10 charming ideas . . . for your charm packs!

Got charm packs? Mini-charm packs? Got yardage that you can cut into 5″ or 2½" squares? Then you’re ready for our “charming” roundup of quilt patterns for those pretty piles of fabrics!

Today we’ve chosen 10 quick, super-cute projects to make with charms and mini-charms. These patterns are perfect for those days when you just want to sew, not cut fabric . . . and don’t we all have those days? With all the holiday hoopla behind us, maybe that day is today! Start and finish these smallish projects in a jiffy; then feel accomplished and happy that you made time for a little creativity in your life.

Make just nine blocks as a little reminder of spring (yes, it’s on the way . . .) 🌷

Spring Mosaic quilt
Spring Mosaic by Sandy Gervais, from Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts

How about a set of quick-to-sew doll quilts for a little one you love?

Howdy and Pinwheel Doll Quilts
Howdy Doll Quilt and Pinwheel Doll Quilt by Stacey Iest Hsu, from Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

Sometimes you just need a simple sewing fix . . .

Double Four Patch quilt
Double Four Patch by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads, from Sew Charming

Rail Fences + Stars? Pretty as can be! (And pretty easy too.)

Lincoln quilt
Lincoln by Carrie Nelson, from Another Bite of Schnibbles

You’ll get a kick out of how easy it is to put this fusible pillow together (cross our hearts!):

Cross My Heart pillow
Cross My Heart Pillow by Brenda Riddle, from Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

Spiffy bow ties really dress up this quick-to-make quilt:

Bow-Tie quilt
Better to Be Overdressed than Underdressed by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, from Back to Charm School

Here’s a super-duper fun quilt for a “charming” baby:

Tiny Bits quilt
Tiny Bits by Rebecca Silbaugh, from Seamingly Scrappy

CHARMING TIP: Rebecca has a great idea for mixing up your charm packs for a scrappier look: throw the squares in the dryer! The tumbling action will automatically mix the colors and prints for you like magic. Take the squares out of the dryer and restack them before heading to your cutting mat.

Make a pretty topper in a snap with Lynne’s Layered Patchwork approach:

Little Steps, Big Fun quilt
Mini-charms: Little Steps, Big Fun! by Lynne Hagmeier, from
Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

You might think it’d take a magic trick to pull off piecing this quilt—and it does! (Simple sewing magic, that is . . .)

Half Hitch quilt
Charms: Half Hitch by Kim Brackett, from
Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares

Did we give you a reason to sew this weekend? Not that you need one! We hope you’ve been “charmed” by our project roundup today!

How many charm packs or mini-charm packs do you have waiting in the wings? Tell us in the comments!

62 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have tons! They are like candy and one just has to have them!
    Really cute designs.

    —Kristie Michalowski on January 4, 2019
  • I have more charm and mini charm packs then I am willing to admit to!

    —Karen McMahon on January 4, 2019
  • Love what you can do with the charm packs and now that we are at the years end ,left overs great way to make smaller quilt projects .Loved the double over 4patch ,looks so old fashioned and the mini charms what put me in the sewing mood!!!

    grace lynne mulcahey on January 4, 2019
  • Thanks for the reminders! I have a couple of these books and these small projects are a great start for the new year. As for charm packs? More than I need, less than I want!

    —karen on January 4, 2019
  • More than I can use, I appreciate the Ideas

    —Hilda Hrebs on January 4, 2019
  • I have only 3 mini-charm packs waiting in the wings, but have about 30 charm packs waiting patiently for me to use 🙂 Thank you!

    —Stephanie S. on January 4, 2019
  • Only 3 commercial charm packs in my stash, but an entire drawerful of charms cut from scraps.

    —Judy S. on January 4, 2019
  • Zero. I must be crazy!

    —Virginia on January 4, 2019
  • I have 15 charm packs and 3 or 4 mini charm packs

    —Kathy Brickey on January 4, 2019
  • I have about 10-12 charm packs but I also have a drawer with 3 stacks about 6 inches tall of 5″ squares. I need to use them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    —Deena Drevs on January 4, 2019
  • I have 3

    —Mary on January 4, 2019
  • After Christmas sewing this year I’m down to 4 charm packs with no commitment!

