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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Mt. Fuji Gracie 

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

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  1. Sue Bone — September 25, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    The Gracie bag is so cute.

  2. Maria A — September 25, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    This bag looks so ‘happy’! Can’t wait to make one. LOVE the inside pockets, too. Stiff Stuff is apparently not in my area yet, so I hope to win this and be the first to show it off 🙂

  3. Vickie Yanik — September 25, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I love the Gracie pattern! In your photo of the Gracie, the new interfacing gives the handbag a nicer finished look. Can’t wait to get some of the new Stiff Stuff to make a Lazy Girl bag. I have several of your patterns that I have already made, but I want the new interfacing.

  4. sandyb — September 25, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Oh I just love this bag I just love making bags and this one will be on my list for sure and your directions are wonderful.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  5. Connie Lee — September 25, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I love his bag!! I love ALL your bags!!!

  6. Shellie Fontana — September 25, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Stiff Stuff, GRACIE, & Dear Stella–what a combo! It sounds like a project you whipped up just for me, personally! Stiff Stuff really does STAND UP to all others! And, GRACIE knows I could never manage without one-handed access to perfectly-placed pockets…all styled with the delicious Dear Stella! Oh, my!

  7. Johanna — September 25, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    I actually don’t have that pattern yet! She is a cute bag too. I love the bag bottoms, I have a couple and they are great!

  8. Judy Hacker — September 25, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Your write up is so wonderfully up-beat and positive! I’m revved up just from the blog. I’d love to win your wonderful give-away. I have the perfect fabric in my stash!

  9. Mary Furber — September 25, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I enjoy making my own bags and have made several of your patterns. I do not have the Gracie and would love to add it to my collection. And I would like to try your new interfacing products. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Christine M — September 25, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I just watched the how to video OMG so Lazy! Would love to give it a try along with the new interfacing of course.

  11. Laura Anderson — September 25, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Great bag. So many possibilities to embellisj

  12. Colleen Dobbeck — September 25, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    I love all your bags and will definitely be making the Gracie Bag. Thanks so much for your wonderful blog and give-away.
    Keep at it.

  13. Sylvia — September 25, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Would love to make one for each season…..starting now LOL. Cannot wait to try the stiffy stuff! Thank you for this opportunity to win.

  14. DebrafromMD — September 25, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Love the new design! I can’t wait to try the new interfacings – off to place an order for them.

  15. cynthia Luttrell — September 25, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I cannot wait to make this pattern…it looks so easy.

  16. Carolyn H — September 25, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I just got the Stiff Stuff that I ordered on line. Can’t wait to try it for the Candice bag I’m going to make.

  17. carla bynum — September 25, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Hi!!! I love the Gracie!!! Love the elbow cut out!!! Great while carrying a little one!!!! Thanks

  18. Chris — September 25, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Wow. What an easy pattern. Hope I win. This will make wonderful gifts for Christmas.

  19. Pauline P — September 25, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    HI! Love your patterns and want to try that new interfacing.!!


  20. Wilma Searcy — September 25, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    This bag is just what I’ve been looking for! I really want to make it
    with autumn fabrics to use this fall. I need it now!
    I want to try the new interfacing. Those I have used in the past are
    not stiff enough.

  21. Carol Mathers — September 25, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    I love all your bags Just made Margo for a friend… I like to add buttons to the bottom so it stays clean. looking forward to doing the next bag with new products…thank-you!

  22. Anne — September 25, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    What innovative ideas! Love the inside pocket panel. Can’t wait to try your new interfacings. I love to make bags and trying to find the right interfacing is challenging. Thanks, Joan!

  23. Shirley — September 25, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Have not gotten hold of your new interfacing. Look forward to using them!!!

    Don’t know why I haven’t used that pattern before!! I have almost all of your patterns and LUV you common sense way of doing the construction! I am headed to my studio right now to get out fabric to make my own Gracie. It will have to be with other interfacings but want to try that construction technique. Thanks again for all you have done for purse makers everywhere.

  24. Pat — September 25, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I love Gracie!!! I am so anxious to try the new stiff stuff! Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and patterns.

