"Down the Rabbit Hole" sneak peek!


I received the fabric - "Down the Rabbit Hole" for Riley Blake Designs before Christmas.  

I have been having so much fun playing with this new fabric line for a new project.

"Down the Rabbit Hole" fabric is absolutely adorable.  It is designed by Jill Howarth - @zippyboro on Instagram.  

The fabrics are beautifully illustrated and are perfect for fussy cutting the adorable Alice in Wonderland characters. 

A Tea Party themed project seems just perfect so I will be using many of my tea themed foundation paper piecing blocks from my Etsy shop - Charise Creates!  

The finished project will be completed in February and you will find it on my blog here, Instagram - @ChariseCreates,  as well as the Riley Blake Blog.  

Happy Sewing!




Ruffle Purse with Barbie Girl ™ Fabric


🎀 I Love all things Barbie. My love of sewing started as a little girl designing and sewing Barbie clothes.

When I had an opportunity to make a project with the new Barbie Girl fabric from Riley Blake Designs, I jumped at the chance!

My Diamond Patchwork Purse pattern was the perfect choice to highlight the adorable “Barbie Girl Main” print. I added a ruffle in the “Barbie Girl Logo Dot” print in blush. For the purse body I used “Barbie Girl Toss” in hot pink, and the “Barbie Girl Dot” in hot pink for the handles.

Of course I had to make a dress for Barbie. Swipe Left to see that I had a little fun and imagined Barbie in her new dress, strolling through Paris : )

If you make a project using Barbie Girl, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags

#BarbieGirlFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns #ILoveRileyBlake

Happy Sewing!


Happy Patchwork Pouch ~ a Free Pattern


I have lots of projects underway but had an idea for a new design based on my 15 patch pouch pattern.

My Happy Patchwork pouch has 10 square patchwork with a solid bottom panel.  I thought it would also be nice to add a handle so the pouch could be used as a clutch purse.

The fun little zipper charm is from Sunny Day Supply - a gift with purchase : )

You can find the pattern details as follows.

Enjoy !

Happy Patchwork Pouch

Notes: ~All seam allowances are 1/4" 

Finished Size:  6" tall x 10" wide

~ 20 - 2 1/2" squares assorted print fabric (a mini charm pack works well)
~6 - 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for patchwork handle (optional)
~1/8 yard Linen for bottom of pouch
~1/4 yard Lining fabric
~1/4 yard muslin 
~1/4 yard Fusible batting 
~1/4 yard light weight fusible interfacing

~Zipper Foot
~Matching Thread
~9" or longer coil zipper - OR- a metal zipper that measures 
     9" from the top of the zipper head to the bottom of the zipper stop.
~ 1/2" D Ring
~3/4" Swivel Clasp
~Zipper Pull (optional)
~ 1/2" x 2" long ribbon
~Marking pen, pencil or Hera Marker for quilt marking

Fusible Batting     ~2  - 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" 
Fusible Light Weight Interfacing ~ 2 - 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" 
                                                1 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Muslin                    ~2  - 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" 
Lining                     ~2  - 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" 
Print Fabric            ~1 - 1" x 1 1/2" Print for the zipper tab
    ~2 - 3 1/2" x 10 1/2"  Pouch Bottom
    ~ 1 - 2" x 12 1/2" Handle

Apply Interfacing -  Fuse the Light Weight interfacing to the Lining Panels and Linen Handle.

~ Sewing Instructions ~
1) Arrange the 10 print squares that make up the panel, in your desired design. 

2)  Press seam allowances to one side, each row in the opposite direction.  

3)  Stitch the rows together.  Stitch the linen rectangle to the bottom of the two rows.
Press seams open.
Repeat for the other side side of the pouch.

4) Fuse the batting to the wrong side of the patchwork panel.

Place the muslin on the back of the batting, baste in place.
Quilt diagonal lines on the patchwork  panel.
Trim the panel to 7 1/2” x 10 1/2”.  Repeat for the other side.

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

6) Fold under the 1" side of the zipper tab 1/4" to the wrong side. Press.
    Press in half wrong sides together.

7) 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.

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

9) Fold the ribbon in half, wrong sides together and thread the D ring through the ribbon.
Place on the right side of the pouch panel 1" from the top edge.
   Baste in place.

10) 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.

11) Place the lining right sides with the pouch panel right side matching the top raw edge.
      Pin in place.
The zipper will be sandwiched in between the pouch and lining panels.
    Stitch the top edge with a 1/4" stitch back tacking at ends.

12) Press the pouch and lining panels away from the zipper.  Press.
     Top stitch 1/8" away for the seam line starting and stopping your stitching 3/8" 
     from the raw edge.

~Repeat for the other side~

13) Separate the lining pieces from the pouch pieces.
     Place the pouch pieces right sides together, matching seams and raw edges.  
     Pin in place.

     Place the lining pieces right sides together, matching seams and raw edges.  
     Pin in place.
     The zipper teeth should face towards the lining.
     Make sure the zipper is open.
     Sew around the perimeter  leaving a 4" opening on the bottom lining side.

