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”

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  1. Dorothy Le — September 25, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    I loved the photos you posted. I can’t wait to make this bag.

  2. Jennifer Barrett — September 25, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    I love this bag and have been anxious to try out the new interfacing! Although I have lots of bag patterns, I do not have this one and I think it’s awesome how it can be “swung” up on your shoulder with just one hand. I always have too many things in my hands!

  3. Ann in NC — September 25, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    I can’t wait to see your new products in the stores! Your patterns are well tested with great directions!

  4. Cindy — September 25, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    I’ve been admiring a friends Margo for some time so I finally purchased the pattern. I’m hoping to get one made this weekend. I love the Gracie too and would love have that pattern.

  5. Sandra — September 25, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    I recently read about Stiff Stuff and really, really, really want to try it. I think this is just what I’ve bought so much stiffiner trying to find a stiffening product that really works. I would love to try this product and this eye-catching bag. Pick me, pick me, pick me, pleeeeease.

  6. Janna — September 25, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I love the Gracie, I only wish Stiff Stuff had been around when I made mine.

  7. barbara woods — September 25, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    love that bags and would love to win thanks

  8. Carol Coggins — September 25, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Gracie is one of my favorite Lazy Girl Products. Love what you have done with it.

  9. Nancy Duke — September 25, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    The new lining is a GENIUS idea…looking forward to using it.

  10. Susan B — September 25, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Another gorgeous bag! I would love to have this pattern and I can’t wait to try Stiff Stuff. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  11. Junetta Ervin — September 25, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Love the bag so many options love all the extras! You are awesome and have the best ideas. Love your website! Junetta

  12. Jessica — September 25, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Very cute handbag! I’m wanting to make a new one! Thank you for a chance to win!

  13. Christy H — September 25, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    I love the idea of being able to reach into your purse without unsnapping or unzipping anything – what an ingenious design!

  14. Linda Musser — September 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I think you bag is very cute. I have made several of your items and the patterns are easy to follow. I would love to win this Gracie pattern and the new interface products. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Angela C — September 25, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Would love to try this purse. My favorite bag to carry right now is the mini Miranda, but would love to add to that!

  16. Cathy — September 25, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Have seen this pattern after lurking and reading this site for a while. On the hunt now for the perfect fabric combination. Iwant to be ready for when I am able to scure this pattern

  17. Deanna — September 25, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I love this bag. I am so fussy about my handbags and this is a pattern for one that I can make that will suit me perfectly. Thanks Lazy Girl!

  18. Darlene Jacolik — September 25, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Been looking for a great interfacing or batting for my bags. Your products look fantastic. Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  19. Doreen — September 25, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    I have several of your other patterns and love the idea of Stff Stuff but can’t buy any right now, I had to buy a new bed and mattress this month and my budget is busted

  20. Linda Abrams — September 25, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Love the look of this bag design. I have made some of your other patterns and look forward to trying this one on for size! Your patterns are great!

  21. Wanda Sotkowy — September 25, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I love the versitility of this design and would love to make several!!!

    Thank you

  22. Lori — September 25, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    I love making totes/purses – after watching your video and seeing your instructions -the Gracie bag looks so easy to construct!

  23. Irvalee — September 25, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Can’t wait to try Stiff Stuff and the rest of you interfacings. Love your patterns, so easy to use.

  24. Tracey Gonzales — September 25, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    This Gracie bag was beautifully designed. I would do love to win the stiff stuff!!!

  25. Pati Cook — September 25, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Would love a chance to try new interfacings. Already love Gracie and all the other Lazy Girls.

  26. Janet — September 25, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    I love your patterns, they are so easy and I am pleased with the way they finish up!
    I am looking forward to working with your new product.

  27. Sarah S. — September 25, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I love, love this pattern! I have been looking for a bag that will stand on it’s own. This is it! I even have my fabrics picked out. Ready to try the stiff stuff!

  28. Sherry — September 25, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    I love the bag and the fabrics you made it in. I haven’t tried the stiff stuff interfacing but it looks like a great product.

  29. Jenny t — September 25, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    I just LOVE all your bag patterns! they are all awesome… my fingers are crossed, hope to win!

  30. Nancy Brodeur — September 25, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    Gracie is going to be my new favorite ‘Lazy Girl’ pattern. It looks so easy! I want to make one today.

  31. MichelleJ — September 25, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    I SO love your patterns. As it happens, I have a Gracie, so if I get lucky and win, my sis will get the pattern. (I will keep the other goodies, however!)

    I helped a friend make a purse this morning – NOT a Lazy Girl, obviously. We Lazies rarely need help because the patterns are so well done.

    Thanks Joan!

  32. Sandra Fidler — September 25, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    This is a great looking bag and from the look of it the “stiff stuff interfacing” gives it good body. i would love to win this and make this bag for my daughter for Christmas.

  33. Gayla — September 25, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Absolutely love your fabric choices for this Gracie! Wow.

  34. mary — September 25, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    Looking forward rotor trying another of your bags and the new interfacing

  35. Linda — September 25, 2012 @ 1:21 pm


  36. Deb — September 25, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    I too love the Gracie bag and can’t wait to try Stiff Stuff. Hope I win one! Thanks.

  37. Janice — September 25, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    I would love to give your pattern and interfacing a try!

  38. Kathy Gordon — September 25, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    I have made this bag several times. Stiff stuff will make it awesome. Hope I win,

  39. PAT — September 25, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    ok I already have 8 of your patterns. I have made 5 bags from the Margo pattern and kept them all. Of course with my adiction, I want more. Would love to win this pattern

  40. Paula — September 25, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    I love the Gracie bag. I have the stiff stuff on order. Got an email yesterday that is is on the way. Can’t wait to use it.

  41. Bette Hyde — September 25, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    I have several Lazy Girl patterns and would love to have the Gracie! I have been thinking of ordering some of the stiff stuff to try it out, but it would be even better to win it and give it a try on a Gracie just for me!
    Thanks for having the giveaway!

  42. Maryellen — September 25, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    The bag is a really cute design, and I love the idea for the slide for the bottom support.

  43. Mikhaila Scoville — September 25, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    Oh that Stiff Stuff!!!!!
    Looks AMAZING!!!!! I would absolutely LOVE trying it out.
    Other interfacing has been -eh- okay. But this way you describe it? Wow.

    Also, I have never seen a bag like this. It’s ‘Drool-a -lishish’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Must make, Must make, Must make…..-that’s my 3 year old daughter’s robot voice.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  44. Bea @ CancunCOOKIES — September 25, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    Love this bag! Thanks for a wonderful Giveaway!

  45. Deb Pavlock — September 25, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    The gracie pattern is right up my alley,because I love carrying all my handbags under my arm and this fits perfect. Love yor patterns!

  46. Ellen M. — September 25, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    I LOVE the Gracie Bag! It looks like it would be so complicated, but it isn’t (great fabric choice also). Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Kaye M. — September 25, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    I love to make handbags but my problem is the bags don’t have enough body so I’m looking forward to try the new Stiff Stuff interfacing. It sounds like it is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  48. Vicky — September 25, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    The Stiff Stuff sounds like just what I have been looking for. Have tried numerous products but nothing seems to work quite right so Thanks!

  49. Sherry in OH — September 25, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Love all these beautiful bags!

  50. Rebeca — September 25, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    How great! Looking forward to trying stiff stuff. I gotta clear off a shelf in the sewing room to make space for the many handbags I will be making!