The first thing I wanted to make was going to be quite ambitious (at least for a first make with a new fabric) - I was thinking of making either a Miss Maggie from Emmaline Bags or a Snowdrop from Blue Calla patterns. But seeing as I had never made either of these before, not to mention never having made anything out of cork before, I decided to keep it simple and stick with my trusty messenger bag.
Cork wasn't the only thing I tried for the first time on this bag - I soon learned that sewing through that many layers of thick fabric is a bit too much for my little domestic sewing machine and so I decided to try out rivets for the first time. Why have I not used these before??? They are so easy to use and they immediately transform the look of a bag into something much more professional looking and more finished.
After the success of the messenger bag I decided to have a go at the Miss Maggie, using a small amount of turquoise cork that I bought for my own stash (this colour will be available to buy on the website imminently!). I am so pleased with how this one turned out! What a great pattern from Emmaline Bags, and it's free! The bag looks just fab in cork, especially with some gorgeous Emmaline hardware to finish it off.
Next up I made a Mini Necessary Clutch Wallet (NCW), another pattern from Emmaline Bags. This one was a Mother's Day present for my Mum, made out of denim blue cork (one of my best sellers) and Philip Jabobs' Brassica in blue from the Kaffe Fassett Collective.
Then I had a go at making some passport holders as I have some summer craft fayres coming up soon. These were my own design and I love how they turned out. They were super quick and easy to make as cork is like leather in that it doesn't fray, so these just have raw edges. I'm also planning on making some small coin purses if I get time, and maybe a few simple card holders.
Next I decided it was about time I made myself a NCW to go with the cork messenger bag (see above). I love it!! I cannot wait until I have time to make more of these - I have so many ideas for different cork/fabric combinations with these - especially when the new cork colours arrive in stock! (Yes that's right!! New cork colours are arriving this week!!) Unfortunately the NCW is just a teensy bit too big to fit comfortably inside the messenger bag so I will just have to make myself another cork bag - how terrible!!
My last cork make was an Etsy custom order for another Mini NCW, made with wine coloured cork and Butterfly from Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz. I had been meaning to make one with this combination of fabrics anyway but the customer chose this combo herself - great choice!
That's it as far as my cork makes go. Here's a quick sneak peek at the new cork colours that are arriving this week - these are already available to pre-order.
From left to right, top to bottom:
- White crocodile
- Charcoal grey
- Purple with silver
In no particular order... I need to finish a quilt I started a couple of years ago for my son and I want to have a go at hand quilting on this one as I've never tried it before. I have a beautiful civil war quilt kit that my Mum bought me for my birthday that I've not started yet, I want to make a New York Beauty quilt, I really want to have a go at dress making (I've bought a few vintage dress patterns that I want to make) and I would love to have a go at making a shirt, either for my son or my husband. I'd like to make some cushions out of one of Kaffe Fassett's books (already have the fabric ready and waiting) and there are a few more bag ideas in the back of my mind that I'd like to get out and into actual bags, including the upcycled denim jeans bag that I mentioned on instagram a few weeks ago...
Then there are teacher gifts, of which I need to make seven!!! Seven!!!!! That's just for my two kids' teachers /TAs! But with only six weeks ish (?) until the end of term, said teachers may be getting bottles of wine instead!
If you've made anything with our cork I'd love to see it! Send me a pic or use the tag #tlbfscork