Monday, November 30, 2009

Custom Chalk Cloth Table Topper

Last week I made myself a last minute Chalk Cloth Table Topper for our Thanksgiving table, now, this is different then my Modern June Table Topper because this one is made to fit the entire top of my dinner room table.  I don't know what was better how easy the project was to do or how much fun was had at our Thanksgiving Dinner.  Let me tell you, even the In-Laws loosen up and joined in on the coloring fun!  Sweet!

What ya gotta have:

  • a length of Chalk Cloth a bit longer than you table
  • a good pair of scissors
  • some double stick tape
  • white pencil 
  • a random book or box 

Step one:  Roll out your chalk cloth and line it up on your table.
You don't want it sliding around, so use some double stick tape to keep in place.

Step two:  Since you are going to be marking the bottom of the oilcloth from the underside you will want to use a box or book as a hard surface to draw against.

Step three:  mark the shape of the entire table.


Step four:  Cut it up!

Step five:  Use double stick tape to adhere topper to table.

DISCLAIMER... Please make sure this doesn't hurt your table top, try
this out in a unseen spot before doing this on the top of your table.

 Step six:  Now that your all cut to size, set the table, grab some chalk
and invite your friends over for a great time!

I am dying to know what you all think, so tell me, what event would you use this for?

Monday Madness Freebie!

In honor of the upcoming Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial I am giving away three fat quarters on oilcloth.  The tutorial and our winner will posted tomorrow, see ya then!  For now, leave a note in the comment section telling us your favorite Christmas song.

Good luck, Kelly

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Great Idea for Laminated Cotton-Reusable Gift Bags

I just found this wonderful Reusable Gift Bag tutorial from Firefly Hill Designs via Craft Gossip, how cute would this be made out of the new Amy Butler laminates?  When I saw it I thought it would very fun for snacks as well as gift giving, heck, I am thinking holiday gift snacks bags might be a lot of fun! 

A note on PUL and Food Safety:  From everything I have read PUL--this laminated cotton--is most likely food safe since it doesn't contain PVC or BPA.  At this time the manufacturers do not have FDA approval, it is some peoples opinion that this is in the works.  This is great news for the young family and mother earth.  Now remember, I am not an scientist and I don't work with FDA so take this with a grain of salt, please do you own research if you have any concerns.    

A NOTE ON THE SAFTEY OF OILCLOTH:  Please note that the recent Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) prohibits oilcloth garments such as bibs and aprons or toys for children While there are no heavy metals in oilcloth, it may not be suited for Snack Bags and Sandwich Wraps especially for children.  I suggest using the more family friendly Laminated Cottons.  

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New! Amy Butler Laminated Cotton!

About a month ago, I saw the new Amy Butler fabric line, called Love--it was featured on True Up.  I fell in LOVE right away. The photo of the Love Raincoat made me melt, it's to die for, right? Along with all the regular cotton fabrics, they now have a 100% Cotton that is Laminated. Yes, that's right we are talking oilcloth people. This isn't your Grandma's oilcloth or our beloved Mexican Oilcloth, it's a more supple oilcloth, and it gathers and drapes like a dream! Did I mention that it feels like butter?

Shortly after learning about the new line I was contacted by Amy Butler Designs, asking if they could use our Oilcloth Addict tips for promoting their new oilcloth. You know I said "Yes." What an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious company. Ever since, I have been aching to get some Love for the shop.

What pleases me the most, is that this laminated cotton is PUL, which means it is PVC free!!!  I am so happy that my shipment of the first printing has arrived. I look forward to making lots of goodies to share with you all here on Oilcloth Addict.

In honor of our new arrival, I say we give a half yard of this wonderful fabric away for our Monday Madness contest. Let us know, by leaving a comment, which you like best: Trumpet Flowers / Emerald, or Paradise Garden / Mint.  Good luck my lovely oilcloth addicts!  

XOXOX, Kelly

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Our winner!

So today I asked Aidan, my son to... "Pick a number between one and 12... FIVE!!!! Next, pick a number between 12 and 24... FIFTEEN!!!"

Our lucky winners are Katie and the Inveterate Optimist!

A big thanks to all my lovely readers!  There is much more to come so come back and see me soon!  

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Madness Giveaway Chalk Cloth Scrap-a-Tag Kit

It is time to start your holiday crafting projects, so today we will be giving away not one but two of our new Scrap-A-Tag Kits.  Inside you will find everything you need to make a ton of our Chalk Cloth Labels, Chalk Dots or Holiday Gift Tags.

Chalk Cloth Scrap-a-Tag Kit Includes:
  • 1 1/2 pounds of scrap oilcloth
  • A small roll of chalk cloth, approximately 5 x 72 inches.
  • Template for an oval chalk cloth tag.
To enter please leave us a love note telling us which Tutorial is your favorite. Please leave an email so I can get in touch with the winners!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No-Sew Fall Tablescape

Today we are taking an old school fall decoration and giving it an oilcloth twist. It doesn't get any easier than this, just a pair of scissors and template and our new Fall Five Pack of Fat Quarters. The template can be enlarged on your scanner and then pieced together, cut out and your good to go.  The small leaf that adorns the place setting is as is, the leaf coaster was enlarged by 142% and the centerpiece leaves by 200%.

You know I love the oilcloth, but I say use what you have, if your a paper fiend check you stash or use felt.  You know you have a pile of felt somewhere in you house or studio!  But if your like me and you LOVE your oilcloth, I have a special pack of Oilcloth Fat Quarters just for this project.  The Fall Five Pack includes one 18"x 21" piece of orange, brown and red lace as well as the yellow and brown check oilcloth.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This weeks winner!

Our winner is #1! Samantha is going to get a yard of the orange lace oilcloth!!! Samantha, please email me at with your mailing address and we will get that out right away! I want to send out a big thank you to all 30 of you wonderful oilcloth addicts that took the time so show your love for oilcloth. Come back next Monday for more madness and freebies. A Tuesday Tutorial is in the works, come back tonight to see my easy no-sew tablescape for Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Madness!

Alrighty you lovely oilcloth addicts, lets give another yard of oilcloth away!  Take a look at the shop and let me know your favorite Oilcloth!  Above you will see what I am ga-ga for this week.  I have a little fall tutorial for you using these fun fall oilcloths.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chalk Cloth Gift Tags

This weeks winner is number 12,  our friend April!!

April wins an oilcloth fat quarter of her choice and a fat quarter of chalk cloth,
all she needs to make these fun holiday gift tags.
 Congrats April and thank you for your continued support!

Supply List:

Using your circles trace on to the back of your chalk and oilcloth.

Add your ornament top, I used my thumb as a guide. I know, very high tech,right? 
Cut out one chalk cloth circle and two ornaments for each gift tag.

Edge stitch chalk cloth tag onto top layer of oilcloth only.

You can opt to make a loop or insert two ties.
Pin ribbon in between the two layers of ornament pieces.

Edge stitch the two layers together.

Now, wasn't that easy?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monday Madness!

It is that time of the week again, Monday Madness Freebie time!   I am pleased to hear from you all again this week.

I say we start getting ready for the holidays by making gift tags.  With a fat quarter of chalk cloth and oilcloth,  you can make a ton of fun gift tags.  All we have to do is use Suzanne's Chalk Cloth Dot Tutorial  reduce the scale, make a change or two and we can have reusable gift tags to add to all our holiday packages.  I will give it a try, take some photos and report back on Tuesday!

So, my question for you this week is silver, red or green?  What is your favorite holiday color?  Take a look around Oilcloth Addict and let us know what you like best!