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Crazy For Oilcloth

Crazy For Oilcloth

Crafters are going crazy for oilcloth! The slick, durable material is one of this year's biggest craft trends. Studio 5 loves it too! Just a few weeks ago, Megan Hoeppner showed us darling ways to work with oilcloth. We just couldn't get enough, so we asked Megan to craft up even more cool creations using oilcloth.

Creating Keepsakes Magazine Editor Megan Hoeppner shares new ways to craft with oilcloth!

Greetings! Megan Hoeppner here. I had so much fun sharing oilcloth ideas with on a previous Studio 5 visit that I thought I'd come back and share a few more. This is SUCH a versatile crafting medium, and I hope you end up having as much fun with it as I've had.

Decorate with an Oilcloth Banner:

Because oilcloth is slick and sturdy, it's great for outdoor décor, including this Studio 5 banner. What I love the black pennants, which are created from a chalkboard fabric, because I can easily erase and rewrite the greeting for various occasions. Ask your local fabric store about this fabulous product or purchase it online.

Note: I used bistro markers (chalkboard markers) to write on the fabric, which are available at Michaels.

Send an Oilcloth Greeting:

To make this postcard, simply stitch down the center of one piece of oilcloth to create the divider between where your message and the address will go. Next, sew the stitched piece to a second oilcloth pattern, pink the edges with your pinking shears, and stamp the word "postcard" and a greeting using stamps (I used the Postcard set from American Crafts) and StazOn ink by Tsukineko (which works perfectly on smooth surfaces).

Note: If you find your postage stamp won't stick to the postcard, try adhering it with a strong glue (such as super glue), or stitch it to the material before you sew the front and back pieces together.

Create an Apron:

Because of its smooth finish, oilcloth is an idea material to use when sewing a crafting apron, like this one, which was provided by Caledonia Fine Fabrics (an awesome place to pick up oilcloth). Simply select an apron pattern and your oilcloth, and let stylish fun begin.

Organize with Oilcloth:

Keep your beach, pool, picnic, or park attire organized in an oilcloth tote. Again, simply select a tote bag pattern (click here for a list of free tote-bag pattern options), grab some oilcloth, and create a durable bag that you can use while you're out and about or even as an eco-friendly shopping bag! Note: This bag was also provided by our friends at Caledonia Fine Fabrics.

Build Baby Décor:

The nursery is a lovely place to add splashes of oilcloth. Simply cut shapes and letters (to spell "baby"), and tie them to embroidery hoops. I covered the hoops with scraps of oilcloth before tying my doodads to them.

Note: I used the Slice Fabrique from Making Memories to cut my oilcloth for this project. It's a great option for die-cutting fabric. And I learned how to make the pinwheels by watching a past episode of Studio 5. Learn more by clicking here.

Add Oilcloth Wall Art:

For quick wall organization, fill a frame with cork-covered oilcloth. Or layer oilcloth over a magnet board, as illustrated here. This frame is a Creative Memories product, and I adore the way it looks filled with oilcloth.

Organize your Oilcloth:

Here are a couple of oilcloth storage ideas for your smaller pieces of oilcloth that are both decorative and functional:

1. Roll them up and tie a spare scrap of oilcloth (or ribbon) around the roll. Place your various rolls in a cute basket.

2. Wrap your oilcloth around vintage spools, available at consignment and antique shops, and secure the pieces in place using fabric tape. Note: You can also pin the material in place, but it will create a pinhole in your material, so please do so with caution.

Oilcloth Shopping:

Since my last Studio 5 segment, I've found a few additional shops that carry amazing oilcloth assortments. Both of these shops happen to be in Boise, ID, but you don't have to make a road trip to enjoy their inventory. Instead, check out their online stores.

· Caledonia Fine Fabrics

o This is where I purchased several of my awesome samples for today's segment. The owner and store employees are super nice and would love to assist you in your oilcloth creations, whether you choose to purchase online or visit their fabulous store in Boise, ID!

· Twigs & Twist

o This is an adorable little fabric and scrapbooking shop in the Hyde Park area of Boise, Idaho.

· Online: You can find a list of online and local shops that carry oilcloth and laminated cotton here.

More Projects:

To see the rest of the projects shared on today's show, I invite you to visit my blog. And always check out Creating Keepsakes magazine when looking for ways to incorporate fun textures such as oilcloth into your scrapbooking.

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