FREE Printable Fabric Stretch Guide

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


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.


To Use:

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.

Knits 101 Week: Stretch & Recovery


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7 reviews for FREE Printable Fabric Stretch Guide

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lanita R (verified owner)

    This is such a handy tool! I have the large one taped inside my fabric cabinet for easy access, and the small one is covered in packing tape and in my wallet for shopping.

    • kymy (verified owner)

      What a great idea!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen (verified owner)

    This is a handy tool. I printed it on cardstock and put it in a notebook with my most used sewing tips.

  3. Joanne (verified owner)

    This stretch gauge has been a life saver! So handy at the fabric store. Thanks!

  4. Mary (verified owner)

    Many thanks for this very useful tool. Knit fabrics come in so many flavors these days it’s a life saver to have a basic guide to stretchiness!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lori (verified owner)

    This little gauge is incredibly handy! I directed all of my Apparel Construction students to it when they were doing their shopping for a leggings project in class. Helped them understand negative ease and knits. Thanks!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trisha (verified owner)

    I keep this in my car, so whenever I happen to stop by a fabric store, it is always handy! It is awesome! Thank you!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Judy Lamb (verified owner)

    An excellent tool, so easy to use the small version anywhere, anytime. Many thanks

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