Zenbroidery Cork Mannequin | Free Pattern

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I’m excited to be a part of DMC’s blog hop with my friend Bev from Flamingo Toes and have a real treat to share.  Normally when you hear DMC you think of embroidery floss right away but did you know they offer other fun products like cork fabric? Sounds crazy right! Well, it’s true and I’m putting the fabric to the test with some zenbroidery today.

Ever think about using cork fabric to sew on? It's pretty cool especially for zenbroidery. Grab this free DIY mannequin pattern and make one today.

Zenbroidery is the perfect way to let your imagination run wild! Hand stitching never looked so good. For anyone not familiar with zenbroidery let me give you the skinny. Zentangle is that carefree doodle like artwork many of us unconsciously do on scrap paper, mix it with hand embroidery and you have zenbroidery. I’ve been meaning it to give it a try for a while now and this project was perfect!

Zenbroidery is the perfect way to let your imagination run wild! Hand stitching never looked so good.

 

Zenbroidery Cork Mannequin

 

I’m gonna just give it to you straight. When I first heard the words fabric and cork together, I was extremely skeptical. Could I really stitch through it? Would it be flexible and not break or would it be too rigid to work with like fabric. So many questions lurking in my mind.

Ever think about using cork fabric to sew on? It's pretty cool especially for zenbroidery. Grab this free DIY mannequin pattern and make one today.

Well, this project really put those questions to the test.

Ever think about using cork fabric to sew on? It's pretty cool especially for zenbroidery. Grab this free DIY mannequin pattern and make one today.

Not only was I able to machine stitch through the fabric but I could hand stitch through it with ease.

Ever think about using cork fabric to sew on? It's pretty cool especially for zenbroidery.

Heck, I even loaded it up on my Q-Snap frame with no issue. This made the free form zenbroidery easy to tackle.

Ever think about using cork fabric to sew on? It's pretty cool especially for zenbroidery. Grab this free DIY mannequin pattern and make one today.

There was no special tools required for machine stitching but I will say that turning the mannequin right side out took some time. The hardest part was getting it started. I suggest using something with a soft tip like a pencil eraser for pushing out those points.

Ever think about using cork fabric to sew on? It's pretty cool especially for zenbroidery. Grab this free DIY mannequin pattern and make one today.

Instead of using standard pol-fil, I used stuffing beads. These gave my book end some weight and worked like a charm.

Ready to make your own? Here is the supply list and free template. It really was super easy and so much fun to create the doodle embroidery. Using the basic back stitch, I kept working around that main heart as my focal point in layers. I even used french knots.

 Supplies:

Ever think about using cork fabric to sew on? It's pretty cool especially for zenbroidery. Grab this free DIY mannequin pattern and make one today.

Even though I made this mannequin for my books, I think it looks better snuggled right up against my mini bolts. Love it!!

Cork Fabric Quick Tips:

  • Allow the fabric squares to rest before cutting. (I used a slightly warm iron but am not sure that was a best practice.)
  • Take your time! Do not rush through it. Especially when turning it right side out.
  • A sharp hand needle is helpful.
  • Bold colors really POP off the cork.
  • Clip your corners and curves.
  • It does not fray…. BONUS!

Special thank you to DMC for sending me such inspiring materials. I’m seeing more projects in my future with this stitchable fabric cork and might even have to try the mesh. Now that you know all about Zenbroidery and cork fabric what will you make today?

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  1. Thanks so much for the feature!
    ~Heather

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