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Use Up Any Lingering (Or New) Charm Square Packs With This FREE Pattern

If you have stacks of charm packs laying around but have no idea what to do with them we have a solution! Using charm squares to create these four-patch on-point blocks is an easy and fun way to utilize your fabric to create table runners, quilts and more.

4 patches from charm square

The process is so simple you can finish a table runner in just one day, but beware, this technique is super addicting! Use different colors and designs to create totally unique looks every time. Whether you choose to make one block or multiple, you'll find this template is a great one to add to your list of 'go to' blocks. Let's get started! 

Finding your fabric

Choose four 5" charm squares to make two complete four-patch-on-point blocks. Our Boundless So Sweet collection has some amazing floral fabrics! 

5" charm squares

Cutting directions

Step 1:

charm squares cut diagonally

Start by layering two of the 5'' charm squares and cut them on the diagonal from corner to corner in both directions creating four triangles as shown above. 

Step 2:

charm squares cut into fourths

Layer the two remaining 5'' charm squares, right sides together. Cut them in half from top to bottom and left to right, creating four smaller squares as shown above. 

Sewing instructions

Step 1:

charm square pairs sewn together

Sew each pair of squares together ¼'' away from the edge. Press the seams toward the darker fabric.

Step 2:

layering charm square pairs

Layer two units, right sides together, with the dark and light squares facing each other as shown above. The seams will nest together because the seam allowance on the top unit will be facing toward the needle when sewn, so no pinning is needed. Sew the seam ¼'' away from the right edge.

Step 3:

pressing charm squares together

Press the seams in a clockwise direction as shown above. Open the seam at the center of the block, then rotate the seams. This will reduce bulk at the seam intersection. Then trim the block to 4" square. Repeat with the second four-patch.

Step 4:  

adding triangles to the charm squares

Arrange the triangles from one charm square around one of the four-patches created from the squares. Repeat with the remaining triangles and the second four-patch of squares. 

Step 5:

Sewing triangles to charm square

Sew the triangles to the sides of the trimmed four-patch as shown above. To center the triangle on the side of the four-patch, lay the point of the triangle on the center seam of the four-patch as indicated by the scissors in the photo above. Sew the opposite triangle on the opposite side of the four-patch.  Repeat with the remaining two sides. Press the seams away from the four-patches. 

Finishing the blocks

Step 1:

trimming charm square blocks

Trim the blocks to 5 ½" square. The blocks should be trimmed ¼" away from the four-patch points as shown above. Also, the diagonal marks on the ruler should line up exactly on the four-patch seam as shown. Repeat this process with the second block.

finished charm square blocks

The four center patches will be identical but the triangles will be different in the two blocks. Use these blocks in any project you like and expand the possibilities by creating more blocks! 

The table runner

finished charm square table runner

If you want to create a super fun table runner like the one pictured here all you need is one 5" charm pack!  To do so, make nine sets of blocks for a total of 18 blocks. Sew the blocks into three rows of six blocks and then sew the rows together. Layer, quilt and bind for a fast and unique table runner that measures 15'' x 30''. 

Create this awesome block pattern using charm squares

11 Comments

Tootie

This is so cool. Can’t wait to try this pattern to use up the charms I’ve accumulated!!

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Roxanne

Great little pattern and directions.

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Micky

Love it. I was just looking at all my charms. Great idea.

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Sheila Oxley

I have two charm packs I wasn’t sure what to do with!!! Now I know! Thank you for the great idea!

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Marilyn Tippett

I must sneak in at least a few squares today. . . .life is hectic here!

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Renee

This is so sweet. Just be sure to measure your squares before you start! Not all charms are exactly 5inches.

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dartingcat

I’ve got a ka-zillion gorgeous batik charms — this is a perfect use for them! Thank you!

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Marcia

Instead of using charm squares has anybody cut their own five inch squares out of their stash.

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Marcia

Has anyone cut their own five inch squares out of their stash instead of using charm packs.

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Linda K

I think that’s what I’ll do. I have a pack of fat quarters calling out to me.

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Margaret Parks

This looks like such a great idea..I can’t wait to try it..thanks for sharing.
Maggie

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