Cork leather is a great alternative over animal leather for wallets and handbags. For ladies living the vegan or animal friendly life-style these wallets are a thoughtful one-of-a-kind gift.
With today’s environmental concerns many people are looking for alternatives and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Even if you are not living the vegan lifestyle cork is a nice material for a wallet. Of course, if you are shopping for a gift for a vegan or animal rights advocate a gift made of cork is a way to show you care about their values.
I recently started making the Fiona Wallet Pattern and I really like it. You can find this pattern here. Find the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern here.
I purchase my cork from Canadian supplier MM Cork Supply. On her website she explains why cork is a good choice.
” Cork is an ecofriendly alternative to leather that is natural, sustainable, vegan, and PETA certified. The cork bark is peeled from the tree by skilled labourmen without harming the tree. The same tree can be reharvested every 9 years for up to 300! Cork leather is as strong as it’s animal counterpart, water resistant and has naturally occurring antibacterial & antimildew properties. “
MM Cork Supply Website FAQ
I have been sewing wallets with cork for over two years now and I really enjoy working with it. One of the most fun parts of the process is choosing the fabrics to go with the cork.
Want to update your holiday decor this year? We have several options at Daydreams of Quilts that will up the cozy factor. Here’s a showcase of what we have available for 2019.
First up are the quilts of course! Quilts are the epitome of cozy at the holidays and year-round. The quilt above is the dark version and you can read more about it and the fabrics that are used in it in this post.
If you prefer a more whimsical look for your holiday decor I created this adorable Santa gnome tree skirt with a mash-up of Sugarplum and Winterkist fabrics. More tree skirts can be found in our tree skirt section.
We also have little mug rugs or snack mats to set on your side table or desk for your coffee break or milk and cookies.
At the time of this post it’s still the first half of November but now is the time to start planning and ordering personalized and customized gifts for the holidays. Today’s post showcases our personalized items at Daydreams of Quilts.
Our Christmas stockings are by far our most popular personalized item at the holidays. Order early… the moose are already sold out!
We thought in addition to our personalized initial pillow covers that our customers might like a matching throw quilt. As with the pillow covers, colour preference can be selected during the checkout process for these.
This year I have worked to incorporate eco-friendly solutions into my shop both in the products I have made and the materials I have used. One of the new products this year is the Reusable Drawstring Fabric Gift Bags.
These bags have been very popular and have been selling since July! The bags below this paragraph made with “Wintertide” from Figo Fabrics have sold out twice! Wintertide fabrics are available at Studio 39 Fabrics.
And one more new thing for this year in our shop are personalized Santa Sacks and Mini Santa sacks found in the fabric gift bags section of our shop. I hope we can help to reduce gift wrap going into landfills and save our customers money down the road with these reusable options. I have had a lot of fun putting together fabric combinations for bags and making all of them.
This is second Holiday Lodge throw quilt that I finished last week. You can see the first one (the light version) in this post.
This quilt uses a Holiday Lodge panel as well as some of the fabrics from the “Holiday Lodge” line by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. I have added in fabrics from Tula Pink’s “Holiday Homies”, Basic Grey’s “Evergreen”, Kate and Birdie’s “True North” and other fabrics from my stash. There are also Kona snow and Kona black solids. The Holiday Lodge fabrics were purchased from Funky Monkey Fabrics and Thread Count Fabrics.
The Holiday Lodge quilt is available here in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop.
We did actually get some snow here the day before this photo was taken which would have been nice for photos but I’m not sad that it melted quickly.
These fabrics fit in perfectly with the farmhouse decor trend. They make me wish I could spend Christmas in a cozy cabin in the mountains.
I quilted this quilt with various custom quilting motifs including stippling, wishbones, straight lines and loop-de-loops around the plaid bears, trees and stags. The border is quilted with feathers.
The black shooting star fabric as the background for the trees is a Figo Fabrics print from Studio 39 Fabrics.
Here is the first of two quilts I have finished in the last week. This quilt uses a “Holiday Lodge” quilt panel designed by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. I used some Holiday Lodge fabrics and mixed in other fabrics from my stash including: Basic Grey’s “Evergreen” line, Tula Pink’s “Holiday Homies” line and some Kate and Birdie “True North” fabrics. The “Holiday Lodge” fabrics were purchased from Birdie and Dot Fabrics. There is also Kona Snow and Kona Black fabric in this quilt.
I bought these adorable animal panels and the white border from Funky Monkey Fabrics in the summer when they had a sale on Dear Stella fabrics. I didn’t have a real plan for them other than I thought I might make pillow covers with them.
Then I thought I would like to make a kid’s quilt with them but needed to add to the panels to make it bigger. I collected fabrics in rainbow colours from my scrap bins and cut the panel in half. Then I added the strips of rainbows. I then added the coordinating white border. I felt the quilt should still be a bit bigger as I was thinking it could be for a toddler bed so I ordered the black border and the binding from Thread Count Fabrics. This quilt is 45″ x 51.5″.
The black fabric has a white print of mountains on it and the binding has sticks. So cute! This quilt would be lovely for a family who loves camping or spending time in nature. It’s perfect for my own family actually. 🙂
The animal panels are adorable and they all have virtues. I quilted around them in stipple quilting with variegated rainbow thread in 80 weight from Aurifil.
Having the grid lines printed on the panel makes it so easy to quilt this modern quilt in an equally modern grid. The only spot that’s a bit tricky is the white part of the heart. I wobbled a bit but you can’t tell right? 🙂
Thank you for checking out my fun modern quilt today! I hope your day is going great!
This sailboat quilt was finished just over a week ago. Made with Daysail fabics by Bonnie and Camille for Moda with a white on white background. The Kona for the inner border and sashing is Kona Splash available here from Studio 39 Fabrics. The Sailboat quilt can be found here in our Etsy shop.
I had originally planned to write a free pattern for this quilt but maybe there are enough sailboat patterns? Leave a comment below and let me know if you want me to hurry up and finish the pattern for this. 🙂
I quilted clouds in the white background and waves in the sashing and inner border. The sails are quilted with back and forth lines and the border is quilted with meandering stipple quilting. The boats have waves quilted on them too. I switched out threads to match the fabrics. All threads are Aurifil 50 weight 100% cotton threads.
I used a pretty ombre rainbow wideback for the backing (I believe this one is from Windham fabrics.)
This quilt is a generous throw or shorter twin size and is available here in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop.