What’s So Special About The Miranda Day Bag Book (oops – Pattern)?

Lazies, I have a bit of a mixed bag for you today. Pretty pictures of Mirandas made by some Lazies in my Yahoo group. And some details about why the Miranda Day Bag #LGD123 pattern is so special.

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Miranda in beautiful oranges by Jessica.

Miranda Is A Book Posing As A Pattern
The Miranda Day Bag pattern is actually an 8 page, full color book. She’s printed on sheets of hearty glossy paper, collated, then folded and stapled with a finished size of 8 1/2″ by 11″.

A Book At A Pattern Price
The book is folded once more to fit into a pattern bag. So, you’ll find Miranda in the pattern section of your favorite quilt shop, along with our other designs. The book format is a bit more expensive on my end but I feel this upgrade is worth it and I’m not passing that extra cost on.

Miranda by Carolyn Griffin of Far-Flung Quilts.

Breathing Room
As you know, I’m rather chatty. I did my best to keep the text/narrative in Miranda to a minimum. I am excited to announce that there is only one paragraph of dialogue in Miranda. And that’s the description on the back of the pattern. All other text is bullet lists of instructions or titles/headers. This really created more ‘white’ space.

Gorgeous purple peacocks with striking leather shoulder straps by Karen Randolph.

White Is A Color
I was the first in the quilting industry to offer full-color patterns a few years ago. And I went wild with that color. Hey, I was paying for it, so I flooded the background for edge-to-edge fun. In the spirit of ‘white’ space, I removed the soft background color from the instruction portion of the Miranda pattern. The background color is still there for the front/back cover.

I also chose mellower/softer fabric colors for the step-by-step photographs so it is softer to the eye as you work through the pattern.

Pretty in pinks by Penny Deckard of the Cotton Vault.

More Visuals Please
There are more photographs and they are a bit bigger than in previous patterns. Instructions are bullet items under each photo. You should just about be able to look at the pictures and work through the project.

Beautiful blues and greens by Sharon Phagan

Cutting Diagrams
I’ve included cutting layouts for all four fabrics, the batting and interfacing. Keep in mind that this is a rotary cut project, no pattern pieces are included. Simply rotary cut strips, then re-cut for the pieces needed.

A Miranda by Lazy Sister Sue Earl for her daughter.

Miranda By The Numbers
From start to finish, Miranda took 9 weeks and approx. 400 hours of work. That’s from the time the design started pouring out of me, until she went off to the printer. And this was in addition to my normal duties of running the company and being Lazy.

Miranda Is A Hottie
Within two weeks of hitting the streets, Miranda landed on Checker Distributor’s top seller list. As of this writing, less than a month old, she is #2 on that list, followed by the Wonder Wallet at #3.

Where To Buy
To purchase a Miranda Day Bag pattern, check with your local quilt shop or retailers listed here.

A big ‘Thanks’ to the Yahoo Lazies who shared their pics with us today. I do not have information for the fabrics or products used for these creations. I’ll share more pics by our Lazies in future posts.


[tags]quilt pattern, quilted tote, Miranda Day Bag, Lazy Girl Designs[/tags]

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21 Responses to “What’s So Special About The Miranda Day Bag Book (oops – Pattern)?”

  1. kathleen Winslow — November 12, 2007 @ 7:06 am

    I’m looking for BLACK fashion handles that have the metal loops at the end and finish so nicely….I need a retail source! help! All my local shop can find is black/ brown and my Miranda is all black and white!
    Kathleen in Ohio

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    Hi Kathleen,

    The biggest source I know of is http://www.umei.com  I have not worked with them, but I have heard of many satisfied customers.

    What about a handle style like this: http://www.checkerdist.com/ax_commerce/shp_detail.cfm?productID=7909&search=1


  2. Penny — November 12, 2007 @ 8:16 am

    Joan thank you so much for including my little pretty. What fabric selections everyone made they are so delightful. This pattern just lends itself to so many possibilities. I have heard so many great comments about Miranda that I believe we are going to see tons of her wandering around after the holidays! I have several more in my head and one already on the table. Thanks again for sharing everyone’s lovely creations.

    Penny D

  3. Gina — November 12, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    Is it possible to buy patterns, etc. on line? I made my first Lazy Girl bag yesterday. It was a breeze and it’s so pretty.
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    Hi Gina,

    To purchase a Miranda Day Bag pattern, check with your local quilt shop or retailers listed here. Many of the retailers listed have online shops. Click on the ‘On the web’ retails to go directly to Lazy Girl products at their sites.

    PS: Glad to hear you enjoyed your first Lazy Girl!

