Calculating Fabric Size

10 Dec Calculating Fabric Size

Here are some tips for calculating fabric size. Enjoy the read.  Please use the link provided if you wish to view the original article.


Calculating Fabric SizeCross Stitch Review

“You need to know:

The stitch count of the chart
The fabric count you wish to stitch it on
Whether you are stitching over two or over one
What margin of fabric you want to leave

Stitch count
This is the number of stitches wide x tall the chart is. Many designers list this information on the front or back cover of the chart. I list it in every review.

If there is no stitch count, then you will need to count the stitches yourself. Usually the chart will have stitch numbers listed on the top and down the side of each chart at the 10 stitch line.

So in the above example, the stitch count is 77 wide. (It is 81 across but I know this designer leaves two blank rows all way around).

Fabric count
You need to decide what fabric count you wish to stitch your design on; 14ct Aida, or 28ct evenweave or 10ct Tula.

Over One or Over Two
This refers to the number of threads you stitch your crosses over. Aida is usually stitched over one in that you stitch through every hole.

Evenweave is stitched over two in that you stitch into every second hole. For some designs, such as art-to-stitch, you will stitch tiny stitches into every single hole; so stitching over one.

Usually you don’t stitch to the very edge of your fabric. The size of your margin depends on how you want to finish your item; pillow, framed, etc. You need an inch or so to sew in when making into a cushion or pillow, but three inches or more when framing, especially when using a matt or two. I find it useful to add a three-inch margin all way around as this allows more options if you change your mind mid-stitching. You can always cut off excess fabric, but it is difficult to add the same fabric back on.

So for our example today we will use:
Stitch count: 77 x 107
Fabric count: 28ct
Over 1 or Over 2: Over two
Margin: 3 inches

Old School
This is the maths behind all of those converter apps and programs so you can work it out for yourself.

In essence, it is stitch count / (fabric count / over) + (margin x 2)

In our example:

Width = 77 stitches
Stitch count / over = 28/2 = 14 stitches per inch
Margin = 3 inches (we have margins left and right so x 2) = 6 inches

So width 77 / 14 + 6 = 11.5 = 11½ inches

Length = 107 stitches
Stitch count / over = 28/2 = 14 stitches per inch
Margin = 3 inches (we have margins left and right so x 2) = 6 inches

So height 107 / 14 + 6 = 13.64 = round up to 13 ¾ inches.

So you need a piece of fabric 11½ x 13¾” or a fat eighth (13 x 18?)

If you want your design to be bigger or smaller, run your calculations again with a different fabric count or change your margins.

If your eyes just glazed over at the above, never fear, there are a number of smart phone apps that can do the maths for you.”

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