How Many Strips in a Yard of Fabric + Cheat Sheet

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A ruler, rotary cutter and strips of green floral fabric arranged on a table.

Cutting up yardage into strips is a part of making every quilt. Between the quilt top, sashing, borders and binding, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be cutting strips of fabric for each quilt that you make. Fabric strips are an important part of quilting!

Another important but way less fun part of quilting? Math. As you’re planning your next quilt you may wonder exactly how many strips you can cut from your fabric.

Instead of breaking out your calculator every time you need to cut up yardage, use this table to help you figure out how many strips you can get from one yard of fabric.

Quilt Strip WidthNumber of Strips in 1 Yard of Fabric
.5″72
1”36
1.5”24
2”18
2.5”14
3”12
3.5”10
4”9
4.5”8
5”7
5.5”6
6”6
6.5”5
7”5
7.5”4
8”4
8.5”4
9”4
9.5”3
10”3
10.5”3
11”3
11.5”3
12”3
12.5”2
13”2
13.5”2
14”2
14.5”2
15”2

If you want to keep this information handy, I’ve created a free downloadable PDF that includes the quilt strip width table and cutting diagrams for the most common quilt strip sizes.

Precut fabric strips called Honey Buns and Jelly Rolls can speed up the cutting process, but they can be expensive and are not offered in every color. Cutting your own strips from yardage often makes more sense.

Keep scrolling for cutting diagrams of the most common quilt strip sizes and how much fabric you need to make your own Honey Buns and Jelly Rolls.

How Many Quilt Strips Can I Get from 1 Yard of Fabric?

There are so many ways you can cut up one yard of fabric and turn it into smaller manageable pieces to use in your quilt. Use the table above to reference how many strips you can get from one yard.

I’ll go into more depth with each of the most popular quilting strip sizes below.

How Many 1 1/2 Inch Strips Are in a Yard of Fabric?

A cutting diagram showing how to cut 24 1.5" strips from one yard of fabric



You can cut 24 1.5″ strips from one yard of fabric.

Pre-cut 1.5″ strips of fabric are called Honey Buns. They are typically sold in packs of 42 strips.

If you want to make your own Honey Bun, you’ll need to cut a total of 42 strips. In that case, you’ll need 1 3/4 yards of fabric.

Would you rather skip the cutting and purchase a Honey Bun instead? Shop Honey Buns at Fat Quarter Shop.

How Many 2 1/2 Inch Strips Are in a Yard of Fabric?

A cutting diagram showing how to cut 14 2.5" strips from one yard of fabric.



You can cut 14 2.5” strips from one yard of fabric.

Pre-cut 2.5” strips of fabric are called Jelly Rolls. They are typically sold in packs of 42 strips.

If you want to make your own Jelly Roll, you’ll need to cut a total of 42 strips. In that case, you’ll need 3 yards of fabric.

Would you rather skip the cutting and purchase a Jelly Roll instead? Shop Jelly Rolls at Fat Quarter Shop.

Are you working with less than one yard of fabric? I’ve done the math for how many strips you can cut from ¾ yard, ½ yard, and ¼ yard, too!

How Many Quilt Strips Can I Get from 3/4 Yard of Fabric?

Quilt Strip WidthNumber of Strips in 3/4 Yard of Fabric
.5″54
1”27
1.5”18
2”13
2.5”10
3”9
3.5”7
4”6
4.5”6
5”5
5.5”4
6”4
6.5”4
7”3
7.5”3
8”3
8.5”3
9”3
9.5”2
10”2
10.5”2
11”2
11.5”2
12”2
12.5”2
13”2
13.5”2
14”1
14.5”1
15”1

How Many 1 1/2 Inch Strips Are in 3/4 Yard of Fabric?

You can cut 18 1.5” strips from 3/4 yards of fabric.

a cutting diagram showing how to cut 18 1.5" strips from 3/4 yard of fabric.

How Many 2 1/2 Inch Strips Are in 3/4 Yard of Fabric?

You can cut 10 2.5” strips from 3/4 yards of fabric.

A cutting diagram showing how to cut 10 2.5" strips from three quarter yards of fabric.

How Many Quilt Strips Can I Get from a 1/2 Yard of Fabric?

Quilt Strip WidthNumber of Strips in 1/2 Yard of Fabric
.5″36
1”18
1.5”12
2”9
2.5”7
3”6
3.5”5
4”4
4.5”4
5”3
5.5”3
6”3
6.5”2
7”2
7.5”2
8”2
8.5”2
9”2
9.5”1
10”1

How Many 1 1/2 Inch Strips Are in 1/2 Yard of Fabric?

You can cut 12 1.5” strips from 1/2 yard of fabric.

A cutting diagram showing how to cut 12 1.5" strips from a half yard of fabric.

How Many 2 1/2 Inch Strips Are in 1/2 Yard of Fabric?

You can cut 7 2.5” strips from 1/2 yard of fabric.

A cutting diagram showing how to cut 7 2.5" strips from half a yard of fabric.

How Many Quilt Strips Can I Get from a 1/4 Yard of Fabric?

Quilt Strip WidthNumber of Strips in 1/4 Yard of Fabric
.5″18
1”9
1.5”6
2”4
2.5”3
3”3
3.5”2
4”2
4.5”2
5”1

How Many 1 1/2 Inch Strips Are in 1/4 Yard of Fabric?

You can cut 6 1.5” strips from 1/4 yard of fabric.

A cutting diagram showing how to cut 6 1.5" strips from a quarter yard of fabric.

How Many 2 1/2 Inch Strips Are in 1/4 Yard of Fabric?

You can cut 3 2.5” strips from 1/4 yard of fabric.

A cutting diagram showing how to cut 3 2.5" strips from a quarter yard of fabric.

I hope this math breakdown was helpful for you! Be sure to download the free Strips in a Yard cheat sheet so you can save this information for later.

xo, Hailey

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you Hailey for doing all of the math for us. These sheets are going to come in so handy.
    It’s much appreciated.

  2. Thank you. I have a number of small pieces of yardage in my stash and this is going to simplify just how many strips I can cut… at a glance.
    You are so thoughtful… thank you.

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