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.
Cork fabric is called nature’s leather, as it has a similar texture and feel to leather.
Cork fabric, or cork leather as it is sometimes called, is a high quality fabric produced from thin cork shavings obtained directly from the bark of the cork oak tree.
Much of the production is hand crafted.
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.
Environmentally friendly and ecologically correct
Easily cleaned and long lasting
Durable as leather, versatile as fabric
Waterproof and stain resistant
Dust, dirt, and grease repellent
From Samantha's Blog
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!
While the cork has extra body and firmness, I like it with the same foam interfacing that I would use when making a structured bag
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).
regular 90/14 needle - great with either 40wt or 50wt thread (increase stitch length to at least 3mm for top-stitching).