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No-Sew Liner

Dress up storage baskets -- and make them easier to clean -- with lining cut from oilcloth, a durable and moisture-resistant fabric that requires no hemming. 




  • Oilcloth
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Storage basket


  1. Step 1


    Simply overlap two pieces crosswise in the basket, leaving several inches of overhang on each end before cutting. Hole punch the corners, and tie in place with ribbon.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2002



Reviews (46)

  • oilclothalley 8 Nov, 2010

    for over 100 great oilcloth prints and fun oilcloth products!

  • phyllisrand 6 Nov, 2010

    Where can you buy oilcloth? I can think of dozens of uses for it, but have no idea where it can be found.

  • humus 18 Jun, 2010

    Modern oilcloth is made with PVCs. I did find a website that shows how you can make your own with duck fabric and linseed oil...

  • ellasc 30 Nov, 2009

    Oilcloth would make wonderful shelf liners..just wipe and dry!

  • brutuses 30 Nov, 2009

    That has me thinking if oil cloth would make a good shelf liner.

  • sbailoor 4 Mar, 2009

    Try or
    Many fabric stores have them too.

  • hkFowler 3 Mar, 2009

    Where can you find oilcloth in the US?

  • Naynay 2 Mar, 2009

    That's a great idea. Also gave me an idea to make a runner in one cabinet where I store oils for easy clean up.

  • enidr 1 Mar, 2009

    In Canada I have bought oilcloth at Jysk, Fabricland and Walmart hope this helps, Rieso.

  • May0510 1 Mar, 2009

    I buy inexpensive thin vinyl flooring, generally in a white/beige small block pattern to line the bottoms of all cabinet sinks and drawers. Easy to cut with a mat knife, block pattern aids in measuring, it will lay flat and cleans up beautifully. Store spillable items in plastic bins sorted according to how the supplies are used. I will certainly use the oil cloth basket liner idea. Pretty and functional.

  • JoanMilke 28 Feb, 2009

    You can find vinyl and sometimes oilcloth table cloths in some dollar stores. I use their plastic shower curtins for drop clothes whenr painting.

  • sallen2allen 28 Feb, 2009

    Great idea. Many fabric shops have a remnant area and this would be a good fabric remnant project.

  • khale 28 Feb, 2009

    Just curious, can you use oil cloth for semi permanent coverings such as a small pergola for shade? I'm thinking it might be better than canvas which is expensive, leaks, and not as fun color wise. Of course, as a covering, it would have to hold rivets to be tied down.... Anyone know how it will hold up?

  • Nikki_W 28 Feb, 2009

    I use the flannel backed vinyl tablecloth fabric (bolt) cut to size to make my shelf liners, too. Cute prints that coordinate with my kitchen. I have also used upholstery vinyl fabric (think for vinyl cushions -found some perfect celedon blue with cocoa lines in it) as well. Easy to wipe off, keeps the cans or bottles from leaving a mess on the kitchen cabinets. And no adhesive residue when I swap it out for a new print.

  • heartlandcats 28 Feb, 2009

    Our local Walmart still has a fabric department and they carry oil cloth. Love this idea!

  • jolindahendrix 28 Feb, 2009

    You can buy fannel-backed vinyll table-cloth fabric at Many colors and reasonable. Great Idea. Any one have a pattern for apatop table cloth to use with an unbrella???

  • CreativeJoAnne 28 Feb, 2009

    We buy oilcloth at most fabric stores in the U.S. Hope that helps.. .

  • rieso 28 Feb, 2009

    Hi I am from Elora ,Ontario Canada, where do I find oilcloth?

    We don't have any Target stores here.
    Let me know,.


  • cnite51 28 Feb, 2009

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I have always stayed away from the baskets because I feared the canvas would get dirty/stained. You have provided the perfect solution. This makes me also think of under the sink storage, laundry room storage, linen closed storage (where I keep my surplus supplies for the bathroom), everywhere storage! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

  • Cila 28 Feb, 2009

    Vinyl shower curtains from the dollar store would make excellent liners too; very inexpensive, easy to clean.

  • jazam 28 Feb, 2009

    found this to be a "spot on" tip...and you can find some cute ribbon in the dollar section at Target....this is so perfect for the laundry stuff but great for under the different sink areas!..thanks again...

