Helpful tool - Backing and Binding Calculator


Good morning! Or evening. Or day or night! Whatever time it is, I’m happy you decided to stop by. Especially because I’m about to make your life easier!

Unless you’ve purchased a pre-cut kit, or are some kind of magician, you may have found yourself scratching your head about how much fabric to buy for backing or binding.

I’ve been there!

Even after quilting for years, I struggle with this! I usually turn to Nancy the Quilting Goddess and say, “HELP!”.

Or, when left to my own devices, I overbuy. By a lot. The general sequence of events is:

  1.       Pick amazing backing fabric
  2.       Walk up to cutting counter
  3.       Get asked how much I want
  4.       Panic
  5.       Buy 10 yards, because that should definitely be enough
  6.       Need 2 yards
  7.       Have 8 leftover yards and an unmanageable hoarding fabric stash
  8.       Feel foolish
  9.       Vow to bring Nancy the Quilting Goddess with me next time


FABRIC HOARDERS - You know what I'm talking about!

Fabric Stash

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


But, my friends – NO LONGER!

Because I’ve found the best thing ever – an online calculator which will tell me (or you!) how much fabric to buy. Hallelujah!

If you click here, you will be taken to the homepage for MyWebQuilter. It has all kinds of amazing resources for basic quilting skills, but my favorite finds are the backing and binding calculators.

All you do is enter your specific quilt dimensions along with the width of the backing fabric you’ve selected and then click “calculate”. They even have presets for crib through king sizes that you can just click and get the info you need, if you've made a standard size quilt.

But wait! There’s more! If you’re going to need to piece the back, they tell you how!

Essentially, it is your own personal, online Nancy.

Are there any other quilting steps you struggle with? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Carolyn Knees
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  • Juanita woodard
    Juanita woodard

    Have an app from Robert Kaufman Fabrics on my phone that calculates borders, backing, and binding. Very handy to have with me at all times.

  • Darlene Warner
    Darlene Warner

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Clara Haessig
    Clara Haessig

    OMG! I found a treasure and won the lottery in all 1 place. LOL. Thanks so much for this handy dandy tool.

  • Terry L Wills
    Terry L Wills

    Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you! I am fortunate that our local quilt shop is super helpful this way but every now and then I’m somewhere I don’t know that well. I completely freak and end up with way too much,,,,,,is there really ever too much. Sorry I wonder in my thoughts. giggle giggle. Thanks again.


  • Merilyn Ackerman
    Merilyn Ackerman

    wow! thanks

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