"To Grandmother's House" Ruffle Basket


Hi! I'm so thrilled to share  a new project made with the adorable new fabric, “To Grandmother’s House” designed by Jennifer Long for Riley Blake Designs.

“To Grandmother’s House” has the most adorable prints and many of the prints are perfect for fussy cutting. If you have followed me on Instagram or here on my blog, you know how much I love a good fussy cut print. 

Grandmother, Little Red and the Wolf were perfect for the windows of my “Cottage Block” Pattern which is the feature of this basket.

You can find the Cottage Block and Ruffle Basket Patterns in my Etsy shop.

I made another cute little basket with my “Curvy Basket” pattern and featured “Through the Woods” print. 

I love how it turned out. You can never have too many cute storage containers for your sewing room : )

I hope my projects inspire you to sew with "To Grandmother's House"

If you do make a project with this adorable fabric, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags:

#IloveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns #ToGrandmothersHouseFabric

I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing


Charise : )


Flora No.6 Ruffle Purse and an Apple Pouch


Hi! Today I'm sharing projects from the beautiful new "Flora No 6" collection by Echo Park Paper Co.

I chose to use the pink palette of lovely florals, ginghams and a beautiful watercolor floral print. The line also includes pretty yellow and blue color ways. View the entire collection [HERE]

The purse is made with my Diamond Patchwork Purse pattern which has a roomy outside pocket, and button and loop closure.  I added a ruffle to the pocket and with the cute coordinating gingham.

The outside pocket was perfect for the gorgeous "Cloud Main" Watercolor Floral print. I used "Raspberry Gingham" for the Ruffle and "Pink Daisies" for the body. 

Raspberry Blossom was the perfect basic for the straps and purse gusset.

I added a sweet little patch on the back of the purse made with the main Floral print.

My Apple Pouch turned out so cute in the same prints! 

The Apple Pouch pattern is FREE on my blog and you can find it [HERE]

The Apple Zipper Pouch is approximately 6" x 5" - a perfect size for organizing small items. 

It would also be a fun gift and perfectly sized for a gift card.

Please be sure to share your projects made with “Flora” fabric on social media with the hashtags 

#FloraFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns - I love to see what you make!

You can follow me on Instagram at Charise Creates to see more of what I'm up to : )

Happy Sewing!



Apple Zipper Pouch Pattern and Tutorial

Hello and Happy Holidays!

Today I'm sharing a pattern for an adorable Apple Zipper Pouch.  It would make a great gift and is a perfect size for credit cards, makeup essential and anything that would fit into a petite zipper pouch : )


Apple Zipper Pouch

4 1/2"  x  5 1/2" 


A Left Front: 10" square

B Right Front: 10" square

C Back: 1/4 yard

Apple Stem: 3 1/2" x 2"

3/8" double fold Bias strip - 22 1/2"  (To make your own binding, see my tutorial HERE)

Fusible Fleece: 6" x 14"


1/2" D ring

9" coil zipper (You can also use a 4" metal zipper which can be found [HERE]

Cute zipper pull (optional)


Light Print - 1 -A, 1 -B

Dark Print - 1 -A, 1 -B

Print for Back - 2 - C

Fusible Fleece - 1 -A, 1 -B, 1- C

Apply the Fusible Fleece

Apply the fusible fleece to A, B and C following manufacturer directions

Find the Pattern [HERE]

1. Trim the coil zipper to 4 1/2" measuring from the top of the zipper head.  Stitch along the bottom of the zipper 1/4" from the edge and the top 1/4" from the edge.

2. Place the unfused Fabric Apple C wrong side up.  Place the fused Fabric Apple C on top, right side up.  Pin layers together.

Quilt the Apple as desired.  I used a 1" diamond grid pattern.


A. Fold the 3 1/2" x 2" strip in half wrong sides together along the long side.  Press.

B. Unfold the strip.  Match the raw edge to the center crease and press.

C. Repeat for the second side.  Press

D. Press in half.

E. Edge stitch both sides of the strip.

4.  Thread the strip through the D-ring.  Baste along the top edge 1/4" from the edge.


5. Place the strip on the back Apple centered at top, matching raw edge.  Baste in Place 1/4" from the raw edge,

6. Place the zipper right sides with the Left Fused Fabric Apple.  Pin in place.  Stitch with a 1/4" stitch.

Place the Light Fabric Right Apple on top - sandwiching the zipper.  Stitch with a 1/4" stitch.

7.  Press the  Apple away from the zipper.  Top stitch 1/4" from the edge.

Repeat for the Apple B - Right side.

