Sassy Bag Secrets and Sewing Tips Revealed in Video Demo

Lazies, Grab a cuppa cuppa, there is a story behind why the Sassy Bag (LGD108) is so special. I designed Sassy for my first trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. I was concerned about the safety of my purse while traveling and being amongst the crowds. Sassy took care of all those needs.

Sassy Bag #LGD108

Sassy Bag Video Demonstration
You can watch a video demonstration of Sassy on the program Kaye’s Quilting Friends. All video links are located here. The demo takes you step by step through the bag construction and I share sewing tips along the way.

My Goals For Sassy
I wanted a purse that was small, safe and convenient. It had to travel and wear well, too. I didn’t think of it at the time, but when I leave the house, I’m traveling. So Sassy is perfect for every day use, too.

Here’s What I Wanted In This Design
– Wear across the chest or over the shoulder.
– Single-hand operation – easy in, easy out. A zipper usually takes two hands.
– Self-closing. The purse should magically close when my hand exits the bag.
– Small when carrying a few things, expand for more stuff.
– Organization inside the bag.
– Convenience of an outside pocket.
– Simple design and easy to make.

Sassy can be made from three fat quarters of fabric, a bit of Velcro and a smidgen of batting. Finished size is approximately 8 inches wide by 9 inches tall and about one quarter inch thick. Rotary cut directions, no pattern pieces, basic sewing or quilting skills needed.

Saddle Bag Inspiration
The style of the flap closure mimics that of a saddle bag. The top edge of the flap is sewn flat against part of the bag. That forces the flap to close itself when your hand leaves the bag. Sassy hangs just at my hip, resting near or under my left hand. It’s like having a pocket right where you need it.Tricks Are Okay
Camouflaging techniques are acceptable practices here in the land of Lazy.

Back view of Sassy.

The flap closure for Sassy is wider than the rest of the bag. Here’s a peek at the back of the bag. Notice that you can see the black fabric of the flap extending beyond the body of the bag. By making the flap wider, it hides any possible inconsistencies or construction issues on the back of the bag. Sassy will always look wonderful from the front.

Pleats A Plenty
From the side view, an empty Sassy Bag looks pretty wimpy at just over one quarter inch thick. The front of Sassy is pleated to allow the bag to expand. Add what you want and the front of the bag will expand like your belly after Thanksgiving dinner.

View of the pleated front of Sassy Bag.

Velcro Strategies
I used a two inch piece of Velcro for the closure. When the bag is loaded and expands, the pleated fabric will pull away from the bag, which moves the Velcro, too. By using a long piece, I’m assured that some part of the flap Velcro will catch some part of the front Velcro at all times.

Round ‘Em Up
I use a template made from the pattern to round the corners of the bag. However, Creative Grids Rulers came out with a dandy ruler just for rounding corners. It is perfect for Sassy. You can read my post about that here.

I use the two inside pockets for my cell phone, pens, glasses, etc. I can reach in with one hand and find what I need without looking. My Wonder Wallet, keys, etc. go in the main part of the bag.

The outside back pocket is great for paper things, keys, or miscellaneous stuff. When traveling light, I can fit a bottle of water or paperback book in the back pocket.

What You’ll See In This Episode
– Many Sassy Bags (made by me, Lazies from my Yahoo group, and Just Another Button Company).
– Tips for sewing elastic.
– Tips for sewing a rounded corner. (It’s a really good tip.)
– Making easy pleats.
– Easy method for making a shoulder strap.

While I only get to broadcast the video for two weeks, you can watch this video, and many others, over at A big ‘Thanks’ to Kaye Wood Inc. and Imageworks Ltd. for this special treat.


PS: The Vegas-inspired working title for Sassy was ‘Viva Las Bagas’. Yes, you get extra credit for reading this far.

[tags]Kaye Wood, purse pattern, sewing tutorial, sewing, quilting[/tags]

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21 Responses to “Sassy Bag Secrets and Sewing Tips Revealed in Video Demo”

  1. Joan Hawley — January 14, 2008 @ 11:45 am


    Our blog has been online and offline a few times throughout the morning today due to technical difficulties at the server level.

    At the moment we are back online and hope to stay there!

    Thank you for your patience.

    Joan Hawley

  2. Mary — January 14, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

    Okay, Joan! Now I just HAVE to wade my way through my sewing room and dig out three fat quarters of fabrics to make the Sassy Bag (I have the pattern near the top of the pile – I know – I purchased it three years ago and have just not gotten around to making one! I am quite sure I have fabrics for as many or more bags than you show on this video, too – so I can just sew away!) Now that I have seen you making one, I have no excuse not to tap into this creative energy inside. Looks like I can still be lazy and be creative too!

