Japanese Knot Bag with Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster knot bag workshop

These traditional Japanese bags are cleverly made from a rectangle of fabric that has been embellished with hand sashiko-style stitching.

They are a great way to use lovely fabrics to wrap that special gift, and can be re-used as  sewing project bags, or passed on with another gift inside.

This Knot bag is a variation on the one featured in Carolyn’s book “Big Stitch Quilting”

Also within the book you will see the combination of these fabrics used to make Japanese Wrapping cloths commonly used in the Japanese art of gift wrapping, Furoshiki.




02 Jul 2021


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

What will we cover?

Carolyn will guide you through each step to creating your own Japanese Knot Bag or Wrapping Cloth.


These bags and cloths are a lovely way to add that special touch to your gift giving. You can make a start on either or both of the projects on the day.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work.


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can.

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Suitable for people with some experience using a sewing machine. No other experience is needed to join the fun!

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

Japanese Knot Bag:

Fabric Requirements:

  • Outer bag, Double Gauze fabric (OR any plain lightweight cotton craft fabric): 10 1/2in x 30 1/2in
  • Lining, Liberty Tana Lawn (OR any patterned cotton patchwork fabric) : 10 1/2in x 30 1/2in


Japanese Wrapping Cloth:

Fabric Requirements:

  • Front: Outer bag, Double Gauze fabric (OR any plain lightweight cotton craft fabric): 27 1/2in x 20 1/2in
  • Back: Liberty Tana Lawn (OR any patterned cotton patchwork fabric): 27 1/2in x 20 1/2in



  • Hera Marker or similar
  • 12 wt hand quilting thread, variegated colour
  • no 6 embroidery or betweens needle
  • Sewing machine

What will I take home with me?

Your chosen projects.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Carolyn Forster
Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster studied textiles at Bath, and has a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn's work has been featured in various quilting magazines, as well as on television, both here and in the US. Since self-publishing her first book, 'Quilting-on-the-Go', Carolyn has written books for Landauer Publishing in the US and Search Press in the UK, and has contributed to books published by New Holland and That Patchwork Place.

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