Introducing The ‘Miranda Day Bag’ Pattern

Lazies, I’d like to introduce you to the newest Lazy Girl, the Miranda Day Bag, available this October.

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Miranda Day Bag pattern from Lazy Girl Designs.

Details: Miranda Day Bag pattern
Available – October 2007
Item – LGD123
Finished Size – 12″ x 10″ x 6″ (width/height/depth)
Bag-E-Bottom Size D, LGD503 (also fits Summer Tote, Newport Tote)
Choose fabric handles, shoulder straps, or use fashion handles.
Some quilt shops are already taking orders for Miranda. Check with your local store or favorite online retailer.

Let’s Meet Miranda
Miranda is the perfect girl to tag along for your day on the go. This moderate sized, yet roomy tote doubles as your personal assistant, offering up to 10 inside pockets to keep everything organized. The main compartment comfortably holds large items such as file folders and magazines. Fusible interfacing gives Miranda wonderful body and posture. Miranda is also ideal for fabrics with large scale prints.

What The Heck Is A Day Bag?
I field test each of my designs to see what I think, discover any issues, make changes, all that good stuff. Miranda and I made several outings together. As we were getting acquainted, I decided the best thing she could do for me was be a companion for a day on the go.

Well, I took Miranda with me on a day trip to see a friend. My hubster Michael was driving, so I had three hours in the passenger seat each way. Woohoo – I could catch-up on a few things while he drove.

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‘Pockets in the round’.

I loaded Miranda with my work notes, file folders, magazines, sketch pad, novel, chocolate, and two bottles of water. I also transferred all of my goodies from my purse to the 10 ‘pockets in the round’ surrounding the lining of the bag. Not only did everything fit, but Miranda stood open and at attention on the floor of the car by my feet for the whole trip. She was the perfect companion. I worked out of her the whole way. Everything I needed was visible and accessible. Easy in, easy out.

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Detail of quilted panels stitched,
then top stitched at front center of Miranda.

She’s A Stand-Up Gal
I used a fusible interfacing against the cover and the lining to make Miranda stand tall all on her own. The panel construction for the cover creates a spine, like I-beams creating a hidden skeletal structure of support. The cover is constructed of eight panels. The panels are one layer of fabric and batting quilted together, then cut to size. I used a 1/2″ seam allowance, then opened and pressed the seams flat. Top stitching next to the seams adds more structural integrity along with a charming finishing detail.

I highly recommend the fusible interfacing for added support. Don’t worry about the interfacing adding bulk to the seams. It is trimmed short of the seams where it isn’t needed.

I think Miranda will be perfect for your next adventure. Whether she’s at your feet on a long flight, on the passenger seat while you run errands, or by your side while on the go.

I have a lot of tips and inside information to share about our new Girl Miranda. I’ll post all of this good stuff on the blog over the coming weeks as we wait for Miranda to arrive in October.

Enjoy!
Joan

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23 Responses to “Introducing The ‘Miranda Day Bag’ Pattern”

  1. NancyC — August 27, 2007 @ 6:31 am

    Joan,

    Love the Miranda! The size and construction of the purse is great! We have already ordered the patterns and scheduled a “Bag Ladies” Class for October to make the Miranda! Susan Congdon, my fearless and best instructor and friend, is already choosing fabrics for the class sample – and it’s a hard choice! Just one purse will never do, there are so many fabric designs that would look just great in the Miranda. Thanks for sharing the Miranda, the anticipation is wonderful, and thanks for your fun designs!

  2. Penny — August 27, 2007 @ 6:51 am

    Oh my gosh Joan she is a beauty. I really love the top stitching it gives her such a polished look and very up-scale. I can not wait to test drive her myself and fill all those pockets. I do see the spot right where the chocolate goes…….. The fabric is lovely and I love that color blue but I can see it in pink, ok 2 Mirandas in my stash, hey that works for me! Great job and welcome Lovely Lazy Girl Miranda!

    Penny

  3. Kathy Robertson — August 27, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    Love it, how can I get it when it comes out?

  4. Anita McTighe — August 27, 2007 @ 9:40 am

    I love your new purse. Could you tell me what fabric you used? It is gorgeous. Thanks.

    Anita

  5. Jen Funk Weber — August 27, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    Oh so useful! Those pockets-in-the-round are perfect for this jen-of-many-trades: one for writing implements for the author, one for knitting needles for the sock-maker, one for fibers for the embroiderer, one for shuttles for the tatter, one for scissors for Everyone, one for pliers for the beader…and room for all the works-in-progress.

    Yippee!

    Jen

  6. Sharon — August 27, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    Love the bag, I would love the pattern too. When can I get the pattern?
    Sharon

  7. Lorna Shimmon — August 27, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    Hi Joan,
    This is the best bag ever. Fabric colors, construction, and the look of a real “Designer” hand bag. The pockets will make it easy to root through as I drive!, I try not to do that, but could find something by feel, without taking my eyes off the road.
    Good Going Lazy Girl! I can’t wait to get the pattern, and Fabric. What line of fabric is it?
    From, Lazy Girl, Lorna

  8. Lorna Shimmon — August 27, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

    Okay, shorten it if you want. I just love the look of a real “Designer” handbag.

  9. Caitlin O'Connor — August 27, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    Can’t WAIT for Miranda – she’s EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! Goodonya, J!

  10. corina — August 28, 2007 @ 4:13 am

    I just love it, this is the first time I would love to buy the pattern and the material to make one for myself! I will dream of Miranda…

  11. Patricia may — August 28, 2007 @ 8:23 am

    It really looks neat and useful. So where can I get the pattern when it comes in.

  12. Nancy Hughson — August 28, 2007 @ 9:27 am

    It was nice to see you at Checkers yesterday! The Miranda bag is wonderful…cant wait to try it.

  13. monique — August 30, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    Joan, this is really neat! Love those pockets!

  14. Chicken — September 3, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    WOW, I adore the bucket bag style in the last pictures..lovely fabric taste too :)

  15. Nora — September 4, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    I Love this bag how so I get the pattern and the material for it…………..

  16. Barbeejo — September 20, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    I’ve a friend named Mirand that this is perfect for. I cannot wait to order my pattern and make her and me one.

  17. Deb — September 28, 2007 @ 9:08 am

    LOVE THIS BAG! I know all the Lazies will want this one so we are offering it as a kit on our website: http://www.stitchinheaven.com Pre-orders are available now until SOMEONE gets the pattern available! :-) We have the fabrics and all the accessories including those wonderful handles! Good job Joan!

  18. michele — January 27, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

    do you still have the fabrics available that were used to make the miranda bag?

  19. Stacy Tomlin — March 22, 2013 @ 5:27 am

    Is this pattern still available? Would love to have it!

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