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!


Holiday Gift Sewing ~ Scrappy Patchwork Coasters

Hello!  Hope you week is going well.

I have been in Holiday sewing mode and thought it would be fun to share a free pattern with you.
I designed the coasters pictured above last year as a way to use some of my favorite scraps of fabric.
It is a quick make and pairs nicely with a cute mug filled with goodies for a lovely Holiday gift.

The pattern includes instructions for both a 9 patch version and a 16 patch version.
You can find the pattern [HERE] on my original blog post

I like to make my own bias tape to finish off the coasters.  You can find my instructions for making bias tape [HERE]

If you make a coaster or two, please use the hashtag #ChariseCreates and #ScrappyPatchworkCoasters so I can see you makes.

Happy Sewing


A new project

Hi Peeps
I have been woefully absent here and I plan to make more time for this space.

I just finished a 4 month design contract at a local Seattle clothing company so I haven't spent much time in my studio.
My goal this week is to create a schedule for myself ( I definitely get more done with a bit of structure! )
Getting to the gym, creating home cooked meals and spending time with my boys as well as sewing daily is on my list of to dos for the upcoming months!

I spent a bit of time organizing files on my computer and found this gorgeous pattern designed by Lady Harvatine.   She created it for the LA Modern Quilt Guild.

The fabrics are from Art Gallery fabrics - "Sonata" by Amy Sinabaldi.  I adore this fabric line and treated myself to a FQ set.

I hope you find time to do something you love today.

Happy Sewing
Charise : )


Cyber Week Sale at Charise Creates on Etsy

Hi There!

I wanted to let you know that I am discounting all items in my Etsy shop by 25%!
The sale starts tomorrow and ends Friday.

You can find patterns

and my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" all for 25% off.

A great time to buy a new pattern if you are planning on sewing  holiday gifts.

See you soon : )

Happy Sewing


Hexie Sewing & Farmer's Wife blocks

Happy Sunday Peeps!
It has been a very long time since I posted here.  
Instagram has been my preferred method of sharing projects these days due to time constraints,  but I do miss this space!

My sewing time is limited these days as I am in the middle of a 3 month contract position designing women's clothing at a Seattle company.
It has been 9 years since I have had a corporate design job!  
I have tried to fit in some sewing time, but it has been a challenge juggling the 9-5 work day (actually 8-6 counting the commute time) and family life.

I have pulled out my hexie stash so I have a bit of hand sewing, which I love to do during the Fall.
I am not sure what to make with them....any ideas?
I'd love to hear your suggestions!

I have also unearthed my Farmer's Wife 1920's blocks.  These were made years ago for the original Farmer's wife sew along.
There is a new epp Farmer's Wife sew along for those who'd like to hand sew the blocks.
Machine sewing is my preferred method : )

If you want to read more about the original Farmer's Wife journey, you can find it [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Lavender Sachet Tutorial

It's lavender harvesting time of year in my garden.
I have lots of plants and love to make sachets with the dried buds.
They are great for scenting closets and drawers, and also make fun gifts.

Years ago I created a tutorial to make your own lavender sachet.  The pattern uses 2 1/2" squares and is a great way to use up your fabric scraps.  I used some favorite Liberty fabrics and text prints.
I also use some buttons from my stash.   Some of the buttons are vintage and others are new.

If you'd like to make your own sachet tutorial, you can find it [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Summertime Fruit ~ a new paper piecing pattern!

Hello and Happy Friday the 13th!

I found this cute lemon slice  when I was cleaning out my sewing studio.
It was intended for a coaster......
so I made one!

The lemon is part of my Jam Jars and Fruit Pattern but it is such a cute stand alone pattern!

Sometimes it is fun to refresh a pattern that was released years ago!

The pattern include two sizes for the citrus slice - 3" x 3 3/4" 
and a much larger one that measures 6" x 7 1/2".

The pattern includes a strawberry which comes in three sizes - 2 1/2" square, 4 1/2" square and 8" square, all charm pack and layer cake friendly!
 I'm thinking the 8" strawberry will become a pillow and maybe even a quilt for myself.

The lemon is such a fun pattern for fussy cutting!

Those "sassy lemon ladies" are pretty darn cute.  The fabric is from Lake House and has some really cute motifs.

You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Happy Sewing!