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Patchwork beach bag using 5 inch charm squares

Patchwork beach bag tutorial

Thanks to ReannaLily Designs for the free beach bag pattern (pdf).

I decided to use Fandango by Kate Spain charm square pack to make this bag. Therefore I had to adapt some of the measurements.

The final dimensions of my bag are: 23 in L x 11 3/4 in H x 14 1/4 W, big enough for 2 king size towels and all the swimming gear.

I also had to redraw the sides of the bag because when I printed the pattern on an A4 piece of paper the pattern was too small. I’m not sure what I did wrong.

You will need 40 charm squares to make this bag.

Sew the charms as per picture with 5 charms across x 8 charms long.

I made the rest of the bag following ReannaLily’s free beach bag pattern (pdf) tutorial.

For the sides of the bag I took advantage of the lovely fabric pattern and I stitched along the lines in a free motion manner.

Gathered handles


  • 2 strips 2 1/2 x 27 inches (I used different fabric for front and back of handles)
  • 2 strips 2 3/4 x 34 inches

Fusible interfacing

  • 2 strips 2 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches
Draw a line along the 2 3/4 in strips of fabric. This is where you will be gathering the fabric using a baste stitch. Check my Kid’s draughtman’s pouch tutorial for details on how to make this type of handle.

Apply interfacing to the other strip of fabric.

Stitch both strips of fabric right sides together.

Turn inside out and apply ribbon through the middle of the strip.

Attach the handles following the free beach bag pattern (pdf) instructions.

The bag is family size.

The charm squares are arranged in a way that the bag is a different colour each side: reddish and bluish.

Patchwork name bunting with charm squares tutorial


  • 4 charm squares for each letter*
  • strip of fabric 1 1/2 yard long x 1 1/2 inches (for a 5 letter name, adjust for longer names adding 11 1/2 inches per extra letter
  • light fusible interfacing
  • fabric for the triangles back
  • variegated thread
  • contrast fabric for the letters
  • Heat’n Bond double sided fusible interfacing for the letters

* Triangles are cut on the centre of the square. Additional triangles can be stitched using the cuttings from 2 squares. I made 2 bunting with 5 letters each using 20 charm squares.

Place the charm square together.

Stitch together.

Iron with seams open.

Cut into triangles:

  • Base of triangle is 8 1/2 (4 1/4 each side of the seam)
  • Height of triangle is 9 1/2 inches

Keep each side of the triangle after cutting to make additional triangles. Pin through the middle, stitch and iron with the seams open.


Pick a thick font and print. Outline, with the letters from the reverse, on Heat’n Bond interface and iron to the back of the fabric. Cut letters out.

Iron on each triangle according to instructions.

Cut light fusible interfacing the same size as the triangles and iron to the back. The interfacing will act also as stabiliser for the appliqued letters


Stitch around each letter using a variegated thread using the stitch of choice. I used blanket stitch.

Back of the triangles

Cut a triangle in some matching fabric the same size as the front triangle.

Stitch front and back right sides together.

Trim the pointy end of the triangle before turning inside out.

Turn inside out and push the corner out with a pointy blunt instrument.

Iron well.

Trim the top of each triangle.

Top stitch around the sides of the triangle, excluding the top, leaving 1/4 seam allowance.

Fold the strip of fabric by 1/2 inch on each side and iron. Then fold again and iron.

Fold the strip in half and place the middle triangle on the line aligned with the central seam. Pin in place. Pin all triangles in place leaving a 3 inch gap between them. Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

To hang, fold the strip sides by 1 1/2 inch and stitch to make a loop for hanging on a hook.

Rubik cube inspired back of quilt

This is the back of the disappearing nine patch variation with prairie points border quilt made using fabric scraps.

The big blocks are inspired on this quilt though I used my own measurements.

Measurements for top and back of quilt

Finished top: 52 1/4 x 67 1/4 inches
Finished back: 57 1/4 x 70 inches

The squares in the cube blocks are 3 x 3 inches and the sashing is 1 x 1 inch before stitching.

Cut the rest of the pieces as per picture below. Note: The 2 1/2 inch strips between the alternating patterns are 70 inches long.

The cube blocks are placed in an asymmetrical way as per picture below.

Closeup of centre

The sides of the back are 11 inches wide before stitching. The pieces are made of alternating scraps of fabric in different widths (1inch to 2 1/2 inches each) and lengths up to 11 inches in total.

Disappearing 9 patch variation quilt with prairie points

This quilt top has been made using:

  • one and a half charm square packs of Hunky Dory by Moda for the blocks
  • cream fabric
  • scraps of fabric for the prairie point cut in 4 1/2 inch square
  • polka dots fabric in pink and pistacho for the sashing

See the other quilt I made with another pack and a half of this same fabric: Disappearing nine patch quilt.

Quilt finished size

65 x 51 1/2 inches.

Quilt top

How to make a disappearing 9-patch variation block

This is a short 2 minute video demonstrating how to cut your initial 9 patch block and how to rearrange it afterwards.

How to make prairie points

My prairie points lie next to each other without overlapping.

To calculate how many you need:

  • Write down the size of the prairie point, eg 4 inches
  • Divide the size of the side of the quilt, eg 60 inches, and divide by 4 inches
  • You’ll need 15 prairie points

To make a 4 inch prairie point you’ll need a 4 1/2 inch square of fabric.

I used the open folds at centre prairie point assembly but did not overlap my points.

Detail of prairie points

Disappearing 9 patch variation block with charm squares

This is one of the two finished blocks you can make with this tutorial.

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

Learn how to make this block in less than 2 minutes

This is a very short video that shows you how to cut your blocks and arrange them afterwards.

This tutorial makes two blocks. Use high contrast fabrics for better results.

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

These 2 blocks are made with the video tutorial above.
Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

Quick tip for colour choice: use complimentary colours. For instance on the video I used green and red tones, but you can use other combinations such as purple and yellow, blue and orange.

Black and white will also work very well as well as red and black or red and white. These last combinations rarely fail.

Materials for 2 blocks

  • 10 x 5 inch charm squares
  • 8 x 5 inch squares cream coloured

Old tutorial (for printing)


Make a 2 x 9 patch block using 5 inch charm squares and a contrasting fabric for each.

Now cut 2 1/2 in strip of each side of the block ensuring that you cut in opposite pairs. The resulting strips will be a bit wider than the stripe stitched to the centre square.

Now repeat steps below to make another block (photo not displayed).

Now swap the central square from both blocks and you will obtain something like the photo below.

Notice though that in the swap I rotated the central part of the block before I took this picture so the photo may be a bit confusing at first as you can see from the feedback I’ve got on this tutorial.

Start by stitching the shorter sides together and then the longer sides. Trim the longer sides after stitching like in the picture and iron flat.

Repeat with the other block.

This block belongs to this quilt top.

Disappearing 9-patch variation block

Order my book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

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