All posts tagged: Laminated cotton vs. Oilcloth

Q and A: Shelf Liners!

Q: I am interested in making shelf liners and am unsure which of your oilcloth fabrics would be the right one to use. Could you please advise regarding this and whether you can sew the liners too? A: Using oilcloth for shelf liners is great! Now you will want to avoid using the laminated cotton that we carry, it’s too soft and thin. It would move around too much.  (411 on the two types of fabric) I’ve had the same liner in my sink cabinet for ages. The other day our disposal went of the fritz and I had to clear the contents from the cabinet, I gave the oilcloth a good wipe down and it’s a pretty as it was 3 years ago. I was really thankful that all that gunk wasn’t on the wood. You can sew oilcloth liners, but you probably won’t need to. Oilcloth doesn’t fray or ravel, so you can just cut it to size and lay it into your cabinet. Now you could sew up some pretty scalloped liners …

Ask the Oilcloth Addict: Make Up Bags

I get great questions about sewing with oilcloth and laminated cotton every day. Here is today’s great question… Hollis from Daisy Mae Threads asked about using oilcloth and/or laminated cotton from lining make up bags. I love using oilcloth and laminated cotton when I sew up make up bags, both fabrics are great to use for both the exterior and the lining. As with all things in life and sewing, there are pros and cons to consider. Laminated cotton is softer and turns better when making small projects that are lined. Unfortunately, is not fully waterproof and it is more prone to staining than oilcloth. Oilcloth is stiff and nearly impossible to turn when self-lined, but there are tricks to be had. I have a make up bag in my first book Sewing with Oilcloth that doesn’t have any tricky turning. I like oilcloth for make up bags because the fabric has a firm hand (both a pro and a con), this makes it able to stand up on the counter so you can find …