How to make oil cloth fabric

Written by fred samsa
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to make oil cloth fabric
Use an iron to make your own oil cloth fabric. (iron image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

Oil cloth fabric is a wonderful material for making anything that you would like or need to be waterproof, including raincoats, outdoor furniture coverings or bags. However, the beautiful, shiny texture of oil cloth fabric also makes it an interesting crafting fabric for indoor use. Although oil cloth fabric can be quite expensive to buy, you can make your own at home using simple materials available at hardware, furnishing or fabric shops.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Roll of transparent contact paper
  • Tea towel

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the size and shape you want your oil cloth fabric to be, and cut a piece of fabric that size. Iron the fabric flat.

  2. 2

    Cut a matching piece of contact paper, sized just slightly larger than the fabric -- about an extra 2.5 cm (1 inch) per side. Any overhanging contact paper can be trimmed later.

  3. 3

    Position the contact sheet over the fabric, and carefully peel away one corner of the contact paper's backing paper. Smooth the exposed contact paper onto the fabric while peeling the backing paper away. Take care to avoid wrinkling the contact paper.

  4. 4

    Trim the excess contact paper away from the edges of the fabric, so that the edge of the fabric is aligned with the edge of the contact paper.

  5. 5

    Place a clean tea towel over the contact paper. Set a iron to its cotton setting and gently iron the tea towel to melt the contact paper underneath. Keep the iron moving continuously to avoid burning the contact paper.

  6. 6

    Allow the fabric to cool before handling. If there is any separation between the contact paper and fabric after cooling, re-iron as directed above.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.