Forest Glen Satchel–A Friday Finish

Sherri from Thread Riding Hood emailed me a few weeks ago, would I like to join her and some friends for a sewcial night and test out her new purse pattern? Well, it didn’t take me long to say yes, despite the challenge of Friday night traffic across Toronto. And fortuitously I had just ordered some Cotton + Steel, so it was an easy decision on which fabrics to use.

Forest Glen satchel front

This is a great pattern because it allows you to use several coordinating prints (or even patchwork, which I may try next), and the extra layers on the bottom allow use of a sacrificial dark (boring) fabric to postpone the purse grungies.

So I have moved from my Noodlehead 2-4-1 tote to this brand new purse. Well, I would like to be just a teeny bit bigger. I do have a fairly large wallet, plus the requisite reading glasses (and the other essentials, like kleenex for runny little noses lol) take up a bit of room. I think I would also like to try a purchased webbing strap. It does work great cross-body; I don’t know if I could ever go back to a shoulder bag, since switching to cross-body when I was carrying a toddler around.

Forest Glen satchel with 241 tote

Forest Glen satchel with 241 tote

Forest Glen satchel interior

Filled and ready to go

I added an inset pocket and moved the included pocket to the other side of the lining, but that’s the only change I made.

Forest glen satchel inside


Sherri has a fantastic eye for proportions in her designs, and this pattern, including tons of time-saving sewing and assembly tips, will be available for purchase soon.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday and Fabric Frenzy Friday with Fort Worth fabric studio.



  1. Nicely done Lisa. Beautiful cotton and steel fabrics. I admire anyone who can make a bag ; )

  2. Wow, lovely bag, great job!

  3. […] my own pattern, but I like to add my own spin, whether it’s adding a zipper pocket to my Forest Glen Satchel bag, or mixing and matching fabrics for a sampler […]

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