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