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DIY Cork Fabric Card Wallet – fast and easy sewing tutorial

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Sew an easy card wallet using natural cork fabric. This new textile is durable, beautiful, and easy to sew! This free pattern is a great starter project – or a great way to use up scraps.

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Since cork fabric doesn’t require a lining, these cork wallets are sooo fast and easy to sew.

Plus you’ll see there are lots of ways that you can customize them to your own style.


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All of my cork fabric came from Fabric Funhouse – there is a huge assortment of colors and printed varieties. You could also change change the cut-off corners to curves, or skip that step altogether.


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You do not need any special sewing machine feet or needles to sew with cork fabric. I used a medium 80/12 needle, although I suggest going up to a size 90/14 needle if your sewing machine struggles at all.

Since all of the sewing in this project is decorative topstitching, I used the triple stitch (bean stitch – see image below) with cream colored embroidery thread on both the top and bottom. If you want to use a heavier topstitching thread, you could try a regular straight stitch instead of the triple stitch.

I used my open-toe sewing machine foot so I could see the stitches better, but a regular sewing machine foot would work just fine.

Have I convinced you to sew with cork fabric yet??? You are going to LOVE it!

{Oh, and if you don’t want little wallets – the dimensions for a bigger wallet are in this post for Bigger and Better Cork Wallets.}


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You will need:

  • 1 cork fabric rectangle 5 1/4” x 5” (back and flap piece)

  • 1 cork fabric rectangle 3” x 5” (front piece)

  • 1 small cork fabric strip 1/2” x 2” (adjust the width to fit your d-ring)

  • 1 d-ring with a 1/2” opening (or other size, adjusting the strip above)

  • embroidery or other thread

  • snap setter and pieces for 1 snap

  • Wonderclips


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Trim the corners of the cork pieces:

1. Line up the 3”x5” piece on the bottom of the 5 1/4” x 5” piece, wrong sides together.


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1. Trim 1” triangles from the bottom corners of both pieces together.

Tip: As you can see from the first photo above, the 45 degree angle line on my ruler is lined up with the bottom of the pieces. This helps me cut a perfect triangle.



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2. Set the 3” x 5” piece to the side, and turn the larger piece over. Cut 2” triangles from the top corners of the larger piece in the same way.


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Your cork fabric pieces should look like this.


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Prepare the front piece:

Tip: Instead of using thick topstitching thread, I used the triple stitch (or bean stitch) setting on my sewing machine to make the thread look nice and thick, and make the seams strong. If your sewing machine doesn’t have this stitch, a regular straight stitch will look great too.

I also used embroidery thread because I wanted that pretty sheen. Just about any thread that works well on your sewing machine is fine for this project.


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1. Topstitch across the top of the front piece, 1/8” from the edge.


2. Make a mark in the center of the piece: 1 1/2” from the bottom and 2 1/2” from each side.


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3. Use your snap setter to attach the female end of the snap, with the smooth part on the wrong side.


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Assemble the Card Wallet:

1. Place the front piece on top of the back/flap piece, wrong sides together, lining up the bottom corners.

2. Wrap the 2” strip through the d-ring, and place the ends in between the layers on one side.


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3. Use Wonderclips to secure the pieces together with the d-ring tab ends in between.

Tip: I placed my clips upside down because I was planning to sew with the larger rectangle on top. It doesn’t matter which side you sew on because your bobbin thread should already be matching – I just wanted to pay particular attention as I sewed around the top flap edge.


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4. Still using a triple stitch, sew all the way around the wallet, 1/8” from the edge. Sew slowly over the ring tab, making sure it doesn’t slip.

When you come to the place where you started sewing, backstitch neatly.


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Finish the snap:

1. Fold the flap down over the snap piece that you already installed. Use your finger to feel the center of the snap piece.

Mark the spot on the front of the flap where the other side of the snap should be attached.


2. Push the flat end of the snap through the right side of the flap where you marked.  Use the snap setter to attach the male end of the snap.


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All done!


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Now make lots more cork wallets because they are so fast and fun! Make sure you tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe so I can see too!

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13 Comments

  1. THANKS so much for this! I have wanted to try a small project with cork, but I didn’t want to start with a handbag ~ this is perfect. I also plan to use this pattern with leather-type fabrics.

  2. Patti Fietz says:

    Yes, you have convinced me! Can’t wait to make one of these. Already have all of the "ingredients," including cork which I have never used. Didn’t know it could be this simple. Thanks for all that you do for us!
    Patti in San Antonio

  3. These are adorable, Caroline! They look like they’d go together fast and easy. Great project for craft fairs, or to make a bunch to have around as last-minute gift ideas! Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

  4. Brenda Jerles says:

    Thank you for this little project! I am wanting to use my cork I bought and this is a perfect, useful first cork project!

  5. Is cork fabric available in places like Joanne’s? I never noticed it before. Thanks.

    1. Cindy Scanlon says:

      I found some on sale at Hobby Lobby last week. It was in the aisle that sells drapery/upholstery fabric on rolls. It was $23.99 on sale at 30% off. I bought 1/4th yard at it was only $4.20. Lots of earrings to make and now I can make a bunch of these precious wallets!

  6. Jackie Slagle says:

    Have you tried painting on them with any type of paint, markers, etc?

  7. Lovely tutorial! Your top stitching is exquisite. I hope I can do as well. Pivoting at just the right spot in the corners is challenging.

  8. What are you using to apply the snap?

  9. how can i put the rfid into this for safety? thanks

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