PPC21- All Dressed Up in Cork!


in our last post I showed you the first “real” sample we created in the preliminary runup to what will eventually become our new pattern design for Spring 2020. And by “real” we mean that this sample was true to what our final design will be, in that it included ALL of the features that will be detailed within the pattern. And just so you know, I have been VERY encouraged by the thoughtful comments that many of you have taken the time to write both here on this blog, by email and on our other Social Media sites. So against that backdrop, it’s time to start showing you the first in what will probably be at least six samples that could wind up being the cover model for our finished pattern!

But first- we’re finally ready to reveal the name we’ve chosen for this new design!

the Side Slinger

And now, with that formality out of the way, let’s proceed

So this is the very first bag I’ve ever designed that will actually have cork as a recommended material (in addition to quilters cottons, of course). And this little bag made up beautifully in cork. I used it in ALL the exterior areas and the fun part is that when cork is used, you can avoid adding interfacing (you still have to use foam stabilizer though).
Here’s the Bag Back which is pretty much plain because the zippered entry takes you to a full-height, full-width pocket. And what do you think about these zippers with this cork? I was torn between these (tan & white ministripe) and the back zippers with the good teeth and pull. I’m pretty happy with this look, but then i wonder…..
Here’s the Phone Slot Pocket which is actually bigger than it looks. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy 7, which is pretty old and the battery on it is so lousy that i keep in a battery case now which adds a LOT of heft and depth. Note to self: Take some pictures with a different phone in the Slot. πŸ™‚
So in conclusion, I’m SO glad I decided to try making this bag totally in cork (except for the lining areas). I’m really pleased with the result… so pleased in fact that now I’m feeling emboldened to try my hand with a faux leather. YIKES! I might be sorry but do stay tuned for a future post where i detail how it went!


now let’s talk about this amazing cork! In all honesty, this cork is a little different than other corks on the market. It WAY thinner and substantially more flexible and you might remember that I also used this brand of cork in the Gateway with equal success. (You can see those samples here and here!)

So… does this mean that we’re recommending cork as a fabric choice for this design?

The answer is yes, BUT, with stipulations! Stay tuned for our next post in this series to find out more before choosing cork for YOUR project.

But in the meantime, if you’re interested in duplicating this fabulous look, I have a limited quantity of this awesome zebra-print cork available now on my website NOW! You’ll need one package for the front of the bag itself, AND if you want to also make the backside of the bag and the Strap Pad in cork (as shown in this post), you’ll need a 2nd package. It’s your choice, just click HERE !

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

Have you tried cork yet? And what do you think of this sample made up in cork? And perhaps more importantly, what do you think of the name we’ve chosen? The Side Slinger! And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Donna Lamont on April 11, 2020 at 7:22 am

    I have a great piece of cork waiting to become something wonderfulπŸ˜„ and am anxious to be started on something other than face masks. Ps I too would wear my bag on the left.

    • Kat on April 11, 2020 at 7:28 am

      Thanks for commenting Donna! Please keep in mind that this particular cork is much thinner and more fabric-like than the typical cork thats on the marker today. Ill address this difference in the next post in this series, as well as a video. πŸ™‚

  2. Lori on April 11, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Love this bag. Can’t wait for the pattern. Your bag patterns are the best. Keep up the good work.

    • Kat on April 11, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much Lori! I can’t wait to get this pattern out to the public!

      • Diane Cockman on April 11, 2020 at 7:43 pm

        The name fits the bag perfectly. I am left handed and wear my bags on my left side. I can’t wait for this pattern to come available. Thank you Kat.

        • Kat on April 12, 2020 at 8:46 am

          Thanks Diane. We’ll be including individual templates for both right & left-sided wearers in EVERY pattern. πŸ™‚

  3. Janice on April 11, 2020 at 9:17 am

    This looks amazing in cork! Can’t wait to get this pattern!

  4. Linda otten on April 11, 2020 at 9:44 am

    I love your bag, the zippers are great and the shape is very nice.

  5. Karol on April 13, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    How deep is it at the bottom? Is it a boxed bottom or flat?

    Love the cork and the style. I made a bigger one similar but about 4″ or more deep/wide at the bottom and all around. I used it for a long time and then DD talked me out of it. I think I’m ready for this style again. πŸ™‚

    • Kat on April 14, 2020 at 5:28 am

      Hmmmm.. this is not near as the bottom. I would say this one is about 1.75″ at the bottom. It’s designed to be worn basically undetectable under a sweater or jacket. πŸ™‚