Giveaway: Runaround Bag Pattern and Dreamy Fusible Fleece

Lazies, The Runaround Bag (LGD111) is one of our most-loved and easiest bags. Two fat quarters, a smidge of fleece, a zipper and you’re done before you know it. Well, it’s time to give this baby a new look, so let me introduce you to the new cover for the Runaround Bag.

This citron yellow, black, white and gray color combination gets me every time.
These gorgeous and fun fabrics are by Michael Miller.

***Giveaway is closed, Oct 12, 2012***

Runaround Bag Features
What’s so great about the Runaround Bag? It’s quick, easy and all function. It’s a wonderful little bag, about the size of your outstretched hand (7″ x 9″), perfect to sling over your shoulder or wear cross-body when you need to travel light.

Front view of the Runaround Bag

A simple pocket completes the back.

Dreamy Fusible Fleece
I used our Dreamy Fusible Fleece in these bags. The Runaround was written for use with sew-in fleece or batting. It’s easy enough to substitute fusible fleece in Step 4 of the pattern. Simply layer the lining fabric, fleece and back fabric piece together as described in Assembly, then press with a hot steam iron to fuse the fleece in place. Dreamy is fusible on one side only. In this project, it doesn’t matter if it is fused to the lining or the backing fabric. As when working with any fusible, be careful around the edges so as not to get fusible on the sole plate of your iron, or ironing board and using an applique pressing sheet for a pressing cloth is a good idea, too.

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Dreamy’s Loft/Thickness
For years I had been working with and recommending Pellon’s fusible fleece #987F for my bag designs, so let me compare the two. Compared to Pellon, our Dreamy Fusible Fleece is a little thicker, has a more smooth surface and is comparable in the structure it brings to your project. Dreamy has a lighter layer of adhesive so fabric isn’t over-fused, creating cellulite or dimpling.

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About the Fusible
Dreamy Fusible Fleece has a light layer of adhesive on one side. Dreamy comes 45″ wide, folded then rolled on the bolt. The fusible is on the folded to the inside. This is an easy trick to remember where the fusible is – folding it to the inside protects the adhesive layer. I mention all of this because it truly is a light layer and once you get your Dreamy out and you’re working with it, you might have some trouble knowing which side has the adhesive. The adhesive side is slightly rougher to the touch and every so slightly shinier. When in doubt, cut a small scrap, place it between two larger pieces of fabric and press – which ever side fuses to the fleece is the fusible side. If needed, make a mark or a note on your fleece to help keep track of the fusible side.

Zipper Nirvana
The way the zipper goes in on the Runaround is outstanding and outstandingly simple. Put your zipper fears aside and give it a try. I can highly recommend the fabulous zips from Atkinson Designs for this project. They’re longer than you need, but the zip gets cut down anyway, so indulge in Atkinson’s wonderful color assortment and have some fun.

Choosing a Zipper Color
I’ve done a blog post about choosing a zipper color for your project, and it features the Runaround Bag. Hop over and take a look. ‘Choosing a Zipper is a Design Decision’

Giveaway – One winner will receive:
– Runaround Bag pattern
– 1/3 yd Dreamy Fusible Fleece

How To Enter
– Enter by posting a comment below. Tell me what you think of Dreamy Fusible Fleece or the Runaround Bag
– One comment per person.
– Be sure you type your email address correctly so I can contact you.
– I’ll pick 1 winner using the random number generator.
– Enter by Friday October 12, 2012, 10 pm Eastern time.
– I’ll contact the winner via email.

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Other great Runaround Bag blog posts
The Joy of Sewing Can Be Found in Small Projects
Easy to Install Zipper With Runaround Bag

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389 Responses to “Giveaway: Runaround Bag Pattern and Dreamy Fusible Fleece”

  1. Barb — October 8, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I love little, hands-free bags when shopping – this one is perfect! Thanks for the opportunity to receive one.