    —Robin on January 4, 2019
  • Not many, under ten I would guess. When I buy them I usually have a project in mind and get it made fast.

    —Barbara on January 4, 2019
  • I have more than I want to admit….I love the rail fences with the star block….what is the name of the pattern…please and thank you….

    —Linda Berwaldt on January 4, 2019
  • I probably have at least 25 charm packs, but only around 10 mini charms. I love that you get all the fabrics of one line. They make great small quils.

    —Martha Wilson on January 4, 2019
  • I’m sorry to say I do not have any charm packs but these projects are so cute I wish I did!

    —Delinda on January 4, 2019
  • Only 6

    —Cheri Bergeron on January 4, 2019
  • Have at least a dozen charm packs – love having the variety that charm packs offer.

    —Rhonda McAninley on January 4, 2019
  • I probably have 10 charm and mini charm packs. I have plenty of scraps to cut up into charm or mini charm packs. Those probably number in the hundreds.

    Kristie on January 4, 2019
  • I probably have over 50 charm packs in my stash just waiting for the perfect pattern to use them in. Your post has certainly given me a lot of food for thought. Thanks!

    —Ann West on January 4, 2019
  • Looks like my charm packs keep multiplying. As I am doing the January clean up the nest, I keep finding more charm packs. I have two basket full and still finding charms. Love charm packs.

    —carol on January 4, 2019
  • Way too many!! I love collecting I love the variety, thanks for all the great options the book looks wonderful.

    —Toni Anne Potter on January 4, 2019
  • So far, 8 mini charm packs in my collection, with 11 more on the way. I’m fascinated with the line of mini charms.
    My brain is whirling, and if nothing else they take up little space and minimal investment if I just “pet” them every day!

    —Jacque on January 4, 2019
  • Over 10 charm packs, and many, many 2 ½ inch squares I’ve made myself.

    —Mamib on January 4, 2019
  • At least 10…and that’s all I’ll say about that! 🙂

    —MS Barb on January 4, 2019
  • I have a huge amount of charm packs, I just can’t resist them! Sadly I don’t have quite so many mini charm packs. Hugs,

    —Sandi on January 4, 2019
  • 20 plus!!!

    —jackie norwood on January 4, 2019
  • 20 plus!!!!

    —jackie norwood on January 4, 2019
  • I love charm packs and have at least 15-20 of the 5″ and 2 1/2″. Always looking for new ideas!

    —Sara Tjosaas on January 4, 2019
  • Oh, I’ve got dozens!!! And couldn’t bring myself to use them, but thanks for the inspiration to make a couple of quilts you have here.

    —Rachel Pappas on January 4, 2019
  • At least 50 probably more, I keep finding more tucked here & there. Love them! Want to use them! Your display of different projects are inspiring. Thanks for the inspiration & hopefully I’ll use up some of these charm packs. A challenge to create charm quilts this year. Happy New Year! Yippee!

    —Sandra Guthridge on January 4, 2019
  • I have 9 charm packs and one mini, but I delight in cutting my scraps into these measurements and making scrappy quilts. I would have many more purchased charms if I didn’t exercise a lot of restraint.

    —SandyMay on January 4, 2019
  • I’m guessing about 40 or more. I used to belong to a club that sent a charm pack each month.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on January 4, 2019
  • Thanks for the inspiration! I probably have at least 30 packed away with yardage to go with, and project planned for it.

    —Wendy on January 4, 2019
  • I have two mini charm packs and I think about five charm packs.

    —Clare on January 4, 2019
  • I’m a little low on charm packs at the moment but I’m sure I could go shopping for some to make some of these wonderful quilts!!

    —Rilla Burnham on January 4, 2019
  • I have 3 charm packs and 5 mini charms. I just used 4-5 charm packs in the current quilt I’m working on. THE VILLAGE. Love this pattern and I’m looking forward to making another quilt with this pattern. It uses a lot of scraps.

    —Kay on January 4, 2019
  • I don’t have any "charm packs" but I have LOTS of remnants I’ve purchased at half price from my local fabric stores. Just need to sort them out into color combinations that would work together for scrappy quilts. My goal for this year is to use up those remnants so I have room to buy more. Never ending projects!

