Vintage Dresses Pattern

Hope you are having a lovely day!
The sun is shining though it is cold here in Seattle.  My favorite weather - sunny and brisk!

I have been updating one of my favorite patterns - Vintage Dresses.
The Cap sleeve dresses are now revised.  
The design is exactly the same but the pattern has less pieces! 

You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.
Did you know the bodice and skirt portions are interchangeable?
They are!

I had fun coloring these up - so many options : )

Happy Sewing!


Happy February!

Hi Peeps!
Happy February!

I designed this fun Fussy Cut Heart last year.  
If you follow my blog, you know how much I love fussy cutting!

This pattern is the perfect fussy cutting project.   If you need some help to learn this technique, you can find my Fussy Cutting tutorial [HERE] 

I also have a video tutorial on the Martingale blog [HERE]

The block would make an adorable quilt.  
It is also great for small projects like this Macaroon Pouch with a fussy cut heart as the focal point.  (I shrunk the fussy cut heart to fit the center of the pouch)

You can find the pattern for my Fussy Cut Heart and Macaroon Pouch in my Etsy shop [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Vintage Spool Pattern

Today I'm sharing my new pattern - Vintage Spools.
It is a fun pattern and is made with squares and rectangle, no templates needed!

Each Spool is 3" finished or combine 4 spools and you have a cute 6" block.

I had fun finding the perfect fabrics to fussy cut for the thread portion!
If you'd like to have a copy of my Vintage Spools pattern, just sign up for my
Newsletter.  You can find the sign up to the right of this post.

I love to see what you make.  If you post to any social media sites, please use the hashtag #ChariseCreates so I can see you creations.

Happy Sewing!


Spring Mini Quilt in Quilts and More

Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine.
©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Hi and Happy Wednesday!
I hope you are having a good week so far.

I have been working on a project for months that I can finally share.
Quilts and More has asked me to design four seasonal themed mini quilts!  
The first "Festive Foundations" quilt is Spring themed and includes three fun blocks. 

Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

 The blocks include the tulip, butterfly and bird house and are all foundation paper pieced.
The individual blocks would also be perfect to use on individual projects such as a tote bag or pillow.

This project uses fabrics from my stash with some fun fussy cutting opportunities.
If you haven't paper pieced before, check out his video from Joanna at Quilts and More as she takes you through the process.  

She also shares my method of Fussy Cutting so you can perfectly isolate a motif as I did for the cherry center on the tulip.

Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Physical copies are on newsstands until April 19th and you can also get the digital issue [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Happy New Year!

Happy New Years Eve!
I have spent the day in my studio cleaning and organizing, hoping a clean studio will help me
prioritize my work in 2019.

And of course I had to find out my Best Nine photos on Instagram for 2018 : )

I love all these photos but thought it would be fun to pick some of my favorites. 

Here are my favorites:
From top left clockwise, center picture last
1) Dress pattern from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" 
2) Baby Patchwork Zipper pouch which is a free tutorial on the blog 
3) Windmill paper pieced pattern which I hope to have in my Etsy shop soon! 
4)  Watering can from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing".  
This is part of my Spring Blossoms Sew Along. 
6)Apron from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" 
7) Macaroon Pouch with my Apple pattern from "Super Cute Paper Piecing" 
8) A new pattern - Summertime Fruit  
9) Mini Hexie Flower for one of my clasp pure for the Purse Clasp Sew Along

Thanks for a lovely 2018!
Here's to a wonderful 2019.

Happy Sewing


Apple Pouch - a new pattern

Christmas is just around the corner and I am finishing up Holiday preparations.
I will be making Christmas cookies this weekend and doing a bit of last minute shopping.

I created this apple pouch as a gift and I am offering the pattern for sale in my 
Etsy shop.  It is an easy make and a fun gift if you have a bit of time to do some holiday gift sewing.

Another fun project to use up fabrics from your scrap stash, the squares are just 2"!

I also made this cute little apple needle book that goes so well with the pouch.
I modified this pattern from the book Heart Felt Holidays. 

Here is a picture of the back.  I used a fancy zipper found on Etsy, but it would be equally
as cute with a coil zipper and fun zipper pull.

 I will leave you with a few pictures of my favorite Christmas tradition - cutting down our Christmas tree.

Every year we go up to the mountains and cut down our tree and this year the weather was beautiful!
Lots of snow and sunny to boot.  It couldn't have been more perfect!

Happy Sewing


Holiday Gift Sewing ~ Lavender Sachets

I have been doing lots of sewing the past week!

 Trying to get as many Holiday gifts sewn as possible!
I used some Liberty florals, text prints and some button from my stash.

You can find the tutorial [HERE]
with a link to purchase lavender buds for the project.

Happy Sewing!