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Fabric Measurement Guide

FABRIC MEASUREMENT GUIDE

If you’re new to purchasing fabric, you’ll notice that the minimum size you can usually purchase fabric in is a ‘fat quarter’. We’ve put together this handy guide to give you a visual reference point for the sizing options we offer.

1 Fat Quarter (50cm x 55cm)

The maximum with of a fabric bolt is 112cm, with selvedges each side, reducing the usable space to approximately 110cm. The selvedge is simply the finishing of the fabric so that it doesn’t fray at the edges. They can be sewn into your seam allowance so it doesn’t have to be wasted.


2 Fat Quarters (or 1/2 a metre)

A fat quarter is a traditional measure of fabric used by quilters. Essentially, it’s a quarter of a metre of fabric, cut in a particular way. It measures approximately 50cm x 55cm. By special request we do offer ‘thin quarters’ which is the same surface area of fabric, cut as a long thin piece from the bolt. Contact us if you’d like more information, or to request your fabric is cut in this way.


3 Fat Quarters (or 3/4 of a metre)

If you order multiple pieces of the same fabric, for example two half metres, they will always be sent as one piece. You’ll get one metre of fabric. If you order three fat quarters, we’ll combine the surface area to give you a 75cm cut from the bolt (see illustration). And, if you order three metres this will, of course, come as one piece!


4 Fat Quarters (or 1 metre)

If you have any queries regarding the measurement of fabric please get in touch.

Please note that this guide applies to all fabrics unless stated in the product description.

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