Friday, January 17, 2020

Sewing with Cork! A Hipster Bag

I'm always willing to try sewing with new fabrics and fibers, especially when the product was a gift!  My friend, Davidene was closing her quilt shop, and offered me a hunk of this lovely cork "fabric".  

This Hipster Bag was the perfect size project.  My girls and I have made a few of these - a free pattern by Sharon Kendall at Riley Blake Designs, but with a few web hosting changes, the pattern was lost.  I was able to locate it again HERE!   

I adjusted the pattern a little bit.  The front zipped pocket is a great space for fussy-cut fabrics, or a pieced quilt block.  I also tried to box the corners.  That was a bit of a pill, and probably unnecessary, but it worked.  

Back pocket
For straps, I cut a two-inch strip, then folded the edges to the center then folded it again and edge-stitched.  I slipped the strap through a couple of loops I had included in the side seams, adjusted it to the right length, then tied a knot to keep it in place.  Added an extra lined pocket at the top of the bag too.  Love it!

Top pocket
A cute quilty charm for a zipper pull and it's just too adorable!
Soft as leather, the cork was easy to sew.  I thought I would need to use my Teflon foot, but the regular foot did great.  I used a size 90 needle in the sewing machine and it sewed "like buttah".  You can find natural cork fabric at some retail quilt shops or online.  I found a source HERE, which also gives more info about the properties and care of this lovely fabric.

With a little scrap, I made a little wallet to match!

You can find the pattern for the card-holder wallet on my Snippets page, along with many other quick little projects and gift ideas. 

Happy Sewing!


  1. Ooooh! Love itπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

  2. Es un conjunto precioso ,me encanta la tela de corcho .


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