New: ‘Claire Handbag’ Pattern from Lazy Girl Designs

Lazies, I am terribly excited to introduce you to our new Girl the ‘Claire Handbag’. Claire will be here in June and I’ll keep you posted. There’s a link to more pics at the end of this post.

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Claire Handbag shown in an upcoming fabric line ‘Belle Fleur’ by Karen Combs from Avlyn.

The Wow Factor
The angled inset at the center of the bag is just cool, cool, cool. And easy, too. It offers the opportunity for an extra deep outside pocket, perfect for keys, phone or other small items.  And goodness, there’s a pocket on the other side, too. Nice!

The angled silhouette of the center panel mimics the overall shape of the bag. Claire is perfect for featuring a combination of strong prints and different scale designs. We’ll talk more about choosing fabrics in a future blog post.


Fabric Fun
The front and back of the bag have reverse fabric placements. Two main fabrics create three panels on each side of the bag. One side is white/green/white, the other is green/white/green. Pockets are the same fabric on both sides, located atop the center panel.

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Here is the other side of the bag.

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I love how the fabrics meet at the side seams.

Purse, Basket, Project Tote
Claire offers an interesting mix of uses. As she is, I think of her not only as ideal for a purse, but perfect for a project tote. Especially knitting or other handwork with the way she sits open and at attention. And I can’t shake the feeling that she is a spring basket, too, ready to accompany me on a walk through the park.

I have to tell you – I adore this design.  It’s sweet, simple yet not plain, functional with a hint of sass.  I look forward to discovering how she fits into my stable of purses, bags, totes and more.

Two New Lazy Tricks
Claire stands up nice and tall with one layer of batting for the cover and one layer of interfacing for the lining. A new Lazy construction trick helps her stand tall and open.

The short handles are my preference. Due to another special Lazy construction trick, the handles behave nicely,  resting across the top of the bag neatly and at the ready.

Details on both of these tricks are in the pattern, coming this June.

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Claire pattern cover.

Arrival Date
Claire will be here in June.  Check with your local quilt shop to see if they will be offering her.

I will keep you posted about our new Girl, her debut at quilt market later this month in Pittsburgh and I hope to share some details and new pics on my blog over the coming weeks.

Claire Details
Size: 10 1/4″ wide at the bottom and 9 1/4″ tall by 4″ deep.
She uses our Bag-E-Bottom size F, same as Mini Mi.
Fabric: 7 fat quarters, 3 for the outside 4 for the inside.
Loaded with inside pockets.
Two outside pockets, one on each side.
Handles in two lengths: short and medium.

More Pics!
I’ve created an album of images of Claire at our website here.

I’ll feature some of these bags on my blog in the next week or so as I prepare to head off to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh for her debut. I hope you like our new Girl.

Enjoy!
Joan

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20 Responses to “New: ‘Claire Handbag’ Pattern from Lazy Girl Designs”

  1. Laura Casey — May 4, 2009 @ 7:22 am

    Honey Bunny…! Clair is cute! Yes, love the angle of the pocket on the front and back of the bag….gives it style…going from home-made to hand-made….and love this idea of having all of the fabric pieces different colors/prints…..that’s the quilter in me! think it will be great for this summer…..come on JUNE!

  2. Bobbie Bent;ley — May 4, 2009 @ 7:23 am

    Hey Joan,
    I love it, It’s time for a new hairstyle again. I can’t wait for the pattern. I have a new Bernina just waiting for my Lazy Girl experience. With just the right fabric, Claire will be perfect for the beach.

    Still Lazy and lovin it.
    Bobbie Bentley

  3. Kris — May 4, 2009 @ 7:24 am

    Welcome Claire! You join a warm and wonderful family full of creative women inspired by amazing fabric!

    Joan – thank you for your creative genius…she’s another beauty!

  4. VioletCrafts — May 4, 2009 @ 7:24 am

    I like all bags, but my favorite is the green one. Perfect combination of fabrics!

  5. Penny — May 4, 2009 @ 9:05 am

    Wonderful cover! You will be such a delight at market. I am sure she will strut her stuff all over the place!

    Penny D. in Chesapeake

  6. Ruby White — May 4, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    Hi Joan. Love the new handbag pattern .

  7. Anita M. in Florida — May 4, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    I love it. It will be great for carrying my knitting and needlework and like Bobbie said above, for the beach. I love the 2 tone colors too.

  8. Nancy Erskine — May 4, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    Hi….The Clare is cute. Kinda reminds me of the Miranda bag….is it just me???

    Anyway, when’ll you EVER come up with a cute HOBO shaped bag? I only use bags with shoulder straps and LOVE the shape/look of the Hobo bag.

    Thank you
    Nancy

  9. Kathy — May 4, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    Oh my goodness….what will you come up with next? I love all your bags and this one will be a ‘must have.’ Thanks for all the great tips and the inspiration.

  10. Cindy — May 4, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

    I love the bag and the green colorway just makes it pop. I have a handbag addiction thanks to Lazy Girl. Keep up the good work Joan. You must be so proud of your “girls”.

  11. Arlene Caterino — May 4, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    I love the new Claire Bag can hardly wait for the pattern to come out it is outstanding!!

  12. Cathey in dusty Cyprus — May 4, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

    Claire is a honey!! I can’t wait to get my hands on her! I think she’ll also make a fantastic beach bag for the summer, too!

  13. Kathie Fosnaugh — May 4, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

    Joan – OK, this one is precious! This is my size purse. I am sitting here looking at all the possibilities on my fabric shelf! And I have to tell you, I love the color photos on the instruction sheet on the Mini Miranda. What a great help! I didn’t need any help with explaining the directions! I’m getting ready to make another one in summer pastels!
    ~Kathie~

  14. Michelle Day — May 4, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

    Love It!!! Can’t wait to buy the pattern.

  15. Sharon — May 4, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

    Very chic, I love the shape of the bag. It gives so many possibilities.

  16. Grama Chris — May 4, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    I took an old pattern of yours & did this style up already. My daughter wanted it wide on top & narrow on the bottom now I can’t wait to actually get a pattern for this one. I actually added a piece at the top & added a snap to it so you wouldn’t see the contents. Keep up the great work while having fun doing it. How about a pattern for a back pack pretty -n-pink?

  17. Sue — May 7, 2009 @ 2:47 am

    I love the look of Clare – when will we be able to get her downunder (Australia) I buy my patterns from Judy Hall at Punch with Judy.
    I can’t wait, I just love the two tone change of attitude she has

  18. SarahB — May 11, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

    Love this pattern! Can’t wait to try it out!

  19. Abby — June 1, 2009 @ 8:02 am

    Love this bag! I can’t wait for the pattern. I am a new sewer, and I’ve been having fun making bags lately! Always a fulfilling project :) Thanks, love your site!

    Abby

  20. Christie — March 12, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Can’t wait to get this pattern. I have been collecting fabic to make some tote bags. This will be perfect. I quilt but haven’t done any sewing projects yet, this may be the first.