WOW! What can I say? There were SOOOOO many wonderful entries into our FUN Upcycling challenge! The great part about Upcycling is that it's not only cheap BUT you get to use something that would otherwise be discarded, so its great for our planet as well as our pockets! Well honestly I really wanted to choose EVERYONE's bags as a winner BUT alas....I had to force myself to stick with only one winner and two runners up.....so....without further procrastination on... Read more →


FLASH FUN! October Upcycle Challenge! I've seen a lot of upcycling lately......So I thought it would be FUN to have an Upcycling Challenge! Sooooo for the rest of October I challenge everyone to make something NEW from something OLD using a CWD pattern! Simply make and share any upcycled bag from a CWD design (Can be modified to suit, as long as it is still visible that it originates from a CWD pattern) during the month of October and go... Read more →


WOOHOO! I've been working hard and am SO happy to finally introduce you to The Upgrader PDF Pattern and Video Course. FEATURES: The Upgrader comes with two sizes to choose from. The small is the perfect sized handbag for a day out shopping where you don’t need to carry a ton of paraphernalia. The larger size is perfect if you like to carry a lot of extra things in your handbag. The Upgrader features a front slip pocket (perfect for... Read more →


Hello everyone, For those of you that have The Podium and have just been filing it for 'one day' now is the time to drag it out of hiding! Laura, our wonderful Facebook angel is sewing a Podium and while she is at it, running an unofficial sew along....maybe if she gets enough interest and we all tell her how wonderful she is, she may do some official sew alongs for us too! Wouldn't that be wonderful! :) Dianne's Podium... Read more →


Hello everyone, Today I am excited to share my new CWD community page at Patreon. What is Patreon, you may wonder? Well until a few weeks ago I didn't know either! Patreon is a community membership website where creative people such as designers, musicians, YouTubers and so on, can setup a membership site so fans and followers have a way to support their favourite creators and in return get some fantastic lurks and perks and special VIP treatment! Anyone who... Read more →


Soooo...thinking about the fact I want to do more videos (and who knows, maybe even go live someday! lol) I decided that I am going to try and do a regular (Well I am not sure just how 'regular' regular will be for me but I'll do one when I can!) update video for YouTube. Since I rarely have anything very intelligent to say, I am calling these little videos, "My Ramblings". Would you like to check out my first... Read more →


I am EXCITED! Today I have a NEW Pattern and Video Course to share with you! Can you believe more than a year has passed since I released my last pattern? Meet The Allure; FEATURES: The Allure is a medium sized, roomy bag with an adjustable strap. Wear it on your shoulder or across your body. Featuring a super cool flap with trimmed zipper pocket, perfect for your keys. There is an exterior quick access phone pocket at the back... Read more →


YAY! We will be holding a LIVE Video Daryl's Drive sew along in our Facebook Group! Angela of Bella Vie Bags will be our host and video star! I have to admit that I have yet been able to pluck up the courage to go live with one of my videos! Perhaps some day BUT please don't hold your breath! Starting on Monday, April 29th 2019 at 2 pm PDT and going daily. More details and a lesson synopsis will... Read more →


Hello everyone.....Today's Post is a little off topic to my usual bag related one but its one which I felt I wanted to share with you! *Please note the post does include affiliate links and this will be noted so you know before you click if you would like to choose not to support LOL.....BUT rest assured affiliate links are only for products and services which I personally have used and liked. Where I have NOT been impressed, you won't... Read more →


It only happens once a year! — It's the ChrisW Designs Black Friday/Cyber Monday 30% off *SITEWIDE at www.chriswdesigns.com and the best part is you don't even need a code! Prices are all already marked down 30% when you add them to the cart! :) The sale runs from NOW until midnight Monday 26th November 2018 AUSTRALIAN Eastern Standard Time so please don't leave it to the last minute if you are NOT in Australia because chances are we are... Read more →


Let's have some spooky fun!! Over in our Facebook Group, the admins and I are wanting to see what you can create with ChrisWDesigns patterns that is Halloween themed! Be it specific Halloween prints, appliqué, embroidery, pumpkin prints, or just something orange and black, show us your best bag or wallet that is made with this bootiful time of year in mind. This is not a trick, and here are the treats three of you goblins can WIN: First place:... Read more →


Today I am sharing a Glossary of bag terms which Karen has put together for you! Over to you Karen! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are so many bags out there now. Some bags are called after how they are worn rather than their shape or style, i.e. Crossbody or Shoulder bag, or even how they close i.e. drawstring, which can make describing exactly what you want even more difficult. I decided it would be fun to compile an alphabetical list, a glossary... Read more →