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!


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