The Party Going On Inside Claire

Lazies, Claire’s lining and pockets are an opportunity to have a little fun. Choosing the inside fabrics is like putting on a snappy outfit and then adding a beautiful scarf at your neckline for a finishing touch – it brings oh so much to the party. So let’s look at a few examples of the party going on inside Claire. Note: there is a link at the end of today’s post for the back of the Claire pattern.

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Natural Effects from Marcus Fabrics.

Above are the front/back views of another scrumptious Claire. Below is the inside view. I used a plaid and a random dot for the lining and two identical prints in different colorways for the pockets. Claire uses 7 fat quarters of fabric. Three for the outside, four for the inside. You’ll need two fat quarters for the lining pieces and two for the pockets. Choose one fat quarter for each part of the inside of the bag.

Natural Effects from Marcus Fabrics.

A New Approach
For the most part, I’ve been working with fat quarter collections to make all of the fabulous Claire’s I’ve been sharing lately. After making so many, I developed a routine for picking fabrics (along with a healthy addiction to our new Claire).

Often times I had more than seven fabrics to choose from and once I only had four. I started by picking the three outside fabrics as we discussed last week. I made the covers, then decided on the lining and pocket fabrics. I laid out the rest of the coordinating fabrics and I placed the covers on each one, looking for the most interesting combination. Since they were all coordinates, they all went together, so I threw caution and planning to the wind and decided from the collections as I went.

Every View is a Visual Delight
Take a look at the examples below. Some of these are Claire’s that we’ve showed before, but let’s look at them and focus on the lining/pockets this time.

Light lining, dark pockets. 7 different fabrics
Lining: both light backgrounds
Pockets: both med/dark backgrounds

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Porcelina from Marcus Fabrics.

Above, we chose three striking prints for the cover. But look at that snazzy lining, peeking out from below the rim of Miss Claire, suggestively telling us something just as fun is going on inside. We paired a plaid with these fabulous linear prints. And that little dot reminds me of sprinkles on top of my ice cream.

One fabric for lining. 4 fabrics total.
Lining: one fabric (two fat quarters or 1/2 yard)
Pockets: two fabrics


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Spring Fever by Hoodie’s Colleciton for Blank.

I only had four fabrics total to choose from. I used the same three cover fabrics on the inside of the bag for the pockets and the sleeve for the Bag-E-Bottom size F. The fourth fabric worked out beautifully for both lining pieces.

Reverse combination. 7 fabrics total.
Lining: one dark, one light.
Pockets: one light, one dark.

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Paisley by Maywood Studio

Matchy-poo. The linings and pockets coordinate with each other. 7 fabrics total.
Lining: a light and medium green
Pockets: two black/whites


Belle Fleur by Avlyn

Claire Pattern Info
Do you have your fabrics picked out yet? Have you been dreaming of Claire combinations? One for each outfit this summer? I have. Well, hop to it and get started by printing off the back of the Claire pattern. It contains info on supplies, design options and notes.

Next week – our new Claire baby gets here! Is it next week yet?

PS: Thank you for posting such lovely Lazy comments. It is a true joy to hear what you think of our new Girl and share the fun (agony) of waiting for her to arrive.

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18 Responses to “The Party Going On Inside Claire”

  1. Patricia Hogge — June 8, 2009 @ 7:01 am

    Oh Joan. I’m SOOO EXCITED about our new Lazy Girl “Claire”!!! Can’t wait to get my pre-ordered “Claire” Kit. I even ordered TWO “Claire” Kits, so I can have BEAUTIFULLY COORDINATED FABRICS right away…to play with. I’m LOVING your “Claire” Tips, as we wait for our newest girl. “Thank You” for shaing your expertise with us. πŸ™‚ I sure hope that once your original “Claire” comes out…that your will offer additional tips on how to alter her size. I would LUV to make a mini “Claire” for my five year old Granddaughter & I just LUV those larger sized…carry EVERYTHING but the kitchen sink…type totes. πŸ˜‰ Well, I’ll patiently wait to see what you come up with next, while I’m happily getting to know our newest Lazy Girl “Claire”. Oh, & I LUV the idea of “Fat Quarter Friendly” too!!! πŸ™‚ Warm HUGS!!! Pat in East Bremerton, WA

  2. Quiddity Rox — June 8, 2009 @ 7:02 am

    You Rock! I love what you have posted and it inspires me to do the same with my gifts of tote bags I make from my collection of home dec. fabrics.

