Wednesday, November 8, 2017

15 Mini Charm Pack Projects

Hello! Today I'm happy to share with you a fun round-up post of ideas for using mini charm packs and squares!  Mini charms are squares that measure 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I love, love, love using even the smallest bits of fabric, and each of these projects is definitely small-scrap worthy!
Sewing projects with mini charm squares is the perfect way to practice using




fabrics in a collection to determine if you'll want to make a larger project using the same fabrics. There are lots of mini charm squares to choose from.  I try to purchase at least 2 mini charm packs when buying so that I have a wide enough variety of lights, mediums and darks for my project.

I make my own mini charm packs with left-overs from projects.  It's easy to cut project scraps into 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares as soon as you're finished cutting out the project.  I also keep a bin of left-over 2 1/2" squares which I plan to use one day for a really scrappy quilt!  If you want to purchase mini charms from the most recent fabric collections you can find all of the latest mini charm packs here!

Recently I've been trying out some new patterns in preparation for this post, so you'll see a few things  I've recently posted, but there are also some fresh ideas for these little scraps. 

Pillows are perfect projects for mini charm squares, and I have  a couple of those to share:



1.  This mini charm patchwork pillow is one of my favorite recent projects...find all of the details including a link for the free tutorial here.



2.  Another favorite mini charm patchwork pillow is one I shared a tutorial for a few years ago...It's a favorite as well, and is one pattern I've used over and over!  Find the tutorial here



3.  One of my favorite mini charm pack pillows is this Christmas pillow I made a couple of years ago using Amy Sinibaldi's fantastic tutorial. My girls love this pillow and have been asking for one ever since I made this one.  I've also used this same pattern for every day versions and other holiday versions.  See my original post with a link to the PDF download for this project here!

4.  And for one more pillow project...how about my Scrappy Mini Charm Pack pillow.  This fun design measures 16" x 16" and is one of my value patterns on Craftsy.  Find the pattern here!





5.  Little bags and baskets are also perfect projects to make with mini charms.  My recent pretty patchwork bag uses just one mini charm pack for each bag.  The free tutorial can be found here!





6.  I also have a tutorial for a patchwork drawstring bag...it's from a few years ago but is perfect for gift giving, especially with the holidays right around the corner! Find the tutorial here.




7.  This fun patchwork thread catcher is one of my most recent projects...find all of the information including a link to the pattern here.

8.  Another really fun basket project is the original Pink Penguin patchwork basket tutorial.  This might have been the first project I made using 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.  I've made this in lots of different fabric combinations over the years...the most recent being a fall version.  Find the original tutorial here.





9.  Patchwork pot holders are a win-win!  Make them in your favorite fabrics for everyday use, or use seasonal and holiday fabrics for gift-giving during your favorite seasons. Find the tutorial and downloadable PDF pattern here

10.  This one I haven't tried yet, but I've printed the PDF and have it sitting on my sewing table.  What could be better than a quilt that mixes charm squares and mini charms...and in a variety of different size options.  And...it's designed by one of my favorite people!  Find all of the details for this quilt here




11.  And for another quilt idea...how about this scrappy 9-patch quilt! I made this when we introduced our Desert Bloom fabric collection...looking for a way to use up 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from many of the projects.  Find the tutorial for this quilt here.




12. Mini charm patchwork key fobs are one of my latest go-to gift ideas.  Find my recent tutorial for this project here.




13.  The next few ideas all have to do with table top decor!  I recently made this fun mini charm table topper that I absolutely love.  I'm getting ready to start a Christmas version of this one soon! Find the details about this project from my original post here.


14.  Place mats are one of my favorite projects, and this is the pattern I use over and over again.  I have made this pattern using nearly every kind of fabric, and they always turn out great!  Find the pattern information here.



15.  One of my favorite table runner projects is also mini charm friendly!This is another one of those projects I've made over and over (in fact you can see four different versions of this on the original post page).  Find the tutorial here.

And...for even more ideas...visit the Moda Bakeshop page under the category type: Mini Charms...lots more fun ideas here!



I hope you enjoyed this fun round up of projects...happy sewing and quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!

13 comments:

Lynne Tilley said...

Oh my goodness, you got my sewing juices flowing this morning, and here I am in the middle of a house move! Argh! I have to get all these boxes unpacked and settled in so I can get back to my sewing. Thanks for all the great ideas. These are the perfect projects to jump back into my quilting/sewing.

Lori Hanson said...

LOL, I originally read the title as 15 minute charm projects! I thought Wow! She must be a really fast sewer! There are some cute projects , I’ll definitely have to try them. Love your blog:)

Danette Stankovich said...

Saving this post for future projects. Thanks so much!

Hildy said...

Thanks for shring all this ideas with us! I rarel use my mini charm packs I ju´st collect them they are so cute:-)

Jessica said...

Thank you so much! Been needing these ideas!

grammajudyb said...

I have been collecting some mini charm packs recently. Now, here you gave me projects all in one place! Thanks a bunch!

Gmama Jane said...

Sherri,
Your blog is one of my favorite not only because of the great projects, but you are skilled in getting to the point of the post, giving clear concise instructions, good links to obtain more detailed information if we're interested, and it's picture friendly. I like seeing what I'm reading about. I don't need to spend a lot of wasted time finding a great project. Your blog is colorful with lots and lots of inspiration and ideas for every skill level. As I've grown my skill level, I'm able to make more & more of your projects! Thanks for not only being a skilled quilter/sewist but a skilled writer. I'm a retired teacher of 30+ yrs so I appreciate a well written blog along with great fabric & quilting inspiration!!

Lucy said...

Thanks for all your ideas with 2 1/2 squares I have cut them from other projects thanks for the suggestions. Your blog is so great look forward to looking at it all the time.

sandi s said...

I love seeing all of your projects!!! I can’t wait to try one. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Hugs,

Kay said...

This is a really useful post for quick gift ideas. x

Little Quiltsong said...

Thank you Sherri, for all of these ideas - and reminders. I need to recheck my binders for all these lovely ideas, that I had put away for 'next time' :)! Such love projects, quilts and table runners!

Monica said...

I have made one 9 patch table runner and would like to do a couple of the pillows, key fobs, and little bags, and...... time is short but i'm going to make a plan. You have some nice idea. Thanks for always sharing.

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Thank you! I was just staring at a pile of mini charms wondering what to do with them!

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