This Whimsical Tote is Perfect For Large Scale Prints

Lazies, I recently had some fabric cross my path that screamed to be made into my Whimsy Bag design. I’m not one to argue when a pretty fabric talks to me, so below is our new cover model for the Whimsy Bag design. We’ve already started shipping Whimsy with her new cover.

Whimsy Bag #206 shown in City Blooms from Benartex.

Why this fabric for this bag
The Whimsy Bag is ideal for large scale prints. The large light blue flower is just about 5 1/2″ across. So, when I saw this scrumptious floral and fun coordinating prints, I knew we were talking Whimsy here. You know I love stripes, so this cool stripe goes horizontal front and center. The stripe is flanked by the playful circles. Together, these three fabrics offer a dynamic combination of scale, design and color.

Get to know Whimsy
A little background on this Girl. Whimsy is my third bag design and she’s truly a tote bag. It’s been so long since I made one, I forgot how quickly and easily she goes together. Whimsy is perfect for a quick gift – think teacher gifts for next year. And she’d be perfect for toting things to work. Whimsy also makes a nice project bag with room enough inside for bulky items and place smaller items in the outside pockets.

Finished size approx. 12 1/2” x 12” x 4 1/4”
Whimsy is wide enough that you can fit file folders, magazines and letter-sized notepads in her. She’s deep enough to hide all those goodies with a few inches to spare. The handles are wide for comfort and long enough to go over your shoulder, or allow the bag to hang at your side, but not scrape the ground – perfect!


Whimsy Bag pattern cover.

Whimsy if fully lined, no inside pockets, and hosts six outside pockets defined by the three fabric strips (circles, stripes, circles). There are three pockets on the front and three on the back. There is no quilting involved in this design, so she goes together quickly.

Need to know
Click the image below to enlarge. Here’s the info from the back of the pattern. I used Pellon fusible fleece #987FP for batting. No interfacing needed, but you could certainly add a light to medium weight interfacing to the lining or cover fabric (but not both) if you like.

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Have you tried the Whimsy Bag? I’d love to hear what you thought and how you are using Whimsy. Post a comment and tell me all about it. You can also share pics of your Lazy creations in our Lazy Girl Designs Yahoo group or on Facebook at


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13 Responses to “This Whimsical Tote is Perfect For Large Scale Prints”

  1. Jeannie — July 13, 2009 @ 6:55 am

    That is one of my favorite bags and makes the best book bag for grandkids. I love her in her new fabrics!

  2. Debbie — July 13, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    You have the best ability to use fabric to it’s best. I want every bag you make. So beautiful.

  3. Lynn — July 13, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    I love this bag. It makes a great work tote! It’s the perfect size.

  4. Penny — July 13, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    I have made over 6 of these totes for my Aunties and myself. They just love them. Mom carries hers on the plane. I use mine for my doll class on Saturdays. I love the large scale print on yours Joan and it really up dates the tote.

    Penny D in Chesapeake

  5. Eva Johansson — July 13, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    I love this bags.Is so beautiful and the fabrik is nice.Thank you!

    Have a nice day! Evaj.

  6. Bonita — July 13, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    It is so funny how different fabrics will change the look of a bag or a quilt. I have several large prints that this bag is screaming for .

    Thanks for the blog Joan.

  7. Kathy — July 13, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    I love this bag I have made 5. Three of them I made using border fabric for the pockets. I had to fussy cut them so they were right side up. Made one for a bear lover, a dog lover and one for my Mom who loves angles. Everyone uses them for something different.

  8. sue kerr — July 15, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

    your bags are simply stunning, gorgeous choice of fabrics and beautifully made too luv sue x

  9. Carole — July 29, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    I just finished my very first Lazy Bag (Whimsy) and it turned out great except for the final step of sewing across the bag bottom. Because of the craft fabric the end is so thick and chunky it was hard to sew across it. Was I not supposed to line the cover fabric all the way to the ends ? Or am I to lop it off so it’s not too thick ? It is in the bottom of the bag and no one will ever see it, but is it the correct way? I’d like to make another one but is there a way to get rid of the bulk? Thanks for any help
    Carole Turngren

  10. Donna — August 24, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    Do we have to buy the pattern?

  11. Dee Zyner — November 7, 2010 @ 1:19 am

    I was amazed after learning that this bag has a finished size approx. 12 1/2” x 12” x 4 1/4”! Its big enough to fit a laptop, notebooks, books, magazines — how about the whole office?!

    Women do love this kinds of totes due to flexibility in use and in functionality as well. And I love the color! Immediately catches my attention.

  12. Karen Pelletier — October 15, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    I see that here it says we can use the fusible fleece. The pattern doesn’t call for it but I was thinking it would be great. My only question is do I iron it to the lining or the bag body?
    Thank You,

  13. kim fribbins — February 26, 2015 @ 7:04 am

    Can I sell the bags made from your pattern?