Lazy Girl Designs debuted their newest pattern the Claire Handbag at Spring Market in Pittsburgh recently. Joan Hawley, of Lazy Girl, tells us more about her new Girl.
Claire Handbag pattern #LGD125
Purse, Basket, Project Tote
Claire offers an interesting mix of uses. As she is, I think of her not only as ideal for a purse, but perfect for a project tote. Especially knitting or other handwork with the way she sits open and at attention. And I can’t shake the feeling that she is a spring basket, too, ready to accompany me on a walk through the park.
The angled inset at the center of the bag is just cool, cool, cool. And easy, too. It offers the opportunity for an extra deep outside pocket, perfect for keys, phone or other small items. And goodness, there’s a pocket on the other side, too!
Front and back views of the same bag.
Claire is a fat quarter project, perfect for bundles and medleys. Claire is ideal for strong prints and different scale designs.
The fabrics shown on the cover for Claire are ‘Belle Fleur’ by Karen Combs for Avlyn.
Three fabrics make up the outside of Claire. In the first picture above, we have white for the main fabric, green for the center panel and black for the center pocket. In the second photo above, the white and green are reversed and the pocket stays the same. Same three fabrics, different placement for front and back.
Stack, Chop and Swap
The Lazy secret to this design couldn’t be easier: stack, chop and swap! I have to tell you how much fun it is to make Claire. I adore the process as much as her design and function.
Stack, chop and swap is immediate gratification. I can say from the experience of making two dozen Claires that seeing those fabrics switch places and become the cover is addictive. Consider yourself notified.
Here we go..
Stack: One fabric on top of the other – easy peasy.
Chop: Rotary cut a big fabulous center piece. Oh baby, nothin’ like choppin’ fabrics.
Swap: Then simply swap the center panels.
Cool, simple, Lazy! And better yet – nothing is wasted.
The Claire Handbag pattern is in stock at Checker here.
Other Recommenced Supplies
Batting: Pellon #987FP Fusible Fleece or Bosal #325B-WHT Fusible Batting.
Interfacing: Pellon #809SRPWHT Decor Bond or Bosal #334B-WHT Fusible All Purpose Non-Woven.
Size: 10 1/4? wide at the bottom and 9 1/4? tall by 4? deep.
She uses our Bag-E-Bottom size F, item #LGD505.
Fabric: 7 fat quarters, 3 for the outside 4 for the inside.
Loaded with inside pockets.
Two outside pockets, one on each side.
Handles in two lengths: short and medium.
For more info and to see more samples of Claire, visit Lazy Girl’s blog here.
Images courtesy of Lazy Girl Designs