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 […]

Stand Up & Tote Notice – What Goes Where?

Stand Up & Tote Notice - What Goes Where? - Andrie Designs

Hello everyone! Today’s post is short and sweet and is for the Stand Up & Tote Notice pattern. If you haven’t grabbed your copy of this extremely popular pattern then you can do so here. If it’s your first time making this bag then you may find it a bit confusing trying to work out […]

Saggy Linings Be Gone!

Saggy Linings Be Gone! Tips to help correct a saggy lining in your next bag - Andrie Designs

I think you will all agree that there is nothing more frustrating than stitching that final seam of your bag, turning everything out the right way, and discovering that the lining looks like you’re toting the Saggy Baggy Elephant. Loose lining can be caused by a number of factors. Inaccurate cutting, fabric shrinkage, too small […]

PDF Troubleshooting

Flow chart - PDF Troubleshooting - Andrie Designs

The introduction of PDF patterns has opened up a whole new world for designers to develop and deliver their latest creations right to your doorstep (or your computer at least). Unfortunately, it has also opened up a whole new world of issues that arise from printing your own patterns. Files not opening, pages not lining […]

Stand Up & Tote Notice Pattern Hack – Key Hook

Stand Up & Tote Notice Hack - Adding a key hook - Andrie Designs

A few days ago I released this great pattern hack for adding an inner zipper pocket to your Stand Up & Tote Notice bag. It had me thinking about other features I could include to really take this bag to the next level. I didn’t have to think long before I realised this was the […]