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 

Thanks for joining in on the fun of Gracie and Sew Lazy Interfacings. Remember, comment below to enter the giveaway, click ‘like’, share this post, and tell your friends.


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

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  1. Michelle Sackett — September 25, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    I love this bag! Great size, and I love the arm “clearance” when putting it on your shoulder. 🙂

  2. Agneta Ekholm — September 25, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    I already have the lovely Gracie pattern (of course!) but it would be a great gift to a less fortunate quilter! I just love the way Gracie comes together, easy and beautiful!

  3. Nancy Rosetto — September 25, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    I really like your description of the Gracie handbag and how easy it goes together. I am anxious to try the new interfacings too.

  4. Deb Dickerson — September 25, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Love the look of this bag. It looks so simple – can’t wait to try it!

  5. stephanie — September 25, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Finally, simple instructions even I could understand 🙂 Love the stiff stuff interfacing, wondered how those purses stood up so rigid. Would love to win the pattern and the interfacing thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  6. Carol Breault — September 25, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Great bag, can’t wait to make it!

  7. betsy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Thank you for the chance. The bag looks great!!!

  8. Vicki Haberman — September 25, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    I love the idea of this new stiff interfacing – would love to try it! All your handbag patterns are awesome! Great construction and functionality!

    Vicki H at pawesome@

  9. wendy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    The bag is a staple….great design. Would love to have the chance to win it….

  10. Amy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Can’t wait to try the stiff stuff interfacing. I love this bag, it looks so easy. Can’t wait to try it.

  11. Christine — September 25, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    The Gracie bag was the first bag to introduce me to Lazy Girl designs and the funny thing is, I’ve purchased other patterns but forgot about the one that pulled me in. Gotta get a Gracie.

  12. Linda Seymour — September 25, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    Love the bag! I have one cut out now and would love to try your stiff stuff. Thanks for the step by step easy instructions!

  13. Kelly Stirling — September 25, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I love this bag!!! i would love to be able to make one of these of my own!!!

  14. Sandi — September 25, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    This bag looks so fast and easy to make up. I need to make some Christmas presents, and this would be a perfect gift.

  15. Sharon Ashley — September 25, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I am so looking forward to using Stiff Stuff on my next handbag!

  16. Carrie — September 25, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I would LOVE for this to be the first purse I make!!

  17. Mary Collins — September 25, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Would LOVE to have this pattern! I already have 2 and I simply love the patterns! I’d love a chance, thanks so much!

  18. Lorraine Lloyd — September 25, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Just love Gracie! Thanks for sharing. The video is awesome. Been following you forever! Love you Joan. Feel like I’ve known you forever!!

  19. Elinborg D. Lár. — September 25, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Gracie Handbag has always been my favorit, thank you for the chance to win it :O)

  20. Judy A. — September 25, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    I love, love, love that fabric!!! I’d love to make it!

  21. Earlene — September 25, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    This bag is awesome!!! I love the design and everything else about it!! Would love a chance to win it!!

  22. Susan Wehnes — September 25, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Glad to see how easy this is to make and put together. Lots of good ideas. Can’t wait to try the new stiffners.

  23. Karen — September 25, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    I love the size of this bag and how it can look so different with different fabrics!

  24. Rita Wahl — September 25, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Your patterns are so easy to understand! I buy them at Hayes in Wilmington DE! It is a great shop that demos your bags & notions often! They have so many samples displayed that it is hard to choose my favorite!I think Gracie might be it though!

  25. janet geissler — September 25, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I love the Gracie bag. I haven’t tried the stiff interfacing but I would love to!

  26. Cathy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Love the stiff stuff interface! I love making handbags but haven’t made on of Gracie’s would love to try one. Thanks for doing the giveaway….

  27. Betty Caldwell — September 25, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I have several Lazy Girl patterns, and each one is a delight to make. Your instructions are clear and concise. I’d love to win this one.

  28. Linda P — September 25, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I LOVE Lazy Girl patterns! I have several bags, but would love to add Gracie to my collection–love the pattern, this fabric and I really want to try your new interfacing!! BTW, I also love your clear instructions!

  29. Loretta Lynch — September 25, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Love this bag and the way it goes together. Can’t wait to try the stiffy stuff.

  30. Donna — September 25, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    This bag looks wonderful, would love to make one. It looks simple enough to make and great to use. Your stiff stuff looks like a wonderful product…love to try it out, too. Thanks for sharing, hope I am chosen for this great bag.:)

  31. Cheryl — September 25, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    I didn’t think it was possible, but it looks like you have made the instructions even simpler! And the Siff Stuff looks fantastic! Thanks Joan

  32. Cheryl M — September 25, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    I love the elbow clearance !

  33. Shellee — September 25, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    What a cute handbag! I can see this made for the different seasons of the year, I would love to make one for the fall season with so many pretty fall fabrics out.

  34. Katrina Kahn — September 25, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    I love the Gracie bag! I think it is just a wonderful design – so simple and yet so functional and beautiful! Your instructions are always excellent and so easy to follow!

  35. D. Ann Murphy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Love the looks of this bag – anxious to try the new (to me) interfacings!!

  36. Lisa — September 25, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    I would absolutely LOVE to try the Gracie pattern and the Stiff Stuff. I’ve tried your bag patterns in the past but have not tried Gracie. She’s beautiful!

  37. Grace S — September 25, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    The Gracie handbag looks so very versatile and easy to assemble. The video is wonderful! I’ve enjoyed making the Lazy Girl patterns up that I have!

  38. Kathleen — September 25, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Such a clever design. Love it!

  39. Renate Campsall — September 25, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    I love this bag & all of your bags!!!! The instructions are wonderful, which makes the bags easy to make. This new interfacing will just add to the overall look of the bags.

  40. Nancy of IN — September 25, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    What a great purse. Love the contrast. I love the way the interfacing holds the side up.

  41. Darla E — September 25, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I didn’t realize how easy this bag is. After viewing the tutorial and watching the video, I want one too. Thank you for the give away!

  42. Patti Wolff — September 25, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I do love the Gracie pattern but haven’t tried any of the new Lazy linings yet. Will definitely do that when they are carried at my LQS.

  43. Julie Shipp — September 25, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Wow, looks like the perfect bag. Would love to tote one of them to guild meetings!

  44. Liz Schaffner — September 25, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Yahoooo….a Giveaway …count me in !
    I love Lazy Girl designs!!

  45. Cheri King — September 25, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I love the Gracie. It look so easy to make. I can wait to make one for myself and to try the new interfacing.

  46. Denise — September 25, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I like the Gracie handbag, but it’s not practical for the city. Too easy for pickpockets!

  47. Terri Musulin — September 25, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    Love everything about this bag! Can’t wait to make it!

  48. Sharon Phagan — September 25, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    I like the bag. Haven’t tried your new interfacing yet. but want to. I like the way the bags look with it.

  49. Peggy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    The Gracie pattern is on my “to do” list for sure! Love the design and the different fabrics I can use to make one of a kind. Thank you.

  50. Marty Askins — September 25, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    I love this bag. The one hand operation would be great for me since I can’t always lift things with one of my arms. Thank you for having this great giveaway.