Choosing Fabrics For The Miranda Day Bag Pattern

Lazies, On Monday, we met our newest pattern design, the Miranda Day Bag (LGD123). She’ll be here in October, which gives us time to talk about her! And I have a lot to tell you about our new Girl in the next handful of blog posts, so stay tuned as we await her arrival.

Miranda Day Bag pattern. (Avail. Oct.)

Choosing Fabrics
These are the fabrics I used for the sample on the Miranda Day Bag pattern cover. The fabric line is ‘Harmony’, by

 Windham Fabrics, from Baum Textiles. Harmony has several colorways and they are all to die for.

‘Harmony’ by Windham from Baum.

You can see the entire Harmony line by Rosemarie Lavin here.

Go Big Or Stay Home
I recommend medium to large scale prints such as the flowers and circles for the two main cover fabrics. Mix it up a bit and try different sized prints. The largest circle and flower are just around three inches across. I made my Miranda Day Bag with just four fabrics. Choose fabrics with design elements roughly the size of the palm of your hand or larger. If you prefer smaller prints, use them for the lining and pockets.

The Illusion of Binding
The lining fabric magically creates a lip on the top edge of the bag, which looks like binding. I liked the small dot fabric for this because it complimented the two main fabrics, offered a different scale and reinforced the blue tones for the bag. I used the darkest fabric for the bottom cover of the bag. I think it anchors the look of the bag well. The bottom of the bag will also have the most wear and tear, so the darker fabric might stay fresher looking longer.

Make The Inside Pretty, Too
I used the wispy floral with the aqua background for the inside pockets and sleeve for the Bag-E-Bottom. It looks wonderful set against the small dot fabric.

I love these Clover handles!

Dress Up With Fashion Handles
I knew I wanted to use the rich saddle brown marble handles from Clover (item #6335) and grosgrain ribbon with the white ticking on the edges from Offray. So, the blue small dot fabric at the top edge of the bag worked nicely to compliment the use of brown on the handles and tabs.

Yardage vs. Fat Quarters
I recommend yardage cut from the bolt rather than fat quarters for this project.  Fat quarters will work, but you’ll need two matching fat quarters for the lining and you’ll need to do some piecing if you choose fabric handles. Yardage from the bolt eliminates those issues.

Here’s What You Need To Make Miranda:
Fabrics: All fabrics are a minimum 42” wide

1/3 yd – Cover fabric for body of the bag.

2/3 yd – Cover fabric for bottom of the bag, flap closure, and fabric handles (short, long, or tabs for fashion handles).

1/2 yd – Lining fabric, which will also be seen bordering the top outside edge of the bag.

2/3 yd – Interior pockets and sleeve fabric for recommended Bag-E-Bottom.

Other Items Needed:
3/4 yd – Batting (or one piece 27” x 45” wide). I recommend Armo Fleece Plus from Pellon. I like this for all of my designs.
1 yd – Décor Bond fusible interfacing, or other mid-weight fusible interfacing of your choice.
2” – Velcro hook and loop fastener. I highly recommend ‘Fabric Fusion’ fusible from Velcro.
1 – Bag-E-Bottom size D bag support from Lazy Girl Designs. (Highly recommended)
Optional – One pair ‘U’ shaped fashion handles.

If you want some wiggle room for flexibility, get 2/3 – 1 yard each of four fabrics. That will allow you to use the fabrics for any part of the bag, and you’ll have some scrumptious leftovers to make coordinating accessories. May I respectfully suggest a Wonder Wallet, perhaps a Checkbook Cover, or a Perfect Pouch or two? You can see all of those here.

How To Buy The Pattern
I’ve been asked where to buy the Miranda Day Bag pattern, as well as all of my designs. Lazy Girl Designs is not set up to sell directly to consumers. However, my products are available through thousands of local, independently owned quilt shops, as well as many online retailers.

Miranda will be available in October. Several quilt shops and online retailers are taking orders now and will ship when she gets here. Check with your local quilt shop. Please keep in mind that Miranda was just announced on Monday, so your favorite store might not know about her yet.


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Fabric images from the Baum Textile website.

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9 Responses to “Choosing Fabrics For The Miranda Day Bag Pattern”

  1. Penny — August 30, 2007 @ 6:51 am

    Joan I can not wait to get my sticky little hands on her! What fun this will be, I realized how big she’ll be when I looked at the Bag E Bottom for her, there is going to be lots of room. Thanks for the wonderful ideas you send our way.

    Penny in Chesapeake

  2. Paula — August 30, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    Oh, you are such a tease! I loved her at first mention and the excitement only continues to build! I have two months to find the PERFECT combination!

  3. Yvonne — August 31, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

    This bag is gorgeous! I have already ordered a kit, & I can hardly wait for October to come. Thanks for another great pattern, Joan!

  4. Di — September 3, 2007 @ 4:18 am

    She’s lovely Joan. Can’t wait to see her in the flesh at Houston! She will be there won’t she???

  5. Judee Aten — September 7, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    Where can you order kits for this beautiful bag? I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. Thanks for any help!!!!

  6. Penny Damesworth — October 23, 2007 @ 9:34 am

    I love your bags and choice of materials. The Miranda bag prompted me to write about the absolutely lucious material you used! Yum! Yum!

    I have probably made 25 purses for family and friends for gift giving. The Chloe bag (my granddaughter’s name), of COURSE, I had to buy that pattern, and the Gracie bag because of the number of pockets inside have been favorites. I love your patterns. Wish I didn’t have to work, I’d sew all day long!

    Penny in Gleason, TN

  7. kelly — July 20, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

    Thank you Joan for visiting a blog-friend’s blog and leaving her details about this fabric. I purchased the pattern and was looking for recommendations for getting hold of some cool fabric. I loved the materials actually used but never suspected I would find out the actual name of the fabric used. Thank you again for the link – now I might be able to make a couple of them and actually recreate the look 🙂

  8. Nikki Gillette — December 22, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Okay, I have to say I am OFFICIALLY IN LOVE! What an amazing bag in beautiful fabrics. Thanks so much for inspiration as I set out to make my own handbag.


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