A Little Bit About Me

Hi, I’m Anthea, owner/designer of Angel Lea Designs. I’m a busy mother, wife, pattern designer, and sewer among many other things! I live near Port Lincoln which is located on the picturesque Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.Owner of Angel Lea Designs

I have been creative and crafting for as long as I can remember. As a child I made my own Barbie doll clothes and dolls house furnishings, and since then have honed my skills through years of experience at the sewing machine, sewing clothing for myself and my children and items for the home.

In 2008 I began selling my creations online, under the label Angel Lea Designs. I soon discovered that my passion lay in the design process rather than the repetitive sewing of items, so I decided to launch my own line of patterns. I design a range of fresh and fun patterns including children’s clothing, soft toys, bags, appliqué designs and anything else that takes my fancy!

My patterns are easy to follow and include detailed step-by-step instructions, which are backed up by photographs, making them achievable for even the beginner sewer. The patterns are available in pdf format so you can download them quickly and easily, and then get on with your sewing!

hat shop design collectiveSeveral of my patterns have been published in popular Australian craft magazines, Homespun and Handmade and one pattern has been published in a book called Hat Shop, a Design Collective series featuring over 25 hat projects from contemporary designers all over the world.

How did I come up with the name – Angel Lea Designs – for my business? “Angel” is from my daughter’s name, Angelia. “Lea” means meadow and as we live on our own “meadow” I thought it was appropriate but I also liked the sound of the two names together.

I would describe my style as fresh, modern and fun. That is my tag line after all! I love bright, bold colours and have a thing for spots and stripes.

I love designing and making appliqués. Raw edge fusible-web appliqué is the technique I prefer. I love how a simple appliqué embellishment can jazz up an item and take it from looking plain to looking like a boutique-bought item. Appliqueing is so versatile. There really is no limit to the things that can be appliquéd!patchwork bag pattern

I love to see what fabric combinations others come up with when sewing one of my patterns and encourage you to share a photo of any of your creations on my Facebook page so that we can inspire each other!

Thank you for stopping by!  If you have any queries please contact me.


From the Shop

stuffed dinosaur sewing pattern