FREE Printable Fabric Stretch Guide
This free printable stretch guide includes a larger full size version that you can keep at home in your sewing room. You can laminate it or tape it to your sewing table to make it more durable. I have also created a smaller, wallet-friendly version that folds in half to fit in the credit card slot of your wallet so you can carry with you while shopping.
Take a scrap of your fabric and, with or against the grain, grab it in two places so the amount between your fingers is the size of the gray portion. Stretch with your right hand until it resists. The line you get to is the amount of stretch that your fabric has. Remember not all fabric is 4 way stretch and the amount of stretch varies with and against the grain.
The ponte de roma pictured is from a previous Girl Charlee KnitFix. It is a poly lycra blend and as you can see it stretches to the 40% mark before it starts to really resist and distort. This means it has approximately 40% stretch. This fabric has 0 stretch in the other direction.
File contains one page that prints on both Letter and A4 paper. This file is protected by copyright and may not be redistributed via email, other websites or print but you are welcome to share the link for people to get their own!
You can find more information on fabric stretch and how to measure it over on our blog.
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