Runaround Bag Pattern Gets A Groovy New Cover Girl

Lazies, On Monday I told you about the new Wonder Wallet pattern cover. Today, I want to share the new face of the Lazy Girl Designs ‘Runaround Bag’ pattern (#LGD111). Here’s our groovy new girl:


Since I was adding tips to the Wonder Wallet and updating the cover, I decided to do the same with the Runaround Bag pattern. I only have two teeny tips for you, but go ahead and print them (below) and keep them with your pattern if you already own one.

Aside from being quick as a whistle and cute as a button (or six), I love the ‘Sew Easy’ zipper installation in the Runaround Bag. This is the first pattern that I used the Sew Easy technique to install a poly all-purpose zipper. If you are thinking about trying a project with a zipper for the first time, the Runaround Bag is the best place to start with our product line. Don’t worry, the ‘Sew Easy’ method is completely laid out in the pattern. And if you would like to see the zipper installation in action, the only place that is currently available is an episode Kaye’s Quilting Friends on PBS or in our ‘Tips’ DVD.


Tips Include:

– Topstitch above and below the zipper.
At the end of step 1, stitch on the fabric next to the zipper, catching both layers of fabric in the stitching.

This adds a really nice finishing touch at the zipper. Consider using a narrow decorative stitch or specialty thread to make the most of this detail.

– Zig Zag stitch around the inside seam allowance.
After sewing the project together and before turning it right sides out. Trim the seam allowances so they are nice and neat.

Use a zig zag stitch and stitch around all four raw edges of the project to keep the seam allowance from raveling.

Talk About Cute
We’ve posted about the Runaround Bag before. This is one of my favorite projects! Here is Michelle Meehan’s daughter Kate stylin’ with the bag Michelle made for her. You can read more about this little cutie here.


Already Have The Pattern?
If you already have the original Runaround Bag pattern, I don’t want you to miss out on these tips and ideas. So, just like I did with the Wonder Wallet tips, I’ve made these Runaround Bag tips available in a one-page PDF. If you have the original pattern, these will make sense.

Runaround Bag pattern tips: Runaround Bag pattern tips

You can see the pattern description and supply list here: runaround_bag_back_cover.pdf

Scrumptious Fabric
I used the ‘A La Mode’ line of fabric by Yolonda Fundora for Lyndhurst Studios by Northcott Fabrics. I used the Coral Chartreuse colorway. There is also a Blue Purple colorway – yum! Another big ‘Thank You’ to Northcott Fabrics for supplying the fabric for our cover sample.

The new Runaround Bag covers just arrived this week and starting shipping on Monday. It may be a couple of weeks for this version with the new cover to be in stock at your local quilt shop.

Joan Hawley
Lazy Girl Designs