If you have ever been to a fabric store, then you must have seen fabrics being sold in bolts. Generally, the stores separate the fabrics by solids, patterns, felts, wool, silks, laces, and so on. It is easier for the store as well as the customer. You head to the solid section when you need a solid fabric.
How many yards on a bolt of fabric? Typically, a bolt of fabric contains anywhere between 30 and 100 yards of fabric. However, a lot also depends on the type of fabric in question. For example, a bolt of the canvas is generally 39 yards.
Sometimes the sheer variety may be a bit overwhelming. Let us help you out by clearing a few doubts when you want to a bolt of fabric.
You must be wondering what exactly is a bolt? A bolt is a unit of measurement generally used for items that are sold in a roll, like fabric, canvas, or wood.
A bolt of fabric may sometimes also be referred to as a roll of fabric.
If you wish to buy fabric for a project or to make an outfit, you would definitely like to buy fabric accordingly. When you walk into a fabric store, have you wondered how wide is the fabric on a bolt?
Abolt is usually about 45 or 60 inches (110 or 150 cm) wide. However, depending on the type of fabric the widths could vary as well.
Widths may include:
You must have seen fabric in stores wrapped around cardboard bolts standing upright on racks or shelves. Have you also noticed that the end of the bolt has a small label?
The label gives you vital information regarding the fabric. Say, if you are looking for pure cotton, look for something that says 100% cotton. The label also tells you how many yards of fabric you have on the bolt. Paying attention to the label can be a great way to measure the fabric on a bolt.
Different manufacturers will have different labels. However, all labels will at least contain the basic information-width, content, and price.
What to do if you walk into a fabric store that has hung fabric by the rolls on wooden dowels? Look for a hangtag on these fabric rolls. The hangtag also contains important information about the fabric just like the label. Fabric rolls on wooden dowels are generally wider as they are typically used for curtains and upholstery.
You could use a small trick to measure fabric wrapped around rectangular bolts. You would need to count the number of layers around the bolt just like the rings on a tree trunk. If you are buying medium to heavy fabric like burlap or cotton, two wrapped layers are roughly equal to a yard. For thinner fabrics like lace or silk, three wrapped layers are typically equal to a yard.
When buying fabric for a project you would naturally want to find out the width of the fabric. However, what you see on the bolt, is that the actual width of the fabric? Actually, no.
The fabric on a bolt is folded in half. So what you are seeing is half the actual width of the fabric. It is an important point to remember when buying fabric as the yardage could significantly affect your project.
People tend to use the term fabric bolt and fabric roll interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing.
Fabrics in bolts have been folded in half and wound around a flat, cardboard center core. Usually, a bolt has between 40 and 100 yards of fabric. However, you also get smaller bolts with 5 to 50 yards, depending on the thickness of the fabric, and sometimes the cost. You can also count the number of layers and estimate the amount of fabric remaining on the bolt fairly easily. Fabrics in bolts are typically sold to home sewing enthusiasts.
Rolls of fabric are how fabrics are shipped from the mill to the major markets like clothing or home furnishing companies. The fabric is placed full width along a cardboard tube, and then it is rolled. It is not folded in half as in the case of a bolt. Typical fabric rolls are in the 50 to 200-yard range, but some may be larger. Some may be large enough to be only lifted with a forklift. Since the fabric is not folded in half, there's no fold line, and rolled fabrics are easier for automated equipment like spreaders to handle.
Shopping for fabric can sometimes be an overwhelming experience if you’re not prepared. A fabric store can help you devise your decorating plan, be it window treatments, slipcovers, or bedding.
Make sure to browse the store first. You can gain a sense of the variety and quality of the fabric available in the store.
When you’re ready to buy, use these useful shopping tips for buying the right fabric for the right price:
If you have decided to decorate a room in your house, it is better to do it once and do it right. Spare yourself the hassle of buying the wrong fabric and having to go back and forth to the store to exchange it.
When in a fabric store, do not hesitate to ask questions. The answers will help clarify any doubts that you have and will come in very handy in the future. Also, spend as much time as you need to make the right fabric choice for your project.
Fabric shopping is supposed to be enjoyable. Don’t get overwhelmed by the sheer variety. Look at, touch, feel, and even smell the fabrics if you need to, to buy the perfect one for you. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun shopping.