25 Favorite Charm Square Quilts & Projects

Precuts are one of my favorite inventions of the fabric industry in the past 15 years. I was working in a local quilt shop 15 years ago and vividly remember when the first set of pre-cut 5″ x 5″ squares arrived in the shop. We were cutting a lot of squares kits ourselves at the time and it was SO HANDY to have a pre-cut bundle of squares including every print in the collection show-up ready to go.

Here’s a little bit of the background on “Charm Squares” (as I understand it. Feel free to correct me where I need it!)

Moda was the first company that I remember to do this. They coined the phrase Charm Packs coming from the traditional definition of a Charm Quilt – which is a quilt that is made where no fabric is used more than one time in the quilt. This was usually accomplished by asking for scraps from friends or exchanging fabrics to get this wide variety of different pieces.

In this century, original Charm Packs from the fabric manufacturers included one 5″ x 5″ square of each of the prints in the collections. Now other fabric manufacturers also make these collections, but often have other names such as Riley Blake’s version, 5″ Stackers. In recent years these precut packs have become more standardized at 42 squares in the pack and include repeat prints if there are less than 42 prints in the collection.

(You can find the Gretel 5″ precuts available here, here, and here.)

Precuts are still my favorite way to get a good variety of well-coordinated fabrics without having to buy yardage of all of the prints. It’s a great cost-saver and time-saver. Even if you don’t use the exact size (5″ x 5″ or 10″ x 10″, etc) and cut them down to smaller sizes, you’ll still save so much time compared to choosing and cutting fabric from yardage.

In this post I’ve collected a bunch of my favorite Charm Pack (or 5″ Stacker) friendly quilt patterns. Some are free tutorials, some are paid patterns – there’s a great variety to choose from! I’ve written and created a bunch myself and will list them all here for a comprehensive list.

Use your Stash + Charm squares for beautiful patchwork quilts

The most basic use for precut Charms is a simple patchwork quilt. Here are some tips for making a basic patchwork quilt with 5″ x 5″ precut squares. There is another basic, beginner friendly variation on how to make a Charm Pack Patchwork Quilt here.

(Neverland 5″ squares still available here.)

This Fast Four Patch quilt tutorial is the most popular tutorial on my blog. It’s a great one for beginners too. It calls for 4 1/2″ squares, but 5″ charms are still the easiest way to get a variety of coordinating fabrics.

Another variation on traditional patchwork squares (and very beginner-friendly) is this easy charm square baby quilt from Coral & Co.

Another variation of the Fast Four Patch Quilt is this version “on-point”.  It’s another step beyond the beginner version. You can find the Farmhouse Four Patch Quilt tutorial here.

The Baby Lattice Quilt is the second most popular quilt tutorial on my blog. Again, the blocks set on point adds another skill layer as well as dynamic dimension to the finished quilt.

This Patchwork on Point tutorial is another variation of using precut charm squares for traditional patchwork but setting them on point, gives them some added sweetness. (This version is made with my current Gretel collection.)

Navy patchwork pixelated heart quilt

A pixelated quilt is another variation on simple patchwork squares while creating a visible image in the patchwork as with this Pixelated Heart. Any Pixelated quilt pattern would be the same concept. I’ve got a pinboard of Pixelated quilt patterns here.

With pixelated quilts, specific colors and values are important to the finished image, so using a set of precut 5″ squares from a single collection might not work as well, but you can always save leftover squares from projects, sort them by color, and they’re ready to go when you need specific colors for another project.

The Quick Cornerstone Quilt has a great shortcut method for assembly. Charm Squares would make this a fun, curated scrappy quilt.

A similar traditional design with a short-cut method is this Woodruff Quilt tutorial designed by Nicola Dodd.

This sweet baby quilt pattern called Charming Lucy by A Bright Corner requires only one set of 5″ precuts + the background yardage. If you’d like a larger version of this quilt design you can find the pattern here.

5″ squares don’t have to stay square! This color Half Square Triangle quilt was made with 5″ charms.

This is my favorite method for making and squaring up HST blocks.

(And there are SO many different ways to lay out Half Square Triangle (HST) blocks. Here are a few ways I played with this layout.A Broken Dishes layout is another one of my favorites for HST blocks.)

Here’s another Half Square Triangle variation using charms. This tutorial is called Fresh Diamonds by Anorina of Samelia’s Mum.

And this pinwheel baby quilt tutorial by Jodi Nelson made with one set of charm squares (including the prairie points) + the white backing yardage.

This Hour Glass block method was also created with 5″ charms. I love the scrappy feel.

Here are some large quilt options:

Crossroads quilt tutorial by Melissa of Happy Quilting

Chain Link is one of my patterns and it’s perfect for 5″ precut squares. Chain Link is available here in my shop.

