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Project

Oilcloth Crafts: Summer Cocktails

Flowery oilcloth coasters catch drips from icy cocktails.

Materials

  • Oilcloth
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    These coasters are made like miniature versions of our place mats; let the pattern of your cloth dictate the shape of the coaster. With a large floral motif, for example, simply cut along the outline of a single bloom, and then back it with a solid color. These coasters blossom under some of our own favorite chilled drinks: Meyer lemon drops (left front and rear), served in glasses with sugar-coated rims; a peachmopolitan (right front), garnished with a fresh peach slice; and a frozen pink salty dog (right rear), with a classic salt rim and a wedge of pink grapefruit. For cocktail recipes, see the Recipe Finder at marthastewart.com.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July 2001

Reviews (33)

  • ojolie 6 Jul, 2010

    +I+have+used+thin+cork+as+a+backing+for+other+oilcloth+projects.++Use+a+good+spray+adhesive+as+well+as+a+very+tacky+craft+glue+or+glue+from+the+hardware+store.+Weighting+the+coasters+between+two+pieces+of+wax+paper+and+a+brick+on+top+%28or+a+couple+of+heavy+books%29+until+the+glue+dries+completely+would+be+easy..++Be+sure+to+use+a+glue+that+will+not+be+bothered+by+the+moisture.

  • peacefulannie 5 Jul, 2010

    I liked this craft the first few times you featured it...It's time for NEW craft ideas....

  • Ginnyoak 2 Jun, 2008

    It says in the directions that "these are like miniature versions of our placemats", so I clicked on the Oilcloth Crafts link at the end of the directions and read the placemat instructions. Essentially, they sprayed an adhesive on the back of each of the fabrics and pressed them together with their hands. They then straight stitched and used fun scissors to trim the edges, or used a bias tape to finish the edge. Hope this helps!

  • spinssheep 30 May, 2008

    How do you back the flowers and is there a particular method of finishing it off (ie: glue, zigzag stitch on sewing machine)? Who writes these directions anyway? I'd like to see more detail either in writing or in photos.

  • LouLou2007 29 May, 2008

    This is a really cool craft

  • MOMGO 29 May, 2008

    i made something similar years ago for my daughter's school craft fair. i used the clear plastic fabric coating you buy by the yard at the fabric store. you can attach to any fabric you like. i used a fabric with fall leaves and cut out the leaf shapes. they came out really cute. they were thin and probably could have used something thicker to back it. i was in a rush and didn't have time to figure that out but i'm sure that would be easy to do.

  • swanyj 28 May, 2008

    the type of glue to use is not mentioned

  • lucyaustralia 28 May, 2008

    I thought these were divine when I first saw them in MS magazine. However, they are too "lumpy" for drinks with a stem (like the cocktails shown) - one the glass is more empty they aren't stable. Great for heavier hi ball glassware and yes, baby bibs too.

  • starrchild145 28 May, 2008

    I noticed there were a few comments about the price of oilcloth.After reading the explanation of what oilcloth is by pelican66,I have a GREEN idea to help with the cost of the oilcloth. Since it is what baby are made of I think I will go down to my local thrift shop and pick up a some gentley used ones. A neat craft/ recycling/ and saving money at the same time. Sounds great to me. Also look for the spray adhesive at the dollar tree or a store like family dollar/Fred's. Happy crafting

  • pelican66 28 May, 2008

    as a kid in grade school part of our supply requirement for the year was a piece of oilcloth for our desks for projects, etc. found it at kresge's. it's canvas backed plastic or rubberized material..comes in all sorts of colors and prints. common in the fifties as kitchen table cloths when easy cleanup was needed.. google it for supply sources might be best.

  • DivaJosie 28 May, 2008

    Can someone explain: exactly what is "oilcloth"?

  • kfowler70 28 May, 2008

    www.denverfabrics.com has a decent selection of oilcloth. I have bought some from there in the past to make baby bibs and to use as a drop cloth for my kids' projects. Cleans up in a snap.

