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How to sew with cork fabric

Crafter's Companion – 05/03/20

February saw the launch of issue 19 of Sew Inspired magazine, in which we brought you a fabulous Threaders Day to Night bag pattern and co-ordinating bag hardware. This stylish bag, designed by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier, has been made up in luxe cork and denim fabrics and has a versatile look which is perfect for a range of occasions!

To celebrate our fantastic bag making sewing kit, we’re giving you the chance to purchase cork fabric at a special rate inside the magazine. To grab a copy, click here and if you already have your copy, turn to page 32 to find out more!

What is cork fabric?

Granted, cork isn’t the first fabric to spring to mind when you think about sewing, however, it has so much to offer and is guaranteed to transform your projects, as it’s a contemporary choice for bags, accessories, home décor and more.

Cork is also sustainable – it’s the only tree that can be harvested of its bark and survive. It’s a lightweight sturdy fabric which gives you the durability and longevity of leather, and is available in a range of patterns from Threaders giving you maximum versatility! It’s naturally water resistant, so works great for bags and washbags. You can give it a wipe over with a damp cloth to remove marks!

How to sew with cork fabric

Cork fabric features thin layers of cork with a fabric backing and behaves in a similar way to a supple leather. You can cut cork with scissors or a rotary cutter, and if you are marking out a pattern, it works best to mark on the reverse.

One of the main benefits of cork fabric is that it doesn’t fray. There’s no need to finish edges, as cork won’t fray or unravel. You can make some great tassels from cork, or keyrings or even badges.

We recommend that you avoid using pins with cork. Just like with leather or vinyl, pins will permanently damage your cork and leave holes. Instead, use clips, such as Threaders Quilting Clips, to hold your pieces together when sewing.

Cork can be ironed (don’t use steam or an iron that is too hot. The synthetic setting is perfect).

It won’t hold pressed seams, so you may need to topstitch if you want the look of a pressed seam. A universal needle 80/12 is perfect to sew cork and just like with leather or vinyl, clip your corners to reduce bulk. This is especially useful when making pouches or bags!


You can achieve a professional finish to your projects and add an on-trend look to your designs with these brilliant fabrics. There are so many benefits to working with cork, so what are you waiting for? Give it a go!

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