Small patchwork bag charm – FREE PATTERN

This is a quick little project which is perfect for gifting… and also for using up fabric scraps!

These little patchwork bag charms make lovely homemade gifts. I made some with my girls a few years ago to give as thank you presents for their teachers at the end of the school year. My girls enjoyed getting involved – the youngest choosing fabrics and buttons, and the eldest taking part in some cutting and sewing.

The finished bag charm measures approximately 3.5” x 3.5”.


You will need:

  • 2 strips measuring 4” x 1” (for the top and bottom borders)
  • 2 strips measuring 3” x 1” (for the sides)
  • 1 piece of background fabric 3” x 3”
  • Backing fabric 4” x 4”
  • 2” of ribbon for the key ring strap
  • 1” button
  • Scrap bits of felt for the flower and leaves
  • Wadding
  • Key ring

All measurements include a 0.25” seam allowance.

Piecing the bag charm

Following Diagram 1, sew the side borders to the background fabric and press. Next sew the top and bottom borders and press.

Diagram 1 - Piecing the front
Diagram 1 – Piecing the front

Adding the flower

Using the templates in Diagram 2, cut out the flower centre and leaves from bits of felt. (The numbers in red indicate the measurements. If you have difficulty printing the template at the correct size, you can alternatively draw a 1.25″ diameter circle, and for the leaves, a leaf shape roughly of the height and bottom width as indicated below.)

Diagram 2 - Templates for the flower
Diagram 2 – Templates for the flower

Following Diagram 3, position the leaves so they are centred against the background fabric, making sure the bottom of the leaves are lined up with the top edge of the bottom border.

Using a brown thread, sew the leaves to the background fabric with running stitch running along the centre of the leaves. Also add a vertical stitching line for the stem, running from the top edge of the bottom border to about the centre of the background fabric.

Next sew the flower centre and button, so that they are centred within the background fabric.

Diagram 3 - Sewing the flower to the front
Diagram 3 – Sewing the flower to the front

Adding the backing and strap

Following Diagram 4, lay the backing fabric right sides up.

Fold the strip of ribbon in half and place on top of the backing fabric. Position it along the top border about 0.75” from the right edge. Decide how long you would like your strap and move the folded ribbon up or down accordingly. Tack it in place.

Next, place the front of the bag charm right sides down on top of the backing fabric, and sew all around the inside, 0.25” in from the raw edge, leaving about a 1” gap for turning.

Diagram 4 - Adding the backing and strap
Diagram 4 – Adding the backing and strap

Trim corners and ribbon strap overhang, and turn right side out. Use a prodding tool to push out the corners.

Next stuff the bag charm with some wadding so it’s nice and plump, and when happy, slip stitch closed.

Add the key ring and it’s ready for gifting!

I hope you enjoyed this project. Let me know if you have any queries and if you make any of these charming bag charms, let me know! I’d love to hear of your makes and also see some pictures! And don’t forget to sign-up to my blog to receive regular updates on my quilting adventures and freebies! 

Mel x

Designed by Melanie Vincent, June 2018. Please respect the designer’s copyright. The design, instructions, diagrams and photos are copyright of the designer. You are free to use this pattern as long as you are not making any financial gain from it. Enjoy making and gifting!

Small patchwork bag charm montage
Small patchwork bag charm montage

You can also enjoy my other free patterns on my blog:

Pirate quilt and Patchwork Christmas Tree decorations