Super Cute Moda Charm Square Tote Bag Tutorial

By Alanda / September 29, 2014

You can make this tote bag from a Moda Charm Square pack or you can create your own 5″ squares from your stash.  The beauty of Moda Charm packs is that the colours are all beautifully colour co-ordinated and the finished bag looks amazing.

You can purchase beautiful charm packs here

The bag measures approximately 13½” x 13½”.

What  you need:

  • 29 Charm Squares (5″ x 5″ squares)
  • approx ¾ yard of fusible interfacing or batting
  • approx 1 yard of lining fabric
  • magnetic clasp (optional)

Sew the charm squares together using  a ¼” seam allowance.

Firstly I lay out my squares to get the effect I want, as shown in the diagram below.

I sew the squares from one side to the other in rows of 3,  3,  4,  4, 3, 3.

Then I sew those joined rows together to make the shape below. I use this shape as a template to cut out my lining and my interfacing.


In the video we show you how to assemble the bag.  We take you through the process step by step so that you will be able to make these bags quickly and easily.

  • Tan says:

    I don’t know which I like the best. I’m fairly new to qulinitg, and like the precuts because they are so quick and easy, and there are so many patterns available of what you can do with the different sizes. But if I fall in love with a fabric that I just have to have, and I don’t know what I want to do with it, then I like to buy it by the yard so that I know I will have enough to do whatever I might dream up. Heaven forbid I run out of material, and who doesn’t need to build their stash?

  • Alanda says:

    🙂 I agree Tan, having a stash is really important and you will find it won’t take long before you have quite a sizeable one to play with. We have the shape cut pro which is fantastic for cutting your fabric into different strips and squares.
    We also can’t resist buying material by the yard. As you say its nice to know that you have enough on hand for whatever you decide to make. Moda do have an awesome range of pre cuts though. Happy sewing.

  • Joe says:

    I appreciate the time and effort it takes for you to make these fine tutorials. Thank you, this is a great project.

    • Alanda says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment Joe. So I’m guessing we may have another project for the Readers projects Page fairly soon 🙂

  • Sharon says:

    Hello Alanda,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. You make it look so easy and I’m looking forward to trying a bag like this. I love the 5″ precuts. But, really, if a person wanted to cut their own squares, it’s not that many for one tote bag, so it’s good either way. Thank you again!

    • Alanda says:

      You are so right Sharon. Most of us have pretty pieces of fabric in our stash that can easily be cut into 5″ squares, and this is a great way to use them up. It’s such an easy bag to make and they make great gifts. Don’t forget to share photos of your bag when you have made it. We love seeing our readers projects.

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