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Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Creating a Double Sided Strap

Creating a Double Sided Strap - Andrie Designs

Hi there! Soooo….. Since I posted my double sided strap a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had numerous people ask me how I made it and if I’d be willing to put together a tutorial so they can have a go themselves. Naturally I said yes and, well, here it is! In a nutshell, I […]

Cleo Everyday Wallet – VIDEO: Folding the Wings

Cleo Everyday Wallet - Video - Folding the Wings - Andrie Designs

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Coming soon to a screen near you – it’s the Cleo Everyday Wallet video!!! Ok… So maybe not quite ‘big motion picture’ size, and maybe not ‘soon’ (it’s actually now, LOL!), but yes – I have a wonderful short clip for you on how to fold your Cleo Everyday Wallet […]

Cleo Everyday Wallet – Time To Give Cleo Her Wings!

Cleo Everyday Wallet - Time to give Cleo her wings - Andrie Designs

Let me start by saying I am absolutely LOVING seeing all the Cleo Everyday Wallets popping up around social media… From my Instagram feed to my Facebook group, there is such growing variety of styles and fabric combinations, the ideas list for my next few seems to be growing and growing! ~ For more information […]

Adventure Time Backpack – The Dreaded Step 14 (LOL!)

Adventure Time Backpack - The Dreaded Step 14 - Andrie Designs

I’ve noticed a couple of people stalling at step 14 (page 8) of the Adventure Time Backpack pattern… Expressions such as ‘what on earth?!’, ‘HUH??’, ‘I don’t GET this!!’, and probably some even more incriminating profanities, have most likely been uttered at this point in the pattern. I’d also be willing to bet a few […]

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 […]

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 […]