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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).

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

  1. 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. Lots of terrific ideas! thanks!

  3. […] 25 Things To Do With Charm Packs. On Fabric Family Fun (Above All Fabric’s blog) […]

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

  5. […] You may think there’s not much that can be made with a 5-inch square of fabric, but when you collect a stack of 5-inch fabric squares (a charm pack) it turns out that there’s a lot you can do with them.  Fabric Family and Fun has compiled a list of 25 things that can be made from charm packs.  Read more at Fabric Family and Fun. […]

  6. 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

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

  8. 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

  9. $8 – I wish,

    Here in Australia they are about $20.

    The packs in your pic look lovely.

  10. […] up we have this adorable table quilt made with a charm pack (hey you remember my charm pack post – don’t you?) Alisa has a blog here to tell you about this beauty and other great […]

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