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Oilcloth Crafts: Kitchen Help and More

Martha Stewart Living, July 2002

On the Shelf
Lining shelves with oilcloth adds color to a work space -- no sewing required. Simply cut a length of fabric to fit shelf, allowing extra width for overhang. Fold and iron edge to create flap; then lay in place. We cut ours in a jagged edge, following the pattern of the cloth.

Cookbook Cover
Impervious to grease stains, oilcloth-covered cookbooks hold up to heavy use.

Drawer Liner
A sleeve of oilcloth brightens a utility drawer and is more substantial than shelf paper. A heavy cloth will stay in place on its own; attach a lighter-weight fabric with double-sided tape.

Kitchen Help
For helpful little ones, make these simple, functional aprons part of the kitchen "uniform." A wide swath of fabric, secured with picnic clips, protects the work surface. Oilcloth is sold by the yard at housewares and fabric stores, in an array of colors, patterns, and sizes.

Oilcloth Apron How-To

Oilcloth Crafts

Comments (4)

  • CharInSeattle 7 Aug, 2008

    These are great ideas for the use of oilcloth. I remember my grandparents used to line their kitchen shelves with oil cloth. I'm going to put some in my glass-front kitchen cupboards with a rotary-cut scalloped overhang.

  • leaavon 12 Jul, 2008

    Jo-Ann's carries oil cloth by the roll and it's usually pretty inexpensive. I love the coasters...what a cute idea!

  • StuntBunny 23 Feb, 2008


    Jack's Country Store carries oil cloth by the yard. I have ordered from them myself. Their web site is

    Good luck!


  • Cynthial 18 Feb, 2008

    Does anyone have an online source for oilcloth fabrics, by the yard? Thanks.