Hardware Heaven: Bag Making Toys and Tools

Hardware Heaven Introduction - Andrie Designs

Welcome to the first edition of Hardware Heaven, a weekly series discussing the exciting assortment of hardware and tools available to you in the bag making world. Some time during your bag making life you’re going to come across the need to use handbag hardware. Be it a simple magnetic snap, or enough shiny bling […]

Pricing Handmade Items to Sell

Pricing Handmade Items to Sell - Andrie Designs

Pricing handmade items can be difficult. We’re often plagued with thoughts such as “Am I charging too much?”, “Nobody will pay that!!!”, “I don’t want to rip anyone off”. All too soon we find ourselves lowering to what we think is a ‘reasonable’ price only to discover that we’re earning so little we might as […]

Meet the Maker: Melisa Jane

Meet the Maker: Melisa Jane - Andrie Designs

If you’ve been following the handmade bag scene for a while, today’s guest will need little introduction. If you’re new here, then boy are you in for treat. For over four years Melisa Jane has been gracing our Facebook pages with her gorgeous fabric combinations and flawless construction. With each and every creation she shows […]

Meet the Maker: Peppa N Salt

Meet the Maker: Peppa N Salt - Andrie Designs

Our Meet the Maker guest for today will come as no surprise to those of you in the Andrie Designs Patterns Group on Facebook. With her gorgeous fabrics and beautiful bag construction it’s hard to look past her amazing creations, but there is one thing that definitely makes them stand out from the crowd. Spandex!!! Today’s […]

Meet the Maker: Buntings & Things

Meet the Maker: Buntings & Things - Andrie Designs

Welcome to the first instalment of our brand new blog series, Meet the Maker, where we will be getting up close and personal with some of your favourite bag creators. Discover what they love about bag making, and what they kinda-like-but-think-maybe-we-should-just-be-friends. They may even share a few of their own hints, tips and favourite bag […]

Installing a Prong Back Turn Lock

Installing A Prong Back Turn Lock - Andrie Designs

I recently wrote an article for Issue 10 of the digital sewing magazine One Thimble on installing prong back turn locks and thought you might like to have a read of it here on my blog as well. Turn locks are a particular piece of handbag hardware that I have grown to be quite fond […]

Reducing Bulk – Tips to Help Combat Bulky Seams in Your Next Bag

Reducing Bulk - Andrie Designs

Bulky seams. The bugbear of bag makers everywhere. Even if you’re lucky enough to sew through all of the layers, how do you stop those unsightly visible stitches from sneaking through to the right side, peering at you in silent judgement? Sewing through many layers is difficult at the best of times, but with bags […]