  2. Gita — October 8, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    This bag would be great for travelling. I really like your choices of fabrics. I’d love to win the pattern so that I could make it up for my next trip.

  3. Cindy Norton — October 8, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    This is the greatest bag ever. I have made lots for myself and given them for gifts.

  4. Brenda — October 8, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    I HAVE made one in almost every color. It’s the only bag that I ever use. Carrying a large bag over one shoulder is not an option – really makes for a very sore shoulder. And believe me, you can get quite a bit in this bag!

  5. Gail Gauthier — October 8, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    This bag is soooo fashionable. I love it! I travel internationally and my immediate thought was “perfect size to carry my passport.” Thanks for sharing and I look forward to making this bag.

  6. Cindy M — October 8, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    I made one of these for each lady on our church’s mission teams going to Tanzania and New York this summer. Great pattern.

  7. Marlene — October 8, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    If ever the sewing world needed a new product, it is fusible fleece. Can’t wait to try yours. If it is as easy to use as your patterns, it will be a staple for me.

  8. Lonnie Drahos — October 8, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I love your new bag and it would be perfect to take to work each day with just the essentials. I love your new fleece as well…just the right weight for bags. I plan on mafing a bunch of the bags for Christmas gifts this year.

  9. Debbie Farrar — October 8, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I love this bag. It is perfect for running around and not having to take a larger bag. Can’t wait to try the Dreamy Fusible Fleece.

  10. wanda spain — October 8, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    I like your bag, I dont know about the fusible fleece, I have never used that brand. I would love to try iy.

  11. Mary — October 8, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Hello beautiful looking fabric would love to make a bag with it.

  12. Donna Swanson — October 8, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I love this fabric and would love to make the Runaround Bag. I have made many bags with your patterns and your instructions are awesome. I too hate zippers so look forward to these instructions. Thanks for all your patterns

  13. Lynda — October 8, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I love purse’s and have several of your patterns this one I love ,if I don’t win I’ll be buying, the black ,yellow is awesome,,,,

  14. Carole Tutko — October 8, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    Looks like a bag I can downsize to for every day “running around” errands. Love it!

  15. Sandy Wootten — October 8, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    What a wonderful give away. Love the pattern and wold love to try your fleece.

  16. Julie — October 8, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    This is one of the “lazy” patterns I don’t have – always love the patterns and the designs! Would love to give this bag a try.

  17. Nancy Z. — October 8, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Like others I’ve probably made this bag a dozen times. It’s a great little bag for fat quarters and sturdy zippers. It is also big enough to hold my sunglasses which I appreciate. I’ve thought of using Soft and Stable to give it a little more “tooth”, but will also want to try your new fusible fleece. Hope it will be carried in my local quilt shop that carries your patterns.

  18. Linda F — October 8, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I have been thinking hard about getting this pattern. I LOVE the simple lines, the pocket in the back and I am dying to try your zipper method. I would like to try the fusible fleece. This would really make my day!

  19. Martha — October 8, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I have made several Runaround bags and always make a matching Wonder Wallet. It is just the perfect size because I have learned that it holds all I really need!

  20. Sally GAron — October 8, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    It’s the perfect size!

  21. cynthia — October 8, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    I have never worked with Dreamy Fusible. I would welcome the chance to do so. It sounds wonderful to work with. Cann’t wait to try it

  22. Mary Jane — October 8, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I just love small and compact purses,,this is perfect for me!!! I have COPD and spend a lot of time at my sewing machine!

  23. Lisa — October 8, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I’m so excited to try your fusible fleece!! What better then a chance to win some along with one of your awesome patterns!!


  24. Marilyn — October 8, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I have this pattern and have used it many times. Now, to try it with the new Dreamy Fusible.

  25. Kelley Lee — October 8, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I love the bag . Love the fabric combination choices in making this bag too! Very nice !

  26. judy david — October 8, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    I just made my daughter one this week after she saw mine. I’m making a Wonder Wallet to match. These are great for running around college.

