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Project: All Seasons Cork Fabric Ornaments

This month, OLFA Creator Sarah Gozzo brings us a set of ornaments designed from leftover cork fabric. These make great tags for gifts too!

“Here’s a fun little project to use up your cork fabric scraps and showcase your favorite small print or photo.”

There are two basic ways to make these and then embellish as you wish!


Tools needed:

  • OLFA ESK-1 or craft knife
  • OLFA scissors (I use both the 7” serrated and 5” appliqué scissors)
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil or fine tip permanent marker for tracing.
  • Lightweight vinyl (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)

Cutting directions:

  1. Download and print the OLFA ornament templates
  2. Use OLFA ESK-1 to cut out the inner shapes first then cut on the outer line for the full template shape.
  3. Trace the whole template onto the back of one piece of cork fabric to make the ornament back.
  4. Trace the whole shape plus the window onto a second piece of cork fabric for the ornament front.
  5. Use the ESK-1 or craft knife to cut out the window and then cut the whole outer shape.

Assembly directions:

  1. Use the front window piece to fit an image from the Alison Glass gift wrap paper (or whatever you want to showcase).
  2. Trace the whole template shape onto the gift wrap taking care to center the image and cut it out.
  3. Place the full ornament back piece face down on your work surface.
  4. Use a glue stick to apply glue all around the edges of the cork fabric.
  5. Lay the gift wrap piece on top, facing up. NOTE: See version 2 steps, below.)
  6. Fold a 6” piece of ribbon in half, gluing the ribbon ends to the middle of your ornament (I used 1/4” wide ribbon).
  7. Apply glue around the edges of the front cork piece and lay that on top centering the image in the window. At this point I like to lay something flat and heavy on top until the glue dries. I use my OLFA 6.5” square and a big pin cushion.
  8. Once dry, machine stitch around the window and around the edge of the ornament. My favorite thread to use on cork is Aurifil 28 weight but 50 weight works great too. You’re done!

Alternate directions:

  1. Cut one whole shape from lightweight vinyl.
  2. After you’ve glued the paper onto the ornament back, carefully pour a small, neat pile of glitter onto the center of the image. I used between 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of fine iridescent glitter.
  3. Apply glue only to the edges of the vinyl, lay it over the glitter and press the edges closed.
  4. Now continue with the original directions taking care to keep the glitter in the middle while sewing . After sewing is complete tap the ornament to distribute the glitter as you wish!

The shapes included in this project are not just for the holiday season – they can be for any old day, to say thank you or just for fun! I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do 😊. 

Find the FREE templates and condensed directions in my Payhip shop: