Sunday, May 22, 2011

Oil Cloth - I Love It!

I have used oil cloth many times in the past to make various bags.  I just love the stuff.  Well after eating at the Red Iguana last week in Salt Lake City and seeing their beautiful oil cloth tablecloths I realized that’s exactly what I need for my dining room table. 

We have a family dinner every Sunday night, and forgive me for saying this. but, my family members are the messiest people around.  I always use a tablecloth on the table and it has to get some serious laundering every time it’s used.  So the solution is. . . . . . oil cloth. 

Off to M & L fabrics this past week to purchase 3 different pieces, to accommodate the various dining room table sizes.

The most common size is without a leaf.  This is how my table is most of the time so I picked my favorite.


Here it is on the table, all set for dinner.


If I use one leaf, this is the tablecloth.


And finally for the times I add both leafs, this is the table cloth I’ll use.


The white is my least favorite but it will look fine when there’s a ton of people here. 

My three favorite things about oil cloth: 1) I love the bright colors 2) All I have to do is wipe if off with a damp sponge and it’s clean 3) You don’t have to sew the edges, just cut to size and you’re ready to go.




  1. I have a piece just like your red one but with a blue background on a little unfinished side counter in my kitchen. It is fabulous stuff and so bright and cheerful. But I seriously want a piece of the first one you show for my kitchen table. It is beautiful.

  2. I like your three reasons and ofcourse the cloths themselves.

  3. Love, love, love oilcloth! Haven't sewn with it yet cuz I'm a newbie, but I have a couple of gorgeous pieces ready to make something soon. Love the first tablecloth on your post! It has that So. Cal feel to it! (I really miss that now that I live in the Great NorthWET! :p


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