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    Does anyone know how much fabric in yardage is in a charm pack. I bought some some packs and they are not 5 x5 but my other coordinating color charm pack is pretty close to 5x5. I am thinking of sending back all of these charm packs and just buying yardage and make my own. I have the accuquilt cutter and this way they will all be the same size. Please if anyone knows the yardage amount please let me know.

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    Tina.....1.38 yds.....so I would say close to 1 1/2 yards.....of course maybe someone else is better at math than me...( but I did ask DH John about this and this is the amount he came up with as well.

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    You might want to check out this site.

    https://www.bearcreekquiltingcompany...lting-precuts/

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    Redcaboose (above) is on the money!

    Here's the math behind it:

    Most charm packs have 42 pieces of 5 x 5" squares. So ...

    5" x 5" = 25 square inches (number of square inches for one charm square)

    25 sq." x 42 pieces = 1,050 square inches of fabric in the entire charm pack

    So, how many square inches are in a yard of fabric?

    Generally, a yard of fabric will measure 44" x 36".
    However, eliminating 2" to allow for squaring up the fabric and cutting off the selvage (that 2" is very conservative, it may be more), I round down to 42".
    So, one yard of fabric at 42" x 36" = 1,512 square inches.

    From above, the charm pack = 1,050 square inches. And one yard of fabric = 1,512 square inches

    1,512 square inches divided by 1,050 square inches = 1.44 yards.

    To be conservatively safe: buy 1.5 yards
    To be safe: buy 2 yards
    To have peace of mind: buy 2.5 - 3 yards
    To have fabric left over to add to your stash: buy it all!

    You can use this reasoning (formulas) to calculate yardage in mini charms, layer cakes, and fat quarters, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DramaMama View Post
    Redcaboose (above) is on the money!

    Here's the math behind it:

    Most charm packs have 42 pieces of 5 x 5" squares. So ...

    5" x 5" = 25 square inches (number of square inches for one charm square)

    25 sq." x 42 pieces = 1,050 square inches of fabric in the entire charm pack

    So, how many square inches are in a yard of fabric?

    Generally, a yard of fabric will measure 44" x 36".
    However, eliminating 2" to allow for squaring up the fabric and cutting off the selvage (that 2" is very conservative, it may be more), I round down to 42".
    So, one yard of fabric at 42" x 36" = 1,512 square inches.

    From above, the charm pack = 1,050 square inches. And one yard of fabric = 1,512 square inches

    1,512 square inches divided by 1,050 square inches = 1.44 yards.

    To be conservatively safe: buy 1.5 yards
    To be safe: buy 2 yards
    To have peace of mind: buy 2.5 - 3 yards
    To have fabric left over to add to your stash: buy it all!

    You can use this reasoning (formulas) to calculate yardage in mini charms, layer cakes, and fat quarters, too!
    I just have really been lax about math since I have retired....so I normally check with someone if I am unsure about math when sewing ! I did figure that out by myself, but ask the "math whiz" DH John prior to posting !

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    Still not sure of the math formula. The link above shows 1/2 yard of fabric.

    If you cut 8 (quan) across the WOF, it would take 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 inches. So a total of 20 inches of fabric to cut 40 quantity. Plan on 2/3 yard which is 24 inches just to be sure.

    If you wanted those two extra squares, buy 3/4 yard which is 27 inches. To be extra sure buy 3 yards! LOL!

    Hope that helps!

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    Oh my goodness all this talk of square inches is hurting my head I've never used that method for figuring yardage. I always just figure how many squares I could get from a strip of fabric. So I would assume I could get eight 5" squares from a 40' wide strip of fabric. Most charm packs have 42 charms so I would need six 5" strips (which would give me 6 extra squares than a charm park), or a 30"x40" piece of fabric. I'd just buy a yard of fabric or maybe a 1 and 1/4 to allow for straightening, miss cuts, etc. I tend not to buy much extra because I'm not much of a scrappy quilter.
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    Not to complicate things, but keep in mind if using multiple fabrics, you will lose some because 1/8 yard = 4.5 inches, not 5 inches. If I were wanting a variety of coordinated fabrics and set on 5 inch squares, I would go for fat quarters, if available. 1 fat quarter will yield 12 - 5 inch squares. A regular 1/4 yard will yield 8 - 5 inch squares. Hope this doesn't make your head spin more.

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    I think the approx 1/2 yd is more accurate. If you have 40 to 42 5" sq pieces think of it like this.
    Lay out 8 5" sq in a row. Then make 5 rows one under the other, 8 times 5" is 40" horizontally. Now think of the 5 rows going down. The vertical measurement is 25". If you figure yardage is 40" wide then you will have 25" which is between 5/8 yd and 3/4 yd/

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    The only advantage to buying charm packs is the variety . If your charms are not measuring up to 5 inches then they are more work than they are worth. Use your stash...cut out a bunch of charms from left overs, keep them in color groups and when you want to sew, pick out things you like...The math is all good, but just go for it...

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