Thursday, April 30, 2009

OCA Sewing Tip #5---Pressing Oilcloth

We are well over due for a new oilcloth sewing tip, aren't we? Remember back a few months ago when we chatted about how to press oilcloth, well here is yet another technique that is very handy when you really need a crisp finish to an oilcloth project.

For a really good press ask Martha to lend a hand, my Martha Stewart Craft Book collection helps me ever time. Yesterday I needed to "press" a few dozen oilcloth dish gloves for a Modern June wholesale order so I grabbed a handful of my books and a nice big tray to do the job.

When you are faced with fluffy folds just neatly stack your project under the pile of large books.



Since I had a few dozen cuffs to contend with I made two stacks and then placed a wide tray under the books, then topped it with a heavy suitcase. Now just leave it there overnight and in the morning you will have a beautifully pressed project.

Now, go get crafty!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Q and A

Question Number One: Tablecloths

Hello there,

I live in NYC & have my first ever outdoor space (yea!). I'm trying to make the space hip & beautiful while budget conscious so am thinking of a folding table (the space is quite small) with an oil cloth table cloth. The table I think I'll get is 37" by 37", and I can't figure out what size of oilcloth I would need to order. I love many of them, but if I have to pick only one it may be Modern Silver Lace Oilcloth. I look forward to hearing back. Have a great day and thanks for your fun store!

Miss A,


Congrats! An outside space is a good thing no matter where you live.

Oilcloth makes a terrific and budget friendly solution. Oilcloth has been adorning tables for over a century. You can hem it or leave the edge raw since it will not fray. Our grandmothers used to head down to the 5 and 10 or local hardware store and have a piece cut so they could come home and slap it on the table and call it pretty. It has always been a low cost option for protecting a nice table or covering up a bad one.

The lace oilcloth has a repeat pattern, so buying it a little longer than you need it will be very helpful. The lace print has a lovely medallion shape that runs down the center of the print. This medallion is spaced out every 17 1/2 inches in the center.

The fabric is 47 inches wide so if you go for a 47 inch square you would need to get 2 yards. Since your table will likely be a 37 inch square your tablecloth will end up having a 5 inch drop on all four sides. By buying the two yards you ensure you can get the most out of your oilcloth and ou will be happy to have the extra. You can use the extra for tons of things, something like lining some old metal trays and use them for serving your first al fresco meal.

I hope this helps!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Technical Difficulty

OK, I must have some bad electronic mojo going one! First my printer/copier won't work and then my internet connections dies! What's next, oh, I did not just ask that. So 2 1/2 days with out internet almost killed me, it was amazing how many times I would find myself in front of the computer mindlessly checking my email. Forget the fact that I love to feel loved by my friends and family, the major issue was work! I never really thought about that issue, when you have an online biz you really need online access!

But I am back and I am glad of it! I have fun stuff so share like new oilcloths, a few more pantry tuts and the after shot of my pantry. But for now I have be a grown up and to get to shipping and printing. I will return later today with something fun!

I haven't forgot you all that won those tag kits, I just haven't been able to get to your addresses! I will send them out soon!