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Happy New Year! I’m pleased to offer the first pattern of the 2016 Bag of the Month Club!

Backgammon-Bag Pattern - betz white


Introducing the Backgammon Bag. It’s the perfect take-along for lunch out with the girls or a day of shopping around town. You can feature your favorite fabrics with triangular pieced accents to add visual interest. I used Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in Black for the main exterior of the bag. For the accents I used New Leaf from Daisy Janie, one of my favorite collections! This bag is a great opportunity to use and highlight those precious scraps.


Backgammon-Bag - betz white


Roomy, but not overly so, the Backgammon’s got an interior zip pocket, 2 outer pockets with magnetic snaps and a top flap closure with a twist lock. The strap is adjustable to be worn on the shoulder or cross-body. I made this version in Cotton + Steel’s sparkle canvas with C+S basics/metallics.


Backgammon bag Collage


Shown above are a few bags made by my testers to give you an idea of what the bag looks like with different fabric choices (Thanks to Cindy, Stacy, Jen and Linda!). I love the stylish shape of this bag and the playful accents. Of course if you’re itching to use a large scale print, you could forgo the piecing and make the outside pockets one piece (simply cut 2 extra “pocket linings” from exterior fabric).


The Backgammon Bag Pattern is exclusive to the Bag of the Month Club for the duration. To join the club and find out more information visit

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  • Judith Clauss

    Great bag! Hardware here. Downloaded and ready to print. Love the variety in the bags featured here in your blog. Fabric choices will keep me busy for a day or two.

  • natalie aka hungryhippie

    Love this bag design Betz! I don’t have a twisty lock clasp, and I think the twisty gives it a polished look that a snap won’t….so I’m ordering hardware now on Etsy.
    Thanks for sharing this bag with us! Can’t wait to make it.

  • lois

    so the points are supposed to be pointy? Sorry… maybe that is just a stupid question :)

    • Betz White

      The tippy tips of the points are caught in the seam at the top edge of the pocket. Because many bag makers are new to piecing I designed the pocket in a manner that wouldn’t require absolute precision while still achieving a good looking result. I hope you like the bag.

      • vontina

        I put my points in upside down, but guess what it still looks good.

  • lois

    The bag is fabulous. I love it !

  • Crystal Harrison

    I love this pattern! So much fun to sew!

  • vontina

    This bag was so great to make and easy it took me no time and I am making more, thanks.

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