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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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Noriko Handbag

from Lazy Girl Designs
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Noriko Handbag
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic sewing skills required

Pattern Description:

Noriko, as her name suggests, is a 'child of principle' or, in our case, a bag of principle. Noriko uses the principle of a single pattern piece for all sides of the bag. This lightweight bag, both graceful and whimsical, provides wonderful opportunities to showcase your favorite fabric.

One pattern piece makes each of the four panels of this unique teardrop bag. The gentle curve at the base of the bag offers a stable base and a graceful silhouette when full. The two side panels can be tucked in toward the center of the bag when not in use, allowing the bag to close flat for storage or safe keeping. We have matched our beautiful fabrics with ribbon, beads and a button to finish the look.

Note: This design does not use batting or interfacing. Two layers of fabric create a graceful bag with a beautiful drape and femininity.

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The Noriko pattern is in PDF format and is 4 pages. There are 3 pages of cover/instructions and 1 page with a pattern piece.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 6" x 9" x 6"


  • 1/2 yard (min 40-45" width) cover fabric
  • 1/3 yard (min 40-45" width) lining fabric
  • One 1" button for front closure
  • 1/4 yard of ribbon (1/4" or 3/8" width) for button loop
  • Optional Tassel: One yard of 1/8" wide ribbon or other fiber
  • Optional Tassel: 6 decorative beads or buttons

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