On my most recent trip to the library I dug up a nice big stack of sewing books to review. A very fascinating one to highlight this week is "Sewing with Oilcloth", by Kelly McCants.
I have seen a few things made with this specialty fabric. Things like make-up bags, pencil pouches, and lunch totes.
My eyes opened to a whole new world of possibilities within the pages of this book!
Not only does the author use oilcloth, but laminated cottons and chalk cloth. Chalk cloth? Never even heard of it before! Now I want to use it! Imagine a table runner you can write on and erase over and over. Fun! This stuff is just that...fun and fresh!
The author provides 20 patterns to get you on your way to loving this new fabric! Chapters are filled with tools and tips; patterns for the house (storage bins, seat cushions, party banners); patterns for YOU (that trusty make-up bag!, a wallet, those new and trendy snack bags...GO GREEN!); and patterns for kids (baby bibs, art smock, apron).
Some cool things you'll find with oilcloth are: the brilliance of color, the ease of cleaning it, and its durability.
For more about oilcloth and author, Kelly McCants, check out her blogs Oilcloth Addict and Modern June!