Charming Stars tutorial by Stephanie Roman

Sweet Reflections quilt pattern by Color Girl Quilts

Of course, it’s not just quilts that can be made with the precut 5″ squares. Here are some other projects:

Snowball Table Runner tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew (this would be so cute as a whole quilt!)

Small Tote Bag tutorial from Logan Berry Handmade

Charm Pack Tote Tutorial from Melissa of Happy Quilting

Sewing Machine cover by Sew Delicious

Charm Pack Table Topper by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Patchwork Girl’s Skirt from the Polkadot Chair

There’s a lot of inspiration to get you to pull out those precut 5″ charms and put them to use!

And, in good timing, long-time sponsor, Green Fairy Quilts has all of their 5″ precut charm packs marked down to $6.99 this weekend (through Monday, April 1). If there’s something you’ve had your eye on, it’s the perfect time to stock up!

Green Fairy Quilts is an online store owned by Judi and Clint Madsen that specializes in carrying the latest precuts at the best prices. It’s easy to search all of them including: Fat Quarter BundlesJelly RollsCharm Packs, and Layer Cakes. You can even preview and pre-order upcoming collections before they hit stores and they will be delivered to your door as soon as they are in stock.

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    March 30, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Great inspirational quilting post!

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    Quilt Crossing
    March 30, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Thanks for collecting all these charm patterns in one place and sharing them with your readers. Sometimes I cut my own 5″ squares and just plug them into a charm pattern. Lots of inspiration here, thanks!

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      March 30, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      I like to do that too! Or mix precuts with my own stash to make it scrappier. I love how flexible these patterns are.

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    Shirley Clark
    March 30, 2019 at 10:08 am

    These are all wonderful projects! I’ve been saving some of my 5″ squares to do a quilt some day!

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    Linda Douglas
    March 30, 2019 at 11:02 am


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    Patricia E Campbell
    March 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    A wonderful compilation of info all in one place!! Thank you! I think sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are a lot of beginning quilters out here that need creative help!! lol Thank you!! 😉

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    March 30, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for all these together! I just recently make the pinwheel with prairie points quilt- my first time to do prairie points- and it turned out so darling – and only used one charm pack!! I always love your blog!

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      March 31, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Yay! Good job, Janet! (And thank you. xo)

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    The Joyful Quilter
    March 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    What a great collection of projects! Thanks for sharing.

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    Nanna Liz
    March 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks so much for the charm pack suggestions. Sometimes, we all need to whip out a mindless easy project with 5″ squares. By the way, I must have loved your Summer Bunting pattern so much that I have it twice in my pattern binders! I used it to make a Quilt of Valor that turned out great.

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      March 31, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Hah! I’m honored. Especially that it was used for a QOV quilt!

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    Trish Palmer
    March 31, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Thanks for this collection. Good reference for quick quilt

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    Little Quiltsong
    March 31, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Thank you for all these lovely ideas, Amy! I seldom buy pre-cuts because I like to wash my fabrics before using! Lately though I seem to be on a Layer Cake buying spree – that is like 4 charm packs – bonus :)! These are great pattern suggestions!

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    March 31, 2019 at 8:20 am

    So many cute, fun, scrappy quilts to make. I’m planning to enlarge some for QOV quilts. These are perfect for community service quilts, so no adjustments needed. Thank you

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    March 31, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I love charm packs and have collected a few…alas, I have not used them yet so when I get around to it I will have to look for coordinating fabrics. The projects you’ve shared inspire me. Thanks for a delightful post.

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    March 31, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Nice list Amy, thanks ! Some new ones I have not seen, very inspirational, yay
    I personally have to force myself to not buy Charm Packs, having “imbibed” some (ok, alot) when
    they first came out. I now cut down my scraps into certain sizes, ala Bonnie K Hunter and go from
    there in using them. I have a tendency to hoard my Charm Packs so have been working on
    letting go a bit and actually using them with my stash fabrics.
    There is just something about how awesome, useful, easy and coordinated they are 🙂

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      March 31, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      I totally get it. I’m trying to empower people to use those Charm Packs! (And so smart to cut your own too! I love Bonnie Hunter.)

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    April 2, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I truly appreciate the review you did of so many creative ways to use the 5″ squares. Several of those ideas will be used to make baby quilts. Thank you, Amy.

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    April 7, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Thanks Amy for putting this all together. I made a new Charm Pack Quilt folder in Pinterest! I love charm packs and have some of yours actually so now I’m inspired with new ideas! I LOVE your fabrics, your one of my favorite designers : )

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    July 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Amy, This varied collection of charm square quilt ideas is greatly appreciated. What a fun collection to look through. Precuts are so popular and make quilt prep time so much quicker. My favorite in your list is the HST made with bright orange and yellow fabric. The color just pops out and looks fabulous! I think I’ll be adding it to my list of ‘must do’s’! Thanks,

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