In this tutorial, we will be showing you how to cut your own charm squares for quilting (or anything else for that matter).
Charm squares are 5″ x 5″ squares of fabric and are sold by the company Moda. They usually come in a pack of 42 squares and are coordinated so that you can easily use them in a project.
However, other companies also make ‘charm squares’…they just won’t call them that since the name is already used by Moda.
Either way, if you want to cut your own, then keep reading as we will show you step-by-step.
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- The first step is to straighten one edge of the fabric, so lay the fabric on the table with the folded end facing towards you and the selvedge end facing away.
- Line up your ruler along the top of the folded edge.
- Trim the edge to straighten.
- Now we need to trim off the selvedge ends, so turn your fabric so that the selvedges are on your right-hand side.
- Line up the ruler along the edge closest to you and trim the selvedges.
- Now we are ready to cut some 5″ strips.
- Turn the fabric again so that the folded edge is facing you.
- Line up your ruler along the edge of the fabric at the 5″ line of your ruler and cut.
- You should now have one 5″ strip.
- Repeat this process.
- You should end up with 3 strips.
- Line up the 3 strips so that the folded edges are on your right.
- You will need to line them up perfectly. I have cut 3 strips at a time, but if you find this difficult, just cut one.
- Line up the ruler on the 5″ line and cut.
- This will give you your first lot of 5″ squares.
- Move your ruler along, lining up at the 5″ line and repeat the process.
- You should end up with 24 charm squares in total (depending on the width of your fabric).