Sew Easy You’ll Think You Cheated

Lazies, Our Runaround Bag pattern has been one of our most popular designs since it came out a hundred million years ago. The secret it holds…a fantastic zipper installation that can’t be beat. It doesn’t sound sexy, but there is nothing like learning a trick you can use over and over again. Read on for details, a video demo and tips.

Runaround Bag LGD111 by Lazy Girl Designs

Sew Easy Zipper
I developed the Sew Easy Zipper technique just for our Runaround Bag, but you can use it on so many projects once you learn this handy trick. Part of what makes the zipper technique so wonderful is that we totally ignore the zipper ends and just use the good part in the middle. It’s like cheating! Or eating the middle of an Oreo cookie first. Or finding an extra piece of chocolate when you thought you were out. Oh yeah, it’s that good.

Handy back pocket

The Runaround is just a little bigger than my hand, making it the right size for a little bit of this and that for a light day on the go. It has a back pocket and long shoulder strap making it perfect to wear cross-body.

Video Demo
Take a few minutes to watch me explain the project and demo the zipper with Kaye Wood on Kaye’s Quilting Friends in the video below.

Get The Pattern
The Runaround Bag is available online and at quilt shops, or as an e-pattern PDF download at Craftsy.

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You probably already have what you need to make a Runaround Bag. Grab a couple of fat quarters, a bit of batting, a zipper and you are good to go! Click to enlarge the image of the pattern supply list. For best results, use our Dreamy Fleece (fusible or sew-in) from Sew Lazy.


For More Info and Ideas
Interfacing Recommendations
Choosing a Zipper Color
Zipper Sources

Give the Runaround Bag a try and see how fantastic the zipper is for yourself. Post a comment and tell me if you’ve tried the Runaround Bag or how you will use this handle little gem.


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10 Responses to “Sew Easy You’ll Think You Cheated”

  1. Ethelann Wood — March 11, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    This is one that my friends and I make over and over. Just a bit if fabric, easy and soooo convenient. My friend has one for about every outfit. I am not there yet but definitely on my way.

  2. Teresa — March 11, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    I have sewn several of these, some were gifts , but the others were for me!
    So simple to cut and sew and such a great way to use coordinating fat quarters or just dig into that stash of yummy fabrics you couldn’t resist buying. There are at least two more in my immediate future and I know there will be even more down the road!

  3. Jackie — March 11, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    Ironically, as I was reading your email, my Runaround Bag was in hand and on the way out for a quick errand! I have one to go with jeans and one that is black for evening jaunts. I have also made a matching Wonder Wallet to use with each bag. Love your purse patterns! I have them for all seasons with matching wallets!!

  4. Anne R — March 11, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    I have had this pattern for years and finally used it last week. Could not believe how easy the zipper was to install and how simple the bag was to make in general. Now I know just what my friends are talking about when they say they love this bag and say it is a favorite go-to pattern.

  5. Dottie — March 18, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

    The Runaround bag and Sassy are my two favorites! Small bags are for me, hands down. LOL

    Thanks ever so much for your wonderful easy “Lazy Girl” patterns.

    sewing with a smile, dottie

  6. Sheila Perl — March 28, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    You are absolutely amazing, Joan! I can’t wait to try the incredibly easy zipper technique!!

  7. Brenda — April 2, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    I absolutely love this pattern. So easy to make different ones to match the occasion!

  8. Stacy Euhus — January 28, 2016 @ 12:47 pm

    I have a question. I have made your Runaround Bag four times. Two of them have been correct, the other two the pocket ends up on the front. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. Could you please enlighten me.
    Thank you!

    • Joan Hawley replied: — January 29th, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

      Hi Stacy, You are doing everything right but the last step on the Runaround Bag. It has to do with where you put your hand when you reach in to turn it right sides out. First of all, for the ones with the pocket on the front right now, just reach into the pocket and ‘flip’ it to the back of the bag, like turning a cuff on a sleeve. Easy breezy! Next time, just make sure to put your hand in on top of the pocket. When it land on the front of the bag, that means you had your hand ‘in’ the pocket.

  9. Sherry Alsup — October 9, 2016 @ 4:55 pm

    I’m a little confused about the stacking order of the Runaround bag. I have everything down to the front side. Do I place it right side up or right side down? I really am not a bag maker, so this is confusing for me. The pattern didn’t really say or show a picture for that step. Very cute and easy bag to that point.
    Thank you in advance. Sherry Alsup