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SEW NOW WHAT: Secrets to Working with Cork Fabric to Make your Own Cork Crossover Purse

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

BLACK SILVER CROSSOVER BODY BAG/PURSE WITH ADJUSTABLE STRAP AND MAGNETIC CLOSURE. THIS IS A SMALLER TYPE CROSSOVER BAG THAT CARRIES A LOT OF ITEMS FOR IT'S SIZE. PERFECT FOR THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU DON'T NEED TO CARRY EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK.


A fun, elegant, practical easy project with Step by Step instructions with list of items and materials needed to make a finished 7.5" x 7.5" bag with 54" adjustable strap.


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Over the last couple of years, I have made many purses and this one continues to be my favorite to make and love the finished look. It is not too complicated, carries my cell phone, credit card case with lots of extra room.

So, I thought I would share this with ya'all. I think they would make great gifts for anyone who doesnt always want a big purse, a teenager, a pre-teen, or someone who is vegan or a minimalist.


Let's Get Started--Materials Needed: List of my favorite suppliles


  1. 11.5" x 54" piece of cork fabric. For the adjustable strap you need a continuous piece otherwise the strap buckle will not slide through easily if at all. The cork leather was purchased from sallietomato.com. If you purchase from them use code MONARAE for a 10% discount.

Rotary cutter with sharp blade, ruler & self-healing mat. I like my cuts to be precise for most of my projects expecially ones that have exposed edges. You can purchase each one separate if you already one of these--if not here is a set (rotary cutter with blades, ruler, & mat. Saves you some money if you purchase a set. Found this deal on 10pk of blades for >$15--thats a deal. Even in Walmart a pk of 5 is almost $20. I bought some--great price. I am always changing blades--cork tends to dull your blade more that regular cotton fabrics.


And to make things really simple I use an 8.5" wide quilting ruler for easy measuring. Clips (no pins for cork).


2. Fabric lining of your choice. All you need is 2--8.5" x 8.5" pieces of fabric. So if you have a stash of fat quarters--all you need is one fat quarter, hread, and sharp sewing needle 80/20 perferably a new one. I usually change my needles quite often especially when sewing with thicker materials like cork.



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Thats all you need.


Sewing it up....


1. Take you two pieces of cork fabric and sew along one side--this will be the bottom of you purse. I use a 1/2 inche seam allowance. So, I can push the seam open and sew down both side--really makes a nice flat bottom--see picture below.


2. Use a ruler to mark a 1" square on each. You will need to only mark 1/2 of the square. Just make sure you line up both sides evenly so you will have an actual one inch square when you cut it.






3. Sew open the seam on both sides. Really makes a nice flat bottom.









4. Sew down both sides.


5. Cut out marked corners.










6. Align sewn seams together to make the boxed bottom--creating a 2" gussett. Clip & Sew--re-inforcing seams with a couple of back-stitches.
























7. Fold top edge down appx 1" all the way around. --set aside.


8. The lining is made exactly the same way--repeat steps 1-7.







9. Cut Strap--mark down 1.5" down the entire length of strap with a colored pencil.



10. Fold to pencil line on both sides--then fold in half using clips. Sew down both sides. Do the 11" x 3" strip the same way.

















Cut the 11" sewn piece in half.


Slide D-ring and fold in half.


Place on inside of both side seams and rivet to the outside of purse.


I use this rivet setter instead of the one that comes with the kit. Does a better job setting rivets. However, when I first starting doing rivet setting I used the one in the kit.




This rivet setter is pricey. Of course I bought mine in a red color. :)


This rivet setter is pricey. Of course I bought mine in a red color. :)

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Since I am not in a place to do my own videos I found this one to show you how to make an adjustable strap. (I have a utube channel and will be ready soon).


There is a couple of different ways to sew the lining to the purse.

  1. Leave an opening in the lining for turning. Place right sides together and sew the two top pieces together.

  2. If you have sewn the outside and inside with the exact seam allowance you can simply place your lining inside the purse and sew the top two pieces together.

I did find this cork was quite thick and my sewing machine would not sew the riveted piece, the outside piece and lining together. I did use my industrial sewing maching to sew the top together. However, you can sew what your machine will sew and glue the rest with a good fabric glue. Since it is riveted the glue is just to keep things aligned with some extra assurance.




THANK YOU FOR VISITING--ANY QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS LEAVE ME A MESSAGE, I WOULD LOVE SOME FEEDBACK.


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