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kate_mct
09:22 pm - A Question of Yardage
After an abortive attempt to knit or crochet my mother her pot holders, I'm back to sewing. After a long search for red and white gingham(who would've thought that that would be so hard to find), I'm ready to order my supplies, but I have a problem. My grandmother made my mother's current potholders(4), along with curtains(short ones) and placemats(4 with a small round center one), all out of the same fabric and since she's deceased, I can't ask her how much yardage she used and all the patterns I have are only for 1 potholder. Why my mother insists on four is beyond me, but that's what she wants. My question is: how much yardage will I need to make four potholders?

Update: I've ordered my supplies(I needed more than just fabric) since the bare minimum that the store would send over the Internet is 1yd, that's what I went with. Here's hoping this works and I make my grandma proud. Thanks for the help!
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From:mrs_dragon
Date:April 1st, 2014 01:45 am (UTC)
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How big are the potholders, do you want fabric on both sides, and will you use the same fabric for binding?
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From:kate_mct
Date:April 1st, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
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The pot holders Mom has are 6" square, same fabric on both sides and I have binding picked out.
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From:mrs_dragon
Date:April 1st, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
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Then you need two 6" squares per potholder, for a total of 8 squares. Assuming your yardage is 44" wide, you should be able to get 7 squares across the width of your fabric. Thus, in a perfect world, you would need a 12" cut of fabric. Since you local fabric shop cuts are very unlikely to be perfectly straight, I'd bump that to 18" and get a 1/2 yard. You will have leftovers.

Edited at 2014-04-01 02:37 am (UTC)
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From:kate_mct
Date:April 1st, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
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Cool!! Much better than the 3yds I was thinking it would be(math is NOT my strong suit)

Thank you!!
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From:mmegaera
Date:April 1st, 2014 05:18 am (UTC)
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Bumping it up to 1/2 a yard is good, too, because you may make a mistake cutting. Also trusting 42" wide fabric to be exactly 42" wide is also questionable.
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From:kate_mct
Date:April 1st, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
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I'm ordering a yard, just in case I make a real mess of things(which is possible). Thanks!! :)

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