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Basic 3 D Sketching Tutorial & Free Deluxe Diaper Bag PDF

Hey y’all and welcome to Behind the Seams with Andrea! Today, I am demonstrating how I sketch my bag designs in 3D. I learned this technique as a child and…

Mini Duffel Sewing Tutorial

Mini Duffel Bag Sewing Tutorial

In this two part video series…we will be assembling a mini duffel bag that is perfect for everyday use. For this project you will need to precut the following pieces…

My home studio (sanctuary) in the making

The room before… Quick trip to Lowes for 2 by 4’s, 32″ door, drywall, shims and screws. Meg’s boyfriend, TJ, is super talented and an awesome human BE-ing! In two…

Finished product and prototype collection

Studio and web redesign in progress

Hey y’all! I am in the process of resigning my work and web space—which is why this post is a day late. Par for the course, I jumped in way…

How to create a custom project label using Arteza fabric markers

https://arteza.com/dp/fabric-markers-assorted-colors-set-of-30?utm_source=postaffiliatepro&utm_medium=affiliate&a_aid=Youtube_Sewspire. How to create a project label with fabric markers How to create a project label with fabric markers

Interactive Sketchbook — Small Duffel Design

Hey y’all and welcome back to my interactive design book! This week I am working on two designs. A full size duffel bag which I am going to use as…

Behind the Seams with Andrea – Graduation gone wrong

Yesterday, Meg, was passed her high school diploma in a plastic bin through the passenger window of her mini cooper by a masked man I’ve never met. Honestly, I would…

Route 66 Tote Bag Pattern

How to sew my Route 66 Tote

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! I am so excited to show you how to begin assembling the Route 66 Tote. This is a generously sized bag–perfect for everyday hauls–that…

Arteza 6" Quilters Ruler

Andrea’s interactive sketchbook concept

Hey y’all and welcome to a special edition of Behind the Seams with Andrea! Today I have created a time-lapse video of me working in the new interactive design book…

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Do you believe everything works out like it is meant to be? Or, some variation of that? I do. Shortly after I closed my Etsy shop in March 2020, as…

Tye Dye Create Tee Collection

Behind the Seams with Andrea

The Create. Tee Collection was first launched as a means to generate funds that would be specifically used to upgrade the computer I use to edit and store the video…

How to sew a drawstring fabric bin

Serger Sewing Project Idea #3: Drawstring Fabric Bin

Hey y’all and welcome to project #3 in the Sewspire Serger Sewing Series. This sweet little drawstring bin is perfect for organizing your favorite fabrics and comes together quick with…

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Hey y’all and welcome to my weekly blog post. I hope you like the new layout here on Sewspire.com which includes a fresh theme and no more ads! For many…

Serger Shopping Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial

Serger Sewing: Everyday Shopping Tote Bag

For this project you will need: (4) 24″ H x 18″ W cotton fabric panels (1) 18″ x 18″ scrap panel to create a template Serger Thread Scissors Iron

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Today marks the eighth day of May and the end of my eighth week of self isolation. During this time I can count on one hand the number of people…

Sewspire Serger Sewing Series

Serger Sewing with Sewspire

Behind the Seams with Andrea

I can’t remember what I was working on the last time I had the studio to myself. As I sip my third cup of coffee, and lookout over this village,…

Pen and Post it Caddy Sewing Tutorial

Behind the Seams with Andrea and Tools4Wisdom Planner

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is a special planner themed edition of Behind the Seams with a bonus giveaway. Yay! To enter the…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 014: Interior and Zippered Top Closure for the Everyday Backpack (R012-R014)

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and creative inspiration channel. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope…

Behind the Seams (and in the studio!) with Andrea

Now more than ever, I realize the value of having a space in which you can find peace, inspiration and happiness. Ideally, this space would be found inside yourself; but,…

Sewing Recipe 013: Backpack Exterior

Hey y’all! I am so happy to be here with you today. In this video we are continuing to assemble the exterior of my latest backpack design. I will demonstrate…

Mask making burnout from the perspective of a creative genius

Hey y’all and welcome to Behind the Seams with Andrea. If you sew, chances are good you’ve attempted to make at least one mask, for yourself and one for someone…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe: 0012: Fixed backpack straps

Hey y’all! Grab the design book and join me for a new extended sewing project. I am in the process of designing a lightweight backpack that I can use when…

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How to sew a bed side caddy organizer with pockets

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and inspiration blog. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope you…

Behind the Seams with Andrea 3-27-20

Everyday cloth napkins and caddy sewing tutorial

Hey y’all and thank you for joining me today for our weekly sewing tutorial. I hope that you are well and have all you need during this unusual time in…

