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

  1. Sue Baker — September 25, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    I love cloth bags & this 1 is handy as all get out. SB

  2. C — September 25, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    I love your gracie bag and would love to win a pattern and interfacing…thanks so much.

  3. Mary Bieber — September 25, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Love the new design.

  4. Alice — September 25, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    Love all the room inside. Just what I need!

  5. DeAnne — September 25, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    I have never made a Gracie bag and now I want to make several They look easy enough to make for Christmas gifts!

  6. Maryann Cavanaugh — September 25, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    Wow! I love to make handbags and this one looks like a winner. I haven’t tried the stiff stuff yet but I do like my bags to have a little firmness to the body, so this seems like what I need. Can’t wait to make the Gracie bag..

  7. Sally GAron — September 25, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    love the Gracie!

  8. Barbara — September 25, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    I love the Gracie bag–actually all Lazy Girl bags. Can’t wait to try the stiff stuff!

  9. Cathy Brand — September 25, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    This purse is beautiful! I’m new to this site and fell in love with your design and fabrics, I’m in need of a lazy design purse. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Emily — September 25, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Ohhhh!! The bag is absolutely gorgeous!!! I LOVE IT!!! And also love the colours of the material! WOW!!!

  11. kee dishion — September 25, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    I would promise to be a good girl and sew her up carefully !!
    hee,hee thanks !

  12. Pam — September 25, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    I love this bag, and would like to have one for myself, and of course for Christmas gifts. I am a beginner sewer and love to make totes. Now, since I am unemployed (after 14 years) I find that sewing is a great stress reliever.

  13. Barbara Campbell — September 25, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    I love the look of the “Gracie”! I have always wanted a bag of yours. I am new to sewing but really do enjoy your blog. I don’t know what I am doing but I keep trying! I also think bag handles with the clearance you are describing above is a winner!

  14. Sue R — September 25, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    I LOVE to sew bags/totes and this one looks awesome! I have tried your patterns in the past and teach my girlfriend how to sew bags ~ your patterns are the easiest directions for her to follow and this would be a great addition to try. Love the fabric too! Thank you for the chance to win Gracie and stiff stuff!! Pick me please 🙂

  15. Linda — September 25, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    This is a great bag, I need to make it again.

  16. Heidi — September 25, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    So excited about the Stiff Stuff, looking forward to getting my hands on all your interfacing products!

  17. Sally Jo — September 25, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    Candice and Margo are already friends of mine, can’t wait to meet Gracie!

  18. Zulma — September 25, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I love this handbag, and those colors!

  19. Carol stockman — September 25, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    Love this pattern, especially in this fabric!

  20. Kathy C — September 25, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    I really love the Gracie bag and have not used the stiff stuff but would love a chance to win and use both.

  21. Peggy Forbes — September 25, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    Oh, my, I think Gracie is one of the few of your bag patterns I don’t have! Here’s hoping!

  22. Joyce in NC — September 25, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    I don’t have this pattern and it would be great to receive the pattern and the notions to create a great new handbag!

  23. Sarah — September 25, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    Great review – I like how you point out some of the clever construction. I only have your Miranda bag pattern (first bag I ever made!) but I’ve made it several times, and would buy or recommend your patterns to other!


  24. Terri — September 25, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    Would love to try the new Stiff Stuff in making your bags….. I have made several but haven’t gotten to the Gracie bag as yet. How great would it be to win the pattern and supplies. Keep up the great work, love your bags.

  25. Jodi — September 25, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    The design is gorgeous and i love the handle!

  26. Bonnie Jensen — September 25, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    I so want to try the stiff interfacing, and a Gracie patter would be great for a Packer purse

  27. Meghan — September 25, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I love love love this bag! I saw a sample in a quilt store this weekend, but they were sold out of the pattern!

  28. Karen — September 25, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    I haven’t yet made the Gracie, but it would be a great addition to my collection of these great patterns… I’d love to make the Gracie my next bag. I would love to try my next bag with the stiff interfacing. Thanks for the opportunity!

