Coming in May: Margo Handbag
Lazies, This spring is hectic with travel, our new Girl, Quilt Market, etc. so I don’t expect to keep my regular Monday blog schedule for a while. I’ll post on days when I have something and time permits.
And now, let’s meet the ‘Margo Handbag’ (LGD127), our newest design to be released mid May in time for Quilt Market in Minneapolis. These are just some quick shots I took of Margo this weekend. I don’t know if this sample will be on the cover of the pattern or not – I haven’t gotten there yet!
Fabrics shown are from the ‘Modern Mix’ line from Benartex. Scrumptious!
Click images to enlarge.
The Front Pockets
Margo’s front, shown in floral, has a line of stitching right down the middle, separating this lined panel into two large pockets. The angular cut outs are the pocket openings and they are generous enough to easily slide your hand in and out while holding your keys or cell phone. Margo is the perfect Girl on the go. The coordinating fabric shown in green make the most of this pocket design.
Now, let’s talk about that zipper! Oh, I love this zipper installation. The zipper sits down inside the top edge of the bag by about one inch. It stands straight out from the lining like a shelf on a wall. The zipper opens end to end, so there is plenty of room to get into and out of the bag. And, yes, it’s easy. Trust me, you’ll be okay.
Inside pockets all around, of course. Did you notice the stripe print
matches up perfectly above and below the zipper.
Here’s a closer look at the zipper. Look at that – clean, simple, elegant. It’s zipper poetry!
The back of Margo uses the same floral as the front pocket panel, but has no pockets or detail, just a simple line of stitching to match the front.
Margo is 10 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 4″ and she fits our size F Bag-E-Bottom purse support. That makes her larger than our Towne Purse, smaller than the Gracie Handbag, and the same dimensions as Claire and Mini Miranda. But with the zip top, she feels like a whole different size. The shoulder straps are generous enough to throw over your shoulder with Margo resting comfortably at your side.
I’ll have more detail and photos in the coming weeks.
I’ll be off of my regular blog schedule, so don’t worry if I’m not here with something fabulous every Monday – I’m working on our new Girl and I’ll post when I have updates.
What do you think of Margo? Post a comment below and let me know what you think of our new Girl!
The new girl is wonderful (as usual)!!!! The zipper application looks awesome. Can’t wait to order her. Pam
Love this bag. I have been hung up with the Summer Tote, now I can’t wait to get
Margo angular pockets make this absolutely gorgeous.
Keep them coming.
I am fascinated with the zipper. Can’t wait to find out how it “stands out”! Also like all the pockets inside. This one looks like a ‘keeper’.
A great design and the colors/pattern are delicious. I will certainly look forward to the pattern
Joan, this is a wonderful design. And I love the sunken zipper.
Can’t wait to have her.
I just started a sewing blog http://www.susansewsdaily.blogspot.com .
I want to make Margo and show here off on my blog.
Looking forward to more details.
I love it! The pockets are the best and you make the zippers so easy 🙂 Can’t wait!
I love it! I love the front pockets! Can’t wait till she comes out!
i CAN’T wait to see the zipper installation….. looks marvelous…..
This looks perfect for my Mom…she loves a top zipper and the pockets are perfect for her glasses and cell phone.
Can’t wait to order one.
Margo looks fabulous! The perfect favorite size, a new Lazy Girl style of zippered top, AND outside pockets – what more could we ask for? Can’t wait to meet her in person! Additional details in coming weeks will include fabric and notion requirements, I hope?
I think she is gorgeous! I am not a patient person and i’m already counting down the days to two big life adventures so please I hope Margo debuts soon!
have a great day!
denise/deBRAT who has some lovely flamingO fabric I can envision made up into a margO
Another beauty! I love a bag with a zipper! Keeps everything where it belongs and nothing gets lost. Thanks, Joan
Beautiful!!! and I love the zipper! I know your pattern will make the zipper a zip 🙂
OH Joan I love it. Can’t wait. Love the zipper I’l be waiting to get my hands on it.
I love it!! Can’t wait until the pattern is available
Wow, I just made the Miranda bag and was thinking, this bag would be perfect if it had a zipper and was a bit smaller in size, and look, here you are with Margo!! Look forward to making it
Oh Joan ~ you have done it again! I can’t wait to get my hands on this pattern. I love, love, love the sunken zipper and look forward to learning something new with this girl.
The design of the pockets look great as well. I don’t know how you keep coming up with these but I sure am glad you do!
Another winner for sure! I cant wait to try the pattern!
WOW!!! I love her already. Im so happy to hear that she is the same size as Claire who fits me perfectly. I had just always wished that Claire had a zipper. I can hardly wait!!!
Wow I love the bag and the fabrics! I cant wait to make one, thanks for the teaser!
The bag looks great…very pretty. I am still very scared of sewing zippers. I hope there will be an online video to help those of us with sewing anxiety!
Cant wait to make her! I love the size of Claire so I am sure I will love Margo! and add a few Maggies to her!
