Trend Alert: Oilcloth & Cotton Laminate

TREND ALERT: Oilcloth & Cotton Laminate

It’s all the rage in sewing and crafting currently; oilcloth and cotton laminate. The materials, known for their durability add fresh texture and a hip retro look to any project!

Creating Keepsakes Creative Editor, Megan Hoeppner shares fresh ways to use oilcloth in handmade gifts, home décor, even scrapbooking.

Image from Lee Carter Company

Cover a Corkboard
Make keeping track of your to-dos more fun and stylish with a cotton laminate-covered corkboard. Simply measure the cork to fit the width of your board and use a staple gun to secure it in place. Then adhere molding from a hardware store around the outside of the corkboard frame to complete the look. (I used hot glue to attach the molding.)

Create a Stylish Bib
Oilcloth and laminate are slippery, which helps keep them spill proof. Use that to your advantage and create a cotton bib. Check out my blog for instructions and purchase the Bibbity Bobbity Bib pattern at The Material Girls Quilts in South Jordan or online at

Oilcloth vs. Laminate
Oilcloth is a heavier weight than laminated cotton. Big in the 1950s, oilcloth is material (vinyl or flannel) that is bonded to a synthetic non-woven backing. This makes it waterproof. Laminate, however, is cotton fabric that has been coated on one side with a laminate. Since the back is still exposed cotton, it’s less durable than oilcloth but still offers the hip, retro look.

Create Your Own Laminated Cotton
Oilcloth is a specialty fabric that can be harder to find (see a few online resources below), but you can always use laminated cotton to achieve a similar look. Simply purchase an iron-on laminate, like Heat n Bond Iron-On Vinyl from Therm O Web (shown below), and adhere it to your favorite fabric following the instructions on the package.

To see more of the projects, check out my blog,


Fabric-Shopping Resources
Purchase laminated cotton locally at Material Girls Quilts in South Jordan.

Find Oilcloth online at the following shops:
Fashion Fabrics Club (starting at $6.75/yard) (starting at $6.98/yard)

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