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Bagmaking with Cork Fabric

Hi everyone – I’m Jaime from, here today to talk about cork fabric!

Cork Fabric |

I was first introduced to Cork Fabric when I walked into F&M Fabrics,’s local storefront, and saw the display near the front of the store. Soon after, I saw cork mentioned in all of the bagmaking groups on Facebook.

Cork Fabric |

Cork is a unique material to work with. It is touted as a vegan alternative to leather, and preferred over vinyl by many, though it sews up very similarly. It’s definitely more stiff than most would think a “fabric” would be, but still pliable.



Here is a set I made recently featuring the Bonnie Bucket Bag from Swoon Patterns and the Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Bags. Both are PDF patterns, which mean you can purchase and print them immediately. The Necessary Clutch Wallet is also available as a paper pattern, if you prefer.

Cork Fabric |

The Bonnie Bucket Bag is a generous sized purse, large enough to carry anything you might want to tote along. You can make it scrappy or all one fabric. When I chose mycoordinating  fabric, I wanted something basic to pair with the ornate cork, but I wanted some texture. I used just a basic poly cotton in black for the lining.’s poly cotton is one of my favorites. It has a great price point, it’s thin enough for linings and the polyester in it keeps it from wrinkling.

Cork Fabric |

I’ve posted about the Necessary Clutch Wallet before. It is one of my absolute favorite things to sew. I was nervous about trying it out in cork, but a few things helped.

  • A teflon or roller foot
  • Using a short stitch length on seams during construction

Cork Fabric | has a good selection of cork fabric – click here to browse the entire selection. I’ll sign off by leaving a few of my favorites. Remember to share what you make with fabrics from The Fabric Market on our Facebook page!

Bold Burgundy Floral Cork

Gold & Black Splatter Cork

Silver Foiled Zebra Cork

Comments (3)

  1. Elizabeth Kuntz May 4, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply

    I bought a yard of cork and knew some pattern would catch my eye one day. I need a good tutorial though. Your bags are super cute.

    1. Jaime May 4, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth – I did a quick search for “sewing with cork fabric” on google and youtube and there wasn’t much there. I’ll try to keep looking to see if we can find a tutorial to help! That’d be a great resource.

  2. Karen Lippa December 8, 2017 at 7:27 am Reply

    Could you please tell me how wide your cork fabric is?

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