Cork Tut

Cork. As in corkboard. Tut. As in tutorial.


If you read yesterday you saw the corner redo. Seeeeee:

Part of the corner redo was to have a corkboard to put inspiring things on. Who wants a pain ol brown corkboard? Not this lady. Not for myyyyy corner. Any bulletin board in myyyyy corner must be fantastic! Or at least not a warped old one. Which was what I found in the garage. (Bless my husband for keeping a corkboard from 1994).

So here’s what you need:

~ol busted corkboard (or new cheap one. Whatever you’ve got.)

~frame of whatever size (mine is 16 X 20)

~fabric (enough to cover)

~hot glue gun (or glue or some other sticky thing)

~scissors and razor or some other sharp thing

Note: These photos are lousy. It’s a long story involving a divorce and a camera I don’t own. Moving on. (I’ll have a nice camera. Someday.)

First order of business is to dismantle the frame cause all you need is the frame itself not the back or the glass.

Next on the list: cut the cork to size. I used the glass from the frame (which I’m not using in the finished product) and a razor blade to make a perforation. Be careful not to cut your finger off.

Once you have a guideline you can pretty easily break the cork with your hand. Or foot if you’re feeling karate style.

If you mess up like I did. You have to do it twice.

You may need to shave the edges down a bit. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CUT YOUR FINGER OFF. (I know probably none of my readers are in kindergarten but just in case). Now make sure you can get the cork in the frame.

Press your fabric really well. Then lay the cork on top of it and cut roughly around leaving a half inch or so. Make sure your fabric is ready to go cause once you bring the hot glue gun into the relationship you are committed. (This is not a picture of that. Because I am an idiot and I deleted that photo.)

Here’s where the hot glue gun comes in. I couldn’t take a picture of this because I was holding a HOT GLUE GUN and they are HOT. Like FIRE. And the glue dries quick. But just lightly make lines of glue on the cork and then quick like a bunny flip it over and lay it on the fabric. Then quick like a bunny flip it back over and smooth it out. NOTE: DO NOT put globs of glue. They will show through the fabric and look STOOPID. Don’t ask me how I know.

Then smush it into the frame. If you cut it like I said to it should fit pretty dern tightly and require nothing to hold it in (that staple you see was already there and when I tried to take it out I stabbed myself. So I left it.). You can trim the leftover fabric now. If you want. Oooor just be lazy like me and leave it.

Note: this is from 1994.

Optional step if you’re worried about the back… Cut a piece of fabric to size and glue it on the back to cover the raw edges. I did not do this and no one knows. Well except for you now. Don’t tell. I didn’t do it because frankly I love this fabric and I didn’t want to waste it where it wouldn’t be seen.

And you’re done.

Hang it up and get some pins if you like. I picked theses fancy schmancy ones. Cause I’m Fancy.

(I’m so NOT fancy.)

And add something that inspires you .


And there you have it.

crafts , repurposing

Granny used to say…. use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

I know Granny isn’t the only person to say it, but she was one of the few people I’ve known in my life to actually DO IT.

She used the Styrofoam packages from hamburger to feed the cats on.

She used shirts to make quilts and old blankets for batting and old sheets as backing. In fact I have a quilt that has the California Raisins on the back. Not kidding.

She used the insides of the chicken for stuff I don’t want to talk about here.

She ate stale cookies. She used half and half in cereal. OK that has nothing to do with this post but isn’t that gross?

Once she went to a yard sale and bought me rough rider jeans that fit and were hideous and a pair of guess jeans that were too big and awesome. Then she took the Guess triangle off the back and sewed it onto the rough riders. Fail. Epic epic fail.

My rabbits drank out of an Aunt Jemima bottle. (Remember when they were glass?)

And as long as I can remember I drank milk out of a snuff glass (like this one). Granny fun fact #77: She chewed snuff.

Anyway, you get the point. Something about living during the Depression will change a person. We could probably all learn a lesson or two from living that way. For example, only flush the toilet once a day. Unless it’s a #2… you can flush that right away.

It is in that spirit that I set out to find a way to repurpose my favorite sweater which has been sitting lonely in my closet for over a year. Lend me your ears and I will tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was a lambswool sweater, It was beautiful and the most expensive sweater in the closet. And then one dreadful day, the man of the house where the sweater lived decided to help with the laundry.

The end.
BTW. Just in case you like to hang out around fire. Don’t.

Anyway bless my husbands heart. He was being helpful. Lesson learned: Do not put in the laundry things that should not be washed.

Here is said sweater next to normal sized sweater:

Yeah. It’s small. Like infant sized.

And here are the other sweaters that met the same fate.

And here’s what I did with it.

No. I didn’t just lay it on the table and put scissors on top of it. That wouldn’t do any good at all.

First. I cut off the sleeves and made a cut in the neck to equal the depth of the armpit holes. In the shape of a U or a V. Whatever. Like so:

Easy enough.

Then I used one of the arms to make a bottom. I just cut it the length of the bottom and left it as wide as I could . Not brain surgery. (Thank god, because I’m a nurse, not a brain surgeon.) I could have used a rotary cutter to do this but that’s another story. It goes like this: My rotary cutter is missing. Oh ALSO I hand sewed this, by HAND, using a running stitch because my sewing machine is broken. That’s another story. It goes like this: My sewing machine is broken. The end. Anyway, this is an optional step. I could have just sewed it straight across but I wanted the extra room. Cause I like to carry a lot of crap.

This is a pretty bad representation. I apologize. I was holding a baby when I took this.

Anyway I digress.

Then I saw a whole used sleeve and I didn’t want it to feel lonely so I cut it up too.

Strips. Made with scissors.

And I made flowers. Well kind of. They’re more like pinwheels but whatever I like them. Oh, and I made leaves. I used a needle and thread to sew them on. Needle. Thread. See aforementioned story.
I actually only used white thread. Because I’m lazy. And I was holding a baby.

And it looks like this.

There is really no denying what this once was since you can see the ribbing on the bottom, but that’s fine. I LOVE this sweater. Love it. I would have cried if I had to throw it away.

So to make this I used: A shrunken sweater. A pair of scissors. A needle and thread.

That’s all.

Thank you for joining me today on How to Make a Purse Out of Your Favorite Shrunken Sweater.

crafting , crafts , granny , repurposing