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    Cork Tote and Folded Star Hot Pad

    Cork Tote Bag 1.JPG Cork Tote Bag 2.JPG Pot Holder 1.JPG

    I thought I would try my luck at working with cork. Not sure I will do it again. It was very difficult sewing through the thickness of the seams, which caused me to break several needles. Other than that I liked it. Has anyone else ever worked with cork?

    That is the first Folded Star Hot Pad I ever made. Will probably make more.
    Nancy

    #2
    Beautiful work! I've not worked with cork before, I wonder if a heavy denim needle would be sturdy enough to handle it?

    Katrina
    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

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      #3
      Beautiful work! I have wondered about the Folded Star Hot Pad - yours is lovely. Was it hard to do?

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        #4
        KPH, As for the needle...I used a denim needle. The associate at the fabric store recommended it. It worked well until I got to the thick layers.

        Wishaway, I didn't find the hot pad difficult. I made Christmas ornaments using the same concept. I rather enjoy making the hot pads.

        Thank you both for your compliments. Greatly appreciated!
        Nancy

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          #5
          Beautiful projects! I love your hot pad. I haven’t tackled cork yet. I think I will just buy cork cotton prints. Lol
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          Scottie Mom Barb

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            #6
            I have not tried sewing with cork yet. Love both your projects though. I have been tempted to make some of the folded star hot pads, but haven't done that yet either. Years ago I purchased one at an Amish shop. Still have it.

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              #7
              Your bag and pot pad are beautiful! Haven't tried cork yet - and to be honest, probably never will.

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                #8
                Very pretty. Guess I need to get out more. I had no idea sewing with cork was even possible.

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                  #9
                  I love your projects! So pretty!

                  I have only used fabric that looks like cork and not actual cork.

                  Some tips here.

                  https://sallietomato.com/blogs/blog/...th-cork-fabric

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                    #10
                    I bought some "knock off" cork and it is very thin so it sewed up ok. I made a needle book following a tutorial by Crafty Gemini. I have never seen "read" cork, but I would like to. It is sew pretty in pictures.

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                      #11
                      I love working with cork. It is becoming a staple in my quilt stores as well as on line. I have made many bags and pouches with it. 2 years ago, I made all the guys on my Christmas list a wallet using cork. I have a heavy duty machine, so no broken needles sewing it. I love the folded Star hot pad. My mother made one in the early 90s as a wall hanging. It was a cherished item in our family after she passed. This past Christmas, I revived the idea, taught my sewing group how to make them. I also made one for my daughter as a wall hanging to remind her of her grandma. Too bad it came to her 3 weeks after Christmas because of postal delays. Maybe next year she’ll be able to use it in her Christmas decorations.

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                        #12
                        Rhonda, thank you for the link. Very helpful. Greatly appreciated.
                        Nancy

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                          #13
                          I have some cork that I haven't used yet, lol!
                          Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Monique View Post
                            I have some cork that I haven't used yet, lol!

                            Me too. I can't really think of something I want or need, made with cork. It did look pretty at the store.

                            Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

                            Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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                              #15
                              I bought some cork, too, thinking I would use it as an accent on a bag, or a pretty way to reinforce a bag bottom. Haven't done that yet. But I have used it on my embroidery machine to make lip balm holders and needle books.

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