Sunday, December 23, 2012

Great Idea by Kerri: Laminated cotton ornaments

I just love these pretty ornaments that my Junie and friend Kerri made for me!! 
They are so simple, all you need is a few small embroidery hoops (painted white), gold cording and some of your left over laminated cotton scrapes.
Make sure that the fabric is in there taught before you tighten up the hoop and trim it down the excess fabric. Next, tie on your cording and your golden.

Thanks Kerri, your my favorite Junie!! Just don't tell the others. : )

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last minute project time!?!

Order by noon tomorrow of get all the oilcloth, laminated cotton and chalk cloth you need for those last minute projects!! Your order will be there by Friday, plenty of weekend craft time!! There are tons of great ideas and OCA tutorials to inspire you here on the blog!!

Don't forget about the free Sewing with Oilcloth projects over at Amazon!! Click on the show more button right about the book trailer to see the free patterns. 
The farmers market tote makes a great gift for an woman on your gift list. We also have a handy kit of fabric and webbing to go along with the free pattern.
Our chalk cloth runner is so much fun at the holidays. The possibilities are endless... buffets, bars, or "Dear Santa" lists, you name it you can scribble it. Two yards of chalk cloth equals 3 chalk cloth runners. That's one for you and two to gift!!

We also have a big stack of books that I'll gleefully sign for you!

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pretty Winey!

New from Amy Butler's newest fabric line, Alchemy. How lovely are these wine colored laminates? I don't know which one I want to play with first!  Victoriana in port and Imperial Paisley in Zinnia... so pretty!! !!
Imperial Paisley in Zinnia
Victoriana in port

Monday, December 10, 2012

You know you have more projects to make...

... so we thought we would help you out by saving your 20% on everything in the Oilcloth Addict shop! Enter the following coupon code to save: 121212

Sale ends midnight on 12-12-12!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Q and A: Oilcloth vs. Flannel Backed Vinyl

Q:  How would you compare Oilcloth vs. Flannel Backed Vinyl to each other? Whats different?

A: Night and day!

They are both vinyl, but that's where the comparison stops.

The back of oilcloth is impregnated with a cotton mess or scrim, this gives oilcloth it's edge over the flannel backed vinyl. The scrim gives oilcloth strength, because of it oilcloth can hold a stitch where the other can not. Trust me I tried making totes out of some cheap talbelcoths that I bought on clearance and they ripped right away. It was a total waist of 75 cents!

Flannel backed vinyl is very thin and quick to tear, I have oilcloth tablecloths that I have been using at shows for nearly 6 years and they have held up and look great.

Oilcloth is much better product overall. My mother-in-law used to buy a new flannel backed tablecloths from a big box store four times a year. This killed me, so for mothers day one year I made her an oilcloth tablecloth. That was about 4 years ago, so I figure that my gift has saved her (and the landfill) 16 cheap tablecloths.

Check out what is oilcloth and how to care for it for more info on oilcloth!!

Hope this helps,

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale

I hope you all had a lot of yummy turkey, sweet pie and good family time.

In honor of Cyber Monday
all our oilcloth and chalk cloth has been marked down $1.50. 

No through Monday 11-26-12 at midnight!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Coming Soon!!

Photo Credit: Amy Butler Designs
Did you hear? Amy Butler has new laminated cottons coming out in December and I can't wait!! We'll be getting all 6 prints as soon as they ship. See more prettiness on Amy Butler Designs Facebook page.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Flash Back: Thankgiving meets chalk cloth!!

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?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

New Lamianted Cottons

Pretty new laminated cotton from Sis Boom's new fabric line Happy Land 
is now on sale at Oilcloth Addict

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Q and A: Solid Laminated Cotton

Photo Credit:
Q:  I've looked at the fabrics you have but didn't see any solid colors to chose from...

A:  Unfortunately, all of the laminated cottons on the market today come from high-end quilting companies. The companies make wonderful designer fabrics and they are solid fabric driven.

While there are many of us would really enjoy a selection of pretty solid laminated cottons the fabric companies aren't so keen to my suggestion. I am sure the cost is very high and the fear the demand is low. Hopefully someday they will make that for us. Meanwhile, I'll keep asking my fabric reps.

Leave a comment if you are interested in solid laminated cotton and let us know what would be your preferred color would be.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Q and A: Chalk Cloth Facts!!

Q: I am interested in the chalk cloth, but had read that it contains phthalates and lead. Is the cloth you have free of both of these ingredients?

