About Sandra VanSickle, founder of Cuddlebugs-n-Cocoons

Even at the young age of five, Sandra VanSickle knew what she wanted –and that was to become a successful designer. Always mesmerized by her grandmother’s skill and craftiness with a needle and thread, Sandra yearned to carry on the tradition. “I remember the time she finally gave in and allowed me to make a dress for my doll. I was hooked!”

Nearly fifty years later, Sandra has shifted her talent from creating clothing to blankets, drapery and bedding. But change is for the better, for the challenge has only broadened her potential and shed more light on her creative imagination. Not to mention the opportunity has given her an excuse to add an extra motherly touch to her two daughters’ and now four granddaughters’ favorite blankies.

Since the introduction of Cuddlebugs-n-Cocoons in July 2005, the brand has taken on an enormously credible addition. “I am extremely blessed to be working with a very talented, humble man,” Sandra raves, speaking of the popular interior designer, Edward Walker, of TLC’s “Trading Spaces.”  The two have joined forces and released The Edward Walker Collection, bedding for tweens and teens through Cuddlebugs-n-Cocoons.

Aside from designing these cozy keepsakes, Sandra is also the proud owner of Sew What’s New, a high-end custom drapery studio in her hometown of Apex, North Carolina. When Sandra is not designing and sewing, you may find her cuddling her own cuddle bug grandchildren, spending time with her family or traveling.

“I hope I can serve as an inspiration to others. To persevere no matter where life takes you, no matter what age you may be. The company, with its many layers, brings me new challenges every day and I love every step of the journey I am on.”

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