OMG Joan…My jaw has hit the floor, Margo is beautiful…Must…have…pattern…soon! You amaze me every time. And Im so jealous you get to play with such gorgeous fabrics before the rest of us!! LOL Cant wait for Margo to arrive. PS I have a friend named Margo and she is just as cool… 🙂
This is awesome! I love the zipped top and nifty outside pockets. Ill need to bump some projects from my summer sewing plan for Margo. Thanks for designing such neat patterns!
Ooooo…what FUN!!! I am sooo INTIMIDATED by ZIPPERS. Cant wait to see how you put this sunken zipper in. 🙂 Yep! Our Girl Margo will soon be a new member od my household. You are sooo talented Joan. Keep it up. So many of us wait with anticipation for each one of your superb creations. Every one of your patterns end up being a Gotta HAVE for my Quilty/Craft Pattern Library. 😉 HUGS!!! Pat in Bremerton, WA
Awesome! Shell be a perfect handbag for all occasions — just like all her sisters.
i simply can not wait! Release it earlier, if at all possible! It is going to be my new favorite…
Awesome! Cant wait to order the pattern. Another great design, Joan!
Fabulous Joan! Let me know when she is ready to meet the Sew News reader and I’ll post her to the Facebook page! You are so creative. Can’t wait to see you at Quilt Market!
Oh, my. I NEED one of these!!!! Ill be the first in line to buy this one….You have outdone yourself again!!!!
I see more than zipper poetry here. Margo is purse poetry. Welcome!
What a wonderful bag!! I love the idea of a zipper in the top so everything does not fall out when you tip it over !! Maybe the idea can be used in some of your other bags also. Great bag cant wait until the pattern comes out will buy it right away,
Thanks for all your creativity!!
Those pockets are divine – and I love how Margo struts her fabric!! Cant wait to learn about this zipper – and contemplate the many possibilities!!!
Joan, you are amazing! I absolutely love the look of the pockets and I can’t wait to try that wonderful zipper 🙂 I love a purse with a zipper! Keeps everything safe from dumping!
I can’t wait until the pattern is available!!
Love that fabric too!
Oh my gosh she is a stinkin’ cutie! Margo is a perfect name for her and I can’t wait to get my hands on her!
Penny in a very wet wet Chesapeake, VA
I dont like bags that are open so I am so glad to see this one has a zipper. And knowing your methods, I know it will be easy, peasy to do. Thank you.
another beautiful creation by our talented joan!!! you go girl!!! thanks for sharing your wonderful talents with us!
Wow! Margo is beautiful! Your designs are wonderful and I cant wait to try this one too.
I love the new Margo and the zipper!! Love the new design of the pockets on the front too. Cant wait until May when it comes out so that I can make several of these!! I too am happy to see a new design with a zipper top for better security, thanks for that and the chance to learn another new easy zipper installation! 🙂
Margos perfect. I love the slanted pockets and the sunken zipper. I will make her for me and my daughter. Im crazy about your designs.
When will it be available to quilt shops? I want to be able to teach this at my shop this summer and will need lead time to make the sample for our Summer Open House in early June. Thanks for another great bag pattern. Keepem coming.
Another fabulous design. Im wondering if the back could be treated like the front with the great pockets. More work? Yes, but more places to stick stuff!
wow, what a dramatic bag and I love the zipper! this is a must have for making Christmas gifts.
Why oh why is she first coming out in May?? The HORRORS!! We were just trying to decide at the shop the right purse to kit up for Rosemont. I LOVE her front pockets. Oooo I’m thinking some texture magic would rock!!
Can’t wait!!!! So cute!
I can’t wait til May! How about sooner – LOL. Look forward to trying this out. Can’t wait to see more photos.
I can’t wait to meet Margo! I’ve always wanted to make one of the purses with a zipper. I can’t wait to get the pattern and make her. May is just so far away.
One word — Sassy ! You have out done yourself.
I am in love! I’ll be “in line” to get her when she comes out!
This is just too cute! I think it looks like it will be fun to make and such neat construction. Can’t wait Joan! Thanks for providing all of the fun patterns and ideas. Keep up the good work. You are a woman to be admired.
I love, love, love this! Can hardly wait til the pattern is out. I have made about 60 handbags and your patterns are my favorites!!! I work in a quilt shop part time and I love to use your bags for myself and students!
Joan, youre an amazingly creative designer. Margo is fabulous. I cant wait to see her in my mailbox and welcome her into my family of LG patterns.
Love the look of Margo!! Can hardly wait for it to be out!
Looks like another home run. I cannot wait to make this baby. And You must have been reading my mind, I wanted to learn how to install a zipper like this, so I hope you have the hard part all figured out for us lazys!
It looks nice. I like that it has a zipper and Im interested to see how it will all fit together. Looks like a real winner to me.
Hey Joan, I love the new girl. It’s spring and time for a new hairstyle to go with new Margo. Love the name too.
Margo is perfection in a bag! Looks like she even improves on Claire which I didnt think could happen. Those front pockets are just made for cell phones. Brilliant again Joan!
