The Tale of Peter Rabbit ~ Cute Zipper Pouches : ) and a free "Fussy Cut Frame Zipper Pouch" tutorial

I've always loved "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" books and movies.  

We watched the animated series when my boys were wee ones : )

I had the opportunity to sew some projects with the new fabric line, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit",  and loved how the projects turned out!

This fabric line has so many fussy cutting opportunities so I chose two zipper pouch projects that highlight the adorable Peter Rabbit motifs.

The first pouch I made is my "Macaroon Pouch".  I added a hexagon flower made with 1" hexagons to the inside panel.  I added hand embroidery around the hexagon flower in a deep coral.

The border and center of the hexagon are the lovely gingham print which comes in three colors. 

The back of the pouch features the cutest Peter Rabbit print!

You can find my Macaroon Pouch [HERE]

I also created a new free pattern!  The Picture Frame Log Cabin Pouch is the perfect pattern for  fabrics that have fussy cut motifs. 
The center is framed to highlight the fussy cut print of Peter.

The back uses the Peter Rabbit text print. 
You can find the tutorial at the bottom of this post!

If you use "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" fabric, please be sure to tag your photos with the following hashtags:

#TheTaleofPeterRabbitFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!

Fussy Cut Frame Log Cabin Zipper Pouch Tutorial

6" tall  x 10" wide finished


5 total F8 (9" x 22") 5 different prints for logs (strips), 1 print for back of pouch

1 - 2 1/2" fussy cut square for center of log cabin block (1)

1/4 yard lining fabric

1/4 yard Fusible Batting

10" or longer coil zipper shortened to 9 1/2", measuring from top of zipper pull to bottom edge of zipper. (See step 8)


Print #1:         4 - 1" squares, 1 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" (2),  2 - 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" (3 , 4),  1 - 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" (5)

Print #2:       1 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" (6), 2 - 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" (7, 8), 1 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" (9)

Print #3      2 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" (10, 11), 1 - 1 1/2" x 8 1/2"  (12)

Print #4:       2 - 1 1/2"x  7 1/2"  (13, 14),  1 - 1" x 2" tab for zipper

Print #5:       1 - 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" for Back Pouch Panel

Lining:          2 - 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" 

Batting:        2 - 10 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" tall  batting

~All seam allowances are 1/4" unless otherwise noted

1) Place the 1" squares on the corners of the 2 1/2" fussy cut square. Mark the squares from one corner to the opposite corner. Stitch on the marking.

2) Trim 1/4" beyond the stitching.

3) Press towards the outer corners.

Make the log cabin pouch panel:

Using the diagram as a guide, add strips to the center 2 1/2" square made in steps #1-3 as indicated on the pattern.   Make 1 Log Cabin Panel.

5) Fuse the 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" batting  to the  log cabin panel.  Quilt as desired.

Cut a 1" square from the bottom corners of the panel.

6) Fuse the 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" batting  to the 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" Back bag panel.  Quilt the panel as desired.

Cut a 1" square from the bottom corners of the panel.

7)  Cut a 1" square from the bottom corners of each 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" lining  panel.

8) Shorten the zipper to 9 1/2",  measuring from the top of the zipper head to the bottom of the zipper.

9) Fold under the 1" side of the zipper tab 1/4" to the wrong side. Press.

    Press in half wrong sides together.

10)  Place the bottom end of the zipper so that it is against the folded edge of the tab.
    Pin in Place.
    Stitch the folded edge with an edge stitch.

11) Fold back the zipper tape on the top edge of the zipper to the wrong side. 
     Glue baste or machine baste in place.

12)  Place the zipper to the pouch right sides together with the top edges of the pouch and zipper tape matching.
    Center the zipper on the pouch panel.  Stitch the top edge with
    a 1/4" seam allowance, back stitching at ends.

13) Place the lining right sides together with the front pouch panel matching top raw edges.  The zipper will be sandwiched in between the panel and lining.  
Stitch with a 1/4" top stitch.

