Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Backgammon Bag - January Bag of the Month

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 like it, I think it turned out quite well. I had my doubts during the process, and yesterday, I spent a bunch of quality time with my stitch ripper, making everything look the way I envisioned.

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 carabiner to inside to hang my keys on. Otherwise I lose them in the bottom of my bag. Although it is hard to tell, the carabiner is purple.

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.
More Laurel Burch, well, just because!

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.


  1. Lovely fabrics you used,this is a great pattern. And I think after every bag I have made, the next one will have changes too.

  2. Your bag turned out well, and your fabrics compliment it beautifully!

  3. It came out nice! Neat that you are in a bag of the month club!

  4. cute bag..... and one every month that's a great way to get some fun sewing done.
    in stitches

  5. I like your bag very much. Did you get the side pockets to snug in the way you wanted? They look good in the photo.

  6. Hi,
    Love your bag, it's beautiful.
    Have a great day!

  7. Wow! It's really lovely. Can't wait to see your next creation. Have a great week.

  8. You did a nice job on the bag. The white zipper turned out to be a good choice.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday

  9. What a lovely bag. The carabiner is a great idea to keep track of keys.