in Hamilton and ask for our Row by Row pattern! Each customer is limited to one pattern. We also have a special Row by Row kit available!

Our Row by Row experience will be available in-store until Sept. 3, which is also the deadline for participants to turn in their quilt to win a prize.

To learn more about the Row by Row Experience and see great projects, watch this video from Amy Barickman for Indigo Junction below!

Easy Clamshell Quilt

Easy Clamshell Quilt

Easy Clamshell? Is that even possible? You betcha! With the right tools and a sprinkling of Missouri Star magic, you’ll be stitching up those gorgeous curves like a pro!

This classic quilt is made using our brand new Drunkard’s Path template set. Jenny used this same template to make the Courtyard Path quilt, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Click HERE to learn how to make the Easy Clamshell Quilt!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!
Diamond Pavers Quilt

Diamond Pavers Quilt

The Diamond Pavers quilt was made for pretty prints. The blocks are so big and simple, patterns have plenty of space to breathe!

For this quilt, Jenny used Honey Run 10” Stackers by Jill Finley for Penny Rose Designs. It’s an adorable collection filled with bees, florals, and delicate geometrics. (Don’t miss the machine quilting on this one! It’s a bee-utiful honey bee stitch!)

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!