Cork Fabric now in Canada!
Cork Fabric has a fabric support backing, making it easy to cut and sew with. It’s a great alternative to leather. It’s Sustainable, Washable, Durable & Hypoallergenic. Use cork to Sew Purses, Bags, Wallets & more! Cork has a similar handle to leather or vinyl. It feels like a quality leather: it’s soft, smooth, and pliable.
cork fabric is produced without harming any animal or plant.
For the production of cork fabric no heavy metals or their compounds,organic solvents,mineral fibres or formaldehyde are used.
No tree is cut down to harvest cork. The cork comes from the outer bark of the cork oak tree.
To harvest cork, it is stripped off the tree by hand about every nine to twelve years.
After harvesting, the tree continues to form new layers and restore its protective barrier. Each tree can produce cork for about 200 years. As the trees mature, the harvests produce thicker cork that is even better quality.
The cork oak tree is native to the coastal areas of Portugal, Spain and France, and is the national tree of Portugal.
How can you go green with cork?
You can benefit the environment by using cork products in your next project.
Natural cork fabric, perfect for sewing on a home sewing machine! Great for bags and wallets.
The real cork is backed with a thin layer of fabric.
Needles - It is recommended to start each project with a new needle. Microtex needles have a narrow shaft and very thin, sharp point which makes it ideal for cork fabric.
Microtex Size 80/12 or Microtex Size 90/14 work best; however, Universal Size 80/12 work well too,
- great with either 40wt or 50wt thread (increase stitch length to at least 3mm for top-stitching).
Use basting tape or glue for holding seams, positioning pockets and zippers, creating straps, and more!
Sew and mark carefully, to avoid having to rip seams, a ripped seamline will show.
You can iron quality Touch Pro cork on either side.- always do a test on a small section.
Steam will make the cork fabric more elastic. We error on caution and use the iron on the reverse side if needed.
You can press cork fabric just like any other fabric, but open seams won't stay flat. If you wish a flatter look - topstitch your seams open with an edging or ditch foot.
Cork can stand alone - if you wish to add fleece or foam interfacing for more stability then of course you can do this.