What can you do with a charm pack? 8 fun projects to try

Got a stack of charm packs but no inspiration in sight? Whether you’re an accumulator of precut charm squares or a saver of 5″ squares from your scraps, we’ve got bundles of “charming” ideas to get you sewing something fun!


Pillow party ahead
Charm squares needed: 42

From Back to Charm School
In this cute Country Threads pillow, the raw edges fray to form little “whiskers” around each circle. So cute and cuddly.


Darling doll quilt
Charm squares needed: 40

Doll star quilt
In this sweet and starry quilt, each block is made using just two fabrics. The quilt measures a teeny 14″ x 16″! Get the pattern in
Country Threads Goes to Charm School.


A radiant runner
Charm squares needed: 47

Honeybee block table runner
Sew a sweet table runner with three simple Honeybee blocks set on point (+ fusible appliqué for the win!).


A surprise gift
Charm squares needed: 8

From Simple Fun and Quickly Done
The perfect gift for kids and kids at heart! Wrap a two-liter drink bottle and tuck pizza or movie coupons into the zipper pocket. Coffee lovers will enjoy a coffee gift card zipped up around a thermos. One size fits all! Get the pattern in
Simple, Fun & Quickly Done.


A charming Christmas
Charm squares needed: 50

Charm square tree skirt
Get a jump on holiday sewing—it’ll be here before you know it! In this Country Threads pattern, you can make either a tree skirt or a pretty quilt. Or use two charm packs and make both.


An ode to Joe
Charm squares needed: 38

Coffee-cup quilt
Whether your favorite brew comes from an espresso machine or from a Starbucks can, you’ll enjoy sipping it tucked under this colorful lap quilt from Country Threads.


An Autumn celebration
Charm squares needed: 38

Autumn Star framed quilt
Charms in autumn’s palette of gold, brown, and rose set the tone for this starry quilt from
A Cut Above. (Learn how to frame your quilts in this post.)


A ray of sunshine
Charm squares needed: 40

Charm square tote bag
Start each day with a ray of sunshine, courtesy of your sewing skills! Or make this happy bag as a gift to brighten someone else’s day. Find the pattern in
Charmed, I’m Sure.


How “charming” is your fabric collection?

  • Sew very charming!
  • I’ve got a little of everything: charms and other precuts, plus yardage.
  • No precut charms yet—but I can cut plenty from my stash myself!

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50 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Love 5″squares – I cut mine from my stash.

    —MARSHA RANSOM on August 9, 2017
  • I enjoy your website, but why don’t you have any English Paper Piecing projects ever displayed? EPP is about all I am doing these days.

    Hi Laura, if you click on this link it will take you to a search of English Paper Piecing on our blog – plenty of posts to choose from! We also are awaiting Katja Marek’s new book Distinctive Dresdens, out in September. Hope this helps! –Jenny

    —Laura Powell on August 9, 2017
  • I don’t usually buy charm packs, but I made a bunch out of my scraps. It is fun to try to use them in projects. I just made 2 uneven 9 patch quilts from mine.

    —Kay Menefee on August 9, 2017
  • I have a collection of charm packs that I have saved over the years. Some are all from the same fabric collections, some I have used to make gifts, some I am saving for a large project I am going to make (quilt) for a friend, and some I get out when my grandkids visit and we sew them together to make a project for Mom and Dad (pin cushions, mug rugs,etc). I love the ideas you have shared in group of 8 ideas for charm squares.

    —Pamela Zajicek on August 9, 2017
  • Help, I’m addicted to those cute charm packs. sew very charming, that’s me to a T. These books could go a long way to help me pare down my stack of these.

    —stephanie woodward on August 9, 2017
  • What beautiful projects.
    Fun that charms have lots of uses and need to get sew many to try fun projects. Have small scraps of lots of the same stuff. Charms give you many ways to use new fabrics.

    —joane on August 9, 2017
  • I have several charm packs of different fabrics. Never seem to be able to figure out what to do with them all.

    —Diana DeWitt on August 9, 2017
  • Oh, I have a lot of those "happy packets"! My favorites are the five inch ones but I do have several of the jelly rolls and mini’s. If I really love a collection and my budget says NO, I purchase a precut and a bit of yardage. I can always figure out something to make with it and I am able to satisfy my fabric love.

    —Wendy on August 9, 2017
  • I have added some of the featured projects to my must make list. I am a collector of precuts because I love to have the variety of fabrics they offer. I have made many jelly roll quilts as gifts.

    —Lisa Zook on August 9, 2017
  • I’ve got a little of everything: charms and other precuts, plus yardage.

    —Patsy Philson on August 9, 2017
  • Got a lot of everything! The charm stacks are so cute – I almost hate to use them – just like to set them around with other décor to enjoy them.

    sonja on August 9, 2017
  • love the projects show, have a lot of pre-cuts and am always on the lookout for projects using them, just have a hard time cutting some of them. Seem to hold on to them, waiting for that "special" project to appear.

    —connie b on August 9, 2017
  • Love charm packs!

    —Kathy G on August 9, 2017
  • I have lots of pre-cuts including charm packs. Just love the little 5″ squares and the little 2 1/2″ charms too.

    —Vickie Keith on August 9, 2017
  • Well, I confess to owning quite a few charm packs because it’s so easy to then have the entire fabric collection to enjoy. That was my rationale for purchasing. I also confess to not making very good use of them! In fact, I only just took some indigo charms paired with cream solids and did four half square triangles times 40. What now? Hmmmm… re reading your post for inspiration!

