Lively City Bag and New Pattern News

Lazies, I have a few things to share today. First up, I am so excited to tell you that I have a new pattern is in the works and I hope to have more details about her next Monday. I can tell you that she’s great for Moda layer cake 10″ squares of fabric and hopefully she’ll be here in a few weeks. Oh, her name? Maggie Bags. More. Soon. I promise.

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Lazy Girl Designs City Bag #112 shown in Kiwi from Timeless Treasures.

City Bag #112
Next, our City Bag pattern. I saw this beautiful ‘Kiwi’ fabric collection by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures and had to have some. You know that feeling. Well, I simply went wild over the color and print and it screamed City Bag to me. Actually, it screamed several projects, but I started with City.

Here’s the cover for City and we’ve already started shipping. Give it a little time to make it to your favorite quilt shop.


Let’s Meet City
The City Bag is my briefcase or work bag.  She’s a zip-top girl, loaded with inside and outside pockets. I love the big functional all-purpose pocket on the back. It fits file folders or magazines and is just handy for stow and go. Oh, and it has my favorite comfy shoulder strap. Love that strap.

Finished Size: City measures 13″ across the bottom, 11″ high, and 4″ deep.

City Bag back RGB small low res

City is loaded with inside pockets to keep all your goodies safe and sound. Shown here with black pockets and a fabulous limey green covered Bag-E-Bottom size C (LGD502). ‘C’ for ‘City’. The zipper construction and bag design allow City to open nice and wide – love it.

inside view2

The City Bag does not include directions to make a case for a laptop. This pattern came out before laptops became popular – can you remember back that far? So, I slip my laptop into a quilted sleeve (like a big quilted placemat folded in half then stitch the sides), and put that in the City Bag.

Zipper Time!
City uses our original ‘No-Fear’ zipper technique that works with any standard zipper. We use this same technique on our Towne Purse, Chelsea Tote, My Favorite Duffle Bag, and Take Along Bags patterns. The technique adds fabric to the zipper, then sews the whole thing to the bag. I used the same fun and funky fabric from the back pocket to frame the zipper. See how the zipper goes together in our Chelsea Tote video demo here.

zipper close up

Here’s a close-up of the ends of the zipper, adorned with a few strands of ribbon for the pull and some handy, sharp-looking buttons. These black buttons serve two purposes, decoration and function. I grab the buttons between my thumb and finger to hold the bag as I zip and unzip. Zippers are great, but ya gotta hold the bag with one hand and zip with the other. Ugh, so much work! These buttons keep everything looking nice and clean and keep the area from getting soiled.

 button close up

Button Love
You know I love a great button! I found this simple and cool black and white beauty for the flap of the front pocket. I used green floss wound through the holes to add some color. Then I stitched it in place with black thread.

front button close up

City is very similar in construction to our all-time best seller the Towne Purse. The bag is constructed of a finished front half and finished back half, rather than an inside and an outside like Miranda or Claire. The seams get quite bulky during final construction, so use a size 90/14 needle and your walking foot.

Next Week
More details about Miss Maggie Maggie Moo, ahem, I mean Maggie Bags. (I’ve already given her a nickname – must be love.)


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14 Responses to “Lively City Bag and New Pattern News”

  1. Mary — November 2, 2009 @ 8:07 am

    Hi Joan ~ I can’t hardly wait to see the newest pattern in your wonderful line of bags!! I just LOVE the Kiwi fabrics from Timeless Treasures and how they look with the ‘City Bag’!!

    Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to making LOTS of the City Bags!!

    Mary :o}

  2. Patricia Hogge — November 2, 2009 @ 9:05 am

    LUV LUV LUV this BEAUTIFUL City Bag Joan, & I can’t WAIT to see your new “Miss Maggie” Bag. 🙂

    You are sooo CREATIVE…&…your Fabric Design/Color Combos are INSPIRATIONAL! “Thanks” sooo very much, for all you do Joan.

    HUGS!!! Pat Hogge in Bremerton, WA

  3. Shirley — November 2, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    Love the idea of the buttons at the end of the zipper! That area always gets dirty looking, no matter how clean your hands are! Thanks for the itp! Looking forward to the Maggie bag!


  4. Cindy Young — November 2, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    Hey Joan, this post makes me want to try the city bag. Looks easier than I thought. Im also looking forward to the Maggie bags. I love that they are perfect for the layer cakes…Moda fabric is my favorite…Hope you are doing well. I miss sewing, but my sewing room is out of control right now and I have no time to clean it up so I can get back in there!! But I must make time so I can try out the city bag as well as the new pattern when it comes out! Take care!

  5. Sally Delp — November 2, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    I love, love, love this pattern. I can’t wait!

  6. SewCalGal — November 2, 2009 @ 11:13 am

    Delightful new purse pattern. Can’t wait.


  7. Susan — November 2, 2009 @ 11:38 am

    I made a City Bag as a gift, I think it’s time to make one for me. Love the new look to the pattern cover.

    A pattern for Layer Cakes?! Sounds great, and even better if it’s a Lazy Girl! Looking forward to meeting Maggie!

  8. Sheila Perl — November 2, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    Beautiful City Bag, love those fabrics!

    I can’t wait to see the new Miss Maggie Moo Bag 🙂

  9. Glenda in Florida — November 3, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

    Love the new City Bag sample. I just pulled out my pattern and moved it to the front of the stack. I’ve been carrying Claire in navy batik, but a City Bag would be great when I have files or magazines to carry. I’m going to be out of the internet loop next week, but I’ll be here as soon as I can to check on Maggie.

  10. SheSheWin in TX Panhandle — November 4, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    I’ve already measured my little 13″ pink notebook computer! It will fit! Gotta get the perfect pink fabrics to make this bag for a laptop case (my plain, ugly but padded laptop sleeve will also fit inside to provide the needed protection)!

    =0) Thanks!
    Sheila in Pampa, TX

  11. r4ds — November 7, 2009 @ 12:53 am

    Hi Joan, the pattern and the designs and color combination is simply awesome. Love the new City Bag. The combination of green, black and white colors is lovely.

  12. Dixie — December 25, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

    Love the City Bag. It was my first Lazy Girl bag. I left off the back pocket. The City Bag holds a lot, I like to take a book with me when I go to the doctors and it fits right in there with plenty of room. I also like it because it has a zipper top. I put my purse on the floor in the car and thing don’t fall out. The one I have is tan and mulberry. I going to make one in blues after Christmas.

  13. Toby — March 7, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    I have my fabrics cut for the City Bag, my girlfriend and I are making it together .. she in Ohio and me in Canada … today when I read a Pattern Review on it and saw photos I see that there are seams on the lining of the bag up the sides .. then I read the pattern and it appears that there is no hole left for turning … I can’t seem to grasp the seams on the side making it look unfinished. Am I missing something?

    Vancouver BC

    • Joan Hawley replied: — March 8th, 2010 @ 9:52 am

      Toby, The City Bag uses a very different construction methodology than most bag projects. The seams are all finished before final construction and there is no ‘hole’ to turn like many projects. Take a look at our blog post here: Work the pattern step by step and do not read ahead. Expecting that a hole for turning like other projects is creating an obstacle that isn’t there.