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.  If you are local and would care to join me, I'll be teaching a Snippets class at Quilts on the Corner in a few weeks.  See registration HERE.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Ooooh! Love itπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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


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