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How to Make Authentic Oilcloth

by M.E. Russell

Learn how to make real oilcloth fabric

Why do they call it oil cloth? What is currently being sold in stores as oilcloth is actually made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum-based coating. However, genuine oilcloth (the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table) is made from cotton, canvas, or linen fabric coated in linseed oil. The fabric can be dyed or printed before the linseed treatment, and the oil gives it a water-resistant surface. Genuine oilcloth (also known as oilskin) is biodegradable in a landfill. The "real" oilcloth sold in stores today is made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, and as such does not break down in a landfill.       

 

If you'd like to give the real thing a try, here's how to do it:   

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Make a Girly Oilcloth Pup Tent

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 06/02/2010

If I had a mom like me when I was a kid, I would have been a happy camper, literally. My mom was creative, but probably wouldn't have attempted to make me a cozy, girly, oilcloth pup tent where my buds and I could hang out in the rain, or even spend the night.

In order to make this pretty little tent for you or your kids, here's what you'll need:

6 yards 55" wide girly oilcloth ( Anna Marie Horner's laminated cotton fabric)

2 48" x 1" dowel...

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