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Border Calculator

This calculator calculates the amount of fabric required for creating borders for your quilt given the quilt's dimensions (width and length) and the width of the borders. You may also specify the width of the fabric. Up to 5 borders may be specified with the first border (Border1) being the innermost border. The amount of yardage for each border is rounded up to the nearest 1/8 of a yard. The calculator will also show for each border how many strips of fabric you need to cut and the overall dimensions of the quilt with all the borders added.

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Enter the width of the fabric (default is 43 inches).
Enter the dimensions of the quilt in inches.
Width (inches):       Length (inches):    
Select whether you want mitred or non-mitred corners for your borders:
Mitre Corners   Non-Mitre Corners What is mitre?

Enter the width of each border below starting with Border 1 which is the innermost border. You may specify up to 5 borders. If you have only 2 borders, for example, provide the width for Border 1 and Border 2 leaving the entries for Border 3, Border 4 and Border 5 empty. The yardage calculated for each border is for an unfinished border. (This means that the calculator automatically adds 1/2 inch to the width of each border that you entered to account for seams.)

Two calculations are performed for each border depending on whether you piece the border strips "end-to-end" or "on the diagonal". See End-to-End vs On the Diagonal.

Border Width (Inches) Strip Width to Cut (Inches) Piecing Method Yardage # Strips to Cut
Border 1       End-to-End    
On Diag    
Border 2       End-to-End    
On Diag    
Border 3       End-to-End    
On Diag    
Border 4       End-to-End    
On Diag    
Border 5       End-to-End    
On Diag    

Overall width =       Overall length =  

This calculator is designed and copyrighted by Quilter's Paradise. It is available free to use strictly for non-commercial, personal purposes only. Quilter's Paradise makes no warranty or representation as to the calculator's quality, performance or accuracy, and, in no event, will be liable for any damages resulting from its use. When calculating the amount of fabric required, the calculators calculate what is needed given the information provided. The user of the calculator is responsibile for determining if they want to add additional "just in case" fabric to the calculation and, if so, how much. The user assumes the entire risk as to the calculator's quality, performance and accuracy.

Web site last updated September 18, 2017

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