  25. lesley — September 25, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I would love to try this bag. It looks really handy. Also would like to try the new interfacing.

  26. Patricia Conner — September 25, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Luv it when you share-er and even more if I am the share-ee. Thanks for ALL you do for us.

  27. Joyce Shellito — September 25, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    You make it look so EASY! The way sewing should be! So Practical. Very good!

  28. Lori Mahar — September 25, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I love the Gracie bag, the pattern looks easy to do and I’m eager to try out the new interfacing!

  29. Brenda Fogerty — September 25, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    I can’t wait to try the new stabilizer, Stiff Stuff. I love the new Gracie bag you made, the fabric colors are great!

    Congratulations on your new line of stabilizers.


  30. Nita — September 25, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    I retired this summer after 22 years in higher education, turned my guest room into a sewing/craft room, and CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE THIS BAG! Fingers crossed for the win!

  31. Barbara Hart — September 25, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Love the gracie design and your use of fabrics. I can “see” this purse in many combinations of the fabric in my stash. Pick me!!!! I’ve already been out looking for the interfacing. Gotta have it.

  32. Linda VDW — September 25, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Love the bag — I love the idea of the stiff stuff even more because I think purses/bags need to stand up and not be “wimpy”.

  33. Shirley — September 25, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Can;t wait to try the Stiff Sutff! Love the fabric on this bag!

  34. Jane McKay — September 25, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Can’t wait to get my “stiff stuff”, and would love to win this pattern, etc. Thanks, Joan!!!

  35. Jacky — September 25, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    This is a great design! I would love to try it. We don’t have any fabric or craft stores nearby, so it is hard to find specialty fabrics and interfacing. I purchase most of my supplies online.

  36. Gwen Krukoski — September 25, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I love the Gracie bag. I took it on a trip to Ireland and it was great. Unfortunately have list the pattern. Also very curious about your new product line. Will be looking for it at my LQS. Do you have a pattern for a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag? Your directions are so easy to follow!!!

  37. Mary LeTard — September 25, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Looking forward to getting the new interfacing.

  38. Mitzie — September 25, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Love the demo for ease of construction. Love the bag for design to allow it to be easily carried on the shoulder. Would make great gifts, too.

  39. Ginny LaMere — September 25, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    I love this pattern looks super easy to put together, love that you can reach in without opening if needed. Would love to win pattern and a chance to try the new interfacing

  40. Judy Bentley — September 25, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    I love the new Gracie pattern and can’t wait to try it with the Stiff Stuff interfacing. Your patterns are great and the directions are so clear!

  41. Adina — September 25, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Love the explanation of the one-armed functionality…I thought the shape was just for cute!

  42. Barbara Winkler — September 25, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    I love all your bags. I have several patterns, just need to take the time to choose fabric and actually make them! I just get too busy making Quilts of Valor to stop and take time for me…actually was thinking of making one as a gift for next month. Time to get on the ball.

  43. Shannon — September 25, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    LOVE the Gracie bag! It’s just so darn cute 🙂

  44. Mary Ellen Coumerilh — September 25, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Boy, is the Stiff Stuff ever an answer to my prayers! I really do not like floppy handbags!!! Thanks so much

  45. Leanne King — September 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Gracie is one of my favorites! I use her as a knitting bag, and she’s just perfect!!

  46. Janice — September 25, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Just love the Gracie pattern!! It’s sew easy to make and versatile. You are correct about how easy it is to carry, freeing up your hands for all the other things that you carry at once…lol! Can’t wait to try it with the Stiff Stuff. Thanks.

  47. Tonya — September 25, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    I love this purse design and the colors you chose are SO me! 🙂

  48. Evelyn — September 25, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    I’ve been waiting for a product like Stiff Stuff to appear! I don’t care for floppy handbags either. I look forward to using some of my lovely fabric to make eye-catching bags. I think the Gracie bag would be a great start.

  49. kathy — September 25, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Looks like a great bag I could really love it.

  50. Sandy Strohacker — September 25, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    This looks so do-able, even I might be able to get it right. Thanks.