  27. Katie — October 8, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    This looks like it would be great for Christmas gifts to all the girls in my family. Thanks for the chance!!

  28. Mary — October 8, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    What a great little bag pattern! It would be great for whipping up a quick gift or a teaching project for someone learning to sew!

  29. Camille Davies — October 8, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    The Runaround Bag is an awesome bag. I have made it for myself and have given it as gifts. Everyone really enjoys using it. The entire bag is so easy to make but the zipper is one of the easiest zippers I have ever put in. Joan, you are amazing. Thanks for great patterns. You make them so that anyone can enjoy sewing a beautiful purse. Blessings………..Camille

  30. Dee Duckworth — October 8, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    My smartphone is just too big to tuck into my pocket when I get up from my desk…looks like I could run aroung the office (sorry…couldn’t resist) with this bag. Just the perfect size for my smartphone, business cards, keys & a few $$$.

  31. Helen Kulwicki — October 8, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I love the size of the runaround bag…..just big enough for the essentials and not being heavy…..great for shopping and quick trips. Helen K

  32. Shirley Pedersen — October 8, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I would love to this a try. Cute bag.

  33. Mary Ann — October 8, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I love this bag and the fabrics on the cover are great. I need to try it out. thanks for the giveaway Joan.

  34. Anita — October 8, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    This bag would be very handy to use when you are going out for the night for dinner. I would love to make one.

  35. wintu nancy — October 8, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    This is something that I would really use. I have got to check out our local shops to see if anyone is carrying your fusible fleece. It sounds wonderful

  36. Mindy W. — October 8, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I am soo ready for a smaller bag . I am tired of hauling my big bag everywhere and your “Runaround Bag” is just what I need. I would love to make one for myself and friends and family for Christmas.

  37. Barb — October 8, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    This bag would be perfect to put in my teacher bag so I don’t have to carry two bags to school. I could carry the Runaround Bag at lunch and for errandsnafter school. Would love to win the pattern and fleece!

  38. Mary R. — October 8, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I have this pattern and am making several for Christmas gifts. This is the cutest bag and will have to try the fusible fleece in them. Love the new cover.

  39. Debbie — October 8, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Love – love – love! Am anxious to try your zipper method. I love all your products.

  40. Carolyn — October 8, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    I love the “new” runaround bag. What a great name for such a functional bag! Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. MaryBeth — October 8, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    I haven’t tried that fleece yet, but love your bags.

  42. Linda — October 8, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Love this idea, thanks for sharing it with usQ

  43. Mary T. — October 8, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Choosing a zipper is a design activity? I heart that concept. Saturday at the fabric store I fussed over a zipper decision for ten minutes – who knew this wasn’t just a mundane activity? Looks like the Runaround would make a good passport/travel doc carrier. Btw I’m stalking your new fusibles in Canada.

  44. Sherry — October 8, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Love this design and would love to make some for each season so they would be fetive as well as functional.

  45. Charlotte Key — October 8, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I would love to give your new stabilizer a try. I love your bag patterns and especially love the easy directions and the fact that you make things so simple. Thank you.

  46. Jeannie Roeck — October 8, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I love this bag for so many reasons. : the pattern is easy to follow ,the zipper is easy ,quick to make and very cute. It is the perfect size with the wonder wallet. I can take it where every go. There is so much I love about this bag.

  47. Deanna — October 8, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    What a handy little bag for going to market. Love that it can go cross body to keep your hands free:)

  48. Carol Morgan — October 8, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I love your new bag, it is just the right size for me as I like smaller bags. Thanks for the chance of winning one.

  49. Carol Baum — October 8, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I haven’t found a shop that carries all the new fleece products. I was in Reno and didn’t find it. I don’t know if the small shops in the area where I live will carry it but I will keep looking.

  50. Junetta Ervin — October 8, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Love this little bag and the lining looks awesome!