Fraction Conversions

Decimal to Fraction
.0625 = 1/16
.1250 = 1/8
.1875 = 3/16
.2500 = 1/4
.3125 = 5/16
.3750 = 3/8
.4375 = 7/16
.5000 = 1/2
.5625 = 9/16
.6250 = 5/8
.6875 = 11/16
.7500 = 3/4
.8125 = 13/16
.8750 = 7/8
.9375 = 15/16

Yardage — how many inches is
1/8 yard = 4.5″
1/4 yd = 9″
3/8 yd = 13.5″
1/2 yd = 18″
5/8 yd = 22.5″
3/4 yd = 27″
7/8 yd = 31.5″
1 yd = 36″

6 thoughts on “Fraction Conversions

  1. Thread crazy

    Melanie – most people don’t know the decimal figures for yardage….I must admit I was a little rusty until I started using it daily myself. At my local quilt shop, we still tear the fabric on the grain and always provide an extra 1/2″ or so to cover any distortion caused by tearing. Tearing is better as it keeps the fabric on grain. However, many still prefer to have fabric cut. Good post for a reminder.

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      I don’t mind tearing at all. I do it myself for a lot of purposes. And the shop around here I like best always cuts generously. That’s one of the reasons I like them best! 🙂


  2. snarkyquilter

    I’m more likely to use the yardage conversions than the decimals, especially when trying to determine if I have enough fabric for a binding. Now, if I could only find a way to get fabric cutters to cut straight lines so I don’t keep losing 1 to 2 inches off the ends of my fabric when I even them up…

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      My understanding is that’s mainly an issue of how the cloth is wound on the bolt. Probably nothing we can do at the shop to help that.

      As to the post in general, it’s sort of a throw-away. I don’t expect any reaction to it now (and thanks for reacting!) but figured it would be good to post in tutorials. Someone may find it useful at some point.

      Thanks for taking a look.

      1. Joanna

        As other commenters have noted, cutting generously or tearing the cloth can help deal with my gripe. I recall being taught to pull a thread and use that for the cutting line.


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