  4. Sandy — November 12, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    The Mirandas are gorgeous in todays blog. I am a new Lazy and have never made one of your patterns. Is the Miranda Bag too ambitious for a first timer? I sew and can follow a pattern.
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    Hi Sandy,

    If you can cut and sew a straight line, and do some quilting, you are ready for Miranda. I’ve posted the back panel of the pattern online here:


    That will give you a better idea of what is involved and if you are ready for her.


  5. Jen Funk Weber — November 12, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    Beautiful bags–way to go, Lazies!

    Nine weeks, 400 hours, from conception to printing. That’s what it takes to make a great pattern and clear instructions. Do you have any idea how many samples you made in that time? Do you make your early samples with good fabrics, or do you use plain muslin or something else for the beginning stages?
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    Hi Jen,

    I made four samples during this time. A muslin prototype, my Pretty in Pink Miranda in order to field test her. Then the final two samples used for the cover images.  After she went to print I made another 15 or so Mirandas.

    I start with engineering sketches to work out the size, shape, etc for any new design.

    I design in black and white, and make the first prototype from white muslin so I can see the design and not be distracted by colors or printed patterns.

    The last time I tallied my hours was several patterns ago and that was roughly 200 hours. It takes so long because I choose to do everything myself. I don’t hand off any of it until it goes to print.


  6. Dee — November 12, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    I, too, am a new Lazy, and am thoroughly enjoying the blog! I love seeing all of the Miranda bags that everyone has done…the are BEAUTIFUL! I am dying to know what the name of the fabrics used in Karen Randolph’s project! I want to buy some to do a Miranda for myself. If anyone knows, please tell. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

  7. Adrienne — November 12, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

    Oh I just finished my first Miranda Day Bag (and it won’t be my last). Such a great purse and the directions are FANTASTIC. Now I need to whip out a Wonder Wallet to match my bag!!

  8. Wheat — November 14, 2007 @ 6:06 am

    And here I was, all set to send you a note saying you should talk about the GREAT new format you are using…..

  9. Mardi Niles — November 14, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    Dear Joan,
    Our shop is buzzing about the Miranda bags. We are currently trying to put together a complete kit for our customers. Unfortunately, even though heavily advertised by “Checker”, the handles are on backorder. Can we order these handles from you direct?
    Mardi Niles

  10. Jeanne — November 15, 2007 @ 7:30 am

    I guess I am a Lazy groopie. A lot of people are going to get the Miranda bag this year for Christmas. How timely of you to have the book oops pattern out right now. I usually use Oriental fabrics but not always.

  11. Priscilla Alvis — January 3, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

    I love the Miranda Bag. What interfacing do you use in it? Do you also line the lining? Does it stand up by it self as good as it looks.
    Thanks very much, Priscilla

  12. Becky — January 17, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Hi! I love the Lazy Girl bags and just purchased the Miranda pattern. I’m wondering if you have any tips on how I could put in a zipper at the top wtihout ruining the look of the bag? (I need a closed top purse) If you could share any tips I would appreciate it! Otherwise I will be muddling along …

  13. Jean Sutherland — February 28, 2008 @ 7:36 am

    I am in Orlando, FL. Where can I get the Miranda Bag pattern.

  14. Joan Hawley — February 28, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    Hi Jean,

    To purchase a Miranda Day Bag pattern, check with your local quilt shop or retailers listed here: http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/guide.php

    Many of the retailers listed have online shops. Click on the ‘On the web’ retailers to go directly to Lazy Girl products at their sites.


  15. Trisha — March 3, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

    Hi .. just got my pattern and I’m very impressed, but just wondering why we are directed to quilt those 4 x 2 cover fabric panels, re-cut them out and then sew together through the batting and all? I am sure there is a reason but I don’t know what it ould be. Thanks, Trisha

  16. Nan — March 31, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

    Hi, I need a tip about the quilting that is done on the cover fabric and batting. It wants to pucker. Seems like it needs stabilizer. Anyone else experience this? Also Trisha, I did eliminate that center seam. I did not like how it chopped up the pretty patterns in the fabric I was using.

  17. Rhonda Needs — March 31, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

    I am looking for the material on the cover of the Miranda Day Bag pattern, I love it and can’t seem to find it anywhere. Thanks

  18. Genevieve Van Altena — April 7, 2008 @ 2:04 am

    Hi Joan,

    Love love this bag. I’m on Lazy Facebook group as well. I’m just wondering what interfacing you suggest (make and model) for this particular bag?

    thanks so much.


  19. purse frame — April 5, 2010 @ 3:09 am

    What interfacing do you use in it?

  20. Helene Scaccetti — January 31, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    I purchased the pattern #124 Mini Miranda Bag. I am having great difficulty with the sizes. It seems the pattern is giving me the size for the larger bag. For example: “Main part of bag calls for 9 x 42-44″ wide). Even cut in half how can that make a bag which is supposed to be 10-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 4”
    Help please.


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