If you’re a member of the Bag of the Month Club you have probably seen this month’s release by Betz White, the Moxie Crossbody Bag (you can also check out a few posts about it on Facebook as well).

I had the pleasure of being a tester for this bag and I have to say it was a very fun sew. Unlike some of my recent purses, this one was refreshingly uncomplicated. Plus, it didn’t call for hard to find notions (you can even get tongue locks\thumb clasps at Joanns now) or interlinings and isn’t a fabric hog. The Moxie has instructions for working with both cork\leather and fabric so you can easily change up the look of each one you make (not to mention the fact that the flap is a great place to showcase a fun print).

When I made my bag, I thought I would channel spring and go with something bright and floral – so I finally cracked into my Amy Butler Nigella print. Instead of using the print for the flap\pocket, I opted to use it for the entire bag (in hindsight, I wish I would have done a bit of embroidery on the solid, but I’ll remember that for next time). Overall, I am loving this bag, it’s a nice size and I love the details.

Crossbody bags are one of my favorite styles to carry everyday because it allows me to be hands-free while I shop and are just large enough to carry all the ‘essentials’ I need and The Moxie may be my new favorite. If you’re a BOMC member, don’t forget to download your version this month to make your own (don’t worry, if you’re not a Bag of the Month Club member and don’t want to join right now, this pattern will be available in a few months)!