WEEKEND CRAFTING ADVENTURES

Crafting A Cork Fabric Cardholder Wallet With Your Cricut Maker

WCA 17 | Cardholder Wallet

 

Do you have a cardholder wallet? In this episode, Kim Wojtalewicz shares a unique Cricut Maker project, a cardholder wallet made from eco-friendly cork fabric, in her Weekend Crafting Adventure. She was intrigued with the rolls of cork fabric that she found at a quilting store and it called her attention to craft and sew some zipper pouches and tote bags. The Cricut Maker did a beautiful job cutting the cork fabric for this project using the rotary blade. Thanks to the informational video tutorials and free SVG file from  @RosiesArtStudio  this project was fun, easy, and doable in a weekend. Tune in to this episode to hear all about Kim’s experience creating a cardholder wallet made from cork fabric.

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Crafting A Cork Fabric Cardholder Wallet With Your Cricut Maker

WCA 17 | Cardholder Wallet
In this crafting episode, I am going to share with you my project and experience cutting cork fabric with my Cricut Maker and then creating some fun and cute little card fold-over wallets where you slip in a couple of credit cards, a little bit of cash, maybe your ID and things like that. This was a fun project. Let me get into the inspiration behind this project. I have been a big fan of cork fabric for quite some time.

The first time I found cork fabric, I was in Arlington Heights, Illinois with my mother-in-law. There’s a cute quilting shop called Quilters Destination. They have tons of fun fabric. Whenever I go to visit my mother-in-law, we take a little trip to the fabric store and do a little fabric hunting. A couple of years back, they had these rolls of cork fabric. I had never seen it before. I was very intrigued by it.

I asked them about it, got some and started using the cork fabric in my zipper pouches and my tote bags. It is a great accent. It is rustic-looking. The coolest thing about cork fabric is that it’s eco-friendly. I learned it is harvested from trees. It grows back. It’s also waterproof. It’s a great alternative to working with leather when you’re sewing. It has a bit of a different look to it but I enjoy the way it looks. When I came across this Cricut project for using cork fabric, I had to do it.

I came across this tutorial by Rosie’s Art Studio. It is a great tutorial about cutting cork fabric with your Cricut. Rosie has two tutorials on YouTube. They are excellent tutorials. One shows you how to cut the cork fabric on your Cricut Maker and the other one tells you how to assemble this cute little card wallet that you cut using the Cricut Maker. There are two separate tutorials. They’re awesome. When I saw these, I was like, “This is perfect. I have to make some of these cute little card wallets.”

WCA 17 | Cardholder Wallet
Let me talk a little bit first about where I get my cork fabric. I order my cork fabric online. You can find it in craft stores but I have found that the quality of cork fabric matters. It matters when you’re sewing, cutting it and putting it together. My favorite place to buy cork fabric is called Fabric Funhouse. They have a huge variety of cork fabric. You can look at all the different kinds of cork fabric that they have. They have so many different kinds, lots of different colors and some natural-looking ones to ones with some wild patterns on them. That’s very cool. That is where I get my cork fabric.

A couple of materials that are important for this project above and beyond the normal Cricut crafting materials are the cork fabric. You do need a rotary blade for this Cricut crafting project. Fabri-Tac™ glue is recommended by Rosie. The other thing is that you need Cricut transfer tape. I’ll get into that a little more when I talk about the experience but those are the major materials that you are going to need when you’re doing this project.

Here’s the experience of using my Cricut Maker to cut cork fabric and using Rosie’s tutorials. Rosie has a free download for an SVG file to make these cute card wallets free. When you’re going on to YouTube and you go to her link, there is another link to get either a PDF in case you do not have a Cricut Maker and you want to cut out the cork fabric yourself to create this little card wallet but she also includes the free SVG file, which I love.

I downloaded it and then uploaded it into Cricut Design Space. It’s an easy process with no problems at all. This SVG file has only four parts. This is a great weekend crafting project. It is super quick and easy. Back to the experience, I watch the tutorials, download the file and upload it into my Cricut Design Space. Here is one of the coolest things that I learned during this crafting project.

Rosie has an amazing tip. The tip is that when you are cutting cork fabric, you take your Cricut transfer tape. Usually, I use the Cricut transfer tape with permanent vinyl when I’m transferring my design from the carrier paper onto the Cricut transfer tape to add it to my base material or whatever I’m putting that vinyl on. Rosie uses this Cricut transfer tape differently. She takes the transfer tape and puts it on the cutting mat with the sticky side up.

It’s genius because then, what you do is you put your cork fabric onto that sticky Cricut transfer tape that is stuck down onto your cutting mat. Your cork fabric doesn’t move. This would have been such a helpful tip when I was cutting fabric for my zipper pouches and my Disney towels but I’m glad I finally came across it because this works. It is awesome. Rosie does recommend in her tutorials to use masking tape on top of your cork which is then on top of the transfer tape that is on top of the mat.

That is something that I did do for some of the cuts but I didn’t do it for all of them. I still was successful in cutting my cork. You may want to check that out as you go. Whether or not you need that masking tape, it’s not a bad idea because cork fabric is super expensive. It’s around $13 a yard. You don’t want to waste it if it is cut wrong or Cricut can’t cut it because it is sliding around on your mat. That’s a personal preference there but Rosie does recommend that you do that.

A fun part of this project was learning that tip and putting it into action. It’s working like a dream. Cutting my cork fabric with my Cricut Maker was awesome. Cricut did a beautiful job.

I had to calibrate my machine again for that rotary blade because I didn’t have it in there for a little while. I also had to move those little white star rings again to the right of that little round metal piece that spins.

When you’re loading things in and out of your Cricut Maker, make sure your four white star rings are to the right because the cork fabric is a little bit thicker of a material. The other reason why is that those little rings are going to leave some marks on your cork fabric. It is the way that the cork fabric is. You want to make sure that those star rings are over to the right. Cutting the cork was awesome. Using the SVG file, everything came out great.

You get to the point where you’re going to construct this cute little wallet. This process was pretty easy. I did watch Rosie’s tutorial for the first time when I was putting together my first little cork wallet. The reason I did that is I wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly. I wanted to make sure I was putting it together correctly. It’s a pretty short tutorial. I could have it going while I worked on my project, listening to what she was saying and referencing it if I needed to.

The piece about putting it together that also was a great tip that I have not done before using cork fabric was using this Fabri-Tac™ glue. This glue is awesome. I have used it before in my crafting and sewing. I highly recommend this glue but I did use it as recommended by Rosie to put together the pieces of that cork wallet before I used my sewing machine to give that extra stitch up of securing it.

I do think if you’re not a sewer, you still probably could use this Fabri-Tac™ glue to put together the cork hard wallets. It would hold together fine. I love sewing. Adding the sewing detail of having that little extra thread pop of color around the project was exciting for me. I enjoyed it. It is part of Rosie’s tutorial as well. That’s why I did that.

The other tip that I took away from Rosie’s tutorial when I was sewing together my card wallet was that I needed a stitch length of four. Usually, I am sewing with a 2.5 between a 3.5 depending on the material and the project that I’m doing but using that stitch length of four looks nice on the cork fabric. I liked how it sewed. I will have some videos of that sewing process and putting together these little card wallets so you can see how I did that.

 

I did do two things a little bit differently than Rosie did in her tutorials. I want to share with you what I did for a couple of card wallets. I thought that it would look cute to have a little splash of color on the inside.

There’s an area where you are sliding your cards in at the backside of the cork. It looks cute like that but I have a lot of scrap fabric lying around from my sewing.

I decided that I wanted to make a couple of my cork card wallets have a little bit of fun-colored fabric on the inside. All I did was measure a little piece of fabric from the cutout of cork that Cricut cut out. I used the piece that I wasn’t going to have in the wallet to measure. I cut out a little rectangle and glued that down with the Fabri-Tac™. When you open that card wallet, you see that fun little bit of color.

That was one thing I did differently. The other thing that I did a little differently was that I had a little bit of scrap cork fabric that was a darker or more of a caramel color compared to the other natural color cork that I had been using. I had this rectangle of 12 inches by 5 inches leftover from a project.

WCA 17 | Cardholder Wallet
I decided I wanted to try and add a monogram to one of these little card wallets. That is something that I did differently as well. It was the first time I was using the monogram maker on Cricut Design Space. It’s a fun little option for you if you want to put somebody’s initials.

They give you lots of different options for what the monogram would look like. I went ahead, tried that and used that darker caramelly color cork to put those initials onto that fold-out little card wallet. I like how that turned out if you want to add a little more personalization to your project.

Overall, I loved this project. I love how these cute little card wallets came out. I am super excited to use one myself and also gift them. I’m going to give one of the real natural ones to my husband and then some of the other ones to friends and family that I made and see what they think. It’s fun. Let me get into my Crafting Keepers for this project. The first Crafting Keeper and this is a great one, is putting the Cricut transfer tape onto my cutting mat to hold down the cork fabric.

This is genius. I am so glad I stumbled across this tip and that I can share it with you because if you’ve read any of my episodes or seen those videos I’ve posted, I have struggled with keeping fabric down onto the cutting mats. This is going to change that whole fabric cutting with the Cricut process for me. That is my first Crafting Keeper for this project. The second Crafting Keeper is the monogram maker.

What a fun little addition to Cricut Design Space. It has been there for quite some time but it’s the first time that I’ve gotten in there and tried to use it for cutting out something that I want to sew onto something else. I used it maybe one other time with my bullet journal for some vinyl but I explored it this time. I enjoy the monogram maker. That is a Crafting Keeper for me.

Check out cork fabric. It is an elegant crafting sewing material. Share on X

My SatisCRAFTion rating for this Cricut cork fabric cutting project is a five. This project was fun. It was easy. It worked well when it came out. It exceeded my expectations. It is doable on a weekend for sure. I got to use my Cricut and some eco-friendly cork fabric. I got to do a little sewing. This was a fun Cricut crafting adventure. I hope it inspires you to check out cork fabric. It is a neat crafting sewing material. Until our next crafting adventure. Take care.

 

Crafting Keepers:

1: Cricut transfer tape on the cutting mat

2: Cricut Design Space Monogram Maker

SatisCRAFTion Rating: 5

 

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