Squirrel!!! – A Cork Wallet

What does “Squirrel!!!” have to do with quilting and a cork wallet is a question that some of you may ask. Others know the secret. A squirrel is technically a project that wasn’t part of the current plan but just had to get done. This definitely was a 🐿 project. I have been a little slow-moving these days – the cold of winter, not enough other things scheduled to keep me moving – not really sure what it is. This captured my imagination and was a quick and fun project.

I collected this cork, maybe at QuiltCon in Nashville or maybe someplace else. I saw this simple pattern from Sara at Sew Sweetness; it’s free on her blog. Now, you may notice that zig zag down the center. I was being careful with the pieces and placed them on the fold as directed, but for some reason, I decided to trim the line on the paper on the inside piece. Since this was a first, and really would only be used in my evening purse, I thought it would be fine to zig-zag that piece back together. It worked.

I often put a few things in my small purse when I go into town, off the island. This is just the right wallet for my purse or pocket, so slim and light. I may try one with a double front, to make it look a tad more professional, but Sara suggests trying it this way first. I also feel like there’s a touch too much give for the fold, so, I may tinker with that, too.

I highly recommend this fun make!

FYI: I did not make any changes to my machine and used a 50wt piecing thread. I might use a thicker thread for an accent next time.

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  1. March 11, 2022 / 2:27 PM

    I’ll have to check that pattern out. I have a piece of cork waiting for a project!

  2. March 11, 2022 / 2:40 PM

    Hi Kathleen! I think is definitely a fun squirrel project. This is right up my alley! A few years ago, I made one of these out of denim. I’ve moved from that to using my phone case to carry a few necessities but my bestie needs hers to be updated. Thanks for sharing the link. Happy Friday! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. March 12, 2022 / 12:19 AM

    Fun little project! I have made a wallet before…maybe I should do that again. They make fun and useful gifts, too! 🙂

  4. March 12, 2022 / 7:47 AM

    Beautiful finish! I have not tried working with cork, but I love your finish! I use a shoulder bag as my purse, and it would be nice to get things organized within that small space. I’ll have to check out the pattern.

  5. Vicki in MN
    March 12, 2022 / 9:05 AM

    Cork always looks so fun, but yet I have never tried it. Did you have to change any machine settings/needle for it?

  6. Gwen M
    March 12, 2022 / 10:14 AM

    What a great project! I love that the card slots show a bit more of each card. I hadn’t heard the “Squirrel!!” expression, but have certainly experienced it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. lapaylor
    March 12, 2022 / 1:23 PM

    I LOVE this. I bought some cork but haven’t tried it, scared to waste it maybe. I saw a crafter in annapolis who sold purses of it and showed hers years old and still strong!

  8. March 12, 2022 / 1:59 PM

    Nice job on putting your cork fabric to work, Kathleen!! I collected my cork at Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival or Quilt Con Savannah. It STILL hasn’t been used!

  9. March 12, 2022 / 4:52 PM

    That is something I’d like to try one of these days is sewing with cork. This turned out so well and the pattern of the cork itself is really eye-catching.

  10. March 13, 2022 / 8:28 PM

    I have not used cork as of yet but love what you did with yours.

  11. March 14, 2022 / 7:09 AM

    It is only us quilters who have determined that squirrel is a technical term 😀 I love how you are always trying new things and sharing with your readers. Spring is just around the corner and I hope the winter blues will be soon over. Hugs.

  12. inquiringquilter
    March 14, 2022 / 7:50 PM

    Cute wallet! I may have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss!

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