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”

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  1. Dayle Flesher — September 25, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    I SSOOOOO want to make this bag! It looks so easy! Thank you for the opportunity.

  2. Ellie — September 25, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    This looks like a great bag and I want to make one! I love the other Lazy Girl designs I’ve made.

  3. Diane — September 25, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    It really looks like a great bag! I love the Lazy Girl Designs and it is time for me to start making things for ME!

  4. Sandra Hedrick — September 25, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    I would love to try this new “stiff stuff”. Like the Gracie pattern too. Love making handbags. Thanks for the chance to win. Please random number generator, pick me!

  5. Connie Jordan — September 25, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    I recently bought the Gracie pattern but haven’t made her yet-guess I better get some stiff-stuff interfacing and get started. Love the pictures and tutorial for making this bag.

  6. MaryBeth — September 25, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    I’ve made several of your handbag patterns and Gracie looks great. I like the shape! Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Audrey Bosley — September 25, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    I have never tried the Gracie pattern and would love to after reading this. I need a new purse because my current one is almost worn out!

  8. Deb W. — September 25, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I’ve made a couple of your bags and love them. So much in fact, that I’ve worn them out. Your directions are so clear a first time sewer could make your bag.

  9. Janet Pierce — September 25, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    I love this gracie handbag. Am very interested in the pellon too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Marty — September 25, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Love the Gracie bag. Have made several – some for myself and some as gifts. It is the perfect size and shape!!

  11. Ginny Steinmeyer — September 25, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    Oh, WOW! What a deal, Joan! I love the Gracie bag and would really like to try your new interfacings.

  12. Lauren Meadows — September 25, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    I love your designs. The patterns are easy to understand, easy to do and they look great when you’re done. I’ve made a number of your bags and would love to make the Gracie too.

  13. Sandy K — September 25, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    What a great pattern…do not have this one, and really would love to use Stiff Stuff!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. Sharel Jane — September 25, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    Love these purses…looking forward to having a “Gracie”

  15. Linda Nelson — September 25, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    I love the design of this bag. Easier for me to get my arm through in a hurry…which I always am!!

  16. Katrin Auna — September 25, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Just love the Gracie Handbag. A smart pattern that is easy to work with. A good pattern for showing fabrics and for playing with colours.

  17. Carol Cassidy — September 25, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Wow I love the Gracie bag design, and would love to make one.

    I have made several Sassy bags in the past and have wore them all out. I think the new interfacing line will help some with this problem. Of course it would help if I changed bags a little more often (need to make more).

    Can’t wait to find the new interfacing and try it.

  18. Sue Mohr — September 25, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    Oh Gracie! She’s my absolute favorite. She looks great in everything…and the Stiff Stuff looks particularly good in her.

  19. Ann Feltz — September 25, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I’ve made several Lazy Girl bags, but not a Gracie. The bright fabrics give it a fresh look, and now I’m thinking I might have to get the pattern and give it a try. Perhaps I’ll win! 🙂 Thanks for the chance!!

  20. Sharon — September 25, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Read so much about the lazy girls bags, would love to make the gracie bag and to try out the new interfacing. Maybe my luck will change and I’ll win.

  21. Lu Ann Leonard — September 25, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    All of your patterns that I have used have been super easy, but this one looks like the easiest yet! Can’t wait to make this purse. Thanks for your great patterns!

  22. Catherine Stiele — September 25, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    I really like your patterns, easy, fun and make a great statement. Can’t wait to try the new stabilizer.

  23. Janet Peterson — September 25, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Love the look of the purse. Going to have to try it.

  24. Ellen Barth — September 25, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    I love the Gracie handbag and would love the chance to win!

  25. Sue coles — September 25, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    I love the shape of the Gracie Bag and the way it is so easy to personalise it. To win the pattern etc would be the icing on my bag shaped cake. 🙂 Good luck everyone

  26. Ivy — September 25, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    The tutorial on Gracie makes it look so easy. I can’t wait to get the pattern and make her up. I especially like the fabric you chose in the tutorial. Thanks for another great contest.

  27. S Kehl — September 25, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    I love your bags as they are so easy to make. Would love to make this bag–in looking at your Rt 66 before this–that you fussy cut–the highway for the flap AND the car coming up & over is really cool too. I would love to win this patter & the Stiff Stuff.

  28. wendy — September 25, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    That looks like an awesome bag… and I’d love to try out that interfacing. It looks impressive!

  29. judit z — September 25, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Love bag … idea of stiff interfacing great!
    Would love to use on bible cover.
    I don’t do facebook. Will I be able to enter giveaway?

  30. Lynda Ward — September 25, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    The bag is just gorgeous!!

  31. Cindy — September 25, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    Love Gracie! It is the perfect size for daily use

  32. Connie — September 25, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I have almost all your bags – love them! Can’t wait to try the Sew Lazy interfacing.

  33. Deanna B — September 25, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    I love the Gracie! I love all your bags!!!! Looking forward to trying the Sew Lazy interfacing.

  34. Laura — September 25, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Love the bag!!! So hope I win!!

  35. Ginny Bennett — September 25, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    FABULOUS TUTORIAL VIDEO! This bag looks very professional and not at all like something homemade. It is so simply constructed that even those with limited sewing experience could easily make this. It would be a great way to introduce a daughter, granddaughter, or niece to sewing. She would be the envy of her schoolmates with a purse designed just to her tastes. Great pattern. I would like to make several for Christmas gifts.

  36. Marlene — September 25, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    The bag would work well for anyone. Love the design.

  37. Cindy Farmer — September 25, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Wow! I love this stiff stuff and how the Gracie bag is sewn together. The tutorial was great!

  38. Patti — September 25, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I’ve been looking for a new bag pattern for Christmas gifts, and Grace seems like a perfect fit! Your tutorial is wonderful and will be easy to follow. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  39. MarciaW — September 25, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    I like the size of the Gracie bag, and it certainly is a great recommendation when you say that you’ve worn several of them out. Thanks for the chance.

  40. Mary Ann Hansen — September 25, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    This looks like so much fun to make. Looks like there are not many ways I could mess up. I have never used the stiff stuff. Looks like something to explore and experiment with. I would love to win the pattern, etc. The video was very clear. Thanks for that. Mary Ann H.

  41. Linda S — September 25, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    Love, love, love the Gracie

  42. Deborah — September 25, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    This bag looks great and the tutorial makes it look very easy and doable.

  43. Glenda Brownlee — September 25, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    I am anxious to try the “stiff stuff”. Gracie is a great looking bag. Would be nice to get my name pulled out. :>) I am lucky!

  44. Jean B — September 25, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    Love your Gracie handbag pattern and have made a couple of them already. Would love to make a couple with your new Sew Lazy Interfacings. Asked my one local quilt shop if they were going to stock your new Interfacings so will have to check back and if not put in the hint again. Can’t wait to start using them!

  45. Barbara Karklins — September 25, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    I think this would be fun to make for gifts!

  46. Sharon Anderson — September 25, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    That is the coolest thing in years, I now know what I want to make for christmas!

  47. Kathie — September 25, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I’ve made quite a few of your bags and I’m looking forward to using stiff stuff next time.

  48. Mary Carole — September 25, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    I HAVE to have this bag. I love it! It is the perfect bag for me.

  49. Wynema Autrey — September 25, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    I Love Love this purse

  50. Dorothy S. — September 25, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    Would love to make this bag!