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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Route 66 and Embroidery
Mt. Fuji Gracie 

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

  1. Karen — September 25, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I just bought the Gracie pattern after watching your tutorial. I’ve been unable to find the Stiff Stuff interfacing, and I think I have every Bag-E Bottom but size A.
    Would love to win! I promise I’ll donate the pattern to a deserving bag maker, one of my Miranda friends.

  2. Gayle — September 25, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    What an adorable bag! I can hardly wait make one. Love all the designs!

  3. Hedy Oleski — September 25, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Looks like another great Lazygirl design.

  4. Cathy — September 25, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Love this pattern and can’t wait to try your interfacing!!! I’ve made so many of your purses as gifts and they all love them!!!

  5. Myra Price — September 25, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Love the use of the beautiful contrasting fabric you used for the lining! Can’t wait to make one.

  6. Jeanne G — September 25, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    I like the looks of the Grace bag and all the features you mentioned. I have not used “stiff stuff” but would be happy to win this and give it a try. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Judy B. — September 25, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Great combo Gracie bag and the Stiff Stuff. The bag looks like it would be quick and fun to make. I just love its shape and all of the pockets.

  8. Nancy Myers — September 25, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    I would love a chance to win this pattern! Just rec’d my first order of Stiff Stuff yesterday and love it!!! Making some place mats with it; would love to use some in this pattern!

  9. Mary Snyder — September 25, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I’m being lazy today. Very cute and easy bag. No one around here carrys the Stiff Stuff as yet. Interesting to try.

  10. Jean Zeiler — September 25, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Joan, I have been following your emails for years. I love when I find you on a video with Kaye Woods.

    I have been fighting cancer for years, and I spend my time sewing because it is so relaxing to me and keeps me moving and thinking. I am so glad I found you and your products years ago.

    I do not have the Gracie bag. Jean

  11. Pat Bollman — September 25, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I can’t wait to find your new interfacings in local shops. I love the names of them

  12. Marilee — September 25, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    This is an excellent video and tutorial. After watching it, I think even I could make this bag!

  13. Julia — September 25, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Just watched the video demo and did not realize how simple your patterns are and how well thought out. Now I have no excuse for not making a bag!

  14. Deborah — September 25, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Love the always beautiful Gracie! Haven’t used the Stiff Stuff yet, but am so excited by your new interfacing line and love the concept of your naming process!

  15. Sheila Galindo — September 25, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I love the handbag. I haven’t tried the stiff stuff yet, but am waiting impatiently for my local Quilt Shop to get it in. I make a lot of bags.

  16. Pam Smith — September 25, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Anxious to try your new interfacings. Thanks for developing something we have really needed. I see your bags among members of my Arizona quilt group….including my own bags…..and the gals are always happy with your patterns. Very clever of you to design Gracie for easy should carry!

  17. Flaun — September 25, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Gracie looks beautiful! I would love to buy this pattern if I don’t win it. Fingers crossed!!!

  18. Nancy Z. — September 25, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Almost as much as I love your bags I love the new words you come up with! I mean how perfect a description is “Stand-up-i-tude”!

    Anxious to try your new products….they sound positively plerky!

  19. Mary Ellen — September 25, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    I’ve made several Lazy Bags, but not Gracie and all have been given away! I don’t have one for myself. One of my LQS posted on Facebook they now have the new Lazy Interfacings. Only problem, the are a bit of a drive away – not exactly local. I have to plan a trip to check them out in person and get me some.

  20. Kathy Kirchen — September 25, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I’ve heard nothing but praise for the Gracie bag. It seems to be one of the most popular patterns out there. Can’t wait to try it and test the new stiff interfacing while I’m at it.

  21. Margie — September 25, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Love this pattern, especially the way it incorporates a pocket on the bottom for slipping in the support for the bottom! The stiff interfacing adds a new look and feel to the purse! Great combo!

  22. Jannette — September 25, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I love every one of your patterns! The best part about Gracie is the ability to stuff my water bottle into one of the side sections – it gives me the freedom to use both hands for whatever I’m doing, rather than always having to carry the water bottle. Having the Stiff Stuff interfacing would just take the whole bag up a notch!

  23. jennifer — September 25, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Oh….so….cute…I love this pattern. So many possibilities.

  24. Carol Stevenson — September 25, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I’m in love, again. This combination will be so much fun to work with. I love the pattern and am looking forward to using the new stabilizers.