Behind the Seams with Andrea 3-30-20

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Sewspire Recipe 011: The flap and strap for MBL Messenger Bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Recipe 011! In this video I am showing you how to craft the messenger flap and adjustable shoulder strap that will finish off the My…

Behind the Seams with Andrea 3-13-20

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 010: Interior Origami

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire Recipe 010! In this video I am demonstrating how to craft the interior of my latest design which I am calling My Beautiful Life…

MILESTONE: My first podcast interview

Episode 27 – Starting A YouTube Channel Hey y’all! I am so excited to share my very first podcast interview with you. It was such an absolute pleasure to work…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 009: My Beautiful Life – MBL Exterior

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire Recipe 009! In this video I am demonstrating how to craft the exterior of my latest design which I am calling My Beautiful Life…

Behind the Seams with Andrea 2-28-20 (Vlog)

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Sewspire Sewing Recipe 008: Pattern design and cutting fabric

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire Recipe 008! In this video I am designing a new caddy / bag and demonstrating how I cut my fabric and alter the design…

Behind the Seams with Andrea of Sewspire

Behind the Seams with Andrea 2-21-20

My apologies, I am a few hours behind schedule today as I hosted our first ever Sewspire Sew Along with our Sewspire Patrons at 1 p.m. This may surprise you;…

How to sew a Utility Tote Bag by Sewspire

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 007: Ziptop Closure

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and inspiration channel. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope you…

Behind the Seams with Andrea at Sewspire.com

Behind the Seams with Andrea 2-14-20

Hey y’all and Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope this message finds you showered in love and holding a heart full of gratitude. Just thinking of this community evokes both love…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 006: Layered Bag Handles

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 006: Layered Bag Handles

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and inspiration channel. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope you…

Sewspire Community Sewing Hacks 2020

Behind the Seams with Andrea 2-7-20

Hey y’all and welcome to Behind the Seams with Andrea! In celebration of my 49th Birthday on February 1st I asked the members of our Sewspire Facebook Group to submit…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 005

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 005: The T Method

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire Sewing Recipe 005 in which I demonstrate how to use the T Method to construct the interior of the Utility Tote we have been…

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Behind the Seams with Andrea 1-31-20

Last night we completed the fourth session of AMC (Andrea’s Master Class) and I am so proud of the bags and ideas that sprang forth as a result of this…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 004 Slip Pockets with Trim

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 004: Trimmed Slip Pocket

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and inspiration blog. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope you…

Behind the Seams with Andrea at Sewspire

Behind the Seams with Andrea 1-24-20

Deborah Feinn and I have been co-teaching for about a year now. I create the instructional content, share it with the world via YouTube, and she takes it upon herself…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 003

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 003: Piped Side Pocket Panel

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and inspiration blog. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope you…

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Behind the Seams with Andrea 1-17-20

IMPORTANT UPDATE: There was some confusion regarding the measurements of this piece. Kathy would like the finished bags to be less than 6″ deep. So the bag I have sketched…

Sewspire Sewing Recipe 002

Sewspire Recipe 002: Pleated Padded Pocket Panel

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and inspiration platform. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope you…

Behind The Seams with Andrea at Sewspire

Behind the Seams with Andrea 1-10-20

When sewing, I like to have music or some other recording playing in the background. Yesterday, I started a new audio book entitled We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee…

Sewspire Recipe 001 Layering fabric to create functional pockets

Sewspire Recipe 001: Layering fabric to create functional pockets.

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! My name is Andrea and this is my sewing instruction and inspiration blog. If you are just joining us — welcome! I hope you…

Sewspire Win and Share

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Happy New Year my creative friends! I am so excited to be here with you sharing this moment in time and want to express my sincere gratitude to the people…

Sewspire 2020

Behind the Seams with Andrea 12-27-19

Hey y’all and welcome to the last post of 2019. I have mixed feelings about this year as it seemed to pass at a breakneck speed. Like most, it brought…

Welcome to Sewspire Connecting Creative Minds

Behind the Seams with Andrea 12-20-19

Hey y’all and welcome to my weekly blog post! Today I want to shine the Sewspire Spotlight on my top three NOT Sewspire Sewing Patterns and invite you to share…

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Behind the Seams with Andrea 12-13-19

Hey y’all and welcome to the weekly edition of Behind the Seams! I hope this post finds you well and joyfully immersed in your holiday preparations. It’s an exciting time…