    —Judith Carlon on January 4, 2019
  • Probably about 18 to 24ish charm packs. I’m currently in the process of sewing them up; whether specific plans for a quilt or making blocks for stash. Yes, blocks for stash are great for making pin cushions and pillows and machine covers, etc. I use these smaller projects as leaders and enders when working on a larger quilt.

    —Gail K on January 4, 2019
  • I probably have 20 charm packs and am now inspired to make a couple of the quilts you showed.

    —debby on January 4, 2019
  • I probably have around 100 or more. Have slowed down on purchasing until I get my little fingers stitching up some quilts. One more wedding left and then plan on making quilts to sell. At least that is the plan.

    —Sharon W on January 4, 2019
  • I have NO charmpaks, but tons of stash that could easily be cut to make these darling quilts.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

    —Mary C. on January 4, 2019

    —Peggy Kanz on January 4, 2019
  • Oh, my! Way too many…probably close to 60 all neatly stored in bins 😀

    —Becky Schultz on January 4, 2019
  • I have about 50 charm packs, and I’m using them all thanks to some of your wonderful books. I love them because they contain the full range of the collection. Often our quilt store cannot carry all of them. I might have half that many mini charm packs.

    —Stephanie Woodward on January 4, 2019
  • I don’t want to count them but you have given me new ideas.

    —Christi on January 4, 2019
  • I have scraps that I’ve cut into 2 1/2”squares and I only have about 4-5 charm packs. Gosh I need to go shopping and soon!!!! Good luck everyone. Thank you for the chance to win.

    —Valerie on January 4, 2019
  • If you can believe it, none at the moment!! But, I’m looking for some good ideas so I will have to get my hands on some new packs!
    Happy New Year!

    —Meg on January 5, 2019
  • I have two mini charm packs and a bundle of loose minicharm pieces

    A. Bouwman on January 5, 2019
  • OMG – I have at least 100 charm packs (terrible addiction I know) and about 15 or so mini charm packs. I have used quite a few of them but for some reason they keep multiplying despite being used. Thanks for some new ideas.

    —Joy B on January 5, 2019
  • I have about a dozen mini charms and maybe six charm packs. I also have eight small plastic containers filled with my own personal pre-cuts. They are so handy to pick up for small scrappy projects!

    —Kyra Franz on January 5, 2019
  • I have at least a hundred, at first I was getting them in monthly subscriptions,then I started buying them for a reference to a fabric design line. I need to started using them, because I think they are like rabbits and multiply. Thanks for the great ideas, I’ll be sure and use some of them.

    —Charlee on January 5, 2019
  • Too many… they are so pretty, I just keep buying them without a plan. Maybe this book can help me.

    —cj on January 5, 2019
  • I would say about 10-12 mini charm packs and maybe 30 charm packs!! I need more time to sew. Thanks for the ideas.

    —Donna Harry on January 5, 2019
  • From what I can see & count right now —- about 20 or so

    —Lillian Klaeger on January 5, 2019
  • Used two mini charm packs and yardage for alternating 4″ squares in Grunge for a square table topper. Need to decide on a couple of borders to make it fit the top of my lamp table. I have about 5 more mini charm and about 30 charm packs with no plans at all. Just love to have them and look at them while I am rearranging my sewing room this weekend.

    —Sue on January 5, 2019
  • zero charm packs in my possesion

    —Theresa J on January 5, 2019
  • Dozens and dozens and dozens!!

    —Geri on January 5, 2019
  • A lot – I love buying them. Just used 4 packs for a friend’s quilt. My problem is not buying the backgrounds to use with them.

    —Mary on January 6, 2019
  • I have an extensive collection of charm squares. They are such a great way to gather fabric for four patches and other scrap quilt patterns.

    —Maria L Zook on January 6, 2019
  • More than I have counted in quite awhile; it’s definitely a large part of my stash! Charms squares are my favorite precut!

    —Teri D. Gailey on January 6, 2019
  • I have a large, deep drawer full!

    —Linda W on January 10, 2019

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