Denver Backpack

(21 customer reviews)


This stylish backpack purse features two exterior side pockets with visible zippers for an added edgy vibe. The zippered main compartment will keep all your belongings secure while the side pockets offer plenty of storage. Perfect for work, travel or your everyday adventures.





  • Large: 16” x 12” x 6”
  • Mini: 12” x 9” x 4”

Materials Needed (Large):

  • 1/2 yard (50cm) quilting weight or home decor exterior fabric
  • 1 yard (1m) quilting weight lining fabric
  • 1 yard (1m) contrasting fabric, woven or vinyl
  • 1/2 yard (50cm) foam interfacing (Pellon Flexfoam FF77)
  • 3 5/8 yards (3.5m) fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 1/2 yard (50cm) fusible web (optional) (Pellon Wonder-Under 805)
  • Two 1” (25mm) rectangle rings
  • Two 1” (25mm) strap slides
  • One 1” (25mm) swivel clip
  • One 3/4” (20mm) D-ring or O-ring
  • Three 12” (30cm) all-purpose zippers
  • Fabric glue (optional) (Beacon Fabritac)
  • Coordinating thread

Materials Needed (Mini):

  • 3/8 yard (35cm) quilting weight or home decor exterior fabric
  • 1/2 yard (50cm) quilting weight lining fabric
  • 1 yard (1m) contrasting fabric, woven or vinyl
  • 1/3 yard (30cm) foam interfacing (Pellon Flexfoam FF77)
  • 2 1/3 yards (2.25m) fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 1/3 yard (30cm) fusible web (optional) (Pellon Wonder-Under 805)
  • Two 3/4” (20mm) rectangle rings
  • Two 3/4” (20mm) strap slides
  • One 3/4” (20mm) swivel clip
  • One 1/2” (12mm) D-ring or O-ring
  • Three 9” (30cm) all-purpose zippers
  • Fabric glue (optional) (Beacon Fabritac)
  • Coordinating thread
You should already be somewhat familiar with sewing patterns and common sewing terms.

21 reviews for Denver Backpack

  1. Lynn Aydani (verified owner)

    This bag is easy to make and so nice! I plan to make several more! It was also a fun sew!! Love it!!

  2. Maree Slatter (verified owner)

    I found it a challenge because I used a contrast fabric that was too thick, which was entirely my fault. I really love the way it turned out. Pattern clear and easy to follow, fits together very well. Thank you.

    Denver Backpack
  3. Cheri Hill Kramarczyk (verified owner)

    Well I’m having a bit of trouble ~ my printer did print the pattern ~ I’m trying to do the Mini~ ive printed the pieces at 100 percent but the block that say 2 inches is 2 inches not 1 inch and the mini is suppose to be 1 inch.
    after printing 3 times I now have 3 different sizes :{ but other that not being able to figure that out the bags Ive seen are stunning so it must be just me. Thank you Monica from Swoon for doing a live sew I learned a lot but will have to do a lot of replay…Have a blessed day..

  4. Karen Worley (verified owner)

    This is my first Swoon pattern, & I was so impressed with the clear, well-written instructions and illustrations. The small Denver is perfect for a wallet, glasses and miscellaneous small stuff. My 8″ tablet is a snug fit.The zippers add a fun accent. I’m looking for my next Swoon pattern!

    Denver Backpack
  5. Heather

    Great pattern, great attention to details in diagrams and directions. Looks great once made up!

  6. Joanne

    truly a lovely backpack to make and enjoy. Swoon patterns are so well written and easily put together. Ignore the one ‘troll’ review

  7. Rebecca Pinquoch

    This bag is a fan favorite and making it, it’s easy to see why. It goes together easily, the directions are clear, and if you are a visual learner there are 2 different videos on YouTube that will get you through it. The bag is very cute and the small version would be great as a child’s backpack. You do need to know how to operate your printer to get this pattern, so I guess for some, that could be a pitfall. If you don’t, this pattern alone is worth taking the time to do so.

  8. Lisa Snyder (verified owner)

    Love Swoon patterns. Have been looking forward to making this one.

  9. Karen Pelletier (verified owner)

    Great Patter!

  10. k4yshops

    Great pattern, only made it once so far but really pleased with the result and looking forward to making another

  11. Leanne (verified owner)

    Well written pattern. Beautiful functional backpack. One of my favorites to make.

  12. Darlene

    Awesome patterns.. And this one is great! So glad she released it for sale!

  13. Julie Copping (verified owner)

    Great pattern, easy to follow along. Swoon is one of my favourite bag designers as they have clear instructions and pictures.

  14. Sheila Patterson

    Thank you so much for selling this, absolute LOVE LOVE this pattern

  15. Kate Palsrok (verified owner)

    As always, a beautifully written pattern by Swoon! Have made the large size and am looking forward to making the small size as well. I absolutely love the look of the bag, so unique and fashion-forward!

    Denver Backpack
  16. Deanna Threadgill (verified owner)

    Great pattern. Well written and clear. Easy to follow and love the final project!

  17. Samantha Schramm (verified owner)

    Oh my word I can not say enough great things about this bag and pattern!! The finished bag is so gorgeous and unique looking, everyone always asks about it. It’s a challenging sew, but the directions are super clear and well written just like every other Swoon pattern. LOVE!! And so thankful I had the opportunity to purchase this finally as I’ve been swooning over this pattern since it was released.

    Denver Backpack
  18. Catherine Frechette (verified owner)

    I love it. They are beautiful bags. Very well explained.

  19. Chris (verified owner)

    I couldn’t wait to buy this pattern and was absolutely not disappointed. Easy to read instructions, lots of pictures to help along the way. I will be making many many of these!!

  20. Sharon Orella (verified owner)

    Great Bag, really attractive when completed. easy to print off and match up the pdf pieces. It is a great way to showcase fabrics and zippers.

  21. ifeelcheated

    Thanks for the rip off!

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