Coming in May: Margo Handbag

Lazies, This spring is hectic with travel, our new Girl, Quilt Market, etc. so I don’t expect to keep my regular Monday blog schedule for a while. I’ll post on days when I have something and time permits.

Margo Handbag
And now, let’s meet the ‘Margo Handbag’ (LGD127), our newest design to be released mid May in time for Quilt Market in Minneapolis. These are just some quick shots I took of Margo this weekend. I don’t know if this sample will be on the cover of the pattern or not – I haven’t gotten there yet!

Fabrics shown are from the ‘Modern Mix’ line from Benartex. Scrumptious!
Click images to enlarge.

The Front Pockets
Margo’s front, shown in floral, has a line of stitching right down the middle, separating this lined panel into two large pockets. The angular cut outs are the pocket openings and they are generous enough to easily slide your hand in and out while holding your keys or cell phone. Margo is the perfect Girl on the go. The coordinating fabric shown in green make the most of this pocket design.

The Zipper
Now, let’s talk about that zipper! Oh, I love this zipper installation. The zipper sits down inside the top edge of the bag by about one inch. It stands straight out from the lining like a shelf on a wall. The zipper opens end to end, so there is plenty of room to get into and out of the bag. And, yes, it’s easy. Trust me, you’ll be okay.

Inside pockets all around, of course. Did you notice the stripe print
matches up perfectly above and below the zipper.

Here’s a closer look at the zipper. Look at that – clean, simple, elegant. It’s zipper poetry!

The Back
The back of Margo uses the same floral as the front pocket panel, but has no pockets or detail, just a simple line of stitching to match the front.

Margo is 10 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 4″ and she fits our size F Bag-E-Bottom purse support. That makes her larger than our Towne Purse, smaller than the Gracie Handbag, and the same dimensions as Claire and Mini Miranda. But with the zip top, she feels like a whole different size. The shoulder straps are generous enough to throw over your shoulder with Margo resting comfortably at your side.

I’ll have more detail and photos in the coming weeks.

Blog Schedule
I’ll be off of my regular blog schedule, so don’t worry if I’m not here with something fabulous every Monday – I’m working on our new Girl and I’ll post when I have updates.

What do you think of Margo? Post a comment below and let me know what you think of our new Girl!


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94 Responses to “Coming in May: Margo Handbag”

  1. Leslie — March 29, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    I love, love, love this! Can hardly wait til the pattern is out. I have made about 60 handbags and your patterns are my favorites!!! I work in a quilt shop part time and I love to use your bags for myself and students!

  2. Susan — March 29, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    Joan, youre an amazingly creative designer. Margo is fabulous. I cant wait to see her in my mailbox and welcome her into my family of LG patterns.

  3. Pat — March 29, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Love the look of Margo!! Can hardly wait for it to be out!

  4. Janet — March 29, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Looks like another home run. I cannot wait to make this baby. And You must have been reading my mind, I wanted to learn how to install a zipper like this, so I hope you have the hard part all figured out for us lazys!

  5. Ann — March 29, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    It looks nice. I like that it has a zipper and Im interested to see how it will all fit together. Looks like a real winner to me.

  6. Bobbie — March 29, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    Hey Joan, I love the new girl. It’s spring and time for a new hairstyle to go with new Margo. Love the name too.

  7. Chris — March 29, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    Margo is perfection in a bag! Looks like she even improves on Claire which I didnt think could happen. Those front pockets are just made for cell phones. Brilliant again Joan!

  8. Linda — March 29, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    OMG – another awesome bag/purse. Love, love, love the idea of the zipper. Cant wait to get my hands on the pattern. Ive been quite the collector of most of your designs.

  9. Cathy — March 29, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    Looks like a winner to me. Cant wait to see how you do the zipper and how it all works!!

  10. Donna — March 29, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    Oh goodness gracious, Joan, this one is yet another winner! Beautiful colors and I love the design. I’m so excited about the recessed zipper because I know you’ll make it easy on all of us to assemble. I used to be so intimidated with installing zipper (still am a little bit to a degree), but I’ve been practicing over the past couple of months, nothing major, but I cannot wait to purchase this pattern. You are such a tease making us wait until May. Well, may it come quickly!! 😉

  11. Nancy — March 29, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    Oh i really like this one….. cant wait to see the pattern!

  12. Susan — March 29, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    I’ve been hoping for something just like this … I love all your bags but the ones I make the most for family and friends are those that close, as in zip shut. People are worried about their stuff and I don’t blame ’em. I make a lot of totes and bags to give to friends to take to Georgia football games. Well, between all the tailgating and all the up and down while watching a game, you can’t take a chance of anything tumbling out. This will solve it … cute as anything, the right size, and now a secure closure. Many thanks, Joan, and thanks for helping me get that beach tote ready in time for my daughter’s trip to Tybee Island. Your personal help and advice made all the difference.

    Keep bein’ lazy and I’ll be right there with ya!!

