How large should quilt backing be?

How much bigger should the quilt backing be than the front?

Size of the back: must be at least 6″ wider on each side, top and bottom, than your quilt top. A total of 12″ larger than your quilt top. Trim the top and bottom edges of your backing so they are straight and square.

Why does quilt backing need to be larger?

The more space you give around the edge of the quilt the easier it’s going to be for the longarm quilter to attach it to the longarm quilting machine. If you start out with a backing that is the same size or just a little bit bigger than the top you don’t leave room to attach it and still quilt the whole quilt.

Does batting need to be bigger than quilt top?

As for your batting and backing, they should be both cut 6-8 inches larger than the quilt top. As you quilt the presser foot actually pushes the quilt top out a bit further. At the same time, if you’re adding a lot of stitches to the quilt top, the quilt will shrink up a bit, too.

How much fabric do I need to back a quilt?

Take the length of your quilt and double it, adding a half yard to your total. The extra half yard is allowance for shrinkage and uneven cutting. If you have a quilt top that is 70 inches per side, you need at least 140 (+18) inches for the back. Ideally you want this in one length, or two 79″ lengths.

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Can you use muslin for quilt backing?

Traditionally muslin has been a popular choice for backing fabric. Even a high quality muslin fabric is less expensive than it’s printed fabric counterpart, and some quilt admirers prefer to be able to see the quilting stitches on the back, which muslin lends itself to.

Can you use a blanket for quilt backing?

Reusing an old blanket for your quilt certainly embraces the “reduce, reuse, recycle” concept and hails back to the early days of quilting, too. Some of the most beloved surviving historic quilts feature pieces snipped from other fabric items like clothing, feed sacks, and home textiles.