New Pattern: Meet Our Bendy Bag

Lazies, You know there is something special about this new Lazy Girl just by looking at her. How do you get the zipper to bend and sit open like that? Where did Bendy gets her awesome shape? Wow, I never thought of doing that with the end of a zipper. That’s right, Bendy is busy with new ideas and techniques from start to finish! Please allow me to introduce you to my latest design – Bendy Bag, Lazy Girl Designs #LGD134, available late February.

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Bendy Bag pattern by Lazy Girl Designs #LGD134, $9.00
Finished size approx: 3” x 6” x 6″

Where Did She Get That Funk?
Bendy gets her unique shape from all the seams working together. But the big player here is the ‘Bend’ seam on the side – that’s what gets the party started. Everyone falls into line after that. Don’t worry, this is the usual easy project you’ve come to expect from Lazy Girl.

New Techniques
Every Lazy Girl bag design includes at least one new element. As you work your way through my patterns, you are building a skill set and tool box of tricks to use throughout your sewing career. There are at least three new techniques in this project:
– Perfect zipper installation with new casing treatment
– How to make the zip grab tab
– Those fabulous bendy seams on the sides

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Open Wide and Say ‘Ah’
Bendy unzips in one motion and stands at attention with a wide mouth for easy access.The unique, but easy zipper installation, combined with the bag shape, causes Bendy to stand open very nicely. That means she is easy to load/unload and work out of. Bendy is perfect for toting gear, cords, goodies and more.

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Bendy stands open for easy access.

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Look at that profile! Bendy has wonderful posture.

You can see from this view that Bendy has all sorts of fun and funky angles. Bendy is relaxed and leans back a little. She looks like a diamond from the side view.

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The angled side seam wraps from one side of Bendy,
down to the bottom back, and then up the other side again.

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You can see here that Bendy is wider at the bottom in the back
than she is at the bottom front. That helps her stand tall and steady.

New Seam Treatment
Also notice that you can see the seams on the lining. But, they look pretty nice! All exposed lining seams are trimmed and finished with a tight zigzag stitch. It’s nice and tidy in there!

For a small zip bag, Bendy has great capacity. Here Bendy comfortably holds my iPhone accessories. Bendy holds lots of nice things, like my #Aurifil thread. A standard rotary cutter and sewing supplies fit nicely, too.

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Zip Grab Tabs
Here’s a better look at those cool zippered grab tabs. Doesn’t the zip make a great detail? Fun and functional! I love the zips from Atkinson Designs. Their zippers are 14″ long, come in scrumptious colors, have a great price and they are the perfect length for Bendy. Available at local quilt shops.

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Those zip grab tabs are just about the cutest!

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Bendy will be available by the end of February 2015. She’s a quick and easy project that uses supplies you likely already have on hand.

Bendy will be available at your local quilt shop and online retailers.

Two 1/4 yds: one for outside, one for lining, (Fat quarters 18” x 20” or 42” wide from the bolt)

1/4 yard x 42” fusible fleece (or 1 piece at 18” x 20”). For best results use Dreamy Fusible Fleece by Sew Lazy item SLG106.

One 14” (or longer) zipper, polyester all-purpose. I highly recommend Atkinson Designs or Coats & Clark zippers.
Do not use a sport-weight or metal zipper. The zipper teeth will be sewn over and cut during this project.

– Rotary cut project
– No pattern pieces provided.
– Exposed seams on lining are trimmed and nicely finished with tight zigzag stitch.
– Not recommended for directional prints.
– Use 100% cotton quilting weight fabric.

Press It!
I use several of my Clover Press Perfect tools on this project. The 2×4 Mighty Mini Board and the Iron Finger are perfect for pressing this small project. Our Iron Safe is great for working with the fusible fleece.

Click to enlarge the pattern cover images.

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As Shown
All of the Bendy Bags shown here use #KonaCotton by Robert Kaufman fabrics, #Aurifil thread, and zippers from #AtkinsonDesigns.

Bendy will be here before we know it!

Thanks for joining in on the fun of our new Girl, Bendy Bag!

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92 Responses to “New Pattern: Meet Our Bendy Bag”

  1. Jane — February 5, 2015 @ 9:53 am

    For got to add that I want to make one to contain my Diabetic supplies. in an “easy to grab and go” container.

  2. CathyG — February 5, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

    I’ve had such great success with so many of your patterns, I can’t wait for Bendy! Will she be available as a PDF? I find that I’m loving PDF patterns, and especially loving not having to pay as much for shipping as for the pattern! Thanks, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  3. Glenda in Florida — February 5, 2015 @ 8:24 pm

    Bendy looks great. Can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern. My Kindle cord and headphones need a Bendy for travelling.

  4. Carol st.Auburn — February 5, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

    I just love the Bendy. I have called several shops to see when they would be getting the pattern in. I can’t wait to see how the zipper goes in. Thanks for yet another great pattern!

  5. Dana — February 5, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

    i want to make a bendy for all of my friends

  6. Karlee — February 6, 2015 @ 1:17 am

    I can’t wait for this pattern!

  7. Barbara Mleynek — February 6, 2015 @ 3:22 am

    I have a new email & am closing this one. please unscribe me here. Thx

  8. Kris Kouzelos — February 6, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

    Very chic! Looking forward to the pattern!