    But my conscience is telling me to wash the pots from my big cooking session first…and then the kids will be home…and then the dogs will need to go out…and then the hubsand will be home for supper (which is rare in his line of work)… Maybe if I just sneak down there and am really quiet, no one will know…

  3. Diana — January 14, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    Hi Joan, I love this bag and I didn’t even watch the video yet.
    The number one priority for me with any purse is that it goes over my shoulder for hands free usage. Probably due to all the years of city living…(and fabric shopping) 😉 Plus I need it to be light over my shoulder.
    This sounds perfect.

  4. Heather — January 14, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    I have been at a creative standstill for the last few weeks, but now you have really inspired me to dig out some fabrics and get sewing – you make everything so simple and straight forward! Thank you for sharing this video!

  5. Carole Linder — January 14, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

    Help! I cannot get past the 9:36 minute segment. How can I do this. I tried viewing directly from Kaye Wood’s site and the same thing happened.
    What can I do?

  6. Mishka — January 14, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    Hi Joan,

    The video is great and my Lazy Girl patterns have been shipped, so hopefully this will be my Saturday project. A friend is coming over and we’re going to have a sewing session making the Sassy Bag and Wonder Wallet.

    I’m going to start going through my stash tonight for colour combinations.

  7. Sequana — January 14, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

    I was able to watch the whole thing. I need to get this pattern and make a few for gifts, don’t I? I love these Lazy patterns.

  8. Sheila Perl — January 14, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

    I sew enjoyed watching the video! Now I am excited about making my own Sassy Bag. I love your free and easy style…so Lazy! So relaxed.
    Thank you for sharing your video.

  9. Terry Leffler — January 14, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

    How do I order this pattern? AND do I have to go to the K. Woods site to see the video?

  10. bonnie greenhoe — January 14, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

    I have both patterns the sassy purse and the wonder wallet after seeing you make the purse maybe i can start my day tomorrow making both and get away doing nothing else but sew, thank you for your videos its much easier seeing it frist then getting at it.

  11. Lisa Wilson — January 20, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

    Thank you for the video. I was so excited about making this bag. I was following the pattern and got stuck as it didn’t say what to do with #1 for the back. I came back and looked at the video and VOILA – My sassy is complete. Thank you again!!!

  12. Amy Jo — January 20, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

    Joan –

    Thank you for the wonderful comments on my blog. I LOVE the wallet. I can’t wait to make more and give them out for gifts. I love this back as well. May have to give it a try. I also thought of trying to enlarge the pattern for the wallet to make it into more of an organizer. Maybe even add a long handle for one shoulder. That almost looks like what you did with this one. Thanks again for the fan-tabulous pattern! 🙂 I’m a happy wallet maker!


  13. Sandy — January 23, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

    Thanks a million for the video on the Sassy Bag. It really help me alot. I wish it was longer to show the whole project . I am now working on my second Sassy Bag. Thanks Joan Hawley and Kaye Wood for your websites.

  14. Wanda — February 16, 2008 @ 6:20 am

    Hi Joan ,
    Thanks , thanks for your Beautiful collage Bag , Purse , and more information abut cutwork , technique , please more, more you bag, purse …… , please, I am a Happy !!! .,

    Thank you again .!!!!!!!!!

    Wanda with The Nederlands / Dutch/

  15. Jaime — March 2, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

    The video was great! I have my pattern and am currently trying to decide to make the bag or go to bed……sleep or sew……..choices, choices…..Thanks so much for your wonderful patterns!

  16. carol — March 8, 2009 @ 9:58 am

    Hi Joan,
    I just finished one making my first sassy bag as a birthday gift for a friend.
    It’s a wonderful bag and I’ll make many more-can’t wait to start my next.
    My friend loved it and her sister would like one too. What have I started?

  17. sharon — April 17, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Just purchased the Sassy Bag pattern. Wondering if you now would suggest using fusible interfacing and fusible velcro???? Looking at the date this was developed and think you might have some updates for the pattern.

  18. Darla — May 1, 2010 @ 12:58 am

    I purchased the Sassy Bag pattern last year from Joann’s Fabric Store. I made myself a Sassy Bag for a trip and it was wonderful! I added a some pockets to the inside. Thanks so much for creating the pattern and the video.

  19. jenniferbelieves — February 4, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    Thank you for your creativity and simplicity! Your patterns are stylish and wonderful! I’m excited to make one this weekend!!!

  20. Tracie — April 6, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Your ideas are awesome! I just finished my first Mini Miranda, have Margo underway, and the Wonder Wallet is in the wings. Now I’m going to add Sassy to the list so I can have an ensemble like you suggested. This trio will be perfect for my frequent weekends away from home. Thanks for sharing your creativity and cleverness so that I can be a Lazy Girl!

  21. margaret — March 19, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    it sounds like just what i need and would enjoy making and using!