Sew Mama Sew Give~away Day Winner

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments.  I always have so much fun reading them : )

The winner of the Lovely Gathered Purse Trio and Kit is......(Drumroll)

Wild Irish

who said:

"Amazing bag pattern but more so your fabric choices are amazing."

Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

If you didn't win and you'd like to make one of my Lovely Gathered Purses you can find the pattern in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!



Sew Mama Sew Give~Away Day!

Hello and Happy Monday.  

 I'm very excited to be a part of Sew Mama Sew's Give~Away day.
If you haven't visited my blog before, I am a designer who loves to create sewing patterns and write for sewing magazines and books.  I also love to share free sewing patterns and tutorials.

I designed a new purse pattern - The Lovely Gathered Purse Trio.
I'm giving away a copy of the pattern + a kit to make the clutch you see pictured!
This pattern is an easy make for a last minute Christmas gift!

The clutch has a metallic silver zipper and silver clasp and D-Ring.  The fabrics included in the kit are Essex Linen from Robert Kaufmann and a cotton/linen print by Annika Wester for Kokka.

The pattern includes three different sizes.

The Shopper is the largest at a very generous 16" x 14 1/2".
I absolutely love this size.  If you like big purses this is the size for you!

The "Around Town" is a perfect 13" x 11"
Not too big and not too small.

The clutch is compact but roomy enough for all your essentials when you want to carry a smaller bag.

Each purse a has zipper closure on the top and
the inside has a zipper lining pocket.

I have some more fabrics picked out for this bag.  I can't wait to make some more versions!

The pattern is a PDF download that includes the pattern for all three sizes plus 11 pages of easy to follow instructions and illustrations!

Now for the Give~Away!
Please leave a comment below by December 12 at 5 p.m. PST.  below and I will pick a winner.
Give away is open to all commenters!

Good Luck!

Mollie Makes Patchwork and Quilting Winner

Congratulations Sislyn2

who said:
I would enjoy making the laundry bag. I am still working on my first quilt.

I will email you shortly!

'Tis the season for give-aways.

I will be posting another for Sew Mama Sews Give~away day today!



Mollie Makes Patchwork & Quilting and A Give-away!

Vinage Laundy Bag by Charise Randell

Some months back, I was asked to contribute to the book "Mollie Makes Patchwork and Quilting."  Of course I jumped at the chance!  The publisher, Collins and Brown, asked for a paper pieced project to add to this skill building quilting book.

It was a fun project to design.   I was inspired by vintage laundry bags, and my favorite paper piecing patterns to make - clothing!

  The original design had the work "Laundry" embroidered beneath the clothing. Since Collins and Brown publishes in different languages I designed the sweet bee and flight path in its place : )

The individual clothing blocks are very easy to make and a fun way to combine some prized fabrics.

The bag is easy to construct and has a contrast drawstring top with contrast trim.  I chose to use a coordinating fabric from the A-line skirt.

And a red gingham lining to match the ribbon.

It is a lovely book filled with wonderful projects.  On my list it make is this adorable camera case.

And this sweet tea cozy.

Pavilion books sent me a extra copy so I am having a give away.
Please leave a comment sharing if you are making any Holiday gifts and what you are making.

Comments will be open until Sunday 10:00 p.m. PST.
Open to United States addresses only.

Good Luck!



Sponsor News ~ Black Friday Sales

Hello and Happy Friday! 

I wanted to share some sponsor new with you just in case you "need" to do a bit of shopping for yourself!

Sew Me a Song is having a Thanksgiving shipping special: $0.99US/ $5.99 Canada/ $8.99 everywhere else running through Cyber Monday. 

Fat Quarter shop Black Friday Sale is 25% off the whole store!

Pink Castle Fabrics is offering 30%!

Have fun!


Sale in My Etsy Shop & Holiday Gift Making Ideas : )

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you are having a lovely holiday with family and friends!
I am having a sale in my Etsy shop - 30% off all patterns through Sunday November 30th!
Use the code Thankful

It is still time to make a gift for that special someone!
How about a hot pad for the cook in your family?
These are made from my Apron and mixing bowls pattern.  Find the tutorial for the round potholder HERE

Or this charming Apple Potholder!

Cozy Cottage Pattern available at Charise Creates Etsy Shoppe

Any of my Paper Piecing Patterns make an adorable pillow!

Mini Cottages Pattern in Charise Creates Etsy Shoppe
Sachets are always a welcome gift.  I can't seem to have enough of them!  They make your clothes smell diving and keep your fabric stash smelling lovely!

If you are looking for some Free patterns and Tutorials - I have lots of those too!

Pouches make a fun gift - filled with goodies of course!
Find my 12 Patch Pouch Tutorial HERE

A frame pouch makes a fun gift as well.

These sunny  Citrus Pouches are the perfect size for a pencil pouch.

A set of fun coasters is always a wonderful gift!
Especially when it is adorned with my free paper pieced apple design.

Or a perfect project to use up some scraps like my pinwheel coasters!

How about a Sketch Book Cover for your favorite artist?

Happy Creating


Sunday Stash ~ On Monday : )

Fabrics Left to Right, Top to Bottom
1) Essex Steel Yarn Dye linen and Annika Wester for Kokka Fabric, 2) C+ S Fabrics: XOXO and Mustang Arrows
3) Cotton + Steel Fabrics: Rose Border and Netorious 4) Gold Daiwabo Dot and Cotton and Steel Metallic Netorious Fabric 

 I hope you are enjoyed your Sunday!  All my boys (The big one too) headed  to the in-laws to watch the Seahawks game so I was home alone sewing!  Happy Day : ) 

The swatches above are for a new pattern I'm working on - The Lovely Gathered Purse Trio.  There will be a clutch, small bag and large bag or what I'm calling a shopper size.  The project is easy to sew and makes great gifts.  Stay tuned for finished project images!
I posted this photo on Instagram and there was a lot of love for the zippers - aren't they perfect?  I found these metallic beauties at Joann fabrics!

I am also cutting out this fabric combo for the Large Shopper.  An older Melody Miller Print with Denim and Leather Trim.  You can still find this fabulous print at Sew Me A Song!  I'm almost out so I need to order more!

Last week I received these lovely fabrics from Krista at Spotted Stones.  I love them all and can't wait to make a patchwork pouch.

Enjoy your day!