Fabric Big Enough for a King Sized Comforter

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Where can I get fabric that is big enough to make a king sized
comforter without a seam down the middle?

I would also like to make some blankets as well, so some wool or
fleece would be useful as would cotton.


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CanopyCo wrote:
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http://interiordec.about.com/od/beds/a/bedsizes.htm

King sized mattress is 76" X 80".  In order to have a 15"
drop, you would need fabric at least 111.25 inches wide.  If
you cannot find what you want, how about buying king size
flat sheets and using them for yardage?  Another possibility
for fabric in wide sizes is to use tablecloths.

There are some wide fabrics here:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1671937-AA.shtml?lnav=fabric.html
and
http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/search/search.aspx?keywords=extra+wide


You don't have to have a seam down the middle.  Buy enough
narrower fabric for TWO lengths (plus drop and seam
allowances), cut in half, split one length lengthwise and
sew to each side of the center piece.  That way the seams
are over toward the sides, not in the center.

HTH, NAYY,

Beverly



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For cotton, try any on-line quilt or fabric store, and search for "backing."
Quilt backings come 108" wide or sometimes more.  Some of them are quite
beefy, more so than plain muslin.

For example:

http://www.fabricshack.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi

http://www.ericas.com/fabric/xwidequiltbacking.htm

http://www.marshalldrygoods.com/store/index.php?l=product_list&c=66



I have ordered from marshall dry goods, and was very happy with the order.
I think I ordered from fabricshack, but I'm not sure.  As with Erica's site,
I may have just drooled!

As far as wool, Erica carries it, but only 54" wide.

For fleece, look at   http://www.fleecelady.com/search.php?search=wide I
haven't bought from them yet, but might give them a try.

Good luck!

Iris



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Typically bedspreads are made in 1/4-1/2-1/4 -sections with the 1/2 amount
you need in the center. I also suggest that you do 120 x 120 to give
yourself adequate tucking and "covering."   I made ours with 1/3 beige in
the middle, 1/6 black, the 1/6 gray on both sides (gray, black, beige,
black, gray).  Sometimes I put it on stripes top to bottom, sometimes I put
it on stripes side to side.  Have some fun when making something like this.

Jon



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I am over 6 foot tall and have noticed several things that are aimed
only at those of normal height.

Because of this, I am considering making things to sell, aimed at tall
and large people, starting with bedding.
In order to do this competitively, I need to get cloth that is wide
enough to not have a seam in it so that it is of equal quality to
blankets that are of normal size.

I am especially interested in wool and cotton.

I need to buy cloth by the yard instead of buying some king sized
sheets and trying to find a way to add to them and still maintain
quality.

Thanks for all your help so far, it has been useful.

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CanopyCo wrote:
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Look for sheeting somewhere like Dharma Trading.  Sheeting comes in lots
of different widths, starting at about 98" wide and working up to about
130" wide, and lots of colours.  If you are thinking there may be a big
market for the stuff you want to make, you should consider buying in bulk.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
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aimed
at tall
wide
to
sized
maintain

Following this thread i had a few thoughts and questions.

does a seam reduce the quality ? or maybe i should ask how does a
seam reduce the quality of the top bedding ?
(i understand about sheets :} i am talking about the top
bedding )

I agree that one center seam down the middle of a king size
comforter made possibly by taking two 60" fabric and just
stitching the sides together would be visually unsightly (like a
bulls eye) but a simple change like  [30" side + 60 " center +30"
side] taking same two 60" fabrics splitting one and seaming to
each side of the other would create a very differnt visual affect
that may be less unsightly  and that is two seams...  taking this
further a wider middle panel cut from 110" width fabric  with
drop seams that fall on the edge of the bed may be even less
unsightly.

As for wide fabrics it seems one could get some company somewhere
to make a custom fabric to your specs, i do not know it is not my
domain but i have stumbled across lots of chinese textile mill
web links that advertise making custom fabrics. I am guessing
there would be a hefty yardage requirement though.

there others here that know all about that sort of need.

another $0.02

robb





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I'm with Robb on this one. IF you use the formula he's given of 30" 60"
30" you can get a great looking comforter. You have to think in a way
that would make a comforter interesting. Combine colors or colors and
prints and you can come up with something unique and very attractive.
I've made comforters,duvets and throws and have always used the 1/3, 2/3
formula. Success comes not only from making something that meets a need
but also by being creative in meeting it.
Juno

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I'm going to chime in and agree with Robb and Juno.  Having seams down
the sides with the ratios don't detract from the quality nor
appearance in my opinion.  Actually, they _add_ interest instead of
one huge piece of material.  Seams also help filling from shifting as
does the quilting. Take a look at comforters and quilts at stores and
see how different prints and ways they are sewn together really add
visual interest to a comforter or blanket.

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On Dec 21, 7:07 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:
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Agreed, as to the outer layer of a comforter.
That part can use different colors to hide the fact that it was to
small a material.
However, look at the expensive down filled comforters.
The ones that have just one color (not everyone wants or can afford a
multi colored one) and you see that they all are just one sheet of
cloth with no seam.
You can also feel the seam in the wool insulation and that would be
undesirable, as would a blanket with a seam.
Look at your bedding and see how much of it has a seam.
People will expect the same with my bedding, and each seam adds to the
time it takes to make it and adds to the cost of the finished product.

