Hello fellow-bagmakers! Sara from Sew Sweetness here!
I recently started sewing with cork, and I found it to be quite addictive, so I wanted to share with you a few projects and tips if you're interested in trying it out!
The natural cork that I sell in my shop is backed by a cotton/polyester fabric blend, so it is a dream to sew with.
I noticed that in the winter months, I was able to sew the cork with my regular sewing machine foot, but when it started getting warmer, the sewing was made easier with use of a Teflon foot (which I use when sewing with vinyl).
I used my regular 90/14 needle with no trouble, and it looks great with either 40wt or 50wt thread (increase stitch length to at least 3mm for top-stitching). While the cork has extra body and firmness, I like it with the same foam interfacings that I would use when making a structured bag, although I invite you to play around and see what combination you like best.
|Annex Double zip box pouches from Sew Sweetness - Click the picture to go to the pattern|
The first set of projects that I made with the cork are my Annex Double-Zip Box Pouches. At this time, I only stock the natural color of cork in my shop, but I had a small sample of this deep red color and blue, so made a full set of all 3 sizes.
The cork does not crack while turning the pouches right side out through the opening in the lining, but I do recommend not using an iron and instead finger pressing. I finger pressed all three, and as you can see, the finger press is enough to give these pouches their boxy shape.
Another project I made with the cork is this Creative Maker Supply Case that I made for my husband's birthday.
|Creative Maker Case by Sew Sweetness - Click the picture to go to the pattern|
He needed something to tote around his digital book reader and his tablet, so I modified the case to have zippered mesh pockets. Because I was in a hurry, I made a bunch of mistakes (on my own pattern, no less!), so I had to rip and redo a lot of sewing here, and the cork still looks brilliant despite my mangling.
Cork is a bit of an exotic material for bag-making, but I love it because I think it gives these accessories a unisex appeal, so that's why I thought it would be a great material to use for your bag or accessory making for Father's Day.
Thank you so much for having me, Samantha!
Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness likes bags with a lot of pretty details, and tries to make her patterns accessible to all!