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

  1. CarolH — September 25, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    I love this pattern, Stiff Stuff and the fabric you used. My wonderful aunt was named Gracie and her sister, my mother, was Stella. It seems like fate to me and I’ll be anxiously waiting to win.

  2. Sue Desrochers — September 25, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    That is just an amazing design…….. Must have been created by a woman!!!

  3. Rachel Whitlow — September 25, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Wonderful bag! I absolutely love it!!!

  4. Bevery Griffin — September 25, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I have made so many of your great bags to give as gifts to family and friends.
    I look forward to trying the Stiff Stuff interfacing.
    The Gracie pattern will make the perfect gift.
    Thank you for all your great patterns and the Lazy Girl blog.

  5. Pamela Graham — September 25, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I love all your patterns!! The stiff stiff looks fabulous and I can hardly wait to try it! I love the new pattern, woohoo! No one can have enough of Lazy Girl Bags!! Happy Sewing and thanks for the opportunity! Pamie G.

  6. Diane Leikam — September 25, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    I love making up Gracie!! Everytime I make one for myself, I end up giving it to a friend who falls in love with it. Awesome purse!! I’d love to have an extra pattern to give to one of my sewing friends.

  7. Julie — September 25, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    I have always admired this bag but it is one of the “lazy” patterns I don’t have …after viewing the detail of the inside I might have to purchase this pattern! (unless I win) I also haven’t had a chance to try any of your new interfacings so would love ~ love ~ love ~ to win this!

  8. Julie H — September 25, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    I just love the gracie bag and i can not wait to try the stiff stuff.

  9. janicedoty — September 25, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    I LOVE the look of the Gracie bag! This one would be so versatile for a day in the car, going to work or the gym!!

    Love your color choices–so full of energy!

  10. Marlene — September 25, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    I haven’t tried this pattern, but would love to! Hope I win.

  11. Pat — September 25, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    I LOVE the Stiff Stuff for the Gracie Bag! I can see inside the bag and I don’t have to rummage around trying to find the stuff inside the bag. It is a bag that I will use on a daily basis! Thank you!

  12. Sherri Funk — September 25, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I haven’t tried this product before, but would love to and LOVE the bag! Hope I win!

  13. JudyLyn — September 25, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Now I’m dying to make this bag!

  14. MIchele — September 25, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    What a great bag! I <3 Lazy Girls!!!

  15. Hazel S — September 25, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Haven’t made a bag yet but after seeing your video would like to give making one a try. Found the video explained all the stages of making the bag very clearly and it looks easy! A nice lazy way to get the job done!

    Like the design of the bag, it looks like it would sit very well on your shoulder and be very comfortable to use. I hate it when bags slip off your shoulder but this one looks like it would stay put. And the Bag-E bottom is a brilliant idea!

  16. Karla — September 25, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Absolutely love the simplicity of this bag I am ready to try to make one

  17. Cindy — September 25, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I love the Gracy Bag – actually I have a number of your bag patterns and love them all!!

  18. Kathy O in GA — September 25, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Joan I’d love to try out Gracie and the new interfacings!
    I need to get back into making myself a few bags…and a few Christmas gifts!

  19. holly — September 25, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Love this bag too! I love your bags and once I can get my hands on the new interfacing… woohoo!!!

  20. Carol — September 25, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    What a cute, functional bag! And she has the same name as my car! What a pair they would make.

  21. Pam — September 25, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    I love the Gracie bag, it looks so quick and easy to make.

  22. Patricia Hogge — September 25, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    LOVE your Gracie Purse Pattern & would LOVE to try this new Stiff Stuff Interfacing. This interfacing/batting sure looks like it gives a bag stability & body like nothing I’ve seen before. LOVE that this beautiful bag does not flop over. It stands up straight & proud. I also LOVE the one piece interior pocket design that also has a convenient opening for the Bag-E-Bottom purse support insert. HUGE HUGS for your GREAT LAZY GIRL PATTERNS…&…for your so very UNDERSTANDABLE Lazy Girl TUTORIALS with lots of VISUALS. I TRULY DO LOVE FAST, EASY, & LAZY! 🙂

  23. Bobbie23nc — September 25, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I love the way each of your patterns incorporates new techniques and results in a more functional base of sewing knowledge. Many times I have used a pattern and thought to myself, I wish Joan Hawley had written this, I’d be able to understand what they were trying to say! Thanks for sharing your sewing know-how.