  3. Susan C — June 8, 2009 @ 7:17 am

    Thanks for sharing your fabric selection thoughts. Oftentimes that is the most difficult part of the project. I’m looking forward to playing with different combinations and then stitching them into a fabulous new Claire!! Next week seems so far away…………!

  4. Katherine — June 8, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    What interfacing are you using to make the bags stand alone? I love these bags and have made several.

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    I have been using Fusible Batting from Bosal (bah-zle), item #325 and Pellon’s Fusible Fleece for batting item # 987F. For interfacing: Pellon’s Decor Bond fusible interfacing item # 809. Bosal’s Fusible All Purpose Non Woven Interfacing, item # 334.


  5. Cindy — June 8, 2009 @ 9:18 am

    Where is the Claire “kit”? Does someone sell it or are you just buying all the parts for the purse? I want to make this bag – it looks fun to make and carry.

  6. Kris — June 8, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    I just pre-ordered Claire from SewThankful – so excited for her release…I just love the fabrics you choose for her in all these different photos. I always find that I can choose maybe half the fabrics I like and then agonize over the rest – do I like them, do they match, etc. You’re amazing – thank you so much!

  7. Kim Davis — June 8, 2009 @ 10:03 am

    What would you say is the skill level of the sewer needed to make Claire?

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    Skills – rotary cutting, sewing a straight stitch, working with fusibles. If you can do these things, you should be in good shape for Claire. Click on the link for the back of the pattern at the end of today’s post and read more.


  8. Margaret — June 8, 2009 @ 10:47 am

    Oh my, counting down the days!!!!!!!!! Love the fabrics you are showcasing Joan – can hardly wait for my pattern to arrive. Thanks again for the great ideas. Bea

  9. Robin S — June 8, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    Claire Kit??? How did I miss that one? I pre-ordered the pattern but sure wish I could have found a Claire Kit.
    It is such a beautiful piece I can’t wait to make one. Hopefully I can find fabric and put it together as well as ones we are drooling over.

  10. marcella wachtel — June 8, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    So . . . IS there a kit for the Claire?

  11. Joan Hawley — June 8, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

    Lazies, Many retailers are selling Claire and some have the fabrics and might have kits available. If you are offering Claire or kits, please post a link for my Lazy readers. Thanks! Joan

  12. Tracy Chapman — June 8, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

    We currently have the Claire pattern available for a pre-release PROMOTIONAL sale price:

    The promotion will end this Wednesday, 6/10/09 at 11:59PM Eastern Time. At this time we are not offering kits, but we do have the Bag-E-Bottoms available (a link is provided on the Claire pattern page).

    Hugs & smiles from New Mexico, USA,


  13. Heather — June 8, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

    omgosh I love them all. Thank you so much for letting us know how to make them. I am in love lol! woohoo a new purse. My husband will be thrilled haha.

    LOVE them all.

  14. Cathy — June 9, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    Just found the kit on!

  15. Patricia Hogge — June 10, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    “Hi” again. Just wanted to let you know that I pre-ordered my complete “Claire” Kits in two color choices that Joan used, from I’m sooo EXCITED!!! Can’t WAIT for them to arrive. πŸ™‚

  16. Sabra — June 11, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

    Hi Fellow Lazies! As Patricia Hogge mentioned, I DO have some Claire kits available in the Lime and Black colorways that Joan used on the pattern. The fabric is brand new, and is getting ready to ship to me either this week or next. I do have a pre-order special on until the fabric arrives, so don’t wait too long if you’re looking to order! Also, if you’re out of the USA, we can remove the batting/interfacing from the kits so it will fit in a flat rate envelope to save you some $$ on shipping. Just put a note in the comment box during checkout, and we’ll adjust your totals. Here’s a link to the listings:

  17. Susan — June 15, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

    Hi Patricia, this is a really gorgeous bag. I can’t wait to get my pattern and raid my fabric stash to make one for each of my 3 girls. I was wondering though, about the possibility of adding a zip fastener to the top, rather than the flap fastener as suggested in the pattern?

  18. Susan — June 15, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    Oops, sorry this is also for Joan!!

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    Hi Susan,

    I do not have an option for adding a zip top to Claire. The pattern includes directions for the flap closure or an inside Velcro closure.