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!


Flower Garden Fabric and a FREE Patchwork Tote Pattern

Spring is my favorite time of year.  There is nothing more exciting than anticipating new blooms and having a sunny day to tend to the garden.

When I had the chance to make a project with Flower Garden fabric from Riley Blake Designs I jumped at the chance!  Such a cheery fabric line and the perfect fabric for Spring sewing.

The fabric line is just beautiful with water color florals, ditzy sweet florals and a lovely gingham.

I am  patiently waiting until I can start wearing my Spring clothes as it is still a bit chilly in the Pacific Northwest, and I thought it would be fun to make a tote to complement my Spring wardrobe.

So...... I designed a tote.  The free pattern can be found at the bottom of this post.

 The Patchwork Tote was designed to showcase the lovely Flower Garden Prints.  The patchwork panels make outside pockets and are so handy!  The strap is extra long so it can be worn cross body.

I lined the tote with the largest floral from the collection - Flower Garden Main color Blue.

I love to see the lining peeking out at the top of the tote : )

I used Riley Linen in color Natural for the body and straps of the tote which allows the Flower Garden Prints to shine.

The cute little charm hanging from the pocket loop is from Sunny Day Supply (fun & free gift with purchase)

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

#FlowerGardenFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

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

#ChariseCreatesPattern #PatchworkTote

Patchwork Tote Pattern 

12" x 12" finished

Fabric - 42" wide

Linen - 1 yard

Body: 2 - 12 1/2" x 12 1/2",  Straps: 2 - 2 1/2" x 36 1/2" ,  Gusset: 1 - 2 1/2" x 35" ,             Pocket Lining: 2 - 12 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Print #1 -  1/2 yard

Lining Body: 2 - 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Gusset - 1 - 2 1/2" x 35" 

Print Squares: 7 different prints - F8 (8 1/2" x 22")

56 - 2 1/2" square

2 - A

2 - B

Button Loop:  4 1/2"   x   1 1/4"

Gingham Print -  F4 (18" x 22")

Bias Strips: 2 - 1 1/4" x 13",   2 - 1 1/4" x 2 1/4",  

Fusible Fleece - 1 yard

Pocket - 2 - 12 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Body - 2 - 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"

Gusset - 1 - 2 1/2" x 35"

Medium Wt Interfacing - 1/8 yard

Strap: 1 - 2 1/2" x 36 1/2"


Button - 1/2" or Larger

Charm (for pocket loops)

You can find the pattern for corner pieces A and B [HERE]

1) Make the Patchwork Pocket

Arrange  the 28 print squares,  PLUS 1 - A, and 1 - B pieces that make up the panel, in your desired design.

Stitch each row together.  Press seam allowances in one direction, each row in alternating opposite direction. 

Stitch the rows together, nesting seams. 

Press horizontal seams open.

 Make 2.

2) Fuse the batting to the wrong side of the patchwork panel.  Trim the batting around the corners.

Place the Linen rectangle on the back of the batting, baste in place.  Trim the batting around  the corners.

Quilt diagonal lines on the patchwork panel. 
Repeat for the second panel.

3) Fold the gingham 1 1/4" x 2 1/4" in half wrong sides together. Unfold the strip.  Fold the raw edge to the crease line and press in place.
Fold in half and press.  Edge stitch the open edge.

Form a loop.  Place on the top edge of the pocket.  Baste in place.

5)  Fold the bias strip in half wrong sides together. Press
Unfold the strip.  Fold the raw edge to the crease line and press in place.
Fold in half and press.


Place the bias binding on the wrong side of the top pocket matching raw edges, Right sides together .  Stitch the bias to the top edge with a 1/4" stitch.

Wrap the bias to the front panel, folding under the raw edge on the fold line.  Edgestitch in Place.

Repeat for the second pocket.

Fuse the 12 1/2" square fusible batting to the wrong side of the 12 1/2" linen square.
Quilt horizontal lines 1" apart.

Place the Pocket on the 12 1/2" quilted linen square.  Baste around the side and bottom edge.  Trim the bottom corners of the linen square.

Make a loop with the  4 1/2"   x   1 1/4" linen strip as Instruction #3.  Place the loop at the top center of one of the panels.  Baste in place.

Fuse the 2 1/2" x 35" Gusset batting rectangle to the back on the 2 1/2" x 35" Gusset linen rectangle.

(You can quilt the gusset if desired)

Fold the gusset in half lengthwise to find the center point.  Match the center of the gusset to the bottom center of the Purse Panel.  Pin in place.  Pin the gusset to the Panel matching raw edges.

Stitch with a 1/4" stitch.  Repeat for the other side.

Turn right side out and press.

Place pattern piece A and B to the bottom edges of the 12 1/2" Lining rectangles and trim around the pattern pieces.

Make the lining following instructions #7 leaving a 6" opening at the bottom of one side of the lining.

11) Make the Handle:

Fuse the 2 1/2" x 35" interfacing to the wrong side of one linen handle.
Place the Linen  2 1/2" x 35" rectangle right sides together with the interfaced handle.
Stitch each long edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press seams open. 
Turn right side out.  Press flat.
Edgestitch each long edge.

