This past week I’ve been having lots of fun with my leftover oilcloth scraps. After I made my giveaway totes and made a few more as gifts, I had a quite a collection of oilcloth odds and ends. I put on my thinking cap and came up with some good uses for them.
This Baby Mess Kit is a variation of an Amy Butler pattern from her book Little Stitches for Little Ones (which is a nice compilation of patterns. I’ve made several things from the book and been pleased with each item). The mess kit is an oilcloth pouch that houses bibs, plate & cutlery, and some snacks. Great for meals out, or meals on the go.
I whipped up this photo holder too. I just got the kids pictures done at J.C Penny’s, and I wanted to take them to church to pass out to friends and family, and it came in very handy. I also thought it would make a good present for a grandparent, complete with pictures of the grandchildren tucked inside.
You really can’t beat a good oilcloth bib. They’re darling, and functional. When you a mom, cute is nice but functional is a MUST. I like these bibs in particular because they make a nice gender-neutral gift without being boring.
Oilcloth also works great for: aprons, kitchen chair or patio furniture cushions, diaper kits, spill mats for under highchairs, reusable grocery bags, tablecloths…
If you’ve never worked with oilcloth I highly recommend it. It’s a very unfussy material to work with and you get a lot of bang for your buck. There is no need to use special thread or needles (at least I didn’t), and it won’t fray so you don’t have to worry about finished edges. I like edging my oilcloth with bias tape, just because I like the way it looks, but it isn’t necessary. You can simply pink the edges and leave them be. Our local fabric store just recently expanded their oilcloth selection so I have lots of styles to choose from, but you can also by it online. Harts Fabric has an excellent selection of oilcloth available online, for very reasonable prices. I’ve personally ordered from them. They delivered promptly and the material looked just like it did in the picture. If you do a search on the internet you will also see vinyl coated fabrics, which don’t have the same texture and thickness that the oilcloth does. Plus it’s usually twice the price.
If you are interested in making any of these items just let me know and I can put together some tutorials.
Thanks for stopping by, April