Yesterday was Family Day, and so I got to spend some quality time in my sewing room. I finished my January Bag of the Month, Betz White's Backgammon Bag.
I made the back a mirror image of the front, so the points match across the bottom seam.
It makes sense to me. The points are from my vast fat quarter collection. I think most of them are Northcott, with a piece of Laurel Burch thrown in, because I love her fabric.
In the end, I used a white zipper on the inside, in part because I had a 7 " white zipper, so I didn't have to cut one.
I added a large slip pocket to the other side of the lining. It can hold my phone, pen, and other stuff that gets lost in the bottom.
So, will I make this bag again? Maybe, but with changes.
I think I would like it better if it were slightly smaller. I would make the strap longer, so I could use it as a cross body bag. I think I might like to use a foam stabilizer like Soft and Stable to make the bag a bit firmer. I would also add some fleece to the outer pockets to make them more substantial.
I think I would put a zipper in the top, to make the bag more secure, and take the magnetic snaps out of the side pockets. I don't think the snaps will suit my lifestyle. I might also eliminate the back outer pocket and add a zipper pocket instead.
The pattern is currently only available through the Bag of the Month Club. There is a link in the sidebar. In July, you will be able to buy it from the Betz White website.