Down the Rabbit Hole - Tea Party


I had the pleasure of working with the new line of fabric from Jill Howarth - "Down the Rabbit Hole" for Riley Blake Designs.

I love every fabric line Jill designs and this one does not disappoint. It is adorable! The first theme that came to mind when thinking of Alice's adventures in Wonderland was a Tea Party!

The fabrics are perfect for fussy cutting so I decided to make tea cup coasters with a cute image of Alice on each teacup.

Both of the coasters use "Blossoms" from Riley Blake Designs, which is a great basic and coordinates so well with "Down the Rabbit Hole".

If you want to make some cute coasters - see below : )

Coaster Tutorial:

Materials: (for one coaster)

7" square fusible batting

7" square fabric

7" tea cup block (I used my Tea Cup and Tea Time patterns which you can find [HERE]

30" - 3/8" wide finished bias binding

* Add borders to your block so that it measures 7" square

1)  Create a quilt sandwich.  Quilt the top block to the batting as desired.   I used a stitch in the ditch stitching around the teacup and straight line stitching beneath the cup.

2)  Pin the backing to the quilted tea cup.  Use the Creative Grids Multi sized curved corner ruler or the edge of a small cup to trace the curved shape on all the corners of the coaster.  Cut the curved edge of all corners.

3)  Baste around the perimeter of the coaster.

4) Head on over to my Bias Binding Tutorial to finish the project.

Continuing the tea party theme, I made these cute and comfy pillows with a fussy cut teapot and coordinating teacup. 

You can find all the teacup and teapot patterns in my Etsy Shop - Charise Creates.

Click [HERE] for a handy little tutorial on making and applying bias binding which I used on all the projects.

Happy Sewing!



Curvy Purse in Art Journal Fabric

Hi!  Hope you are doing well!  So happy you are here!

I had the opportunity to sew a project with the new Art Journal Fabric from J Wecker Frisch for Riley Blake Fabrics.  

The fabric line is a beautiful collection of vintage inspired prints including vintage text, sheet music and advertising images. 

The Flower Press Patch Panel has the most lovely vintage images and I knew I wanted to use it in my project. 

I designed the Curvy purse with a Panel Pocket which is the perfect place to highlight a favorite fabric.

The Curvy Purse has a handy zipper closure, adjustable strap, and an inside zipper pocket.

I also designed this version using the fabric "Parchment Art Journal Dear Folks Script", and the lovely gold Floral Guide sewing panel. 

If you make a project with Art Journal Fabric, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the following hashtags:

#ArtJournalFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns #ILoveRileyBlake

Happy Sewing!




"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!