  • hugmehugs 28 May, 2008

    I don't think that oil cloth would be very absorbing.
    I have to agree this sharonmanis: I make my coasters out of fabric that I have quilted. Never have to worry about wetness on my tables.

  • sharonmanis 28 May, 2008

    oil cloth is expencive. I make mine out of cloth I have quilted. Just throw them in the wash.

  • odunahoo 28 May, 2008

    And for the back, use another oil cloth cut out. Cut them out together so you have to cut once. Then spray adhesive and then press them together.

  • debbiegjerde 28 May, 2008

    The instructions said spray mount which is a spray adhesive that you can purchase at any crafts store or hardware store.

  • odunahoo 28 May, 2008

    Use a spray adhesive.

  • BarbaraCorry 28 May, 2008

    I got confused where it talks about backing it with a solid color. What do you back it with and how?

  • mgiles 28 May, 2008

    I was puzzled by the phrase "cut out final shape" - after it states to adhere the two pieces together. What "final shape." Does anyone really edit and fine tune the craft directions so they make actual sense. Also..hope someone checks these comments, and takes them to heart!

  • tricialee5 28 May, 2008

    Nice idea, but instructios are vague and incomplete. More text is dedicated to "chilled drinks" than to the intended craft. Of course, one can "guess" as to how to do the craft, but then what is the purpose of this page?

    I love MS and all info she publishes. Too bad the craft section is so weak.

  • tmmater 28 May, 2008

    Obviously a drinkies article that they didn't translate well enough into an Oilcloth Craft. Drat!

  • lilyloreh 28 May, 2008

    To back them with a "solid" color you could use sticky back felt sold at craft stores... I even found some at a Dollar store!

  • jfoster789 28 May, 2008

    Deb, If you click on the link for more oilcloth crafts they say to use spray mount. Kind of like a spray glue. You can get it at any craft store!
    Jenny

  • arleneharris35 28 May, 2008

    Oil cloth coasters are a great idea, but how do you complete them. Do you use oil coth or felt on the bottom?? Do you use glue to adhere the bottom or do you stitch the bottom on. Usually your instruction are very clear, but this one isn't

  • skubinski 28 May, 2008

    The placemat directions say to use a light spray mount. That should keep it from having glue bumps.

  • lilysnana55 28 May, 2008

    Oh, and I just noticed, there is a link to "Oilcloth Crafts" at the bottom of the instructions! How convenient! Hope this helped!

  • lilysnana55 28 May, 2008

    Oh, and I just noticed, there is a link to "Oilcloth Crafts" at the bottom of the instructions! How convenient! Hope this helped!

  • lilysnana55 28 May, 2008

    The code in these instructions was "like miniature versions of our placemats". Whenever instructions refer to another craft, you have to find the original craft for more detailed instructions. In this case, "Oilcloth Crafts" had placemat instructions that had the two layers sprayed lightly with spray adhesive and then sewn together with a decorative stitch around the edge.

  • lilysnana55 28 May, 2008

    The code in these instructions was "like miniature versions of our placemats". Whenever instructions refer to another craft, you have to find the original craft for more detailed instructions. In this case, "Oilcloth Crafts" had placemat instructions that had the two layers sprayed lightly with spray adhesive and then sewn together with a decorative stitch around the edge.

  • DebsSweet 15 May, 2008

    "Back it with a solid color" -- since I am 'craft challenged" how do I attach it? Glue? Hot glue? : )

  • bunnymouse 12 Apr, 2008

    I found a store on eBay that has the cheapest prices on fabric by the yard: http://stores.ebay.com/Simply-Divine-Austin. They also have cute pre-made products that can be embroidered.

  • Jesann21 26 Jan, 2008

    I know that if you go to oilcloth.com they have a list of people who distribute by location search. Maybe that will help. I have been to several ACE hardware stores and seen oilcloth on a roll. Hope this helps.

  • sewlovely 19 Jan, 2008

    where can I get oil cloth in New York. I went to several shops yesterday in the garment district and no-one had it - in fact a lot of them didn't know what I was talking about