Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sewing with Oilcloth: A Giveaway!

While researching my story on oilcloth for issue #14 of UPPERCASE, I had help from Anna Marino of Oilcloth by the Yard, Cardie Molina of Oilcloth International, and Kelly McCants of Modern June.  Each of them is very passionate about coated cloth.

Kelly has gone so far as to write a book Sewing with Oilcloth. She graciously sent me a copy to use in my research and I'd like to share it with you. It's full of wonderful projects and tips of the trade. Her website also has a super-useful guide to the differences between and best uses of oilcloth, laminate, and chalk cloth, which was reproduced in the UPPERCASE article.

Leave a comment below for an opportunity to win this book. Tell me something, anything, about oilcloth—an oilcloth memory from childhood, a project you created with oilcloth or laminate, or simply what about it appeals to you. I'll keep comments open until August 7, and announce the winner on August 8.

I look forward to hearing from you!

27 comments:

Jennie {Clover and Violet} said...

I've seen this book a few times and wanted to pick it up! I haven't sewn with oilcloth yet...but I really want to! It's on my to-do list, I just need to find the right project. I would love to use it to line some makeup bags!

Mel said...

OMG! I would love a book about sewing and decorating with oilcloth! I have two boys...oilcloth is my friend.

Heather said...

I have checked this book out twice from the library, and would love to have it for keeps!!!! I have made snack bags from the book, and I need to make more, and a cosmetic bag for my daughter.

Jacquie said...

I love all the colors and how versatile oil cloth is.

Louise Ambrosi said...

I love working with oilcloth - it's so versatile and practical. I'm seeing more and more people carrying oilcloth bags about town so it's definitely becoming more popular here in the UK. I have made sweet little bags for girls, chalk placemats and art caddies to hold felt tip pens and sketch pads, but it would be great to have some more ideas from the queen of oilcloth! Thanks for the giveaway!

Charree said...

I like the vintage feel of many of the prints combined with the easy clean up part of it.

Mary Helen said...

Oil cloth is a favorite of mine too. I have made a few lunch bags and small projects, but I sure could use a little help getting my oil cloth sewing to come out a little nicer. Tips, I need tips!

Sophie said...

I'm an oilcoth addict, working my free time to make oilcloth bags for friends, family and collegues. I would love to learn some new tricks and to get some fresh ideas. The book would be great for that. please check out my blog: http://handmadebysophie.blogspot.nl/

hueisei said...

I make a buntings using oil cloth before. Love the experience using it.

Julie Kearney said...

When I was in grade school, we used oilcloth to cover our desks for art and other messy projects. I was so excited each fall when I got to go to the store to pick out my new oilcloth for the year!

Clare Wrigglesworth said...

I have just made a door stop out of oilcloth and then filled it with sand and it has worked out fab! It's the perfect choice for an item that could easily get wet or mucky as it is waterproof and can be wiped clean :-)

gloriaw said...

at my grandmother had oilcloth tablecloth in the kitchen, was a design of roses that I always liked. Long ago my grandmother passed away and when I see this design remember fondly my grandmother.

Leela the Kid said...

i've been using laminate to make some nice (and useful) bibs - i love it and would like to come up with some other ways to use it.

Laliete said...

I love oilcloth! All the colors and patterns bring a smile to my face!!
I've coverd my dinnertable benches and our wooden picknicktable in oilcloth. Happy colors and happy momma with two messy todlers ;)

Anonymous said...

I didn't known oilcloth! it's a very beautiful discovery for me! I hope to try it soon! and now I plan my first project!!! thanks, Federica

federica said...

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Erin and Daniel Palmer said...

My grandma always had an oilcloth table cloth on her table, there were three she would rotate through. They were the best table clothes. eatkin85@yahoo.com

Novam Rice said...

The kids and I made some small boxes, "snap-to-it" storage, with chalk cloth for teacher gifts following the instructions in Susan Wasinger's "The Feisty Stitcher." We also made some oilcloth bike bags, same book, with nice results.

Unknown said...

Thank you, thank you, for reminding me of oilcloth! My mother used oilcloth as shelf-liner in the kitchen: there was no other shelf-liner! PS I didn't even know you could find it anywhere but the Vermont Country Store.

PamKittyMorning said...

What a cute book!

BBB said...

I love my oilcloth lunch bag!

Marilyn Deppe said...

My mother always had an oilcloth table cover when I was a child. The spot where my father sat always became worn first because he sat there everyday when he came home from work to have coffee and share his day. My mom bought the oilcloth at Woolworths. They had many colors and patterns on big rolls sold by the yard.

AliceAndFlorence said...

Oilcloth has a feel and texture of times gone by to me. Sort of 40's, 50's, 60's cafes' and canteen or diners come to mind.
I use a large piece of oilcloth on the table when I am sewing, and when out camping it makes for easy cleanups.
A local fabric store sells rolls of it, and I keep
thinking about making a couple of tote bags, would be great for British weather ! But not sure which needles, threads etc to use on my machine.
So any help in book form would be much appreciated !

Tracey said...

I love the versatility of oilcloth combined with the sweet vintage prints make it perfect!! Thank you so much!

Ejw1969 said...

I have a piece of old oilcloth I used when the children were young it's got lots of bits of different art projects from over the years they don't get it out as often now but every so often they come back to gluing and sticking what's not to love!!!

Jane Swanson said...

Oilcloth is more than a tablcloth
set out for a picnic in summer

Oilcloth can be a colorful tote
or the ridge on a hat
a pair of shoes
and a box

Oilcloth sewn to a backing becomes rug
wiped clean of dirt and spill

Oilcloth is bracelet or necklace
a coin purse or mat

Oilcloth framed becomes wall art

Stephanie said...

I just brought some oilcloth to make a wallet. I would like a few more ideas.
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