Sunday, February 20, 2011

The 411 on Laminated Cotton

What is Laminated Cotton? 
It is a hot new fabric--it’s a friendly material that makes fabulous tablecloths and splat mats. Because it’s BPA-free, PVC-free and it's CPSIA compliant and great for family use. Laminated cotton is a thinner and more supple oilcloth that is a high-quality quilting-weight cotton print, coated with a thin layer of polyurethane on the fabric’s right side.


What's it used for?
It's great to use for snack bags, lunch sacks, baby bibs, splat mats, diaper covers, rain coats, purses, shower curtains, placemats, aprons, and  tablecloths. It's water proof, easy to clean and hard wearing so it's great for many applications.
How do I work with it?
Laminated Cotton pretty easy to work with. A regular sewing machine, thread and needle is all that is required. If you have a fancy Teflon or roller foot  handy you'll want to use that for any top stitching, if not just use out tape tip instead. Check out our Tips and Tricks page for more helpful information on working with slick fabrics.

At Oilcloth Addict's Etsy shop you can buy Laminated Cotton in 1/2 yard cuts or by the yard. We are happy to supply you with small samples to help you plan for the big projects!

Check out our post on taking care of you laminated cotton. the care instructions

8 comments:

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

And don't forget nappies, it is brilliant for nappies. Nothing better than a happy cheery print on a little ones butt! I have yards and yards left over from my nappy making business days so I am always looking for fun and new ways to use it.

Kelly said...

Good suggestion! I am adding it to the list!

Brenda L said...

What are the laundry instructions? Can it be washed and dried in the machine?

Heather said...

Can you wash it in a washing machine?

jessyz said...

Is it drapey enough to make a raincoat for a child? I kind of like the idea of making a waterproof rain coat

Kelly said...

Jessyz,

Yes, they are great for that! Check out my blog post from my trip to the 2010 Quilt Market... http://oilclothaddict.blogspot.com/2010/06/catching-up.html

Kelly said...

Brenda and Heather, I've created this blog post for both of you! http://oilclothaddict.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-care-for-your-laminated-cotton.html

Sarah said...

I use PUL for snack bags, and am looking to switch over to a better CPSIA/FDA food safe fabric like this laminated cotton.

Question though, do you sew it shiny side towards the food or away from the food? Does it matter?