  9. Marie Z. Johansen — February 8, 2015 @ 3:41 pm

    ah! Torture. I want to give this a try…read the post with interest, and now have to wait! I love the zipper cast off handle!

  10. Sally K — February 9, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    Too cool! I’ll be getting a pattern as soon as they are out

  11. Alison Hingston — February 9, 2015 @ 4:08 pm

    Will we be advised via your newsletter when the pattern is available?
    And will itbe in PDF format?
    I can’t wait to make one or six of these.

  12. wilhelmina Jaffe — February 9, 2015 @ 5:20 pm

    when will the pattern be available in shops?

  13. Colleen Berge — February 12, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Love this bag. Anxiously awaiting the actual pattern

  14. debbi B. — February 12, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Left an earlier comment, but came up with an idea: We have lots of sporting goods stores here in Jackson, WY. So why not add a lanyard hook (?) thru the zipper loop and hook it to your belt loop while shopping, hiking, etc. Then you’re not packing a purse or a wallet. Your stuff is right with you. Food for thought. This bag is such a perfect size.

  15. nancy — February 12, 2015 @ 10:54 am

    I want to purchase this pattern NOW!!! Please

  16. Barbara — February 12, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    I can’t decide if I like the black and white or red. I want to make one with Laurel Burch cat fabric, should be wonderful! Can we pre order the pattern?

  17. Dorolei Paschal — February 13, 2015 @ 12:27 am

    I just adore this bad and can’t wait to make it or get the pattern. I Love this site and designer. Dori

  18. Monica Powell — March 3, 2015 @ 4:22 am

    Cannot wait to make one BUT will it be available in pdf format – postage to my neck of the woods is horrendous and unstable!

  19. iveta — March 3, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

    Dear Joan, I would like to buy your Bendy bag. I found your paper pattern on some website, but I would prefer e-pattern. Interesting and gadgety bag. I love it. Also suitable for all my women – daughter, sister, mother and mother-in-law, some close friends … Thank you, Joan.

  20. BARB WISE — March 3, 2015 @ 3:37 pm


  21. Liz — March 4, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    I want the pattern for the bendy bag – where can i find it. tried two on line shops? I live in KY

  22. Dolores — March 9, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    love the bendy bag

  23. Lana — March 9, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    Can’t wait to make several of these.

  24. Pat — March 9, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    This looks like a very fun project!! I am sure my stash has many options for making several bags!

  25. Cathy May — March 9, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

    I just love this bag. I can think of so many uses for it. It is beautiful! I too like to use the Kona material as much as I can.

  26. Kris Valle — March 9, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

    Bendy looks like the perfect size.

  27. Sarah — March 11, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

    Looks like a fun little bag to make. Will a pdf be available? Shipping costs in Canada are silly.

  28. Linda Paris — March 15, 2015 @ 8:52 am

    Can’t wait to make Bendy. It looks like a FUN and useful project.

  29. Sharon Highfield — March 23, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    While at a quilting retreat this weekend I looked for this pattern. I am looking forward to making this pattern.

  30. Carol Jordan — March 23, 2015 @ 10:51 pm

    Great styling and I like the finished inside.

  31. Carol Jordan — March 23, 2015 @ 10:52 pm

    great styling and finished seams!

  32. Tracet — March 29, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

    Where can I buy this pattern? I have spent a lot of time tonight googling and I cannot find it for sale online anywhere.

  33. nellie1951 — March 31, 2015 @ 1:54 am

    I would like to have this cute bag looks like so uses for so many things to put and carry your things in go lazy girl

  34. Karin Mueller — April 9, 2015 @ 5:04 am

    I think the Design of Bendy is just fabulous. However, I’m in Germany and can’t see how to put my paws on the pattern. Can you help? I’m really keen on it.
    Cheers Karin

  35. Arlene Wheeler — April 15, 2015 @ 6:14 pm

    I have been searching for your new Bendy Bag pattern and cannot find it anywhere. There are a number of quilt shops in Spokane, but no one seems to carry it.

  36. barb anders — April 21, 2015 @ 6:45 pm

    I”d love this pattern, and would buy it this minute if it were download-able.

  37. Susan L Parrish — April 30, 2015 @ 7:59 am

    I love the look of Bendy bag and will be ordering the pattern . Can’t wait to make it. I have several Lazy Girl patterns and love them all.

  38. Deborah Calyo — May 15, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

    I love the look of these small bags. They look like fun. I can see this being a dangerous pattern once you make one! Potato chips, anyone?

  39. Anita — June 16, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

    I bought the pattern. I wish there was a free tutorial on how to put it together
    Like some of other bags. Thanks.

  40. Victoria Runda — July 28, 2015 @ 8:48 am

    I’ve always wanted to learn more ways of building useful crafts for myself. At least I know that it would make me less reliant on big box stores. The problem can be finding new designs that I would feel comfortable making an attempt at recreating

  41. Diana — August 7, 2016 @ 9:49 am

    Hello, I don’t mind buying the pattern for this bendy bag, but are there more detailed instructions than just what I see on the “chart” above? I’m a good sewer but those two pictures are vague. Thank you, Diana.

    • Joan Hawley replied: — August 8th, 2016 @ 9:56 am

      Hi Diana, The pattern has complete step-by-step photos and written directions.