    —Carol on August 9, 2017
  • No precut charms yet – but I can cut plenty from my stash myself!!

    —Diana Salmon on August 9, 2017
  • I have MORE than a little of everything. Just never enough time to put it all to good use. So many quilts, so little time!

    —Carol Johnson on August 9, 2017
  • I’ve used a charm pack once, then found out that buying a layer cake gives me more options! Love precuts, but I have a stash to use up as well :-/

    —Sharon Schipper on August 9, 2017
  • I’ve been hoarding the charm squares that I cut from scraps. Now I’m using about half of them to make a twin size quilt. I’m loving that Autumn Celebration wall hanging, btw. I have enough more charms to make that too!

    —Susan Mormile on August 9, 2017
  • I have at least 42 charm packs. I love precuts.

    —Sherry on August 9, 2017
  • Tons of everything! yardage, precuts, and scraps! I need a house addition.

    —gail on August 9, 2017
  • I have no charm packs yet! but i love the bag so i may be cutting some from my stash very soon!

    —suzanne on August 9, 2017
  • I cut charms, mini charms and strips from most of my yardage, just about all of the remnants I buy and my scraps. I really need a fabric cutter because I can wear out some rotary cutter blades cutting up fabric into usable home made precuts.

    —Mary D on August 9, 2017
  • I have enough of everything to open my own quilt shop.

    —Holly on August 9, 2017
  • I have a bad habit of collecting charm packs when I see a fabric line I just have to have. but I have oodles of solid charm packs as well, they are just so addictive. And I give them as gifts, not just make quilts & tote bags from them. But they do tend to multiply when I’m not looking.

    —Joy B on August 9, 2017
  • I have a few charm packs. I love to use them for quick projects. If I don’t have enough charms, I cut my own. I love a couple of these ideas.

    —Donna K on August 9, 2017
  • Pre-cut charm packs; scrap-cut charm packs; yet-to-be cut stash fabrics which could yield lots of charms!

    —Stephanie on August 9, 2017
  • I have lots of everything but I love charm packs. So fun and useful.

    —Christi on August 9, 2017
  • Not sure how to get patterns for your projects. Please advise. Thank you

    Hi Pam, you can click on the photo or the text link for any of the projects above; the link will take you to a product page on our website feauturing the book the pattern comes from. You can purchase books or eBooks at our website, or you could try your local quilt shop. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Pam Uyttebroek on August 10, 2017
  • I definitely have some of everything, holiday, children’s, plaids, dots, solids, florals, hearts, wool, fleece, flannel, upholstery. You name it, I got it. But only a few precuts.

    —Angela Bowling on August 10, 2017
  • I’ve got a good bit of everything …charms, precuts, bundles and yardage! Just not enough time to sew and quilt!

    —TexasQuilter on August 10, 2017
  • I have a few charm packs but I have a lot of fabric that I can cut up. I am making a baby quilt today using fat quarters that I cut into 5″ squares. I am going to cut the leftover squares into 2.5″ squares and then make the new babies two sisters doll quilts.

    —BarbaraDaniel on August 10, 2017
  • I’ve got a little of everything: charms and other precuts, plus yardage.
    Great projects! Thanks for sharing the sources, too!

    —Karen on August 11, 2017
  • I’ve got a little (or a lot) of everything!

    —Beth T. on August 11, 2017
  • Lots of everything. Those charm packs are so hard to resist, and then you have to have some coordinating yardage

    —Caryn Goulden on August 11, 2017
  • Got a little of everything!

    —Judy B on August 11, 2017
  • I have a lot of charm packs. Great way to get all the fabrics available in a collection. They find their way into scrappy quilts, small projects and my art quilts.

    —Cindy on August 11, 2017
  • I can cut charms from my extensive stash!

    —Linda Towers on August 11, 2017
  • Sew very charming ~ precuts and cut from my own yardage. Saving them for the perfect projects 😂

    —Gail on August 11, 2017
  • I have a little of everything

    —Renea on August 11, 2017
  • I have pre cuts galore, plus yardage! I’m always thinking of backings and borders when I purchase pre cuts. This summer, my project has been to organize my sewing room, and I have found enough fabrics to keep me busy for quite a while. Seeing it all together had my husband wondering why I would need to purchase more fabric.
    I can’t help myself!

    —Karen on August 11, 2017
  • have a few charm packs and yardage also so ready to go with some of these great projects. Thinking Christmas presents with a few of these ideas

    —LizAnn on August 12, 2017
  • The only pre-cuts I have are fat quarters. Thanks for all the interesting info you share.

    —bookboxer on August 12, 2017
  • I cut charms from leftovers and occassinally buy a pack if I like most of the fabrics. My quilt group is currently doing a charm pack project. Doesn’t matter what we make as long as it’s 5″ squares.

    —Nancy L Eriksen on August 12, 2017
  • I have a little bit of everything. These patterns would be awesome

    kathy on August 13, 2017
  • I have fewer charm packs than layer cakes or jelly rolls in my stash, but they definitely have their uses and today I am cutting my own charms for a Christmas project for family.

    —Beverly on August 22, 2017
  • I have lots of fabric but no precut charms yet. I could use some of course.

    —Rita W on August 22, 2017
  • I have about 6 charm packs and two mini charms and I was given four jelly rolls. That’s it.

    —Welton Renee on August 23, 2017
  • I have drawers of charm pack and other drawers of other pre cuts. Cute patterns!

    —Vickie Keith on July 18, 2019
  • Si vous aviez des livres en français, je m’abonnerais aussitôt

    —Suzanne on July 20, 2019

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