  24. Anne Finck — September 25, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Fantastic bag! Your patterns are all awesome. I am sure this one is too! 🙂

  25. wintu nancy — September 25, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    How generous of you to share all of this with some of us. I would love to try the pattern, but especially the Stiff Stuff.

  26. sandy — September 25, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Oh my gosh that is adorable. I’ve never made a bag but your pattern is so sweet. Thanks

  27. Diane — September 25, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    What an awesome bag, and of course one can never have too many bags or shoes!!

  28. Deb H. — September 25, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    What a great bag. We travel a lot and this sure would fit the bill. I’ve made several bags and am going to have to try your stiff stuff. Body is so essential to a great bag. Hope I win one!

  29. Patty Hall — September 25, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    I love the style and design of the Gracie bag. It looks roomy and “user friendly”. The different color combinations would be endless.

  30. Lianne Coates — September 25, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Love the Gracie bag! Thank you for a chance to win it. Of course I will have to make one anyway!!!!

  31. Peggy — September 25, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    love the bag design. Would love to try the Stiffy Stuff Interfacing.

  32. Polly — September 25, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Really like the pattern. They call me the “bag lady” as I love sewing bags.

  33. claudia — September 25, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Love the bag and the color and I love the way it stands up. can’t wait to win it! thank you

  34. Debbie Castonguay — September 25, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    I love the Gracie bag!!! It looks like it will fit me very well….I would rather make my purse rather that pay $80 or more. I am in desperste need for a new bag too….I have been umemployed for over a year and need something to make me smile….THank for being so generous!!

  35. Aud Kirsten Sommerbakk — September 25, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Hi, I have already made one Gracie bag, but not with stiff interfacing. I would love to try the new Stiff Stuff interfacing on another Gracie bag, because this bag pattern is one of my favourites!

  36. Suzy Bubnell — September 25, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Love the looks of the Gracie bag. I have not been able to find the Stuff Stuff interfacing in any of our quilt stores as yet. I always look forward to your emails to see what fabrics you are using and all the “tips” you give.

  37. Grace Wibben — September 25, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I would love to try the Gracie bag. I love your patterns. They are all great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Julia — September 25, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Would love to try the pattern and some of the new batting/stiffeners.

  39. Carol Holmquist — September 25, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    The Gracie bag looks great! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern. I would love trying to make it.

  40. Judy Dymond — September 25, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    What fun it would be to have a new sassy bag that stands up for herself! The Gracie fits the bill perfectly.

  41. flavia — September 25, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    wowwwwww! bellissima la borsa di Gracie! ed è la classica borsa che adoro!!!

  42. Carol Betts — September 25, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I love stiff stuff; what a wonderful new product!!

  43. Tamsyn — September 25, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Love this bag. It’s on my list and now I really want to try it with the new interfacting! Tamsyn

  44. Debbie — September 25, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    I am a bag nut. And I love this one. Love the colors, but so many possibilities for color varation. Thanks for the chance to win such a great offer.

  45. Virginia — September 25, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    O love this bag. The colors are awesome. I am so anxious to try the new product. My dealer does not have it, I would love to use it for a teaching sample.

  46. Bevery Griffin — September 25, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    II have made so many of your great bags to give as gifts to family and friends.
    I look forward to trying the Stiff Stuff interfacing.
    The Gracie pattern will make the perfect gift.
    Thank you for all your great patterns.

  47. LuReign — September 25, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    It would take a lot of convincing to make me move Margo and Chloe down on my list of favorites, but I’m willing to give Gracie a chance…and would love to try the new Stiff Stuff! Thanks for your enthusiasm and generosity!

  48. Janet — September 25, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    OMG! The pattern and fabric are wonderful! I would love to make one and show it off!

  49. Lidwina Flavelle — September 25, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I love bags and I am always looking for new patterns – this looks like a great one. Thanks for the great giveaways this week.

  50. Anita — September 25, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    I don’t have the Gracie Pattern yet. Would love to have it. It looks like a great bag. One I would love. Thanks for all your very helpful hints on making your bags. I love them.