Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Chalk Cloth Cure!

When your chalk cloth arrives it's a nice solid black. But, if you were to write on it at this point you would end up with ghost lines. Meaning, if you write "pie is yummy" on the black cloth, your going to see a faint outline of those words. I prefer to cure my chalk cloth so it looks like a fabric chalkboard. This just requires a little TLC.
 Start by rubbing a piece of chalk cloth from side to side with the broad side of the chalk.
Then with a damp cloth wipe off the chalk. This will leave your chalk cloth gray and smeared, so grab a second towel that is just a bit damp and wipe it off again. Now your good to go!
The chalk will have scratched your fabric here and there, this is normal. This is what give your fabric the appearance of a chalkboard.
Doodle on my friends... Doodle on!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Sale!

Shop Oilcloth Addict now through Sunday and save 25% off you entire purchase! Coupon Code: blackfriday25

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Chalk Cloth Chalkboard!

I'm a firm believer in using what you have on hand to create what you really want. It's not always the easiest way to go but it's always the cheapest.

About a million years ago, we had some project that left us with a piece of particle board (seen here) and I wanted to have a chalk board for my family. I had chalk board paint but that would look really bad on this type of wood, you couldn't write on it. But I did have was a piece of chalk cloth and a staple gun.

Feel free to steal my new saying!! They are words to live by, don't you think?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Great Idea: Vintage Inspired Hanging Chalkboard!

Yet another great use for chalk cloth!! Follow the tutorial from the Sparkle blog to create you own hanging chalkboard. All you need is chalk cloth and the following supplies wooden dowels (2), wood stain, eye and hook screws (2), chain, utility knife and a heavy-duty stapler and you've got yourself a great gift for so many people on your holiday list!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Get the Look: Chalk Cloth with a side Turkey Dinner!

I haven't seen a Target that I didn't like (a lot), so when my friend Kerri spotted this one I fell head over heels in love! Check out the chalk cloth on the table!! Cuteness. You know we love to get our party on with chalk cloth.

Chalk cloth is pretty stiff stuff so it doesn't drape like a normal tablecloth so I used a few yards of the black stuff to make a custom table topper. See how to make one here and then check my Thanksgiving tablescape on Apartment Therapy!

Over in the Modern June shop we have many chalk cloth runners to choose from, as well as, chalk cloth chargers/placemats! These are a lot of fun at parties and game nights! They even make homework fun -- almost! Check them out in this months Country Living Magazine too!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pretty Oilcloth Prints!

This recent order of four pretty oilcloth prints inspired me to create a listing for a new combo pack! Pick 4 different 1 yard cuts and save $4.00. With over 50 oilcloths to choose from your sure to find 4 you can't live with out.

Monday, November 4, 2013

New!! 56" Aqua Cheveron

Check out this fantastic aqua chevron laminated cotton fabric. Not only is it on trend it's 56" wide so it's perfect for tablecloths! It's going fast so snag it up soon.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Just In: Kawii Notions

Iron-on Patches!!

My 15 year old daughter is into anime, manga and all things Japanese! So when I saw these sweet Kawii notions I just had to buy them up for the Oilcloth Addict shop. I hope you all enjoy them too!

Kawii Buttons!

Here is a fun zipper pouch project that uses the Kawii patches. Stay tuned, I'll be using them for throw pillows in M's new bedroom!!

Zipper Pouch Pattern via Robert Kaufman!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Great Idea: Piano Bench!

Play me, I'm Yours!! Street pianos? I'm in love! 

Recently one of customers sent us this picture can you find the laminated cotton? Yep, that's Hop Dot laminated cotton in blue and green adorns the seat bench!!You can find this very happy piano in Cleveland, Ohio and other street pianos throughout the world!! Check out to find a piano near you!

We love seeing your projects! Please send us a photo of what you did with your Oilcloth Addict purchase and we'll show it off here! Send them to me at!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Great Idea: Tote-able Tool Bucket

Do you remember this fun project from BHG's Do it Yourself magazine? We were happy to have supplied the magazine with lots of fun oilcloth for the project. We'll since it's summer I thought it needed a re-post! Grab your Sewing with Oilcloth book and make one of my garden aprons. Don't forget we have a special-priced combo pack of oilcloth for this pattern!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Oilcloth: White Bloom

Picking this new oilcloth was easy, I was inspired by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Do you know how excited I get when I see this fun stuff on TV? I love how intense Guy is in the phone photo. Check out the White Bloom oilcloth at our Oilcloth Addict Etsy shop.

Remember, if you spy oilcloth, I'd love to hear about it, so send me a link!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sewing with Oilcloth Tip: Sticking Together

You've probably noticed that oilcloth and laminated cotton are pretty sticky but that's not always a bad thing. Use the stick to your advantage.  When you cut two pieces from the same pattern piece place the right sides of the fabric together and the two pieces of oilcloth will naturally stick together.

This is really handy when your using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut out a project. You'll need to do a lot less pinning!

Here are some tips to get you through that sticky business while sewing.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Color Combo: Kelly's Current Favorite

Here are 4 great oilcloths that I'm currently crushing on!! One of our new prints, Red Bloom, takes center stage! Combine it with green gingham, dot on red and yellow and white stripes and you've got summer all wrapped up!! 

Come back on Friday to see what I'm doing with these 4 prints!! Tutorial Spoiler: No-Sew Picnic Mat!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sewing with Oilcloth Tips: Tracing Patterns

Ever wonder how to mark your pattern pieces onto oilcloth? The regular methods such as pinning and spiky tracing wheels just won't do, they would leave your project full of holes before you even started your project. Never fear, here are two methods that work well.

For this first method, just raid your sewing supplies and pull out a point turner and tracing paper. The sharp edge of the point turner is great for making small details. See how I made an X to mark the snap placement on my Sewing with Oilcloth Garden Apron pattern?

The second method is great for stitch lines and darts, just use a flat or smooth edged tracing wheel and your tracing paper. This handy tool can be found in the notions section at any large fabric shop. I think it's better to use this method if your using tissue paper patterns, I worry that the point turner would rip your pattern.

When it comes to buying tracing paper, might I suggest that you don't buy the double-sided paper. Oops! Luckily the markings came off of my oilcloth with a little rubbing.

Oilcloth: Orange Mums!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

I Spy Oilcloth: Royal Pains

Can I tell you how much I love the show Royal Pains? What's not to love, the brothers get to live in guest house for free. Never mind that the house is 4 times larger than my own. Hank is part doctor and part Macgyver. And Divya, she still wears designer cloths even though she's been cut off from her rich parents. It's so real life and pretty! I love my guilty pleasure TV!

Any how, look what I spied on the first episode of this season? Oilcloth!! To get the look check out our new Red Bloom oilcloth and our pretty Orange Mum oilcloth. I'll see you all in the Hamptons!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Our Studio: Fabric Storage

After 7 years of business I finally have proper storage for all of our laminated cottons, chalk cloth and oilcloth!! I am just a happy as I can be. The other day I went in to the studio early and was overwhelmed by the days tasks. Then I turned my head and saw my pretty new wall of fabric and I actually waved at it, like a teenage girl flirting with a boy across the lunchroom. Hhheeeey! Yikes, I hope I didn't blush! 
Nicole loves it!
Geneva and Kathie love it!
I love it!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Just In!!

Check out the new laminated cottons from Riley Blake! Yes, your seeing correctly, we now have solid laminated cotton in stock!! Grey, Red and Black! Also new is the pretty geographic print, Madhuri Green Stripe and the fun black and white gingham laminated cotton.