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”

  1. Anita Jackson — September 25, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Hi, I was tickled pink this morning when I opened your email. I love to make purses, little , big, any kind. This interfacing sounds great, haven’t heard about it. Like how it stands alone, the open area in the center, and I don’t have a “Gracie” pattern, but sure would lilke to have one. Thank you for sharing this giveaway today. Wish me luck!!

  2. Kelly Schank — September 25, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    would love to get back into sewing and I think this would be a great project!

  3. Deb Frey — September 25, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Love this bag and using the stiff stuff, I can’t wait to find this in my favorite fabric store. It looks so simple, a bag in a few minutes, LOL. I do love the looks of this bag, and the way you did the lining and pockets. I love your give aways, I have a few of your patterns and they all stitch out beautifully.

  4. Tracy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I like the look of the Gracie and the interfacing is great. No more flimsy bags!

  5. Peggy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I enjoy using the lazy girl patterns, they are such wonderful instructions. They really spoil me and I know how much when I “attempt” to use a different author’s pattern. Also would like to try the new interfacings. Thanks for all your GREAT patterns.

  6. Kathy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    It has been a while since I’ve made a bag and would love to try with the Gracie. Plus, I love the name!

  7. Melissa Lamb — September 25, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    You always come up with the most clever and beautiful handbags. Thank you for making them so much fun to make. I can’t wait to try the stiff stuff.

  8. Cheryl Hammond — September 25, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    I am in love with this Gracie bag. The design is neat, and your instructions are always easy to follow which makes for a fun project.

  9. Debbie Yeager — September 25, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    LOVE the fabric choice for this purse! I would love to make my own Gracie! Thanks for these tutorials and the give always!

  10. m bennie — September 25, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    stiff stuff the way to go. and what a grand finish

  11. Stray Stitches (Linda G) — September 25, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Finally a simple pattern for a bag. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway.

  12. Alice H — September 25, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Gracie bag looks great. You come up with features and designs that set your bags a notch above others.

  13. Dianne Crockett — September 25, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    I love the Gracie Handbag! I just purchased the stiff stuff interfacing and am really excited to try it. I am making bags for my sisters for Christmas and I believe it wil be great !!

  14. Kathy Westfall — September 25, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Wanting to make a cololrful, roomy new bag for fall! This H-shaped construction pattern is a perfect solution!

  15. Christie Staton — September 25, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    As always, easy innovation is what you do best. Please put my name in the hat, uh, bag for the drawing. I can’t wait to try your new products. They sound dreamy.

  16. Carolyn Wood — September 25, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Gracie looks like a wonderful bag to make for myself and for Christmas presents!

  17. Ingrid — September 25, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    I love all your patterns. they have clear instructions and always go together as easy as promised. I don’t own the Gracie pattern yet, but would LOVE to!!

  18. Judy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    Liked and shared! Love this little darling. ?

  19. Linda F. — September 25, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    This bag is a classic design and could be done up in a wide variety of fabrics. Good job!

  20. Denny — September 25, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    I think the Gracie is an attractive, graceful bag. I’d love to make some.

  21. Barbara Lanning — September 25, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    I would be so excited to win this pattern and other goodies! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Pat Saville — September 25, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    I just love your designs and I’m looking forward to using your new products.

  23. Patti Moore — September 25, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    What a cute bag! Have made over 300 of your Wonder Wallets for the children at the Shrine Hospital of Chicago. Recently ordered two of your other patterns. Would love to make this one, too! Thanks for the great giveaway and for continuing to inspire us with great designs!

  24. Val Bonk — September 25, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    I love making bags and have made many of yours to give away and use. I would love to try your new line so that I can tell my students. I would love to try Gracie. Thanks for giving my a chance at this.

  25. Connie D. — September 25, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    Great bag. Want to try all the new interfacings. Your instructions are always very easy to understand…..thank you!

  26. Gaby — September 25, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    The gracie pattern ist wonderful and would love to try the stuffy stuff interfacing.

  27. Ardy — September 25, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    Thank you so much for ALL your wonderful patterns! I have not used stiff stuff yet … I need to find a local store that carries it. Looking forward to trying it with one of your patterns that I already have.

  28. Marcy P. — September 25, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    I love this bag! Very simple, easy construction!

  29. Kathy Bumb — September 25, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I enjoy making purses and think the Gracie bag is a wonderful pattern. I would like to try the Stiff Stuff interfacing as well. Love your blog.

  30. Mary Ann Wheeler — September 25, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Love this bag — and can’t wait to make another using the stiff interfacings!

  31. Brenda — September 25, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I love all your patterns. Don’t have Gracie yet — but I’m sold! Gonna get it right away!

  32. D — September 25, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    I have made one of your other purses (Towne) and loved it. I have worn in out and need to make a new one. Would love to win Gracie

  33. Susan Pittman — September 25, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    I love all your patterns, but my favorite is the Margo. The Gracie is cute, but i want the zipper for security. I’m on my second Margo which I made using a heavier interfacing before stiff stuff came out. I get compliments all the time on that bag. I can’t wait to do the next one with Stiff Stuff.

  34. Tracey — September 25, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Love your purse patterns. I’ve made several and they’re so easy to do. This bag is definitely next on my list! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  35. Margo — September 25, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    I have been looking for a place to purchase more Stiff Stuff. First used it a couple of years ago and love it. The package directions said it is also used to make bracelets. At the time we could buy 8X11 sheets. It is fabulous for purses and Gracie is a winner.

  36. Ginny — September 25, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Love your patterns and would love to add Gracie to my collection!!

  37. Jean — September 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I would love to make this bag with “just the right fabrics” and keep it for myself.

  38. Linda Sadler — September 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I just love this bag. It really looks easy enough to make.

  39. Lori — September 25, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    I really like the “one handed operation”. I would like to give Gracie a try. Thanks!

  40. Deb — September 25, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    I love this… your patterns are the most “doable” out there. I always suggest when people admire my bags that they can do it “if” they get one of your patterns.. I need some of your new interfacing. but my new budget hasn’t allowed that yet.. can’t wait to try some.

    Thanks for the opportunity…

  41. Geri Lohnes — September 25, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Love the purse and would really like to try the stiff stuff!

  42. Robbie Foster — September 25, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    I can’t wait to try the new interfacings in Gracie. I love all the Lazy bags. I have the perfect fabric for Gracie. I am getting ready to move and all my sewing stuff is packed! I’ll have to be patient for a few days but I’ll unpack the fabric first–right after the coffee pot.

  43. Judi Cujas — September 25, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    I love your patterns. I am anxious to try your Stiff Stuff interfacing. I have been looking for it since I first read about it, but have had no luck so far. I am attending a very large quilting show this weekend, so I am hoping that I can it there.

  44. Cindy — September 25, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    What an awesome purse. Can hardly wait to try making one myself. Love that pattern and it looks so easy which is the most important part. I love it when they are easy, but look like it took a long time to make!!

  45. Gill — September 25, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I love the Gracie pattern and I’d love to make one!

  46. Judy — September 25, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Great looking bag, super demo! Can’t wait to try it out. I see Christmas presents coming.

  47. Sandy Yavor — September 25, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    I like that it isn’t too complicated and I love, love the arm clearance! Thanks for offering the give away.

  48. Carolyn — September 25, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I love Gracie and the fabric compliments her!

  49. Karen weber — September 25, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I love!!! If I don’t win going to have to buy!!!! Have a great day

  50. Jane — September 25, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I love all your patterns and since I already own the Gracie pattern , I know a perfect friend to pass it on to.