  25. Gwen — September 25, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Love all your bag patterns, the first bag/purse pattern I ever made was the Chloe, I was terrified that I couldn’t do it, but your instructions were great and I got the bag made, it wasn’t perfect, but I’m not perfect neither and I don’t expect anything to be perfect. Thanks for the opportunity to win this pattern.

  26. Bonnie Stephens — September 25, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Love this purse. Please choose me!! I would love to win……

  27. wanda spain — September 25, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    I like the bag pattern, I would love to make it, the interfacing, stiffner, I have never used. It would be fun to try it.

  28. Janice Klein — September 25, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Simple but elegant! Great design and and awesome stabilizer. I hope I win!!

  29. Karen Crosby — September 25, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I like the inside, as it looks so finished, and the general shape is very pleasing to the eye. What’s not to like about this pattern?! Thank you for a chance to win.

  30. Elizabeth Travis — September 25, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I like the bag but haven’t had the opportunity to try the interfacing. Need to get to my local quilt store.

  31. Laurie — September 25, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Love this bag. Need a spot for my water. Looks easy enough to make as gifts. Thanks for sharing. Just the size I need!!!!

  32. Lori Nesje — September 25, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    Looks like a great pattern and very versatile. I have the perfect fabric in my stash

  33. Jackie Abel — September 25, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I just got my order of Stiff Stuff in the mail this weekend. Can’t wait to give it a try. I love all your bags! I’ve nade a number of them.

  34. Jan — September 25, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I like the looks of Gracie, but too many times if my bag falls over things fall out, even if the closure is secure. What’s the difference between stiff stuff and soft and stable?

  35. Joan Kruse — September 25, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Wow! You’ve sold me! I sure hope I win this giveaway!

  36. Frances Parenteau — September 25, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I can’t wait to work with your new interfacing! I’m not totally happy with some of the heavier interfacing in the stores – some are awful to fuse and they don’t stay fused, even after 2 or 3 bouts with the iron. I have made many of your patterns, and taught classes with your patterns in my local sewing store but I haven’t ever made the Gracie bag (yet). That will change very soon!
    Love all your stuff, but especially the blog

  37. Kathy — September 25, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Purse looks great! Can’t wait to try all these new products of yours! Thanks!

  38. Evelyn Barnes — September 25, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Love this Bag and can not wait totry the StiffStuff Firm interfacing!

  39. Eileen — September 25, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Great fabrics on a great purse!

  40. Jackie Konder — September 25, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Love your bags, instructions are so easy to follow. Have made many Mirandas ( big and mini), wonder wallets, persnickities, Margo (my personal favorite). Oh my didn’t know I had made so many! For myself and gifts. DD asks for one each season! Can’t wait to try your new line of interfacings.

  41. Penny B — September 25, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I love this pattern and think the new “stiff stuff” will just be a wonderful addition to the construction, making it stand up and be noticed!!

  42. Debra — September 25, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Wow, what a great giveaway! Love the bag design and the colors are beutiful. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  43. Sara S. — September 25, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Gracie is one of my favorites. Oh, who am I kidding! I can’t pick just one favorite. Gracie is the first bag I read about, when I fell in love with the simplicity of bag construction. Thanks for making everything easy!

  44. Margaret Graham — September 25, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Thanks for the great visuals along with your construction descriptions. i am a visual learner. The bag is great and so practical.

  45. Carol Baum — September 25, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I have mad two Gracies. One for my self and one for my sister. Would love to try the new battings. I live rurally so will have to wait for one of the city shops to carry it.

  46. Mary Mather — September 25, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    These will be great Christmas presents for my daughters and daughters in law.

  47. Pam Petty — September 25, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I love it! I haven’t made a Gracie, but would love too. I love all my other Lazy Girl bags. I go from one to the next. Love all the pockets (can’t get enough pockets) Thanks for making such great designs, I love all your patterns!

  48. Julie — September 25, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Love all your bags and can’t wait to try Gracie! I use seasonal fabric and am currently carrying a Claire made with pumpkin patch fabric.

  49. Christine B. Law — September 25, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I love all the attention to details you put into your designs. Now, the “stiff stuff” will really make them stand out. Thanks, Joan.

  50. Linda Davis — September 25, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I’ve made several of your bags and would love to try Gracie and the new interfacing.