Sewing with Cork Santorini Tote variation

Hey all!  This is my Santorini Tote pattern modified with the straps I use on the Easy Market Tote-- only with cork fabric instead of webbing. 

Cork is awesome to work with. I don't have to change ANYTHING. I use a regular 80 needle (Universal) and a regular sewing foot. It's thin and easy to sew through, and provides a really beautiful finish.

I've added a couple super short videos below so you can see what I mean. My 10 yr old helps me film, sorry about inadvertent toe shots.

I moved the zipper pocket from the outside of the bag to the inside so I didn't interrupt this gorgeous fabric Panorama by Cotton & Steel. 

I get my cork HERE .  
You can also find it here.

A lot of local shops are starting to carry cork also, check a fabric store near you to support local businesses. 


Let's get to it.

Cut two cork strips at 2.5" wide x (desired) length-- mine are 52" long.

Fold in half lengthwise and use wonder clips to hold this fold in place while top stitching along each long edge. Trim short ends, and measure the straps to be sure they are exactly the same length.

Fabric should already be interfaced with SF101 interfacing

If making the bottom accent piece with cork like my bag, cut cork 20" wide x 8" tall and focus fabric 20" wide x 9.5" tall. Sew RST (right sides together) with 1/4" SA to the focus fabric. Press seams towards cork and top stitch seam down if desired.

Place straps onto exterior panels of bag.
Stitch to secure in place, remembering to lock stitch.
BE SURE the straps match on the bottom- if placement is off, you'll notice.

When it's time to add the zipper closure, simply fold the straps down out of the way and add the zipper as instructed. Sometimes I pin them down, sometimes not. It really depends if I'm feeling my sewing MoJo or not.

The Santorini Tote PDF instant download is here.

Local shops also might have my printed booklet pattern.

As another alternative, you could use fleather = faux leather.

I made this  Festival bag from Sara's book Windy City Bags in hot pink / magenta fleather.  It was easy to sew as well!

In other news...

The  Metamorphic Sewalong + Painted Portrait Dress sew along are coming soon! In June we will begin sewing the Metamorphic dress by Sew Liberated.  It's reversible!! 

Stephanie and I will help you through each step, so be sure to get your pattern and fabric ready. It's going to be fun! We start June 1, schedule is in the works and will post very soon.


I'm teaching my Easy Zipper Cases pattern (with cork too!) at The Electric Needle May 24th. Sign up here if you're local. ALL levels are welcome!


I have a fun pattern Lifestyle Bundle in the works for the every day Hippie like myself-- tester call out will be happening soon! Be sure to follow me on IG so you'll know when it's happening. 

One of my most popular sewing tutorials is for the Ananda Yoga bag--but I've improved it with zipper pockets and a large zipper opening for easier stuffing of the Yoga mat, plus some other features. The bundle will also include a meditation floor pillow, essential oils pocket case (smaller than my current pattern), and some other surprises I'll leave for intrigue. I'm really excited about this project, I hope you love it!

I've been watching videos whenever I get a minute late at night through this website:
SKILLSHARE classes. I love it! I'm learning basic crochet, working with Illustrator, fabric pattern design, and even 5 minute French!! YES! ALLLLL the things. Have a look.


Lastly, I've started to change my social media sites and blog to be all the same name. I know I must have caused some confusion between HungryHippie Sews and Sew HungryHippie--- so now EVERYTHING will be Sew HungryHippie.  

I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. After the millionth time of being called the Hungry Hippo I called it quits. LOLOL! It's gonna start with SEW ---maybe that will help stop the hippo talk. Bahahaha

Much XOXO to you all. Thanks for being here.


  1. Like all the ideas! Love using cork and will try that adaptation on tote. Great updates on the yoga tote! Ok then sewhungryhippie....a good idea so I won’t get confused!

  2. This is so awesome with cork!! ������


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