Super Giveaway: Gracie Pattern and Stiff Stuff Interfacing

Lazies, I have a Super Giveaway on the blog this week! Details below. I am so excited to introduce you to this Gracie Handbag made with our new Stiff Stuff interfacing and Dear Stella fabrics. Oh snap, that thing is hot! Gracie is one of my all-time favorite designs and I’ve personally worn out a couple.

Let’s take a quick look at what makes Gracie so special. She’s got a great size, combined with the dip along the top edge of the bag at the flap, which allows her to be slung over your shoulder one handed. That means the dip allows just the right amount of space for your elbow to swing through with your arm bent.

One-Handed Operation
What I’m saying is that rather than use your left hand to pull a bag onto your right shoulder with your arm straight, you can raise your right hand (like doing a curl with dumbbell) and there’s enough clearance for your bent arm to swing through the handle area. I love this. One-hand operation is really, really convenient.

Use Inside Pockets From The Outside Sorta
I also love the inside pockets, of course. The flap closure creates two openings at the top of the bag. This is perfect for reaching into your bag without opening it. That creates these inside pockets that operates as outside pockets. Imagine your cell phone in one end and your wallet in the other. Awesome!

But even more awesome than that – I can stow my water bottle in one of these openings for easy-peasy access. Is my love showing yet? Because the bag is open at the top, but partitioned off by the flap, it creates a little cubby hole for a water bottle of almost any height.

The inside of the bag hosts a pocket panel that wraps from one side, across the bottom and back up the other side. Now, this is really cool – where it wraps across the bottom it creates a pocket for the Bag-E-Bottom purse support – sweet! How tidy is that?

Look at that stand-up-i-tude!
Stiff Stuff really does offer a crisp, clean look.

Stiff Stuff Used For Batting
Here’s the body of the bag. It’s three simple panels sewn together. Lay that right sides together with the lining/pockets, place atop the Stiff Stuff (or batting/fleece) and sew all around. Leave an opening to turn and viola – you are nearly done. I wrote Gracie to use sew-in batting. Depending on the structure you want, you could easily substitute Stiff Stuff Firm sew-in interfacing, Dreamy Fusible Fleece or Dreamy Sew-In Fleece in place of the batting. As an option, you could use Face-It Soft to interface the entire lining.

Look how simple this is. It’s like a big ‘H’. You can do this!

Lining and Pocket Panel
Here’s the lining and pocket panel. You can’t see the pocket stitchings, but the panel is divided into three pockets for each half of the bag. The lining is one piece of fabric.

Flap Closure and Handles
Next add a simple flap closure. Choose a contrasting fabric to make the most of this design element. Here I’ve used some of the lining fabric to tie everything together. Add simple handles. I used a little Face-It Soft for nearly invisible support for the handles.

Finish Gracie
Stitch the side seams and box the bottom and you are good to go! I used Clover Wonder Clips (shown in red below) to help hold the layers together and flat during stitching the side seams and boxing the bottom corners. They worked great! Love those little clips!

Here’s a video demo of me making Gracie and talking you through her construction.

Super Giveaway
Alright Lazies, are you ready for this? I’ll select one winner for every 100 entries up to a maximum of ten prizes for 1,000 entries. That’s right, there could be up to ten winners this week. Woohoo! Did I mention that I love this bag? I really do and I’d love you to give it a try. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, click ‘like’, hit ‘share’, spread the word – the more who enter, the more will win!

Each winner will receive:
– Gracie Handbag pattern
– Bag-E-Bottom size A
– 1 yd Stiff Stuff Firm sew-in interfacing
– 1/4 yd Face-It Soft fusible interfacing


How To Enter
– Enter by posting a comment below. Tell me what you think of Stiff Stuff or the Gracie Handbag.
– One comment per person.
– Be sure you type your email address correctly so I can contact you.
– I’ll pick 1 winner for every 100 entries, up to 10 winners total, using the random number generator.
– Enter by Friday September 28, 2012, 10 pm Eastern time.
– I’ll contact winners via email.

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Other great Gracie blog posts
Route 66 and Embroidery
Mt. Fuji Gracie 

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544 Responses to “Super Giveaway: Gracie Pattern and Stiff Stuff Interfacing”

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  1. Janet — October 8, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    I would love to try stiff stuff

  2. Sandy — October 8, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    This new product is just awesome. I can’t wait to try Stiff Stuff in this handbag!!!

  3. Boolaroo Sewnsews — October 8, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    Where have you been all my life? I think I’m in love! This stiff stuff is just what I’ve been looking for to make my [sewing] life complete … nothing like a little stiff stuff to make a girl’s life complete! Gimme Gimme Gimme!

  4. Vicky Morrow — October 8, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Gracie will be absolutely perfect for me!! I always have a water bottle with me, but seldom have a really good way to carry it because my purse is not big enough to accommodate it. Hope I win!! I’d love to try the stiff stuff and the Face it.

  5. Mary Swift — October 8, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    I have seen this made up, it is a great size, and it looks very easy to make. Would love to win this pattern.

  6. Alma Lou — October 9, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I love the Gracie bag as it is so quick and easy to make. It leaves plenty of option to embroider and bling. But the neatest part is putting it together from the inside out! Don’t have access to stiff stuff but that would make it “unsmashable”.
    Alma Lou

  7. Donna Joy — October 10, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Yeah a Gracie pattern, everywhere I look it is sold out. I have fabric waiting to be a Gracie purse.

  8. Elli Bokeno — October 10, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Hi,love that purse. One can never have enough purses or shoes

  9. Linda Noll — October 14, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Great pattern!! I just found the stiff stuff at a little quilting shop around the corner and can’t wait to use it!

