Pattern Repeat




Fabric repeat refers to the amount of space (in inches) from where a pattern begins and then repeats itself identically.

Fabric repeat is measured in two ways; vertically, or along the length of the roll as it comes off the bolt, and horizontally, across the fabric width from selvedge to selvedge.

The information for both vertical and horizontal repeat should be listed as part of the specifications for every fabric.

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Equals 5” - the distance from the edge of one mark to the beginning of the next.

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Equals 6” - the distance from the bottom of one mark to the bottom of the next directly above it.


Fabric repeat affects the usage of fabric as it determines how drapery and pillows are constructed. Fabric must be cut in order to accomplish pattern fluidity across multiple panels and fabric repeat is used to calculate and achieve this specification.

Callie England