14) Box the corners:
      Place the bottom and side seams right sides together at the bottom corner 
      with seams pressed open.
      Mark 1" up from the bottom corner.  Stitch on the marked line back tacking at ends.
      Trim the seam 1/4" beyond the stitching.  Repeat for the other bottom corner.
Repeat for the lining.

15)  Turn right side out and press.
        Machine stitch or hand stitch the opening in the lining closed.

Make the Clutch Handle

16) Fold the handle rectangle in half along the 12 1/2" edge, press.
Fold under 1/4" on each edge. Press.

17) Thread the handle trough the swivel clasp.  With the right sides together match the raw edges on the 2" side.  Stitch together with a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam open.

18)   Fold the handle in half, folding under the 1/4" on each edge and pin in place.
Edge stitch along the edge of each long side of the strap.
Fold the handle in half with the seam on top.  Stitch 3/4" from the top edge.

Make a Patchwork Clutch Handle

1) Cut 6 - 2 " x 2 1/2" rectangles.  Stitch the rectangles together on the 2" side.  Press seams open.

2) Fuse the 2" x 12 1/2" interfacing to the back of the patchwork strip.  
Follow steps #16 - 18 to finish!


Make it Modern with Bee Basics and Backgrounds



 I had the opportunity to play with the fabric line from  Lori Holts ~ Bee Basics and Backgrounds. I absolutely love Lori Holt's designs and was inspired to make some fun paper pieced blocks.

The background I chose for the blocks is called Bee Backgrounds Pattern in color Mint. It is the perfect background for these sewing themed blocks. Can you find the vintage 60's gal with the bee hive hair do? She is so darn cute!

I used five different prints sewn together for the body of the Thread Spool. I love how it turned out!
I also used the Bee Happy text print to add some fun fussy cut words to the thread spool. 

I used the same Bee Happy text print for the fussy cut text and the adorable Heart print for the body of the Vintage Iron. 

The blocks were begging to be made into some fun boxy pouches.

The happy ginghams were perfect for binding the top of the pouches!

You can find the Vintage Sewing Paper Piecing Patterns and the Home Sweet Home zipper pouch in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.

Happy Sewing!



"Sew Much Fun" - Diamond Patchwork Purse and matching Macaroon Pouch


I had the pleasure of working with the absolutely adorable new fabric collection "Sew Much Fun" from Riley Blake Designs.

This sewing themed collection includes a sewing machine print, thread spool prints and lovely florals in shades of pink, coral, and light blue.

The selvages are adorable and I used one to trim the top of the pocket on my Diamond Patchwork Purse.

You can find the Diamond Patchwork Purse in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.

The background fabric for the diamond spool pocket is Riley Blake Linen in color Natural.  The shoulder strap was make with Riley Blake Linen in color Navy.

Of course I had to make a matching zipper pouch!  This is the larger Macaroon Pouch. You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.  

The cute zipper pull is from Sunny Day Supply - free gift with purchase : )

If you make a project with Sew Much Fun fabric, be sure to use the following hashtags.  I love to see what you make!

#SewMuchFunFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!



She Who Sews - Tote Bag and Petal Pouch

 I love sewing themed fabrics and "She Who Sews" is no exception. The new fabric designed by J. Wecker Frisch includes vintage sewing machine and notions inspired designs, and is printed on a lovely light weight cotton twill. 

"She Who Sews" is a perfect fabric for home decoration projects and bags. I decided to make a very large and useful tote bag. The large scale button print is the perfect choice for the outside bag and I used the vintage sewing Machine print for the outside pocket. It is always nice to have a large tote for extra large sewing projects or for trips to the market. You can find the Tote Bag pattern in my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing"

I just had to make a zipper pouch with the adorable vintage sewing machine fabric! The Petal Pouch from Noodlehead was the perfect choice! You can find the pattern HERE

Please be sure to tag any projects you make with She Who Sews with the hashtags 

#SheWhoSewsFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!

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Emma Fan Quilt


I had the pleasure of working with the new fabric line "Emma" from Citrus and Mint designs for Riley Blake Designs. The prints are adorable, and from the collection name you can guess the fabric collection is based on the Jane Austen novel "Emma".

The prints include couples dancing, beautiful houses, florals and swallows, to name a few.

I thought that fans were strictly a fashion item but, actually they were used to communicate with a suitor! 

My favorite is "I wish to be acquainted" which would be conveyed by holding the fan in the left hand and covering your face below the eyes. You can find more fascinating facts [HERE]

I had such fun combining pairs of fabric, and a green print to make each fan. The fans are paper pieced and then set on point.

I chose to use the extra fabric from the Fans to create a scrappy backing and binding.

The beautiful fan quilting design was stitched by Ashely of Hen House Quilting.

If you are interested in making your own Fan Quilt, I created a pattern which is available in my Etsy shop Charise Creates.

Happy Sewing!