My sewing machine is in slumber after sewing State Fair entries and Halloween costumes. It will be coming out this weekend as we will be sewing for charity. Perhaps after the weekend we can focus on bright colors and bold designs and make an attempt at oilcloth. I’m fascinated by the stuff. Mostly it’s the colors and patterns that lure me. The stiff, thick fabric sorta intimidates me.
Kelly McCants has sparked my interest more with her book Sewing wit Oilcloth. Page after page there are some lovely creations and I think the versatility of it being a fabric that’s stunning inside as well as outside really revs my need to try at least one creation. The book not only has amazing projects but there are tips and instruction that seem to boost my confidence with each read.
I don’t have a great sewing machine. After all, I bought it three years ago at Wal-mart. Still, McCants makes me feel I can succeed. That while my sewing machine is lower end, I hear her sharing tips to make my machine advance the oilcloth like a pro. There’s tips on what tools work best on oilcloth and how to attach oilcloth bias trim–that’s some madskills right there.
Where would I begin in this wonderland of oilcloth fun? I’m on page 49 taking in the Party Banners. I love the simplicity and McCants incorporation of chalk cloth to customize the banner is brilliant! We entertain a lot and my kiddos are banner junkies. Several made of oilcloth with the chalk cloth accent would be a bright and festive look. One even the biggest party-pooper would have to pause to give notice.
The Sandwich Wrapper on page 87 looks like something I could produce even on the most chaotic of days. Oilcloth is water resistant and cleans well, plus its BPA and PVC-free. We use sandwich wrappers, but none are as festive as these can be. Pair this up with the Insulated Lunch bag on page 96 and you have the makings of a beautiful lunch!
I’m hoping soon my deadline projects will be completed and I can pull myself up to my sewing machine and sew for the tranquility, the beauty and discover oilcloth. I’ll be starting with the 20 patterns found in Kelly McCants, Sewing with Oilcloth and pioneering the medium at my home and thinking of my grandma, who seemed to love this fabric.*I received sewing with oilcloth in order to facilitate an honest review. the opinions where expressed are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.