Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – New Free Downloadable Yardage Planner!

February 2, 2016

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  Please link up your tutorials below, and have fun soaking up all the knowledge shared by bloggers this week.

For today’s tip, I’m excited to share this fantastic new Yardage Planner I developed with the help of my graphic design friend, Lindsie Bergevin.

Whenever I am designing a quilt, or even making a quilt from a pattern, I find that it’s helpful to think about how to efficiently cut into the fabric to make the quilt.  This requires a lot of sketching and erasing at times.  I thought it would be nice to have a piece of graph paper that already had the parameters of a yard of fabric printed out and numbered, to save time.

So here it is in a PDF format for you to download for free! I hope you find it helpful. Please pin it for later if you like it!

PDF of Yardage Planner

Yardage Planner by Stephanie Palmer for the Quilters Planner


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  • Reply faithandfabric February 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Stephanie, the graph paper is great – thanks for taking the time to make (and share).

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl February 2, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Very cool! One of the reasons I love designing in Inkscape is that it looks like graph paper and I can do this same thing by making all my precut sizes and laying them out and playing “tetris” with the pieces. This is a great idea for having on the go and sketching ideas away form a PC. 🙂

  • Reply cheryljbrickey February 2, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Excellent tool, this will be so handy!!

  • Reply sillyandrea February 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    This is great!

  • Reply kittywilkin February 2, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    This is awesome!! Thank you so much! I’m totally a draw and erase person when it comes to efficient cutting, and I have OFTEN made mistakes along the way. These are priceless. <3

  • Reply Linda February 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    A great idea! thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Beth T. February 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much! Now that I wear bifocals, even the formerly simple task of looking down to number the little boxes and then up and then down has become a huge, dizzying hassle and I make the most ridiculous mistakes. (Penance for when I was younger and thought my perfect eyesight was akin to a talent I had practiced and polished. Youthful arrogance.) But I’m digressing. The point is: thank you!

  • Reply RuthB February 3, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Great idea – I usually work it out using Touchdraw or inkscape but an offline version where i can go wild with coloured pencils is brilliant!

  • Reply Kelsey February 3, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I love the yardage planner!! I was just trying to do this in my head this weekend, but a sheet like those would mean a lot more sketching and lot less math. Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Ruthann February 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Thank you! I’ve done this in Excel but having a printable will save time…and sanity! 🙂

  • Reply Sally Bradley February 6, 2016 at 8:36 am

    This will be so helpful!

  • Reply Sherry February 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

    It looks amazing! I love the lay out and how much easier it would be than using graph paper. One thing I’d like to see is some precut messuremen’s laid on the graph. Like a fat quarter.

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer February 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Guess what, Sherry! I totally agree with you. I will post an updated version for you soon.

  • Reply Shelley Folkerts February 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing, Stephanie. This should be a wonderful tool in our future quilt planning. I wondered about the numbers being changed to the other direction as the inches come off the bolt??

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