Sew Ready to Play Backgammon with The Long Thread

I have some good and bad news… We’ll start with the bad… I’m sad to say, but today is the last day of the series… ahhhh… Enough about that! The good news… We have a great guest, Ellen from The Long Thread!! Ellen has a fantastic blog, fantastic fabrics and a great book, 1, 2, 3 Sew! I was lucky enough  to win a copy of this really cool book and I have to say it does have some great projects in it! I’ve been a fan of Ellen’s work for some time now and throughly enjoy reading her blog. You can only imagine how stoked I was to find my Magnetic Bookmark listed among her Top 100 Tutorials of 2011. Wow! 🙂 Yes, I was blushing! If you haven’t checked out her blog before now, you must! Well, after you read this…

And Welcome, Ellen!!!

Thanks to Louise for inviting me to be part of her clever Sew Ready to Play series! Today I’ve made a skirt inspired by the playful geometry of a backgammon board, which makes me want to actually get the game and teach my kids to play. I remember playing as a kid and think I loved the board as much as the game. This simple elastic waist skirt fits sizes 4-6, but could easily be adjusted to other sizes, even for adults! Use the triangle template to make patchwork for a quilt, a tote bag or placemats. If you want to be more faithful to the backgammon design, you could use two solid shades of fabric for the triangles and even make two bands of triangles facing one another.

This skirt was made with my new fabric collection for the Japanese company, Kokka, which will be available in stores in early 2013. Here I used this linen/cotton blend with a lightweight gray chambray cotton. This graphic skirt is perfect for fall paired with tights and boots, but light enough to wear year-round. Happy sewing!
Click here for the directions!
And you can check out another version of the skirt at Moda Bake Shop!
Ellen Luckett Baker is author of The Long Thread, where she writes about her adventures with sewing, crafting, and kids. Her book 1, 2, 3 Sew was recently published by Chronicle Books and her follow-up book, 1, 2, 3 Quilt, will be released Fall 2013. She has designed two fabric collections; the first for Moda, which is in stores now and the second for Kokka, which will be available in early 2013. Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband, two daughters, and a growing number of pets.

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  1. This is gorgeous! Is there a pattern for a grown up size? I’m not good enough at making clothes to adapt it for myself but would love to make one for me!

  2. Backgammon was one of my most favorite games when I was a kid…and still is now! Your attention to detail is impeccable, and your pattern is super cute, while still being graphic & modern. I might have to go ahead and make myself a backgammon skirt! Thanks to I’m Feelin’ Crafty for featuring all these talented guest bloggers! This is my first adventure to your blog, but I’ll be back. =)

  3. Love this! Thank you.

  4. I love this skirt! I have three girls and would love to make them one:)

  5. So cute! Love it!!!

  6. This is gorgeous and so easy to customise to make whatever patterns I’m comfortable with wearing. Definitely a lovely idea to work on…thanks for sharing!

  7. So cute! I love the way this showcases those fun fabrics.

  8. Oh my goodness, this is so gorgeous! What a cute idea 🙂

  9. I just love this skirt and what a great idea to use the triangles for placemats. Thank you so much.

  10. I am totally in love with this darling skirt! I’ve abandon my housework and have spent the morning cutting triangles! I love how sharp and pointy your triangle tops are and can see myself totally messing it up and having triangles with flat tops. Any advice you can send my way? Thank you so much!


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