Thus, seams that are not part of the pattern add to cost and subtract
from the quality of the finished product.

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CanopyCo wrote:

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You previously wrote:
"Because of this, I am considering making things to sell,
aimed at tall
and large people, starting with bedding.
In order to do this competitively, I need to get cloth that
is wide
enough to not have a seam in it so that it is of equal
quality to
blankets that are of normal size."

I think you're spinning your wheels, if you intend to make a
product which competes esthetically and costwise with the
major manufacturers.  Even if you can find the colors and/or
patterns in super wide fabric, the cost will not be
competitive with companies which buy in huge quantities and
thus at a much lower price, not to mention the ability to
reduce production cost by orders of magnitude.

You are talking about making bedding for king-sized beds.
There are hundreds (if  not thousands) of commercially made
blankets/comforters/sheets for that size bed.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=King+Size+bedding+ensembles&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq =
"Results 1 - 10 of about 61,900 for King Size bedding
ensembles."

Just my .02

Beverly



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On Dec 22, 11:37=A0am, "BEI Design"
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Yes, I am making bedding for king sized (and smaller) beds.
But there is no competition with what I am wanting to make, because
none of the market ones now are long enough for a person over 6 foot
tall.
All leave my feet sticking out.
Thus, I will corner the market for that area.
There is also nothing for large people, as in extra wide, so I will
also corner that market.

Like the big and tall shops.
Sure, there are lots of clothing stores, even wal-mart.
But nothing in them for people of exceptional height or weight.
Thus the area I wish to exploit.

If nothing else, I can at least make myself things that actually fit
me and are as nice as the ones that don=92t fit me.

I already had a bed made for me, so my feet don=92t hang off the end any
more.


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I grew up with seamed summer sheets at my aunt and uncle's cottage -- made of
floursacks joined with flat felled seams.  Yes, both top and bottom sheets.
And I certainly never minded.  Actually, they were better sheets for sticky,
hot summer weather than most.

But what I really thought I'd mention is that there's a single seam method for
widening fabric that does not involve a seam straight down the middle.
Page down to "The Story of the Diagonal Seamed Back" on John Flynn's
pages: http://www.flynnquilt.com/freepattern.html

Kay


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In a blanket it would be noticeable and undesirable because it would
be different then the other blankets on the market.
In the insulation of a quilt it would feel like a seam and be
undesirable.
In the decorative cover of a quilt it could be hidden in the pattern
as you describe, but in a cheaper quilt that had only one fabric it
would not only be undesirable visually but would also be just that
much more work to charge for, driving up the cost of the finished
product.

Look at some of your blankets and such and think of what it would look
like if it had a seam or two instead of being just one nice sheet of
fabric.

 > As for wide fabrics it seems one could get some company somewhere
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CanopyCo wrote:
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It seems to me that your only choice then is to contact manufactures and
see what it will cost to have fabric made to your specifications.
One other choice is to contact some of the online companies that carry
fabric in wide widths and see if they can help you. You are looking for
a specialty fabric for a specialty market. So it seems to me you're
going to have to go to the source for fabric.
Juno

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Possibly.
It just looks odd to me that every king sized sheet and comforter that
I can buy has no seams, yet the only cloth that is available is
smaller then the sheets.

I really don=92t think that every sheet and blanket maker also makes his
own cloth from scratch.
I think they buy it somewhere.
Just finding that place is the problem.

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CanopyCo wrote:
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ITYM "The only cloth available in retail fabric shops."
Obviously, bedding manufactures are able to order in
1000s-of-yards-batches, specify *exactly* what width, color,
thread count, etc. they want and GET IT.  At exceedingly low
prices compared to what a one-off home workshop can get.

It's the same problem many of the posters here run into
finding quality fabrics for making custom clothing, we just
do not have the clout to demand what we want.  Actually, we
can demand at the top of our lungs all day long, but that
still won't produce fine Armani silk/woolen yardage, or
Chanel gold chain...

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Here you go:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Custom+fabric+made+in+china&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq =

Beverly, not tilting at many windmills today....



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CanopyCo wrote:
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You have just encountered the critical difference.  You are looking at
retail outlets.  The manufacturers are acquiring their fabric from
wholesale sources.  Often, the fabrics are made to order, with width,
color, pattern, etc., for only the one buyer.  But they are buying in
truckload quantities, not by the yard.

You remind me of someone I used to know.  She designed fabric.  She was
the artist that came up with the designs for fabrics used by restaurant
chains, etc., with the name, logo, pictures of various items associated
with the business.  She did the designs on contract, turned them over to
the company who then had the fabric made with her designs, and then sewn
into aprons, tablecloths, etc.
--
Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:
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Don Quixote, perhaps?

;->

Beverly



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BEI Design wrote:
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Pues, si.  Como no.  But observe how long we remember Don Quixote....he
has achieved immortality.
--
Joanne
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