Swoon Lucy

I am so embarrassed, disappointed, and frustrated with myself.  It’s been 2 months since my last blog post.  TWO MONTHS!  Like what the mother f-er have I been doing?
That answer is working.  I had a very busy and stressful job that was consuming me.  So I quit.  My last full time day was July 6th.  I am still working for them but only a few hours a week.  It’s glorious!  My stress level has plummeted and I get to spend the rest of the summer hanging out with my children and sewing, and hopefully more blogging!
I made this Swoon Lucy so long ago. I logged into WordPress to blog a dress I made for Cookies, to realize this blog has been sitting 1/2 written for weeks and weeks.  I am happy to finally share her with the world!

Swoon Lucy was the 9th pattern in the Swoon Patterns Vintage Collection.  The vintage collection has ended, but you can still purchase Lucy as an individual pattern.

I didn’t make Lucy when she was released because I didn’t *think* I needed a backpack.  I’ve been traveling more lately and have been frustrated because I don’t have a laptop bag.  Cue printing Lucy.

Lucy header

I immediately wanted to use my Tula Pink Eden Crouching Tigers fabric.  I have each color way but settled on the blue and green because I picked up a 1 yard remnant of this baby blue pleather from Joann Fabrics.  It really was the perfect marriage of fabrics.


Lucy has a drawstring closure under the flap closure but there are also instructions on how to add grommets.  The exterior closure for the flap is different per the pattern, but I did not want a strap running through my tiger’s face.
The interior is Joel Dewberry Wonder Cross in Maize.  Lucy has interior pockets and I added an interior zipper pocket.


Lucy is actually a pretty quick sew, actually and comes together easily. She fits my small work laptop perfectly.  I added foam interfacing to the bottom and to the flap for more protection.

I also added the bottom overlay.  I cut it 4″ tall.



The coolest thing about Lucy is the back straps.  There is a option to add a zipper on the straps to wear it like a regular backpack or solid as a sling back.  Plus the hidden zipper pocket on the back.

Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: intermediate

  • 2/3 yard 44” wide woven quilting weight exterior fabric
  • 1 1/2 yards 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric
  • 3 1/2 yards fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 1/3 yard fusible fleece interfacing (Pellon Thermolam TP971F)
  • 1/3 yard fusible firm stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • (8) 3/8” grommets and setting tools (optional)
  • (4) 1” D-rings and (2) 1” strap slides
  • 14” nylon coil handbag zipper (optional; for Convertible Backpack Straps)
  • 11” all-purpose nylon coil zipper (Back Pocket)
  • Fabric glue (Beacon Fabri-tac) (optional)
  • Coordinating thread

Size: 11” wide, 14” tall, 5.5” deep


I’ve carried her as a regular daily bag, a zoo bag, she would also be a great diaper bag.  It’s nice to carry stuff on your back rather than hand or shoulder.