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
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Mt. Fuji Gracie 

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

  1. Donna Marquis — September 27, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I would love to make this Gracie handbag! It looks like it will be stiff enough to hold water bottle, sewing, Kindle and things I would take to keep busy while my Husband has all day experimental Chemo. We always have to carry our hubbys’ things (don’t we gals!) so it would have room for his things too! I love this new bag and can not wait to try the stiff interfacing!

  2. Diane — September 27, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    That dip makes it a truly unique bag! Would love to make one

  3. Miranda — September 28, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    I had skipped over this pattern before, but I really like how it’s put together and the arm clearance that’s built in. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Frances — September 28, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    What a cute bag! I’m one of those who much prefer a flap closure to a zipper one on my purses. And I would very much love to try the new Stiff Stuff! Thanks for the drawing!!!

  5. AnnaMarie — September 28, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I LOVE this bag! I have yet to *complete* a sewing project (total SUB-newbie here! :-P) but this pattern looks uber friendly – and the fabrics are darling! SO inspiring! 🙂

  6. Joy — September 28, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Love the bag and can’t wait to try the new Stiff Stuff.

  7. Pam Woodford — September 28, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Love the Gracie bag and would love to try it with your Stiff Stuff !

  8. Elaine Bradley — September 28, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Would love to have this cutie. Looks so easy and love the idea of the stiff stuff. Wondeerful!!

  9. Elizabeth Kuntz — September 28, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I love the handbag! It looks complicated to make but since I need a new handbag I would love the challenge.

  10. Maureen — September 28, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    How I love your design tote! What a simple to make me sew it! To let you know I am deaf and I did watched your video without closed captioned. I am trying to follow you without sounds!
    Your design is absolutely brillant! Thanks for sharing this~Maureen

  11. Margo — September 28, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    I ordered the Stiff Stuff from SewThankful because I have ordered from the shop before. Thank you so much, wow 20″ wide, so excited, have my project bin all ready and I happen to be in the middle of a lunch sack, really need the stiff stuff to finish. Thanks and blessings.

  12. Kim Tait — September 28, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I would love to try out this great pattern!

  13. love your bags — September 28, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    oh I love your bags and sure would love to try the Stiff Stuff

  14. Wanda — September 28, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Oh I love this bag. I’ve been looking for a nice pattern…and this is it. Thank you.

  15. Kathy Glaves — September 28, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    LOVE! I’m excited to try Stiff Stuff!!

  16. Hege — September 28, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Just love it! Perfect for carrying my dancing shoes and water bottle!

  17. Sara Tobias — September 28, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I love the inside pocket and the stiff interfacing will make this bag so much easier to make and use

  18. Janet Wilson — September 28, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    Hi have made everyone of your purses, bags, backpacks, your patterns rock,
    and can’t wait to try the new “stifffy” stuff.

  19. Chris ayde — September 28, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    I have never used Stiff Stuff, but it looks really clean and well…stiff! Which is good! I cant wait to try it! I absolutely love the Gracie bag, and the Dear Stella fabrics are SeW fun! Very Hip chick, and it looks easy enough to make. If i brought that purse into work, all my nurse co workers would want one! And because so many of them sew, they would have to buy Stiff Stuff, Cause i would tell them to. LOL. I really do love making purses and bags! Very Cool!

  20. TinaG — September 28, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    I love this tutorial. I’m such a visual learner and appreciate the great pics!

  21. Ann H. — September 28, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    I’ve made several of your bags and LOVE them all! This one is soooo cute! I have a granddaughter named Gracie, so this would be a great one for me to make! Thanks for all of your wonderful designs!

  22. Betty Towns — September 28, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    The quilt store where I shop (Riverplace Quilt and Sew East China, Mi) cleared their existing stock of interfacing so their would be room for the Lazy Girl line! I can hardly wait until I need
    some. Guess it’s time for a new purse.

  23. Mary Jo — September 28, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    This p”H” and YOU can do it! Love how that appeals to us Lazies!!

  24. Nancy Casso — September 28, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    Well, I commented and got a data error. So lets try again 🙂
    I love the bag and can not wait to try the new Stiff Stuff. You are a genius when it comes to us lazies !!!! Thank you a million times over !!! 🙂

  25. RevMel — September 28, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    This looks simple enough that even I could do it . . . with my wife’s birthday just around the corner, I had better get started . . .

  26. Kimberly — September 28, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    I would love to win this for my mother. She would love this. Thanks

  27. Sara — September 28, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    I love how stiff the handbag is! Its a beautiful design.

  28. Bev. Bortner — September 28, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Your bag is amazing! I have watched your video on this on YouTube and I am so excited to try my hand at creating one. You make it look soooo easy that I feel confident that even I can make one.

  29. LaRae Scheidemantle — September 28, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    I love the handbags you make and have most of your patterns.

  30. Jane O'Malley — September 28, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Love the Gracie bag, but can’t wait to get my hands on Stiff Stuff!

  31. Jillian Dellit — September 28, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    I live the elbow room and the look – something really natural about that shape.

  32. Heather — September 29, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    great patterns. Easy to use and sooooooo versatile. Love them

  33. Ann — September 29, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Wow! I love how the Stiff Stuff stands the purse up! And the purse to too cute!

  34. barbara leonard — September 29, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  35. Bernadette — September 30, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Another great looking and fun to look at bag. It also loks quite easy to make and can’t wait to try it. Thanks

  36. janet — September 30, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Love this bag!!!!Find your patterns so easy and user friendly.

  37. Lynn — September 30, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Very nice bag

  38. Deborah — October 1, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    What a great bag. Look very easy to make.

  39. Patti jones — October 1, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    If it’s not too late to enter l’d love to be able to try out your bag and your new interfacing.

  40. charlotte — October 2, 2012 @ 4:51 am

    I would love to have this wonderful offer from the “Lazy Girl”. Make my day!!

  41. Jeanne in NJ — October 4, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    A little late to post but love Gracie. She fits me just fine and I love the new stiff stuff
    interfacing. thank you Joan

  42. Elaine — October 4, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I just received my pattern and now ready to start. Yea!!!!!!!

  43. Susan K — October 6, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    love this bag! Can’t wait to start on it!

  44. Kristan @ Doodle Do Designs — October 6, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    This is so cute. Looks super easy too! Love it!

  45. JanetB — October 6, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Neat bag! Will be looking for the pattern in my LQS.

  46. Kylee — October 6, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Hi Joan, you are very clever! What a great design. Gracie is so simple in it’s construction yet so practical in application.

  47. Sherry — October 7, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    I just watched your tutorial on this adorable handbag.
    I have never made one, thinking it is time I try. You made it look so easy!

  48. Jodi — October 8, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    This is my go to bag for purse presents. Everyone always loves the bag and it is so friendly to make.


  49. Laura Laslett — October 8, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    This bag is so versatile, I can picture it in many different fabrics. And the size is just perfect.

  50. Raye — October 8, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    great bag. love the stiff stuff.