Sewing Pattern Catalog Love

Behind the Seams with Andrea 12-6-19

I still can hardly believe my good fortune! Last night while perusing the clearance pile at the Hobby Lobby, I spotted a Simplicity catalog for sale. I am fairly certain…

How to sew a paper plate holder

Handmade Holiday Series: How to sew a round fabric bin to hold paper plates and more

Hey y’all and welcome to the final video in the Sewspire Handmade Holiday Series which began October 1, 2019 and includes ten easy to sew projects that make lovely gifts.…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Behind the Seams with Andrea 11-29-19

Hey y’all and Happy Holidays! I hope our creative friends in America enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving feast filled with light, love and laughter. It was so nice to have all…

How to sew a drawstring backpack

Handmade Holiday Series: How to sew a drawstring backpack

Hey y’all and welcome to the 9th video in the Sewspire Handmade Holiday Series which will run from October 1 to December 3, 2019. Each week I will feature a…

Behind the Seams with Andrea 11-22-19

Behind the Seams with Andrea 11/22/19

Hey y’all and Happy Friday! I hope you are knee deep in holiday sewing—albeit for your friends and family or for your handmade business. Did you know I operate a…

How to sew a large custom Journey Tote Bag

Handmade Holiday Series: How to sew a large customizable Journey Tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to the 8th video in the ongoing Handmade Holiday Series. Today I am here to show you how to sew a large basic tote bag. Trust…

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Behind the Seams with Andrea 11/15/19

One of the perks of building an online community, like we have here at Sewspire, is the opportunity to make friends all over the world. It has been such a…

How to sew a small versatile clutch

Handmade Holiday Series: How to sew a versatile clutch

Hey y’all and welcome to the 7th video in the Sewspire Handmade Holiday Series which will run from October 1 to December 3, 2019. Each week I will feature a…

Top 10 Favorite Handmade Holiday Gifts

Behind the Seams with Andrea 11/8/19

Hey y’all! I hope you have set aside some creative time this weekend because I have rounded up ten of my favorite previously published Sewspire designs for you to sew…

How to sew heirloom quality napkins

Handmade Holiday Series: How to sew heirloom napkins

Hey y’all and welcome to the 6th video in the Sewspire Handmade Holiday Series which will run from October 1 to December 3, 2019. Each week I will feature a…

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Behind the Seams with Andrea 11/1/19

I hope you enjoyed Halloween and are now ready to being thinking about Christmas preparations or at least your Thanksgiving table setting as I will be teaching you how to…

How to sew a fabric gift box with tie-snap-flap closure

Handmade Holiday Series: How to sew a fabric gift box with tie-snap-flap closure

How to sew a fabric gift box with tie-snap-flap closure Step by step video tutorial: https://youtu.be/eln5ZBanwvM For this project you will need: (10) 6″ cotton squares (2) 5″ fcotton squares…

Behind the Seams with Andrea at Sewspire

Behind the Seams with Andrea 10/25/19

Hey y’all and Happy Friday! This week I am coming to you via video as we are unboxing a surprise package from our friends at Fairfield. I hope you enjoy…

How to sew a weighted blanket cover

Handmade Holiday Series: How to sew a weighted blanket slip cover

Video Tutorial https://youtu.be/_-EGMdYLefE Hey y’all and thanks for joining me for the fourth project in our ongoing Handmade Holiday Series here at Sewspire. I really appreciate the fact that our…

Behind the Seams with Andrea

Behind the Seams with Andrea 10/18/19

It’s just you, me and the pup here. It’s 10 a.m. Friday, October 18th. I am snuggled up with my new 6 lb. weighted blanket (the next tutorial in the…

How to make a custom necktie

Handmade Holiday Series: How to make a custom necktie

How to make a custom necktie Full length video tutorial: https://youtu.be/Rk9F6Ic5GDE How to make a custom necktie How to make a custom necktie Hey y’all and welcome to the third…

Celebrating 4 years and 3 million views on Sewspire!

Behind the Seams with Andrea 10/11/19

Hello my creative friend! I am so happy to be here with you today and appreciate you taking a moment to commemorate the 4 year anniversary of Sewspire with me!…

7 Chakra Inspired Messenger Bag Tutorial and Pattern

Handmade Holiday: 7 Chakra Inspired Messenger Bag Pattern

Full length video tutorial: https://youtu.be/OZ2j0XQiRQQ Pattern measurements and maker notes: https://sewspire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Sewspire-7-Chakra-Messenger-Bag.pdf 7 Chakra Inspired Messenger Bag Tutorial and Pattern 7 Chakra Inspired Messenger Bag Tutorial and Pattern 7 Chakra Inspired…