A: Not all chalk cloths are created equally. There are chalk cloths out there that are thin and brittle, that don't lay flat once cut. Now, I have no idea if these two contain lead or phthalates but what I don know is that the chalk cloth that we carry comes from a very reliable source.

Oilcloth Internationals chalk cloth is scientifically proven to be be both lead or phthalate free. So when you're buying chalk cloth be sure that it is their trademarked Chalkcloth ™.

We tried the other version and it was substandard so we'll never carry anything other than the good stuff from now on!! 

Learn more of caring for chalk cloth here!

Learn more about chalk vs chalk pens here!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chalk cloth goes to school!

How cute are these to girls that just finished their chalk cloth locker pockets? Super darn cute, I'd say!!

Check out the original locker pocket at the Sewing School blog! Amie and Andria's book of the same name is filled with great projects that will have your kids sewing up a storm!! Here's a look inside the book.

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The return of the chevron laminate

Ok, this is fabric is all that!! We just received our third shipment of chevron laminates. The first 6 bolts flew out the doors a few months back. We tried to order more but there was none to be had.

Our second shipment became avaible right before we went to Ohio for the Country Living Fair. When I say right before, I mean right before. The timing was so close we had to have it shipped to my Ohio Junies house. All 6 bolts arrived the day before the show!! What we didn't sell out of I left in Ohio for Kerrie to use for Modern June product.

But don't fret, we just got more yesterday!! This soft laminated cotton is from Riley Blake. The bolts are 44" wide but the laminate only covers 41" of the fabric. Get it while the getting's good my friends!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

What's up?

I know I've been totally MIA for a while now, and I'm sorry for it. I haven't blogged in ages, I hardly ever get on Facebook and my Tweets are far and few between. So what is the deal you ask? Well let me tell you...

Life!! Life can really get in the way, can't it? We've had a really hard summer, one of our kids has had a rough patch and it's been hard and all consuming on the whole family. I guess you can say that we circled up the wagons. Add in a killer summer sale season and all prepping for the two Country Living Fair I've been barely getting through the day!

I'd like to say that I have a time to breath now but that would be a lie. This fall my kids started middle and high school. WHAT? How the heck did that happen? Yes, we are still homeschooling. I'm still crazy!! My daughter is taking most of her course work at a great place called Athenian Academy of Richmond. I am so thankful for these classes, having a homeschool "school" is a life saver. As for my son, I am fighting the urge to keep unschooling him. He wants (needs) more book work and more structure -- I just don't do that well. Between us, I really am looking forward to him working more independently -- and soon!

We killed it a Country Living Fair, I mean killed it and it almost killed me. (See tomorrows post) I am truly honored to have had record sales at last weeks show. We sold it all, all the loot for the Ohio show and all the loot for the Atlanta show. Now we are in full production mode to get enough loot for the next fair. When I tell you we sold tons of goodies I really mean it!! For example, we sold 52 small snack bags!! 52!!! We came back with ONE left!! One?! Wow!!

The Modern June shop is cranking out the custom tablecloths and Oilcloth Addict is on fire! No rest for the wicked!! I am so thankful for my merry band of Junies!! More all of these crazy and wonderful people on Monday!!

Don't worry, I won't be bored anytime soon, I get to start working on my second book this weekend. I can't say for than that, so don't ask, I won't tell!! ; p

Happy and exceptionally honored to be a very busy Junie!!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Great Idea: Oilcloth iPad Cover

Rachel from Always a Project has made the most amazing oilcloth iPad cover. Makes me want an iPad even more. Check out her great tips and tutorial here!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Traveling with Modern June Part 1

We are honored today with a guest blogger post, meet Kathie (on the right) and her sweet daughter Kimberly. Kathie is my trusty Production Manager and Distribution Director (PMDD) and my person!! If you watch Grey's Anatomy you'll get the my person reference it roughly translates into BFF. 

Last week Kathie and her family went to Nigara Falls to visit family and to enjoy the sights. I had no idea that Kathie took a copy of Sewing with Oilcloth with her, so imagine my surprise when I found these photos in my inbox this morning. She is hysterical!!

Here they are, the first in a series....

"Traveling with Modern June!"
Your book "Sewing with Oilcloth" and the fabulous black lace oilcloth bag came
EVERYWHERE with us!  The 3 photos attached highlight the Erie Canal and first
5 original locks built into Lake Erie.
We're a part of History <3 br="br">
Next up...Modern June travels across the US border in Canada.
I totally love this woman!!! Every business woman should have a Kathie!!!