sewing with oilcloth.

08 December 2011

sewing with oilcloth.

fact: i've always been afraid to sew with oilcloth.
so much so that i've never even purchased oilcloth or laminated fabrics.

while at market, i just happened to come across a book signing with miss kelly mccants.
she was promoting her book sewing with oilcloth.
needless to say, i was intrigued, so i stuck around.

kelly talked a little bit about oilcloth and her book.
she even handed out little samples of oilcloth so we could make a small project from the book.
note: i totally recommend her book. <--it's SUPER informative.

sewing with oilcloth.

well i finally got the courage to play with my oilcloth :)
obviously this was a smaller project, but sometimes a small project is all it takes.
btw: i think i see some cute oilcloth banners in my future.

so are yall for or against oilcloth???
inquiring minds want to know.

♥ rachel

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27 comments:

Michele said...

I made a bag once using it and it was a fun medium.

Kari Nitzel said...

I have never heard of oilcloth, I better do some research.

Kelly said...

I would so use oilcloth....I can see placemats and tablecloths....

Randi Skaggs said...

I've made a slew of boxed makeup bags out of oilcloth and laminated cotton for Christmas. I like sewing it best when it's backed with cotton. If I use two layers (outside and lining), it sticks to my machine something awful. I'm sure there's a trick to fix this but I haven't researched it!

DianeY said...

I bought some when found it on sale to try it. It was fine to work with until I tried to top stitch on it. I've heard using tape on your presser foot bottom will make it easier, but it didn't for me. I just bought a roller presser foot whichh should come any day now so I hope that works. A teflon foot is also supposed to work, but They don't seem to have them available for my older machine

Stitched With Prayer said...

I love oilcloth for a tender reason. Growing up, my mom always lined our cupboards with lovely gingham oilcloth and used white thumbtacks to secure it. We lived in a very modest home but she kept it so lovely and open the cupboards to be welcomed by a pretty variety of ginghams, carefully scalloped over the edge of the shelf was a treat for the eyes and the heart. So oilcloth is definitely something I love and plan to put in my cupboards this winter while we work on inside projects. I hope I can make my scallops as pretty as hers. Then I hope to do some sewing projects with them. Fun stuff ahead. Hugs...

Kelly said...

awe, the post and your comments have made my day!!!

Diane Y, lengthen your stitch length, to help that move a bit smother.

xoxox,
Kelly

Jackie said...

I've always wanted to make something with oilcloth but have been afraid to try. I'll put this book on my list!

Kimberly said...

I've always been scared of it... what if I make a mistake and then have ruined it? I do have lots of sample pieces that I really want to use... I think I should look in to that book!

fiberdoodles said...

Although I have never given it a try I love oil cloth and as soon as I think of something nifty to make I will venture on.

safieh said...

I have done a few projects (totes, pouches, etc.) with laminates, and the trick I learned for keeping the material from sticking to my machine or presser foot (if the shiny side is facing out -- you don't have a problem if it's sandwiched in there) is to use some tissue paper. You place the tissue paper between the project and your machine/foot and then it eaesily tears off when you are done.

Tsigeyusv said...

I've used oilcloth for the lining of a toiletry bag. It's great for keeping potential spills at bay!

Needled Mom said...

I'm working on a raincoat with it right now and it is sewing easily.

Debbie said...

I know nothing, but am interested!

Belinda said...

I've made several oil cloth & laminated cotton projects & really enjoy working with both. Love Kelly McCant's book!
I use a teflon foot, longer stitch length (3.5 to 4), loosen needle tension almost as loose as it will go & a 90/14 Microtex sharp needle.
For laminated cotton, I use my walking foot.
Tissue paper, tear away stabilizer &/or blue painters tape all help with the "sticky" issue.
I also use 1/4" wash away basting tape when I need to pin but can't.
Enjoy!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I LOVE oilcloth!! I only have it on my table mind you but I'd love to sew with it. I love how the colours pop and with two kids who doesn't love wipeable fabric?!!

onlymehere said...

Not a fan of it but maybe this book would inspire me with new ideas and I'd learn to like it.

Pattyskypants said...

For such a long time we didn't have any attractive prints in oil cloth -- somehow the medium was stuck in the 40's! Now there are so many pretty prints I am collecting some for various storage projects. xxoo

Marie said...

I'm all for it. I bought some with the intentions of making a Jane Market bag. It sat for quite awhile before I got up the nerve to just try it. I did and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really liked it. Its a great bag. Thankfully waterproof too. We had an incident where the coffee maker overflowed, the bag was on a stool and the overflow spilled off the counter and into the bag. It was SO easy to clean it up. I was worried because you cant pin or iron but I just used clips and off I went.
There is a question though because I thought I was using oilcloth and someone said that what I was using was actually laminated fabric which is safe for children (bibs and such) so I'm not sure what I used. However, I never needed a Teflon foot or any other special adapters. I used my Pfaff and it sewed like a dream.
Sew on!

DianeY said...

I posted yesterday & said I was waiting for a new presser foot. Well it came & it topstitches like a dream! I bought it on ebay and it's actually a knockoff but only about 20% of the price of a Bernina foot.

Ange said...

I have been curious about trying oilcloth. I want to make some wet bags for the pool and some luch bags too. I will have to check out the book..thanks for the recommendation!

Kathryn said...

When I saw your post WRITING on the oil cloth with chalk, I got a slew of neat ideas. I've never tried it before, but when I get some money, this could be a blast!

Theresa said...

Hey Rachel, do you have to use a special needle, thread and foot? Is there a trick to all of this? I'm a bit scared to use oil cloth too and I'm thinking I really need this book!

K-Swizzie said...

oilcloth scares me too - I'll be interested to see what you think of it and create :)

corners of my life said...

cute little project . . .

Gabriella said...

Hi Rachel ... can you contact me please.

I have sent to you many mail ....

my mail is gabriella.sallemi@fastwebnet.it

I'm not able to contct you with my mail I think

taliana said...

I've eyed the oil cloth in the stores, wishing to make a bag. But I haven't gotten brave enough to do so. I'll have to check out that book! Thanks for letting us know about it!

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