How to Cut Charm Squares from Precuts and Yardage

Posted by Deirdre Quirk on Sep 11th 2019

These helpful tips are taken from Charm School—18 Quilts from 5" Squares by Vanessa Goertzen. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a giveaway!


A charm pack is a little bundle of precut 5 ̋ × 5 ̋ squares. The wonderful things about charm packs are the convenience and the fabric selection. Within each charm pack, you’ll find an assortment of coordinating prints curated by a professional designer. And, of course, the cutting has already been done, so you can begin to use those 5 ̋ × 5 ̋ squares right away.

Charm packs are produced by a number of manufacturers—although the manufacturers may market them under a different name. In my book Charm School—18 Quilts from 5" Squares, I use the Moda Fabrics brand of charm packs as the standard, since Moda charm packs always contain 42 precut 5 ̋ × 5 ̋ squares per bundle. This is important to remember if you use a different manufacturer’s version. Check how many squares are in your precut bundle and adjust the number you purchase accordingly.

Cutting Charm Squares from Precuts and Yardage

• You can cut 10 ̋ × 10 ̋ precut squares (also called layer cakes, stackers, or stack packs) into 4 charm squares.

• You can cut 5 ̋ × WOF precut strips (also called charm rolls, dessert rolls, or fat rolls) into 8 charm squares.

Charm Square Cutting from Yardage

YardageNumber of Charm Squares
Skinny quarter-yard (9" x 40"-42")8
Fat quarter-yard (18" x 22")12
1/2 yard (18" x 40"-42")24
3/4 yard (27" x 40"-42")40
1 yard (36" x 40"-42")56


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