# How do you figure the backing for a quilt?

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The quilt backing needs to be larger than the quilt top to allow extra for fabric that is taken up during quilting and for stabilization when using a quilting frame. Always add 8″ to both the length and width measurements so you have an extra 4″ of fabric all around.

## How do you calculate backing material for a quilt?

You need 2 WOFs to make your backing. Take your backing length measurement and multiply it by the number of WOFs you need. 74″ x 2 = 148″ This is how many inches of fabric you need. Now, divide that number by 36″ to get how much yardage you need.

## How much bigger should the backing be than the quilt top?

Size of the back: must be at least 6″ wider on each side, top and bottom, than your quilt top. A total of 12″ larger than your quilt top. Trim the top and bottom edges of your backing so they are straight and square. Press your backing.

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## How much backing do I need for a full size quilt?

Each side of your quilt back should be at least 4” larger than your quilt top . Which means you should add 8” to the width and length of your finished quilt size to determine the size of quilt backing that you need. For example, if your finished quilt size is 60” x 70”, then you’ll need a quilt back that is 68” x 78”.

## How much backing do I need for a queen size quilt?

The average queen-size quilt (84″ by 92″) will require 7.5 yards of backing and . 875 yards of binding so let’s just round up to 8.5 yards.

## How do I figure out how many yards of fabric I need for a quilt?

A yard of fabric is 36 inches long, so divide the length of fabric required, 11-5/8 inches, by 36 inches. The answer is 0.32 yard (refer to the decimal conversion above if necessary). Bump up the yardage to compensate for errors or shrinkage during pre-wash—in this case, 1/2 yard.

## How do you figure yardage for a quilt border?

Divide the perimeter inches by the usable inches in your border fabric. This will equal how many strips you need for your border. 4. Now multiply this number by how wide you want your border.

## Should the batting be the same size as the backing?

The batting also needs to be larger than the top but not larger than the backing. I can always trim the batting if it is too large but harder to make it bigger if too small, although I have pieced batting together as needed with satisfactory results it is always best to do that before sending it to the longarm quilter.

## Do I quilt or bind first?

Binding a Quilt: a Complete Tutorial. Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between.

## Can I use a sheet for quilt backing?

We’ll talk about this in more details, but here’s the short story: you can ABSOLUTELY use bed sheets for quilt backs! There’s a few obvious benefits to this: No piecing together a quilt back! This is the best benefit – just buy a sheet big enough to back your quilt and you don’t need to piece it together!

## How do you figure a 108 quilt backing?

You need a quilt back that is at least 103”x 110” (just add 4” to each side). If you quilt back is 108” wide, you will need at least 110” aka 3.05 or 3 1/8 yards (110 divided by 36). We suggest you also add 1/8 yard for shrinkage which means you need to purchase 3 ¼ yards.

## How much backing fabric do I need for a lap quilt?

Take the length of your quilt and double it, adding a half yard to your total. The extra half yard is allowance for shrinkage and uneven cutting. If you have a quilt top that is 70 inches per side, you need at least 140 (+18) inches for the back. Ideally you want this in one length, or two 79″ lengths.