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!
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.
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
- 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.