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SEW SATURDAY: How to choose the right Eco Earth Friendly Cork Fabric for your next project.

Updated: Nov 19, 2022

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Choosing the right cork fabric for your project


Hello, I started working with cork fabrics when COVID hit in 2020. I had some down time and started exploring this fabric with the idea of opening an Etsy Shop


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Sharing with you today--Lesson learned--NOT all cork fabrics are the same.


What can you make/sew with cork fabrics and what cork will work best for your project


Thin cork works best for earrings especially if you have a Cricut.

A Cricut cuts easily through thin cork to produce evenly cut edges whereas a pair of scissors simply will not give you a professional look.

Some of you might ask what is a Cricut? Cricut is the name of a crafting smart cutting machine that allows the creator to design countless projects with touch of a button. Cricut Maker 3 was recently launched. I have the Cricut Maker which is slightly less expensive but if wanting all the bells and whistles the Cricut Maker 3 may be your best bet.


Of course there is so many colors & styles of thin cork to choose from and many come in bundles of 6-9 different patterns and/or colors.



I want to re-interate cork fabric can be used to make many things including purses, wallets, earrings, tote bags, cosmetic bags etc. But, what I have experienced-- is cork fabric is like any other fabric and not all things are equal. Meaning, if I want to make a purse, I am not going to use thin cork even with stabelizers I dont feel it is a good idea. However, the thicker cork may make great earrings. I like to make tassel earrings out of the medium to heavier cork fabrics. You can use your Cricut to cut these strips. I eyeballed it and used my rotary blade, mat and ruler to make my cuts. I have had a lot of practice but practice makes perfect. It is what ever you prefer.



What to make a purse or wallet out of your eco earth friendly cork fabric?


Medium to heavier cork fabrics can be found on Amazon but the selection is not as good as with your cork fabric stores. I have purchased some from Portugal--MB cork. They have a good selection to choose from but you have to pay higher shipping rates and can take up to 30 days to get your fabric. I have found two here in the United States I purchase from sallietomato.com and fabricfunhouse.com. Both of them have a large selection to choose from and if you purchase >$200 you get free shipping. If you purchase from sallietomato.com use code MONARAE for a 10% discount.





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The geometric design was found on Amazon--absolutely beautiful and lovely to work with and the natural cork was purchased at sallietomato.com.

Both pieces are lined on the back with fabric and the front have a wonderful soft, pliable feel.


I recommend a medium weight for bifold wallets. The thinner corks may not be strong enough for the wear and tear--the thicker corks may be too bulky in the pocket not to mention hard to sew.

Most sewing machines will sew through cork fabric but when mulitple layer are sewn together you may need a more powerful machine. Which we will discuss in a later blog.

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