I recently received an email asking me the approximate cost of a quilt. Well, naturally it depends on the size of the quilt, the cost of fabrics used in the quilt, the type/cost of batting used. Also, a determining factor is whether a person quilts their own quilts or send them out – that's a whole other question! Anyway, thought I'd share my thoughts/ experiences with you and I would love to hear other's input on this topic!
The average size quilt that I personally make is at least 70 X 80” . I consider this a good 'personal' size quilt. So to estimate the cost of fabric, figure the square inches of the quilt – top, backing and binding!
70” X 80” = 5600” X 2 = 11200” (remember the backing!) now to figure approximate yardage, divide the 11200” by 1296 (square inches of a yard) = 8.65. So rounded up to 9 yards of fabric used and we all know that we use more when figuring in seam allowances and trimming AND if you piece your backing - (remember this is very approximate!) So figure how much you pay per yard for your fabric. I'm going to figure low and say I've used a coupon for my fabric at JoAnns or Hancock and figure $5.50 a yard X 9 = $49.50 for fabric. Well, lets add in a half yard for binding and you're at $52.25 (without tax and/or shipping if you use mail order). NOTE: double this figure if you're buying your fabric at full price at a quilt shop! Batting: your batting again will depend on the brand and kind you use. I believe the most common batting used is Warm & White / Natural. I buy mine by the yard and at JoAnn's without a coupon is about $12.00 a yard for 90” wide. Again, I try to buy my batting using a coupon so 40% off and I will pay $7.20 a yard. Now I would use the width of batting for length but I will still need 2 yards of batting so I'm at $14.40 in batting (again no tax or shipping figured in) . I'm at $52.25 for fabric and $14.40 in batting for a total of $66.65. This does not include threads for piecing or quilting. This does not include your time, and - people – if you're making a quilt for profit – PROFIT! Charge for your time! So here's a formula to use for your approximate cost of a quilt:
Square inches of finished quilt size X 2 (because of backing) divide by 1296 (square inches in yard), add a half yard for binding. Multiply that number by your average cost per yard of fabric and you'll have a very approximate cost for your fabrics. Figure the cost of your batting, whether you buy the prepackage/cut or buy by the yard. You can add your local tax rate to get even a clearer idea of those costs. And always, figure your approximate time to construct the quilt!
Okay, so this is a very low and rough estimate for a quilt that measures approximately 70” X 80”. I figured 9 yards of fabric but, again, I know I'd be probably be using/buying more. Batting you always cut larger than the size of the top and if quilting on a longarm setup, it's even a bit more.
How about you? How would you figure the cost of a quilt?