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

  1. Diane Simmons — September 26, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Made this for a sample at the shop I work for. Easy to make, would use stiff stuff on the next one, batting doesn’t give it enough style 🙂

  2. Gaycha Mayhew — September 26, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    A must have bag and the Stiff Stuff makes it so easy. Thank you for coming up with new ideas.

  3. Christina V — September 26, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Ok.. so I love this bag. The interior pockets and the stiff siding are pretty cool! Would love to have one!

  4. Sandra Chavez — September 26, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Wow, what a great blog entry and tutorial. You have me convinced, this is a great bag! I am looking forward to using Stiff Stuff and especially liked your idea for the wrap around pocket panel. Thank you for the give-away opportunity.

  5. Kelly — September 26, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    How fun!!!

  6. Nancy Wagner — September 26, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Love the pattern!! Would love to be able to make it!

  7. Patricia Callaway — September 26, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    This looks great! I so could have used this to carry my book and my water to the hospital yesterday when my mother in law had surgery, This would be great for sooo many outings and to carry sooo many different things in. Great Bag!

  8. KellyS — September 26, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I love your new Gracie bag! It actually looks like a bag I can make! LOL Your new Stiff Stuff looks amazing as well!

  9. Carol M — September 26, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Love the purse. I’m real anxious to try this new interfacing – I love the look it gives to Gracie!

  10. Susan — September 26, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Hi Joan! This looks like a great bag; love seeing the straightforward instructions above. Can’t wait to try this super stiff interfacing!

    Cheers! Susan

  11. Betty Gracie — September 26, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    I love the purse and would love to make this pattern. I have sewn Lazy Girl Purses and I just love them.

  12. Wilma B — September 26, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    I love the Gracie bag. It holds everything I need and comes in very handy when traveling. I love your patterns because of the clear instructions and ease of making the bags. They are “fail proof”. Your video’s on Kaye Wood’s site inspired me. I started with a Sassy Bag for myself and then made numerous bags to give as gifts for “tweens” in my family. I graduated to other patterns and find them to be wonderful and get many complements when I carry them. Thank you for such great patterns!

  13. Kalynn — September 26, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    THe Gracie bag is wonderful. I would love to win. I think your approach to everything is wonderfully lazy, makes you want to do more. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. Sharon — September 26, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I love this bag! Looks like it would be fun to make too. Thanks for the tip.

  15. Karen — September 26, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Love your techniques and would love to try a Gracie and your new interfacing. Thank you.

  16. Sherrie — September 26, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Love the Gracie!! Can’t wait to try the new interfacings! Thanks for a great give away:)

  17. jerry church — September 26, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    I can’t wait to try this bag, and maybe teach this as a class at my local quilt shop (with the designer’s permission, of course). It looks easy enough for our beginners, but sophisticated enough to please our experienced bag-makers. I love the new interfacings that allow bags to stand alone.

  18. Erin — September 26, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    This is a super cute pattern and the interfacing sounds like a great fix for floppy handbags!

  19. Jo Anne — September 26, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    what a charming bag. Can’t wait to try you new stiff stuff.

  20. Judith — September 26, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    The Gracie pattern looks brilliant, so thoughtfully designed – and I would also love the chance to try the Stiff Stuff as (to my knowledge) it is currently not available in the UK.

  21. Melissa — September 26, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Beautiful bag! I love your blog. You do a great job with pictures (for those of us who read pattern instructions and say “What does that mean???”)

  22. LIllian — September 26, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    I would love to win, the bag looks great!!

  23. Kimberly Matthews — September 26, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    The Gracie pattern is beautiful pattern, I love the flap, it makes the pocketbook have an elegance to it.

  24. Cynthia — September 26, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    Cute bag! I was in our quilt shop in Boonville, IN and saw your pattern today. How fun!

  25. Marcia Bowman — September 26, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Love the purse. It looks like it would work for everything. Like how it stands up.
    Hope win.

  26. Junetta Ervin — September 26, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    I love the purse as all of your products are awesome! Would love to win it.

  27. charlotte — September 26, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    What a cute bag. I also love the fabrics you’ve chosen for it. I think the design is very clever and I’d love to win!

  28. Renee O — September 26, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Love my Lazy Girl patterns and would love to try this one.

  29. mak teh — September 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    hello there, I made Gracie once using batik fabric,I used iron on stiffener used in making shirt collars and stands up beautifully..awesome.

  30. Anna Maria — September 26, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    I really like your description of the gracie handbag and how easy it goes together. Thanks for this give away and hope to win it.

  31. Angela Gottschall — September 26, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    As a school teacher and mom of two, I need all the pockets and free hands I can get! Gracie is a big help! I also love the video because I learn best by watching someone demonstrate how to make something. 😉

  32. Dee Raymond — September 26, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    Gracie seems like a beautifully functional bag that you could personalize in soooo many ways by using either an embroidery design or a showcase fabric for the center insert. Thanks so much for offering such a fantastic giveaway Joan!

  33. Melissa Kimbrell — September 26, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    Gracie is just the bag I like. I’ve always wanted to try to make one of your purses. I love that it stands up on its own when Stiff Stuff is used.

  34. Heather — September 26, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    I have not used the Stiff Stuff yet. I have made a few of your other bags and wore them out. I like the looks of the bag and would love to make it for myself!

  35. Anne — September 26, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    This is a BEAUTIFUL bag! Love the structure your interfacing gives!

  36. Cathy Brand — September 26, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    I want so badly to win this wonderful gift! I love everything about it! Very beautiful purse and great gift idea too. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  37. Diane Quale — September 26, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    I would love to try this bag and your new interfacings as well. I’m a huge fan of your Margo Handbag; 20+ and counting.

  38. Amber — September 26, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Pick me I love that purse and I’m just learning to sew!

  39. Michelle — September 26, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    So cute can’t wait to try the new products out!

  40. Sharon Mazeroff — September 26, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    What a beautifully designed and sewn bag! Like so many others, I’d like to try your new interfacing products with this pattern.

  41. Miss Sherry — September 26, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    I love Meg Hawley. Her patterns are clear, concise and easy to put together. And the purses are cute to boot. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  42. Joyce — September 26, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    I love this pattern and the new interfacing makes it look very professional. Joyce

  43. Laurette — September 26, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    I love Lazy Girl Designs, just purchased the Runaround Bag, taking a class with my favorite teacher. We are trying to get the local quilt shop to carry the new interfacings, we gave him all the info, lets hope he orders it before our next class, fingers crossed. I would love to make the Gracie bag with your new stiff stuff, so far no local shops carry it. Loved the video, great instructions.

  44. mals — September 26, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

    I love your bag and waiting to make it.

  45. CCherry — September 27, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Fun bag- I have some fabric I tie dyed that would be perfect for the outside of Gracie.

  46. Shannon — September 27, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I love being Lazy!! Plus this handbag design is genius; so much more than the sum of its’ parts…

  47. Phyllis — September 27, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Just got my stiff stuff; can’t wait to try it. I love shoulder bags; the Gracie straps will be wonderful to use.

  48. Cindi C — September 27, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    Wow! I love it. What a great giveaway. The bag is fantastic. I’ve made Mini Miranda before but not Gracie. I need a new bag, Now is the perfect time.

  49. Amy WD — September 27, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    I love this! I have always wanted this bag pattern, but the interfacing makes it just perfect!

  50. Janie Marie — September 27, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Love the bag! Can’t wait to use the Stiff Stuff Interfacing. Thanks!