  13. Joy — March 29, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

    What a fresh bag! I have zipper phobia, but may have to get over it with Margo…… and how did you get the stripes to line up like that? Is that part of the zipper trick?

  14. PAM — March 29, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    Joan! You know you’ve really out done yourself with this new bag! Margo is a sweetie and I just cannot wait to get her in my hands! I love the front design and oh gosh wow! a zipper!!!! set into the lining of the bag! Great! love her!

    big LAZY hugz

  15. Jennifer — March 29, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Oh, wow, I think I like Margo even more that Clare (and poor Clare hasn’t even been made yet!). She will definitely be on my shopping list this summer!

  16. Anne R — March 29, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    Margo looks great and perfect for a person like me who wants her keys and phone easily accessible. I also see her as the perfect present for my best friend.

  17. Carolyn — March 29, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

    Think that will be my summer bag. Can never have too many bags.

  18. robbie — March 29, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

    The bag looks beautiful. Looking forward to having one of my own. Thanks, Robbie

  19. Jessica Joly — March 30, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Gorgeous! I’ve been hoping you would come up with a large-sized purse with a zipper!

  20. Kathy — March 30, 2010 @ 7:52 am

    I can’t wait. I love the towne purse but is a little small, love the Miranda but need a zipper and need to downsize it a little. This looks perfect!!! Can’t wait….and my birthday is in May…! I know what I’m getting myself!

  21. Joyce — March 30, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    I love the bag. I wish I could preorder so I could be first in line to get her!!!! I can’t wait to do this zipper. Hurry! Hurry!!!!

  22. margot — March 30, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    Love this bag and am going to have to have the pattern. The only problem is you have mis-spelled the name (but that’s okay. I’m used to it). It’s M – a – r – g – o – t. 🙂

  23. vickie — March 30, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    i like that type of zipper application, have used a similar insertion for several years. like the drop , if you are a stash shoppers you could use a “what was i thinking” fabric buy for the lining. pocket looks great. i really like your patterns, they are easy to read and use. you write directions well.

  24. Jeanne Green — March 30, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    Love the design and all the pockets! Beautiful color combination too.

  25. Cat — March 30, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    absolutely ADORE the new girl! Margo is a real looker! 😉

  26. Gina — March 30, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    Love the new bag and the fabric! Can’t wait to try it out.

  27. Donna — March 30, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I was just thinking about making another Towne Purse, but think I’ll wait to see Margo’s pattern first.

  28. Christian in San Pedro — March 30, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    Once again Joan, your designs are superb, can’t wait to stitch her up

  29. Lisa Nalean — March 30, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    I love Margo! I want to make it and I love it that it has a zipper. Can’t wait to order her!

  30. Lindi — March 30, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

    Love it! She is perfection in a bag – pockets inside and out, zip closure, style.

  31. phyllis d. jackson — March 31, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

    Absolutely lovely. can we buy ours first? Phyllis

  32. GailM. — March 31, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    Love it! I love the zipper and those fabulous outer pockets. I’ll be anxious to make Margo this summer…

  33. Mary Lou — April 1, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    The bags is great. I love having a zipper. I’m sure I’ll be making a few of them for gifts

  34. Jeanette — April 1, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    I just got through making my first Miranda Day Bag. It turned out beautiful. I used your suggestion of Fusion iron on velcro but I feel like after a few times of opening the purse
    it will come off. Am I worrying too much! I cannot wait for your new bag pattern.

  35. SoozeM — April 4, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    Love it! I really love the zipper, I definitely need this pattern just to learn how to do a zipper like this! (Oh and the bag is great too LOL!).

  36. Grace — April 4, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    Another awesome bag! You rock!

  37. Debbie Reaves — April 4, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    I’m a lazy blogger that loves to stamp, sew, and surf the net. I love to make tote bags and can’t wait to get this pattern.

    thanks and have a great day!


  38. Tonie Hunter — April 7, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    Please consider instant download? Can the pattern be purchased now? I really like your designs. And thank you for making them easy to make.

  39. Linda C — April 15, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    I love the looks and the ease of a zipper closer and the style…Please email us when we can purchase the pattern…I already have the fabric to mine..Just wait now. Linda
    Great design!!!!!!!!!!!1

  40. Deborah — April 29, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    Please let me know when this pattern is available. I’ve been looking for a lined, zippered tote and this one looks awesome! Love the shape.

  41. Sheri Schoenebeck — June 23, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    Hi, I’ve been looking for the Jennifer Young Modern Mix fabric line but cannot seem to find it anywhere, other than random locaitons in small bits. Is this an old line that is no longer available, or is it coming out new?

  42. Dana — August 10, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    Wow these Margo bags look fantastic. The front pockets are superb and the zipper just puts it over the top. Great find.

  43. handbag hanger — August 29, 2010 @ 1:58 am

    I love this bag! Very creative and cool. Great!

  44. Tania — October 3, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

    Lovely style and it’s just what I’m after. Is there a pattern available? Thanks.