OMG – another awesome bag/purse. Love, love, love the idea of the zipper. Cant wait to get my hands on the pattern. Ive been quite the collector of most of your designs.
Looks like a winner to me. Cant wait to see how you do the zipper and how it all works!!
Oh goodness gracious, Joan, this one is yet another winner! Beautiful colors and I love the design. I’m so excited about the recessed zipper because I know you’ll make it easy on all of us to assemble. I used to be so intimidated with installing zipper (still am a little bit to a degree), but I’ve been practicing over the past couple of months, nothing major, but I cannot wait to purchase this pattern. You are such a tease making us wait until May. Well, may it come quickly!! 😉
Oh i really like this one….. cant wait to see the pattern!
I’ve been hoping for something just like this … I love all your bags but the ones I make the most for family and friends are those that close, as in zip shut. People are worried about their stuff and I don’t blame ’em. I make a lot of totes and bags to give to friends to take to Georgia football games. Well, between all the tailgating and all the up and down while watching a game, you can’t take a chance of anything tumbling out. This will solve it … cute as anything, the right size, and now a secure closure. Many thanks, Joan, and thanks for helping me get that beach tote ready in time for my daughter’s trip to Tybee Island. Your personal help and advice made all the difference.
Keep bein’ lazy and I’ll be right there with ya!!
What a fresh bag! I have zipper phobia, but may have to get over it with Margo…… and how did you get the stripes to line up like that? Is that part of the zipper trick?
Joan! You know you’ve really out done yourself with this new bag! Margo is a sweetie and I just cannot wait to get her in my hands! I love the front design and oh gosh wow! a zipper!!!! set into the lining of the bag! Great! love her!
big LAZY hugz
Oh, wow, I think I like Margo even more that Clare (and poor Clare hasn’t even been made yet!). She will definitely be on my shopping list this summer!
Margo looks great and perfect for a person like me who wants her keys and phone easily accessible. I also see her as the perfect present for my best friend.
Think that will be my summer bag. Can never have too many bags.
The bag looks beautiful. Looking forward to having one of my own. Thanks, Robbie
Gorgeous! I’ve been hoping you would come up with a large-sized purse with a zipper!
I can’t wait. I love the towne purse but is a little small, love the Miranda but need a zipper and need to downsize it a little. This looks perfect!!! Can’t wait….and my birthday is in May…! I know what I’m getting myself!
I love the bag. I wish I could preorder so I could be first in line to get her!!!! I can’t wait to do this zipper. Hurry! Hurry!!!!
Love this bag and am going to have to have the pattern. The only problem is you have mis-spelled the name (but that’s okay. I’m used to it). It’s M – a – r – g – o – t. 🙂
i like that type of zipper application, have used a similar insertion for several years. like the drop , if you are a stash shoppers you could use a “what was i thinking” fabric buy for the lining. pocket looks great. i really like your patterns, they are easy to read and use. you write directions well.
Love the design and all the pockets! Beautiful color combination too.
absolutely ADORE the new girl! Margo is a real looker! 😉
Love the new bag and the fabric! Can’t wait to try it out.
I was just thinking about making another Towne Purse, but think I’ll wait to see Margo’s pattern first.
Once again Joan, your designs are superb, can’t wait to stitch her up
I love Margo! I want to make it and I love it that it has a zipper. Can’t wait to order her!
Love it! She is perfection in a bag – pockets inside and out, zip closure, style.
Absolutely lovely. can we buy ours first? Phyllis
Love it! I love the zipper and those fabulous outer pockets. I’ll be anxious to make Margo this summer…
The bags is great. I love having a zipper. I’m sure I’ll be making a few of them for gifts
I just got through making my first Miranda Day Bag. It turned out beautiful. I used your suggestion of Fusion iron on velcro but I feel like after a few times of opening the purse
it will come off. Am I worrying too much! I cannot wait for your new bag pattern.
Love it! I really love the zipper, I definitely need this pattern just to learn how to do a zipper like this! (Oh and the bag is great too LOL!).
Another awesome bag! You rock!
I’m a lazy blogger that loves to stamp, sew, and surf the net. I love to make tote bags and can’t wait to get this pattern.
thanks and have a great day!
Please consider instant download? Can the pattern be purchased now? I really like your designs. And thank you for making them easy to make.
I love the looks and the ease of a zipper closer and the style…Please email us when we can purchase the pattern…I already have the fabric to mine..Just wait now. Linda
Please let me know when this pattern is available. I’ve been looking for a lined, zippered tote and this one looks awesome! Love the shape.
Hi, I’ve been looking for the Jennifer Young Modern Mix fabric line but cannot seem to find it anywhere, other than random locaitons in small bits. Is this an old line that is no longer available, or is it coming out new?
Wow these Margo bags look fantastic. The front pockets are superb and the zipper just puts it over the top. Great find.
I love this bag! Very creative and cool. Great!
Lovely style and it’s just what I’m after. Is there a pattern available? Thanks.