Quilted project pouch with Carolyn Forster

hand sewn project utility pouch with Carolyn Forster workshop

This little pouch by renowned patchworker Carolyn Forster has its roots in the nostalgia of years gone by. It was inspired by the handkerchief and lingerie pockets you used to get that were often embroidered by hand after buying the printed fabric panel. This genteel practice seems very quaint now but can be brought up to date with fun patchwork techniques and bold stitches.

The pouch is the perfect place to keep precious pieces of special fabrics and trims, embroidery threads and sewing equipment.




27 Mar 2024


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

What will we cover?

This project has been designed as a fabric scrap buster with hand stitching still to the fore of the aesthetic. The pouch is pieced by machine using traditional patchwork techniques and then finished with hand sewing. Methodist Knot stitches hold the layers together or choose from other utility quilting stitches, and a simplified cross stitch hold the pouch in shape.

How will I be taught?

Carolyn is an experienced patchworker, author and teacher who will guide you through the skills needed to make this lovely pouch. In our light and airy studio, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and work at your own pace in a friendly workshop with like minded people.

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

This workshop is suitable for all and can be tailored to suit all skill levels

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

Scrap fabric: Strips, strings and any off cuts. Or use a favourite Jelly Roll, for bigger bolder strips.

Lining fabric: 16in x 16in

Wadding: 16in x 16in

Ribbon: 11in x 3 /16th in

Buttons: 2x 5/8th in

Tab: fabric scrap 1 1/2in x 2 1/2in

12wt Aurifil thread, cotton Perle thread or similar for the stitching, to tone or contrast

Sewing machine thread to blend

You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine or use one of ours, whichever you prefer

1/4″ foot for your machine (we have some that can be borrowed)





What will I take home with me?

You will be well on the way to having made your own unique hand sewn pouch and will have all the skills you need to finish it off.

Finished size is approximately 10 1/2″ square


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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