How many yards of fabric do I need for my project?

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If you have a project where the approximate dimensions are known, you may wish to find out how many linear yards you'll need to order to cover this area. 

The majority of our fabrics are sold by the linear yard, which means when you order a qty of "1", you will receive a piece of fabric measuring 36" in one direction and the width of the fabric in the other.

For example, our 1.9 oz Ripstop Nylon is 60" wide (as listed in fabric specs). Ordering one yard of this through the site would get you a piece of fabric measuring ~36" x 60"

To estimate the number of linear yards you'll need to order for a specific project, you'll need to determine how many of these "pieces" fit into your project area. 

In the example below, consider a project area of dimensions 133" x 80" (length x height).


Then consider selecting 1.9 oz Ripstop Nylon as the fabric you'll use for this project. Remember, we said that one linear yard of this fabric measures ~36" x 60". Now, think of overlaying the fabric within your project area like so: 


With this layout, you'd need 8 yards of fabric and have one seam in your project.

Always consider alternative layouts as well. For example, instead of running left to right as shown in the graphic above, you could choose to have the fabric length run bottom to top.

In this specific example, that likely wouldn't be the best choice, but the optimum layout ultimately depends on your project dimensions. 

Here are a couple useful tools for calculating things like square yardage and total weight:

Calculate total weight from fabric dimensions/weight -

Calculate square yardage from fabric dimensions -

With a little thought and planning, you should be able to accurately estimate how much material you'll need to order for any given project. Remember to take your time and double-check before ordering! 

Be sure to look to the following sites as additional resources when planning out projects and determining how much fabric will be needed. Often times, you'll be able to find material lists from someone who has completed your exact (or a very similar) project already.

RBTR DIY Projects Section 

Reddit MYOG (Make Your Own Gear)

Hammock Forums DIY Section





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