  29. Kulsum — September 25, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    I love the bag your tutorial ia easy to follow I will try making one

  30. Maeve — September 25, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    I already get your newsletter, which I enjoy so much. I love this bag! I have ordered the stiff stuff to give it a try. I’m excited to see what a difference it makes. Would love to win! thanks!

  31. Sue Potts — September 25, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    I love the concept of a stiffer interfacing! With my girls growing up and heading off to university and out into the big wide world, it would be lovely to make them each one to carry uni books and laptops. And the fact that Gracie has a magnetic closure makes it that little bit safer as well!.

  32. Sandra Gibbs — September 25, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    One of my first projects at a class at my local quilting store was a Lazy Girl Design Bag. I was so excited – I had never created a bag before, but you made it so easy with your directions, and it turned out reallly great. I get compliments on it all the time. I would love the opportunity to get the Miranda pattern – Love It! I recently had hand surgery and have not been able sew for the past 2 months, and this would be a great project to work on when I can sew again. Thanks for all your great designs!

  33. Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} — September 26, 2012 @ 1:12 am

    Ha! Elbow clearance! What a GREAT bit to include in a review! I hate floppy bags, so sounds like this stiff stiff stiff interfacing is what I need!

  34. Galatina — September 26, 2012 @ 1:17 am

    Love the Gracie bag. I’ve never tried using this interfacing – looks good. Thanks for the opportunity.

  35. Gunilla Gustafsson — September 26, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    I really want to meet Grace! I think we are going to be best friends.
    Hope to win, hugs!

  36. Sally Forth — September 26, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    I am so excited on viewing your video displaying the ‘Stiff Stuff’ product!
    What a marvellous Tote Bag! And so ‘spring-back-happy!’

    Until I saw this demo, I have been content to use a product called ‘Battilizer’ by Floriani, it’s lighter than batting and easy to work with … however it doesn’t have the bounce-back quality of Stiff Stuff.
    Please please please, tell me, where can I get it???

    In stitches


  37. Jane — September 26, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    Just watched the video, how wonder and neat, can’t wait to make this bag. My head is swimming with ideas. I have a friend that makes glass beads, what a great way to embellish this bag.

  38. Lisle — September 26, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    What a fun giveaway! I love Gracie!

  39. Alma Tilley — September 26, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    Beautiful ,can’t wait to get started .At least 3 gifts ,already.

  40. Wanda Rude — September 26, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Surprised I don’t have this pattern yet…have most of the others…will be getting it…can’t wait!

  41. SONJA HANSEN — September 26, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Just what I need – almost a third hand! And the fabric is stunning. Thanks for a great design.

  42. Toni Stone — September 26, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I love the Gracie bag. I would love to have a pattern for it.

  43. Patty Swatzell — September 26, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I love the look of the Gracie handbag and with your video you make it so easy! I haven’t used the Stiff Stuff so anxious to try it out.

  44. Brigitte — September 26, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    You contaminated me with the love of this bag

  45. Chris Chambers — September 26, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Will be making this for X-Mas presents, Can’t wait to try the new stabilizers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Joan Davidson — September 26, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    I just love the gracie handbag. Lots and lots of room and it looks so easy to make. Would love to win the prize.

  47. Mystica — September 26, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Love the look of this bag. The color combination is also marvellous.

  48. Nan Jacobson — September 26, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    I absolutely LOVE this bag. I’m just starting to get back into sewing again after a few years of focusing on my jewelry business. Thanks so much for the ideas, the information you share and the opportunity to win this pattern. It’s the little things in life that are so special.

  49. Anne Kathrine — September 26, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    How nice to look through your instruction video again. I have thought of making this handbag before, but now I am “newly inspired” so hopefully I’ll find some time this weekend. I would very much like to try the new interfacing, as well. Thank you for making things easier for us.

  50. Phyllis — September 26, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    Does it matter that I don’t have a website? I hope I win, I love handbags and love to make them, also totes. Like shoes, a girl just can’t have too many!