  • Alabaxter 6 Oct, 2008

    Joann's at Almeda Mall in Houston is moving and I just found a huge stash of oilcloth on bolts 70% off!!! What perfect timing!

  • mjmerch 4 Oct, 2008

    Could you not also use vinyl tableclothes? There are so many different prints and are pretty cheap and you could do many baskets.

  • Kathiann 4 Oct, 2008

    I know JoAnn's does't carry oilcloth on line, but they do have it in store

  • ibcrafter 4 Oct, 2008

    You can also use (free) wallpaper pages from sample books to line floor under your sink. Works for bottom of coat closet, too, where I store winter boots.

  • chulawoman 3 Oct, 2008

    I keep a basket about this size on the floor in my laundry room (which is right off my kitchen). Daily, I throw dirty kitchen towels and dish cloths in it. I save them up for when I'm doing a load of similar items. I seem to go through a lot! I have to replace the basket periodically because of the damp towels. I use a basket instead of a plastic tub because it looks nicer. I will definitely do this because it will make the basket look even nicer and last longer.

  • szysews 3 Oct, 2008

    JoAnn Fabrics carries vinyl oilcloth (or 'tablecloth vinyl'). Just an FYI....

  • agthomas57 3 Oct, 2008

    Please see my prior comment for practical fabric discussion. Less practical...If I had LOTS of money, without a doubt I would have tablecloths made from the gorgeous, acrylic-coated oilcloth fabrics from Provence.

  • agthomas57 3 Oct, 2008

    This is a nice project. For this application, the vinyl fabrics available at fabric stores would work fine. They are nice--real fabrics impregnated with PVC--and many choices of print.

    Old-fashioned oilcloth was fabric made waterproof with oil (linseed I think). It was stiff, could crack, and was, well...oily. Today its fabric coated with acrylic. Waterproof fabric for tablecloths could also have a flannel backing. For this project, I would use any of these, or cut a thrift store vinyl tablecloth into yardage.

  • susytassy 3 Oct, 2008

    I also search on Joann Fabrics, she is right, they don't carry it. Thanks for the denver fabrics site. I'll try it

  • RubyEdge 3 Oct, 2008

    Is Oilcloth called by any different names? Kathiann said you should be able to find it any fabric store but when I search on Joann's website they say they don't have it. Please help!

  • susytassy 3 Oct, 2008

    I just ordered a few yards of oilcloth online at Does anyone know of any other place I can get it? They didn't have much of a selection.

  • delinep 3 Oct, 2008

    I love this idea, it is so simple and looks great. Thank you.

  • harvard44 3 Oct, 2008

    Great idea. Could use tea towels too. I'm always buying seasonal pattern tea towels for lining food baskets for buffets, potlucks, muffins to the office etc. Depending on what you're storing in the basket though, it's hard to beat practical old oil cloth!

  • twilliams08 3 Oct, 2008

    Love it! You could have one basket and switch out the cloth for different seasons and holidays!

  • Heather416 3 Oct, 2008

    I was beginning to grow tired of the canvas liners and this just may be the boost the baskets need - on the hunt now for a nice seasonal fall print - thank you

  • KatiaGardner 3 Oct, 2008

    oh! I love this idea, I already have a little basket that I carry around with all my supplies. But today I was thinking that it needed something!

  • sylvan_woman 3 Oct, 2008

    Great for scrapbook paper storage! My granddaughter and I will shop for a large square basket, oilcloth, and do this together for her paper stash! Thanks! *****

  • bjhinokcok 3 Oct, 2008

    I was thinking using 2 matching placemats....

  • heather8330 3 Oct, 2008

    I've been putting off cleaning up under my sink... this'll actually make it look pretty.

  • lella60 3 Oct, 2008

    Nice and practical.

  • Kathiann 3 Oct, 2008

    Just about any fabric store should carry it. I know JoAnn's does.

  • bechler 3 Oct, 2008

    where can I buy the oilcloth fabric?

  • tarru 26 Jul, 2008

    The coolest neatest idea...thank u

  • KDBee46 8 Jun, 2008

    wow, this is really cute and simple