Thursday, March 29, 2012

Color Combo: Green Laminated Cottons

Gorgeous Green Laminated Cottons. From left to right; Green Lattice, Graphic Mum Green and Brown, Emerald Tulip, and Green Hop Dot!. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Great Idea: Chalk Cloth Wine Glass Markers

I am totally in love with this fun little project that Mandy of Fabric, Paper, Glue made! Grab up your chalk cloth scraps or buy a fat quarter and make up a batch for your and for your best hostess friends! I know I'll be taking a bottle of wine and a dozen of these to the next party we are invited too!

Learn how to make Mandy's Wine Markers at her blog. Then head over and check out her Etsy shop!! I am SSSSOOOOO in love with her pillows!! I want a XOXO pillow set for my bed room, I know you will too!!

Q and A: Wash or Wipe?

One of the things I like best about laminated cotton is that you can just wipe it clean with a damp cloth and some gentle non-bleach spray and be done with clean up. But sometimes things get messy, and I mean really messy!! So, can you wash laminated cotton in the washer? Yes it can be washed and dried, but you have to know that the texture of the laminated cotton changes when machine washed. I believe that the cotton on the back is shrinking slightly. I really don't think that the shrinkage is of importance, I don't think you would need to pre-wash it if you were making a baby bib or changing mat.
The laminate on the right hand side has been machine washed and dried, the middle one never washed,  and the swatch on the left has been machine washed and dries and then ironed with med-high temp iron. As you can see the texture is different but still intact and very usable. I've tested the same swatch by washing and drying it about 4-5 times.
  From right to left: Machine wash and never washed. 

Like I said earlier, I really don't like to machine wash laminated cotton if I don't have to. I wipe down my tablecloths because I really, really hate to iron almost as much as I hate a wrinkly tablecloth. I take a wet wash cloth to our messy snack bags and leave them open so they can dry out, scrubbing them with a veggie brush if they're really yucky.

So even though you can wash and dry laminated cotton cotton I my advise is wipe it up when you can, especially if your project is big like a tablecloth.
 From right to left: Machine wash and never washed.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's a darn good thing that I have Oilcloth Addict spy's everywhere!! While I was on car pool duty one of my best friends, Suzanne, spotted Chalk Cloth on the beer tasting table that Martha showcased on yesterday's Today Show. You know we love our chalk cloth, the more ways to use it the better!

To get this look, all you need is enough chalk cloth yardage to span the width of your table and then you can use painters tape to adhere it to the bottom of the table top. Easy and fun, once the beer tasting party is over, just roll it up and store it for the next party or kids play date!
Want to cover the whole table top? Here is one of my favorite ways to use chalk cloth, a custom chalk cloth table topper! I cut down chalk cloth to the exact size and shape of our Thanksgiving table, kids of all ages had fun doodling through desert! 
Please don't tell Martha that our pie was from the freezer!! I would die if she know!

Check out Sewing with Oilcloth for more great chalk cloth projects, my chalk cloth table runner pattern would be perfect for a beer tasting party. You can download that for free at SWO's  Amazon page! 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Laminated Cotton Choices for Tablecloths

I am so excited about our current collect of laminated cotton for tablecloths and splat mats.  March is looking good!! We have added 6 new prints and added a few back in. Ya'll missed them, so we got them back!

Modern June makes laminated cotton tablecloths that are round, rectangular, oval and square! Don't forget our latest addition, the fitted laminated cotton tablecloth. I can't believe the great response for these elasticized cuties!! Sweet!

As always, our laminated cottons are all BPA, PVC and lead free, so they are great for kids of all ages!!

Here's the list! If you want to see a larger view of the material, check out our swatches at flickr.

1. Graphic Mums Brown by Heather Bailey
2. Lounge Stripe Gold by Heather Bailey
3. Graphic Mum Turquoise by Heather Bailey
4. Lounge Stripe Turquoise by Heather Bailey
5. Treasure Box Charcoal by Amy Butler
6. Charisma Midnight by Amy Butler
7. Gypsy Cobalt  by Amy Butler
8. Royal Apple Chevron by Erin McMorris
9. Citron Apple Chevron by Erin McMorris
10. Scattered Roses by Tanya Whelan
11. Falling Roses by Tanya Whelan
12. Lanterns on White by Tanya Whelan
13. Tart by Anna Maria Horner
14. Fun Blue Bloom by Anna Maria Horner
15. Twist by Anna Maria Horner 
16. Passion Lily Green by Amy Butler
17. Honeycomb Dandelion by Joel Dewberry
18. Amber Rose Bouquet by Joel Dewberry
19. Sky Rose Bouquet by Joel Dewberry
20. Amethyst Block Print Floral by Joel Dewberry 
21. Green Hop Dot by Heather Bailey
22. Green Dandy Strip by Heather Bailey
23. Moss Picnic Bouquet by Heather Bailey
24. Kimono by Ty Pennington
25. Angel Wings Spice by Ty Pennington
26. Chartreuse Moorish Tiles by Ty Pennington
27. Indigo Lattice by Sis Boom
28. Blue Paisley by Sis Boom
29. Green Lattice by Sis Boom
30. Navy Tile by Dena Designs
31. Navy Floral by Dena Designs
32. Intermission in green and yellow by Jenean Morrison

Pretty laminated cottons for March

56" Laminated Cottons
I gleefully picked out 6 new laminated cottons, woefully weeded out a few, and became very disappointed that my most favorite print sold out! Who knew picking out fabric was so emotional. Ok, anyone that's ever bought fabric KNOWS that it's always emotional!!

I know that's why when I am down in the dumps I head to my favorite local quilt shop, Quilting Adventures for a bit of R&R! I know you can't touch and feel it here, but you can check out the eye candy that is our current selection.

Don't forget that we also have a few 41" laminated cottons as well. I'll be adding to that is a few days time!! 

Happy Sewing!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

DIY Kit of the Month: Farmers Market Tote Bundle

Photo's by Meghan McSweeney
This months kit is fabric and webbing for our Sewing with Oilcloth, Farmers Market Tote. Spring is springing so must be prepared for the first day at the market!! We've made it easy for you, just pick four prints from our wide selection of oilcloth.

Combo Pack Includes:
One yard of 47/48” oilcloth for main tote
One yard of 47/48” oilcloth for lining and trim
One half yard of 47/48” oilcloth for side pockets
One fat quarter 47/48” oilcloth for center pocket and trim (free with combo pack
52" of 1' Webbing choose from Red or Black

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Great idea: Chalk Cloth

Photo Credit: See Jane Blog
I am so excited to share this great blog post from See Jane Blog!! OMG, this is so darn cute! Chalk cloth love and a 14th birthday, oh my what fun.
Photo Credit: See Jane Blog
I am so bummed that I haven't done this for my lovelies. I could use the table topper that we made for Thanksgiving a few years ago!! 
Photo Credit: See Jane Blog
Pretty Pretty Presents!