Quilt the Left and Right Panels as desired.

8.  Place the Zipper Panel on top of the back panel matching raw edges.  Baste around the perimeter 1/4" from the raw edge.

9.  Fold under 1/4" on one short edge of the bias binding strip. Place the binding at the bottom of the back apple matching raw edges.  Pin the binding around the perimeter of the apple.

10. Stitch around the perimeter with a 1/4" stitch.  When you reach the starting point, stitch 1/2" beyond the folded edge back stitching at the end.  Trim the bias tape close to stitching.

11. Fold the bias to the front side just covering the stitching and pin in place.  Edge stitch the binding in place.

I love to see your creations!  Please share your makes on social media with the hashtags:

#ChariseCreates #ChariseCreatesPattern #ApplePouch

Happy Sewing!



Floral Gardens - Curvy Purse and Macaroon Pouch

Hi!   Today I am sharing a few projects I made with the new line of fabrics – “Floral Gardens” by The Royal Horticultural Society.

I love to garden so I was delighted to make a few projects with this garden inspired line of fabric. The line includes large scale florals that are absolutely stunning so I picked a projects that featured the large floral print.

My Curvy Purse has two outside pockets and I used the large scale floral – “Floral Gardens Main” in color Sky and bordered it with “Floral Gardens Blossom” in color Sky. The beautiful rose florals are the star of the show! 

The pattern calls for piping so I made my own using “Garden Tiles” print in color Navy and also used the Tiles print for the adjustable purse strap.

My second project is my large Macaroon Pouch. I used the Floral Gardens Linen Floral for the center panel. The Floral Blossoms print in color pink is the perfect border.

“Garden Tile” in color pink is the perfect print for the handle on the Macaroon Pouch.

I love to see your projects! Please be sure to include the following hashtags on your projects using Floral Gardens Fabric

#ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns #FloralGardensFabric

Happy Sewing

Charise : )


Afternoon Tea Fabric - Granny Purse and Curvy Zipper Pouch

 I had the pleasure of working with "Afternoon Tea" designed by Beverly at Flamingo Toes. The line includes lovely florals, a gingham and lovely tea themed fabrics.

Now that it is Fall, I'm enjoying a steaming cup of tea in the afternoon so this is a perfectly timed fabric collection.

My "Granny Bag" was the perfect project project for this adorable fabric line. It is the perfect size for all your fall sewing and knitting projects. 

There are two functional and cute outside pockets and two inside pockets for lots of storage. The large floral is such a lovely pop for the inside of the purse.

My "Tea Time" paper pieced pattern was the perfect motif to use for the outside pocket.

The patch pocket on the opposite side of the purse has a gathered detail and features the cutest print featuring "Afternoon Tea Labels" in color Salmon.

The selvage on the fabric is so adorable and I just had to find a way to use it in a project.

It was perfect for the top edge of the gathered pocket on my Curvy Zipper pouch. 

Aren't the tea pots and tea cups adorable on the selvage adorable?!

This adorable fabric line required a cute storage option so I made my Large Curvy Basket to store my "Afternoon Tea" fabric. I stitched up my "Tea Cup" pattern to adorn the basket. I love how it turned out!

It was so much fun to stitch up projects with "Afternoon Tea" fabric.

I'd love to see what you make with this lovely fabric. Be sure to tag your photos on social media with the following hashtags:

#AfternoonTeaFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns #ILoveRileyBlake

Happy Sewing!



Storytime 30s - Apple Projects including Two new patterns!


Hi friends!

Today I am sharing projects that I made with the new line of fabric - "Storytime 30s" designed by Riley Blake Designers for Riley Blake. As you will see, they are all Apple themed projects.

The fabrics are 1930 feed sack inspired prints in bright, fun colors.

My Apple Orchard Hot Pad was a perfect project for the pink and red prints. The pattern is available in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.

I was so inspired by this adorable fabric that I designed a new pattern - My Apple Coaster! It is a simple pattern that is meant to let the fabric shine!

You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.

I designed this Apple Apron which features an adorable apple pocket!

The waistband is trimmed with a jumbo ric rac for a sweet scalloped edge.

The apron is trimmed with the sweet pink and red floral. I love to have a cute apron to wear in the kitchen because I am an extremely messy cook : )

Find the Apple Apron Pattern [HERE]

Be sure to share your projects made with "Storytime 30s" fabric on social media with the hashtags:

#ILoveRileyBlake #Storytime30sFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!

Charise : )