Place the handle on the top gusset edge right side together.  Baste in place.
Place the lining right sides together with the outside tote panel.  
Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Turn right side out.  Press.

Stitch the top 1/4" from the top edge, stitching through all layers.

Stitch the opening in the lining closed.

Attach a button centered, 1/2" above the pocket edge.

To add a little extra fun, you can add a charm to one or both loops on the pocket.  

Enjoy your Patchwork Tote!


Little Women and A Farmhouse Pattern + a Free Pattern

 Little Women is one of my favorite books (and movies),  so I was very happy to have the opportunity to make a project (or two : ) ) with the new line of fabric - "Little Women" by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs.

The author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, wrote the book at Orchard House.  Orchard House is a clapboard farmhouse in located in Concord, Ma and was the setting for the book.  You can read more about Louisa May Alcott and Orchard House [HERE]

Jill's illustrations of the little women were just begging to be fussy cut!  I decided to make a farmhouse inspired by Orchard House so that I could fill the windows with the women and adorable motifs from the fabric.

Each sister,  and Marmee can be seen in the windows of the house.

So much fun to fussy cut adding the cutest little images like the inkwell which is from the "Gifts" print.

At the last minute, I decided to make a cute little pouch.  The 12 Patch Pouch is another pattern perfect for fussy cutting.  The pattern is a free pattern you can find [HERE]  

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

#LittleWomenFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!




Malibu Barbie Patch Pocket Tote


I will never pass up the chance to work with Barbie themed fabrics.  Sewing clothes for Barbie when I was just 5 years old was my introduction to sewing!

The new Malibu Barbie fabric from Riley Blake Designs is so fun. The fabrics have a 70"s vibe in a vivid array of blues, pink and yellow.

Of course I had to make a dress for Barbie : )  The cute shift dress is from the book "Sewing Clothes for Barbie" by Annabel Benilan.  I used "Barbie Icons" in Hot Pink for the dress.

The Patch Pocket tote is the perfect size to fit Barbie and all her accessories!   You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.  

I used "Hearts" in pink for the body of the purse.  The pocket fabric is "Malibu Barbie Main" in color Multi.  The stripe print in this collection is perfect to trim the top of the pocket and tote bag.  Riley 1/8" Gingham in color Yellow is the perfect compliment for the handles.

If you make a project with Malibu Barbie, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the following Hashtags:

#ILoveRileyBlake    #RileyBlakeDesigns   #MalibuBarbieFabric

Happy Sewing

xo, Charise


Sugar and Spice Curvy Baskets and Granny Purse

Hi!  Today I and excited to share some projects made with the new line of fabric from Riley Blake Designs - "Sugar and Spice."  I adore this fabric line with the Valentine's Day themed fabrics. I didn't design just one project but two!

I created the Curvy Basket Trio because who doesn't need cute and fun storage options?  

The adorable fussy cut panel is Sugar and Spice main which I combined with Sweethearts print for the sides of the baskets and the lining.  The baskets are bound and piped with Riley Gingham and the large basket uses Sugar and spice Stripe.

I like to have treats in my sewing room and the smallest basket is the perfect size for snacks : )

My Fussy Cut Heart pattern is another perfect pattern to highlight the adorable Sugar and Spice Main print.

The second project  I created with Sugar and Spice is this Granny Bag.  I adore that the Riley Blake Gingham complements the floral print so well!

The fussy cut heart made a perfect addition to the patch pocket on the purse.  

Sugar and Spice is such a fun fabric collection!  

Be sure to tag any photos on social media with the hashtags 

#ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns #SugarAndSpiceFabric

Be sure to check out my Etsy Pattern shop - Charise Creates  for the Fussy Cut Heart Pattern, Curvy Basket Trio and Granny Purse.

Happy Sewing!

xo Charise


Log Cabin Purse in Easter Parade Fabric


Today I am excited to share a new pattern made with the adorable line of fabric "Easter Parade" by Lindsay Wilkes for Riley Blake Designs.

Easter Parade is such an adorable fabric line with fabrics that just scream to be fussy cut!  

I created the Log Cabin Purse with Fussy cutting in mind.   The center panel is perfect to showcase your favorite print.

The Log Cabin Purse Pattern also includes instructions to make you own fabric handles as well as an inside lining pocket and a top zipper closure.

You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop [HERE]

The Center panel showcases the adorable Easter Parade Main print in Pink and below in Blue.  

There are so many lovely floral and Easter themed prints and this log cabin design showcases them all!

The Zipper pull was another perfect fussy cutting opportunity!

If you are looking for a quicker project, check out my Free Log Cabin Zipper Pouch pattern!  I stitched up this cute little pouch in an afternoon.

You can find The Log Cabin Zipper Pouch and lots more free patterns [HERE]

Be sure to tag your "Easter Parade" fabric creations with the hashtags #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns and #EasterParadeFabric on Social Media.

Happy Sewing!