To figure this out, you need to know that one full yard is equal to 36 inches. There are 3 feet in one yard, and...
How many feet do you need to make a yard?
3 feet Under the United States Customary System, 1 yard is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches.
How many inches are in a half yard?
If you know how to do basic math, you know that half of 36 is 18. That means that to buy a half a yard of material, you only need 18 inches. The yard measurement is measured lengthwise so whatever width the fabric comes in, is the same width for either a yard of material or half a yard of material.
What can I do with 1 yard of fabric?
With 1 yard of fabric, you can make tops, skirts, and dresses in certain styles only. Depending on the width of fabric, 36” long of fabric can give more or less fabric to work with. 36” long equals 1 yard of fabric, no matter what width of fabric the bolt is.
Is 1 yard enough for a shirt?
For formal mens shirts, you will need about 2 1/2 yards of material unless you are using a repeating pattern then you may need a bit more. For short-sleeved dress shirts, you can get away with using about 2 yards if the fabric is 36 inches wide.
Can you make a skirt with 1 yard?
Sewing a simple skirt from one yard of fabric is probably the easiest sewing project there is. You dont even need a pattern!
How wide does fabric come?
The width of fabric is usually measured in inches (in US) and most common widths are 44/45 inches and 60 inches. The width varies by the type of fabric. Quilting cotton is almost always 44/45” wide, apparel fabric is most often between 44” and 60” and home decor fabric is usually 54”.