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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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Runaround Bag

from Lazy Girl Designs
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Runaround Bag
Runaround Bag
Runaround Bag
Runaround Bag
Runaround Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Straight Stitch, and Zig Zag Stitch Required.
  • An even-feed or walking foot may be helpful.
  • This project is designed to be made using 100% quilting cottons.
  • Rotary cut or use included pattern pieces.

Pattern Description:

This smart looking purse is easy to make and very functional. The inside is lined, exposed inside seams are trimmed and zigzagged for a clean finish. The purse features a back pocket. Use any standard zipper and find out how easy it is to put a zipper in using Lazy Girl's trademark easy zipper technique. This pattern is a 'Fat Quarter Cutie' and can be made from fat quarter cuts of fabric.

If you'd like help with this project, consider joining me in my Craftsy class 'Zip It Up' where we can make this bag together!

Fabric recommendations: The entire bag is made from just two fabrics. Choose two coordinating fat quarters and find some fantastic buttons and ribbons to decorate the front of the purse.

Keeping in the Lazy Girl tradition, this project is quick and easy and offers a place to embellish and personalize.

The Runaround Bag pattern is in PDF format and is 7 pages. There are 5 pages of cover/instructions and 2 pages of pattern pieces.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 7" x 9"


  • Fabric - Two Coordinating Fat Quarters (18" x 22") of Fabric or One 1/2 Yd + One 1/4 Yd from two 42" wide fabrics.
  • Zipper - One 12" Zipper, polyester, all-purpose, in a coordinating color. You will sew over the zipper teeth in this project, so do not use a metal zipper.
  • Batting - one piece at 8" x 10" Dreamy Fleece (fusible or sew-in) by Sew Lazy.
  • Items for Decoration - Several buttons 3/4" or larger. No-shank preferred. Ribbons, beads, applique designs of your choice, fabric paint, etc.

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