How much fabric do I need?

Hello everyone!  Today I’m answering a question that I get asked quite often in my Etsy shop and online:

“How do I know how much fabric I need”

This can be calculated quite quickly once you know three things:

  1. The number of stitches in your pattern – all charts should include a stitch count (e.g. 200 x 100) as standard. This count represents the maximum width and height of the design regardless of the fabric you use.
  2. The count of the fabric you want to use – aida comes in different ‘counts’ relating to the number of squares per inch. So 14 count fabric has 14 squares per inch and 18 count has 18 squares per inch. The larger the aida count, the smaller the finished cross stitch.
  3. The amount of fabric you need around the edges to frame or mount your work. I allow approximately 3 inches (7cm) on all sides for cross stitch kits that I design but it may be smaller if your work is smaller or will be made into a cushion or wall hanging.

Once you have these three numbers simply divide the number of stitched by the count: for example 200 divided by 14 gives you 14.3 inches, then add 3 inches for your border.  Based on this example your fabric would need to be 17.3 inches wide by 10.1 inches tall (100 divided by 14 count, then add 3 inches).

If all of this is still confusing, then pop over to Yarn Tree for their Cross Stitch Fabric Calculator – it is even quicker and does all of the calculations for you once you put in these three variables!

Until next time, happy stitching!

H x

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