Bag of the Month Club 2016 – Finally Starting My January Bag #botm

So I’m doing the Bag of the Month Club again this year, but things have been a little busy in the shop and so I am FINALLY getting around to making my version of the January bag which is the Backgammon Bag by Betz White.  This is a good sized handbag with an adjustable shoulder strap, multiple pockets and a tab closure, and the nifty backgammon pattern on the outside pockets.

backgammon bag pattern cover

I started last night choosing fabrics which for me is always the difficult part, to narrow it down to just one or two when there are so many to choose from, so my best advice is to take photos of all combinations and then look at the photos and decide which one you like best.  Believe it or not, I was pretty sure I was going to make this bag in lime green Harris Tweed until I saw the photos I had taken and then it could only be the plain woven purple for the main body and the purple checked tweed for the accents.  I also have this lovely hand dyed Bali Batik in a gorgeous acid yellow with purple and red flowers on it, so that was always going to be the lining.

All the pieces are cut out and interfaced and the backgammon triangles are pieced together, so all that remains is the actual sewing – the fun part!  I have some things to do today but I am hoping to get back to the bag this evening.

All fabrics, interfacings, threads and fabrics are from my shop, including the hardware kits for the #botmc bags.  Harris Tweed can be found in my tweed shop.  You can still join the club here and receive all the patterns up until June, and you can join the Facebook group here to see all the lovely bags other members are making.

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