25 Things to do with Charm Packs

I have said before that I love charm packs.  They are packs of 5 inch squares made from the entire collection of a particular line of fabric.  The packs usually contain around 40 squares.  The cost is generally about $8 and gives you a nice sampling of the line of fabric.  Obviously, you can also use the charm packs, but a lot of people are at a loss as to what the heck they are supposed to do with these little squares of heaven.  Here are a few ideas:

Little Charms

  • Arrange and rearrange all the pretty squares of fabric (just for entertainment)
  • Camera Strap Cover (just blogged about that)
  • Cards (visit Craft Apple‘s blog)
  • Little Girl Skirts
  • Little Girl Pants
  • Little Girl Pinafore Top
  • Dish Towels (jazz up plain ol’ towels)
  • Quilts  (TONS of patterns out there using charms & combos of precuts)
  • Apron (pieced diagonally – seriously cute!)
  • Tote Bag
  • Pincushions
  • Patchwork Memo Board (Just saw this on Moda Bake Shop!)
  • Yo-yos
  • Notebook Covers
  • Patchwork Pillow cases
  • Applique Bibs
  • Applique or patchwork burp cloths
  • Applique Onesies
  • Applique T-shirts
  • Applique Pants
  • Patch holes in Pants
  • Patchwork placemat
  • Decoupage furniture
  • Decoupage picture frame
  • Decoupage mirror frame
  • Patchwork Scarf
  • Patchwork anything and everything you could possibly think of sewing.

So that last one is totally cheating – but basically true.   :-)   Also be sure to check out Moda Bake Shop.   They have tons and tons of ideas for precut fabrics (not just charms).

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37 Responses to “25 Things to do with Charm Packs”


  1. 1 craftapple September 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I love charm packs! I went through a charm pack phase for a few months and had so much fun! Wondering if I should find the time to play with them again. Ah – the carefree days gone by before I started a business and things got to serious!

    Great tutorial below, btw. A camera strap (or any other kind of strap cover) is a great idea.

  2. 3 Jackie September 3, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Lots of terrific ideas! thanks!

  3. 5 revel designs September 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Wow! That is a long list of projects. Never bought a charm pack… maybe that’s my problem!

  4. 7 Anne September 3, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    26. Hoard your charm packs! Take them out every once in a while and flip through them like pages in a pretty book.

    Yeah, that’s not really a sewing project, is it? But that’s what I do with all of my charm packs. But your list may inspire me to actually cut into them.

    I posted a link to your article on Craft Gossip Sewing:

    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/what-can-you-make-with-a-charm-pack/2009/09/03/

    –Anne

  5. 9 Jen September 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Nice list, but you can make pants for little boys, too!

  6. 11 Becky September 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I think I like #’s 1 and 26 best. heehee

    I am currently on a charm kick myself. I’m cutting them out of any other sewing projects left over fabric as well as nabbing pretty packs on sale!

    Mai at mairuru made these awesome bags! I’ve made a couple myself using charm squares.

    http://mairuru.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-to-make-patchwork-cube-drawstring.html

  7. 12 Claire - Matching Pegs September 5, 2009 at 4:28 am

    $8 – I wish,

    Here in Australia they are about $20.

    The packs in your pic look lovely.

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    I love charm packs too!! I make table runners with them,and have made several Dresdan Plate blocks and made them into table runners.

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