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As "Lazy Girl," Joan Hawley always finds the easy and fun way to a successful project. A self-described geek and armchair engineer, Joan loves creating new twists and techniques for sewing and ...

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Gracie Handbag

from Lazy Girl Designs
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Gracie Handbag
Gracie Handbag
Gracie Handbag
Gracie Handbag
Gracie Handbag
Gracie Handbag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Rotary cut project, no pattern pieces provided.
  • An even-feed or walking foot may be helpful.
  • This project is designed to be made using 100% quilting cottons.

Pattern Description:

Gracie is one of my absolute favorite bags to make and use! The body of the bag goes together much like a big placemat, flat with all edges finished. Then simply fold in half, stitch generous side seams and you are done!

The notched dip at the flap closure allows enough room for my elbow as I swing Gracie onto my shoulder in one movement.

Features:fully-lined with six inside pockets and a flap closure secured by Velcro.

Note that this project is not appropriate for directional prints because the fabric wraps around the bag from front, to bottom to back.

- Video demo -Watch me walk through the basics of making Gracie: http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/products/gracie-handbag

- The Gracie Handbag pattern is in PDF format and is 9 pages of cover/instruction.
- Black/white photo instructions. Several color detail photos included.
- This is a rotary cut design, no pattern pieces provided.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 12" x 10" x 4 1/2"


  • Fabric: 7/8 yd Outer Panels and Handles
  • Fabric: 1/4 yd Center Panel
  • Fabric: 2/3 yd Bag Lining Fabric
  • Fabric: 1/2 yd Inside Pocket Fabric
  • Flap Closure Fabric - Use leftover piece from lining or pocket fabrics.
  • Batting: 2/3 yd Dreamy Fleece (fusible or sew-in) by Sew Lazy 45" wide or 1 yd Stiff Stuff Firm sew-in interfacing by Sew Lazy 20" wide. Low loft recommended.
  • One piece of Velcro at 1 1/2" for flap closure.
  • One decorative button for flap closure - 1 1/8" to 1 1/4" is a good size.
  • Optional Bag-E-Bottom - Size A (#LGD500) from Lazy Girl Designs.

You Will Also Need:

  • Even-feed or walking foot, size 90/14 sewing machine needle.
  • Non-stick pressing sheet may be helpful if working with fusibles.

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