Most of us know oilcloth from the shiny, flowery tablecloths that our grandmothers and mothers used when we were growing up. Luckily, you can easily find your own oil cloth tablecloth to brighten up your home or patio with gorgeous color and patterns. They are wonderful! You can spill anything on them, set hot dishes on them, protect the furniture from the kids and your messier menfolk, and best of all, know that they will last forever and a day. [click to continue…]

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Vinyl tablecloths made out of colorful oilcloth are my favorite way to “redecorate” a boring kitchen or dining room. The fabric’s print and bright colors become the focal point of the room, and a throwing in a few new little accessories can completely change the look of a room without the bother or expense of repainting, laying new flooring, or buying new drapes. For people who live in apartment buildings where painting the interior walls is discouraged, this sort of redecorating option is a godsend. And it is so kind on the wallet!

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Oilcloth, Oil Cloth, and Oiled Cloth: A Short History

April 10, 2010

A short history of oilcloth, a cotton fabric with a thin coating of vinyl applied to the front, making it waterproof and durable. Our ancestors applied several layers of thick linseed oil to their heavier cotton fabrics to make them water resistant. Sailors used oilcloth to protect them in storms.

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Oilcloth Project Ideas

April 8, 2010

A great list of project ideas for the novice sewer or the experienced seamstress, from coasters and lunch bags, to custom chair upholstery and a kid’s backyard party tent!

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The Best Oil Cloth Resources

April 6, 2010

A great directory of oilcloth resources, whether you want to purchase ready-made tablecloths. purses, etc., or you want to find oilcloth yardage and make things yourself.

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