14) Fold the lining over the zipper.The pouch front and lining will be wrong sides together.  Press both pieces away from the zipper.
Top stitch 1/4" away form the seam, back stitching at the ends of the seam.

15) Repeat steps 12 - 14 for the back of the pouch.

16) Separate the lining pieces from the pouch pieces. 
Place the pouch pieces right sides together matching the side seams and bottom edges.
The zipper (*Be sure to open the zipper) should face the lining.  Pin in place.
Stitch both sides and bottoms,  leaving a 4" opening in the bottom lining.
Press seams open.

17) Fold the pouch corners right sides together, matching the side and bottom seams. Press the seam allowances open. Repeat for the other bottom corner and the lining corners.

18) Turn the pouch right side out, Press.
Stitch the lining opening closed by hand or machine.


Countryside Colette Purse and Zipper Pouch


Today I'm sharing accessories I made with the new fabric line from Lisa Audit - Countryside.

The fabric line is a gorgeous collection of painterly prints including florals, ginghams, dots, and plaids in a beautiful coral, red and sky blue palette.

I created two new patterns that were perfect for this lovely fabric collection.
The "Wrap Dress paper piecing pattern" is a new pattern that I used as the focal point on my "Favorite Block Zipper Pouch" which is designed to feature your favorite 6" finished quilt block. The dress is made with the gorgeous Coral Blossom Floral and the bottom of the pouch is the Red Gingham print from the fabric line.
The back of the pouch features the Red Medallion floral print.

Find the patterns at the following links:

The Colette Purse is a roomy bag with outside pockets and a curvy shape. The Blue Blossom print paired with the Blue Gingham was the perfect fabric combo for this purse!

If you make a project with "Countryside", be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags:

#CountrysideFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!


Charise : )


Sunflower Quilt in BloomBerry Fabric


I had the pleasure of working with the new fabric line from Minki Kim - "Bloomberry". The line includes an adorable strawberry print, florals, ginghams, dots, and a fun "cheater" hexagon print.

Spring here in the Pacific Northwest is still a bit grey and wet so I decided to make a cheery, low volume quilt with primarily yellow and pinks with the hexagon cheater print thrown in. 

I'm calling it my "Sunflower Quilt."

The beautiful quilting was masterfully stitched by Ashley of Hen House quilting and I love how it turned out!

The binding is BloomBerry Yellow Gingham and the backing is the very pretty POParazzi in color Peaches n' Cream.

The Sunflower Quilt is an easy make using half square triangles with a row by row construction to finish the quilt.

Find the Sunflower Quilt Pattern Here  *Available on May 1st*

We had a brief moment of sunshine, so I snapped a few photos of Sunflower Quilt on the clothesline in the backyard : )

If you make a project with the gorgeous BloomBerry fabric line, be sure to tag your photos with the hashtags:

#BloomberryFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!


Albion fabric Tote Bag

When I had the chance to make a project with Albion fabric from Riley Blake Designs designed by Amy SmartI jumped at the chance!  Albion is a beautiful fabric line and the perfect fabric for Spring sewing.

The fabric line is just beautiful with water color florals, great basic dots and stripes, a fun text print, and a lovely floral gingham.

The tote bag is a Free pattern you can find [HERE]

I made a few changes  to the original Tote including adding my Cozy Cottage Foundation paper pieced block to one side of the tote.

You can find my Cozy Cottage pattern [HERE]

The opposite side has an outside pocket.  The fabric is a beautiful watercolor floral.

I added some embroidery to enhance the gorgeous watercolor floral.

The Tote has a covered button closure which is made from the Watercolor Floral.

I also added a cute fabric loop and a fun floral charm to the side of the Tote.   The charm was a free gift with purchase from Sunny Day Supply

If you make a project with Flower Garden fabric, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the following hashtags:

#AlbionFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

If you make my Patchwork tote, be sure to also tag your photos with the following hashtags:

#ChariseCreatesPattern #PatchworkTote

Happy Sewing!