  10. Faye Gould — October 15, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I love this bag. Would love to make it. Faye

  11. Dona Keyton — October 16, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    I just love this bag! The Gracie Handbag is about the perfect size handbag for anyone! I also love Stickie Stuff.

  12. Krista — October 16, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    I’m fairly new to sewing. I saw this handbag on the Moda blog and I thought it looked pretty simple. It’s really cute and I look forward to trying this pattern in the future.

  13. Dolly Caswell — October 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I have NEVER seen such an amazing way to put a bag together! Using pressing liness to match up pieces, that incredible little inside pocket that fulfills the casing for the bottom as well, girl….you must be part engineer! I love the fact I don’t have to make a lining, attach at the top, leave the bottom open, turn it all thru the opening, stitch the top edges down (and by the way, your stitches must be even and pretty!). Absolutely marvelously designed – good job!

  14. Patty H — October 23, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    No one around me is carrying your new interfacing products.

  15. Jacque — October 25, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Oh my goodness, I just found your blog and products and I’m bouncing in my chair! Someone has finally put together the products that I’ve dreamed of! Wow! Sure hope I can win!

  16. Connie Douty — October 27, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    The Gracie Handbag is a wonder bag. It is so easy to put together and the stiffie stuff is wonderful. I have just the perfect fabric to use. am sure there will be many of these bags made to give. Thank you for the wonderful design.

  17. helene — November 12, 2012 @ 1:52 am

    on ne peut que l’aimer et l’admirer

  18. Mary Dixon — November 13, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    All I needed was a little more ‘motivation’ and I have that now. I can’t wait to try this out.

  19. Guila — November 13, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    What a gorgeous bag! I want one in every color. And the Stiff Stuff will keep them all fresh and crisp!

  20. Maree Ratcliff — November 14, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    Wow what a beautiful bag. A girl can’t have too many bags. It looks so user friendly, expecially with Christmas shopping about to start.

  21. Muriel — December 1, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    I love this bag and I am going to make it for our daughter
    who is having a baby – her grandma’s name was Gracie – so
    this really made our hearts sing. Many thanks for sharing.

  22. LInda McNeely — December 12, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    I don’t blame you one little bit as the gracie is my favorite bag too! and I love what this new product is doing to it. it looks wonderfull!

  23. LInda McNeely — December 31, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    I love the gracie bag! It is soooooooo great! I love a bag that holds a lot without being wayyyy too heavy and I think the gracie qualifies. My daughter always teases me when I fly back to Spokane with a diaper bag in tow as a purse because I need roommmmmmmm lols would love to try the gracie! thanks so much for the opportunity”.

  24. Patricia Gallagher — April 19, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    Love the fact you posted the Gracie bag could be used one handed. I recently had a stroke and have had to learn a lot of one handed things!

  25. Neldeni Gomes — May 2, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    Ola´Lazy, obrigada por compartilhar conosco seu talento, fiz uma bolsa seguindo seu passo a passo aqui publicado por ti…bjs..Deus Te Abençoe grandemente.

  26. Linda — July 28, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    Stiff stuff is the best. Have used other products but always come back to stiff stuff. I make all my bags and my favorites are Lazy Girl patterns.

  27. Jill Hensley — July 28, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Really would love to have this pattern. Looks like fun. I could make one for christmas and Halloween not to mention a summer bag. I can never find one I really like.

  28. Doxie Deb — July 28, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    I’ve made several Claire bags…love them. Working on a Miranda now. Can’t wait to try the Gracie.

  29. Bonnie — July 28, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    I love this bag and I love all your patterns.

  30. Marcy — July 29, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    I just love this bag!

  31. linda — July 29, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    G’day from sunny West Australia…I print my own fabric and Gracie handbag would look awesome in my fabrics but alas, where can I get Stiff Stuff in Oz?

  32. Lulu Flor — July 30, 2014 @ 8:25 am

    Well I have never seen/heard of Stiff Stuff and would love making a bag with it and what better way to try it than to win it?

  33. Pat Horton — August 2, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    Love this bag.

  34. Adele Koinzan — August 4, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

    Liked your purse very much! Looks very easy and the material looks like fun and colorful.

  35. Barbara Hatherall — January 10, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    I have made many of you Gracie hand bags for family and friends. They are always much admired. In fact I am making one as a gift for a friend at the moment :),

  36. bethany hazard — March 7, 2015 @ 7:33 pm

    I would really enjoy this pattern. I bought some stiff stuff interfacing and this pattern would put me to work! Just lovely. hope I win!

  37. bethany hazard — March 7, 2015 @ 7:36 pm

    I bought some stiff stuff interfacing and would love to try it with this beautiful pattern. I bought the stiff stuff from Nancy’s notions. I would love to try this stiff stuff!

  38. Lou Aalgaard — March 25, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

    I tend to be a day late and a fat quarter short these days! I just found your website today and love….did I say love, the bag!

  39. RUTH FREEMAN — July 7, 2015 @ 4:54 pm


  40. Laurie Robinson — January 22, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

    I love your Gracie bag and would love to make one of my own. I am new to making bags and love to learn from others wh have success in making them.

  41. Maura Kasche — September 2, 2017 @ 8:34 pm

    I love the elegant lines of Gracie. I first saw her in silk adorned with Sashiku stitch embroidery.

  42. Beth Wilder — November 30, 2017 @ 10:50 pm

    I would love to make this bag.

  43. Becky Rowlsnd — December 1, 2017 @ 12:27 am

    I haven’t ever heard of stiff stuff but sure would like to try it… love that handbag!!!

  44. Rose Mapes — December 13, 2017 @ 9:03 am

    Love your patterns and the way you teach ,love this helpful video and will purchase many more patterns when you post helpful videos . Thank you and ps would love one on the clare bag