How to Substitute Pre-Cuts for Yardage and Vice Versa

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Info Also Included for Making Your Own Pre-Cuts!

Have you ever had a beautiful bundle of pre-cut fabric you wanted to use in a pattern that specifies yardage? Or, lovely yardage you want to use in a quilt pattern designed for pre-cuts?

Fortunately, substitutions can be made. It just requires a bit of simple math.

How to Substitute Pre-Cuts for Yardage and Vice Versa

Annie’s has put together a good article that outlines the equivalents between common pre-cuts and yardage. For example, one fat quarter contains the same amount of usable fabric as 1/4 yard of fabric.

The shapes of the two cuts are different, however, so you may need to take that into account when making substitutions.

Look the pattern over carefully to make sure the substitution works. In some cases you may need more pre-cuts, or more yardage, to produce the correctly sized cuts.

Click here for the “Precuts to Yardage — Yardage to Precuts” article.

A second article, from Brown Bird Designs, outlines how to make your own pre-cuts from yardage. This info can help in visualizing how to make substitutions between pre-cuts and yardage.

Click here for the “The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On The Yard + Make Your Own Pre-cuts” article.

The information is compiled in a helpful cheat sheet, which you’ll find here.

Image Source: The fabric featured on this page is Boundless Cottage Market. It’s no longer available.


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