About our oilclothWe are oilcloth specialists with the largest range of Mexican vinyls in the UK. We have bright, bold, fruity and floral, dazzling metallics and intricate laces. Some of our patterns originate back to 1940s Mexico and have vintage flair with a real zing! Our oilcloth is waterproof, stain resistant and hard wearing. We are always finding new things to do with it and know you will too.
Caring for your oilclothOur vinyl oilcloth is very robust, it is stain and heat resistant and if you follow these simple instructions will stay in tip top condition for years to come
- Clean with a warm soapy cloth
- Do not machine wash!
- Do not iron
- Fading may occur when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods
- Creases may appear through folding, but will quickly disappear - especially in warm conditions
Oilcloth IdeasOilcloth/Vinyl fabric is a hard wearing and versatile material which has many uses. It is perfect for interior design and craft projects. It is versatile, easy to sew, 100% waterproof and easy to clean.
Here are just some of the craft and sewing projects suitable for oilcloth: ....BAGS, TABLECLOTHS, APRONS, BIBS, HATS, PLACE MATS, WALL TIDYS, BABY PLAY MATS, OILCLOTH BUNTING, TOOL BELTS, NOTEBOOK COVERS, OUTDOOR CUSHIONS, CAMPER VAN UPHOLSTERY, PURSES, MAKEUP BAGS, PENCIL CASES...
If you have any tips you would like to share about working with oilcloth please let us know and if you would like to send in pictures of items you have made we'd love to see them!
Tips for sewing Oilcloth
- Use a leather needle on your sewing machine
- Use a good quality thread to minimise the danger of snapping
- You may find that the oilcloth feeds better when sewing if you use a special feeder foot on your sewing machine. This will lead to more even stitching.
- In general, the thicker the fabric the longer the stitches you should use. If sewing more than one thickness of oilcloth you may want to increase your stitch length.
- Practice on a small remnant first!
- If you are having difficulty attaching binding - a good trick is to stick the binding where you want it using a fabric or pva glue and paper clips to keep it in position until dry. When you come to sew you'll find it much easier.
- If you find it difficult to get your binding to follow the curves of your pattern - make small incisions on the reverse of the binding which will allow it to curve more easily
- Add eyelets for decoration or clever fastening solutions
- For extra sparkle try sewing individual sequins onto your finished item
- Velcro is a quick and easy solution for creating fastening