Cork Fabric: How to Sew A Needle Book & Organizer Club Update with Crafty Gemini

Here’s a project that uses Cork Fabric- How to sew a needlebook. This is an easy sewing project that is water repellant, stain repellant, and sustainable. In addition, my Organizer Club is almost ready, so do not forget to subscribe on my Youtube channel for updates so you can avail of the membership at a discount. Let’s get you started, these are the materials that you will be needing. 

  • Cork fabric 4.25″ x 7.25″
  • Cork applique ~3″ x 3″
  • Lining  4.25″ x 7.25″
  • Fusible non-woven interfacing 
  • Button 1/2 “
  • Knit elastic ~1/4″ x 3.5″
  • Wool felt/batting 3.5″ x 6.5″

The first thing you need to do is prep the lining fabric and fusible nonwoven interfacing. Pair the wrong side of the fabric to the shinier side of the interfacing then press together with an iron. Cut small squares, about a quarter of an inch, to every corner of the fabric. Then, using a washable tape, apply about a quarter of an inch wide on the edges of each side. But, if you are using a basting glue, it will be better to use an iron to help set the glue. Then, fold the edges. Next, pair the lining fabric to the cork fabric. Cut out the excess edges. Cut as close as you can to the size of the lining fabric. 

Meanwhile, for the embellishment, you will need the cork applique fabric which should be of contrasting color. Cut it out to whatever design you like. Using your sewing machine, sew the cutout applique embellishment into the cork fabric. Then, using your glue, put together the lining fabric and cork fabric with the pretty sides facing out. 

Tip: When working with cork fabrics, pins are not to be used because it will create noticeable holes, it is preferred to use basting glue, washable wonder tapes, or clips. 

For the pages of your needlebook, place the wool felt in the middle of the cork fabric and cut out the sides of the wool felt shorter than the fabric using a rotary cutter.

Tip: This is to avoid the wool felt to show on the sides when the cork fabric is folded. 

If your embellishment is on the front side of the needlebook, then place the button on the back of the exterior fabric. Next, place the knit elastic opposite from where the button is, which is on the front side of the exterior fabric but place it in between the cork fabric and the lining fabric. Insert the two edges of the elastic knit between the two fabrics, therefore creating a loop where the button should be inserted. Now, sew on the edges of the cork fabric. Also, sew vertically in the middle allowing the wool felt to be attached.   

For this sewing project, I bought my cork fabric here

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