Fabric Fives: Kelly McCants

Kelly McCants is the queen of oilcloth. She’s proprietress of the Etsy shops Oilcloth Addict, which offers oilcloth, laminated cottons, and Chalk Cloth by the yard, and Modern June, which offers finished goods made out of these unique, durable, charming fabrics. And in case you’re in any doubt she’s the queen, she’s now she’s got a book, Sewing With Oilcloth: 20 Patterns That Make Sewing With Oilcloth Easy, Fresh, and Fun, which is┬ádestined to become the book on oilcloth. For this blog tour stop, I asked Kelly to give us her Fabric Fives, and she gracefully obliged despite having some slightly more important things to deal with! That is hardcore. Below are Kelly’s oilcloth-flavored picks. Find out how you can win a copy of the book and some oilcloth of your own at the end of the post!

Five Favorite Fabrics in Your Stash Right Now

Best Deal fabric: Chicken boarder print ($1.00 a yard)
Prettiest fabric: New orange laminated cotton
Favorite Fabric: Sis Boom Green Lattice (my current tablecloth)
Kitschiest Cotton Fabric: Blenders
Coolest Fabric: Chalk Cloth

Five Oilcloths on My Wishlist

Cath Kidston oilcloths make me swoon!
I want every one of the oilcloths at Butik 76.
Chickens make me giddy!
What’s not to love about all things Marrimekko, oilcloth included!
Shine Shine … How I could I not shine with these around me?

Five Most Recent Acquisitions

We’re making cotton aprons for Rust-Oleums Marketing and PR department. They will be wearing them at this year’s Country Living Fairs in Columbus and Atlanta. It’s a fun project, some of the aprons will be very fun and kitschy while the other will be cute and country chic. It’ll be so fun to see them at the show wearing their aprons. What an honor!

Five Fabrics You Could (or Do) Consume by the Bolt

Between making all our Modern June goodies and selling fabric through Oilcloth Addict I go through a lot of bolts every month.

Anna Maria Horner’s Tart laminate flies out of our studio. We’ve gone through five bolts since May!
Heather Bailey’s Green Hop Dot laminate. It’s simple and perky!
Red Gingham oilcloth, an oilcloth we could not live with out.
Orange Lace oilcloth. What can I say, it’s just dreamy!
Chalkcloth. We get 56 yards at a time. I have girlfriends that weigh less than those bolts.

Five-Fabric Combo for Fall

Red Apples Oilcloth
Brown Lace Oilcloth
Red Fruity Oilcloth
Walnut Faux Bois Oilcloth
Orange Lace Oilcloth

Here are my top five combos for fall. We’re making Modern June placemats and tablecloths for all in these fun prints.

Thanks so much, Kelly!

Giveaway Time! Kelly is offering one lucky True Up reader a signed copy of Sewing With Oilcloth along with a few fat quarters of oilcloth, laminated cotton, and/or Chalk Cloth. Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw a winner randomly next Monday, September 12, around 10am Central U.S. time.

Follow the tour:

8/29/11: Wiley Craft
8/31/11: Modern June
9/1/11: MADE
9/2/11: Craft

You Are Here! 9/5/11: True Up and Craft Gossip
9/6/11: Oilcloth International
9/7/11: Average Jane Crafter
9/8/11: Prudent Baby
9/9/11: Craft Sanity
9/12/11: Crafty Pod
9/13/11: Sew, Mama, Sew!


  1. This book looks fantastic and I am a huge fan (and stasher) of oilcloth! Thank you so much for the giveaway :)

  2. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    Oh, this book looks so fabulous! I just love oilcloth!

  3. Wendy says:

    I have never sewn with oilcloth — would love to try!

  4. monique says:

    I’ve also never worked with oilcloth but I’m really intrigued!! Just what i need; an excuse to expand my fabric collection

  5. krystina says:

    I’ve never sewed with oilcloth before. This book looks so… pretty! I would love a chance to win it!

  6. Jeannie says:

    I just love oilcloth and would really enjoy learning more about using it – the book looks great. thanks for the offer

  7. Heather says:

    I’m so curious about the lovely oilcloth or laminate fabric lines I’ve seen but I’ve never bought any because I just don’t know for sure what I’d do with them. This book would sure solve that problem.

  8. Henria O. says:

    Awesome book and equally awesome fabric!

  9. susan alexander/wilson says:

    I’m a sucker for a gorgeous craft book, and this one more than qualifies. And that Ana Marie Horner oilcloth has been tempting me for ages. Lethal combination for the pocketbook.

  10. Laura W. says:

    This book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Shanley says:

    as if I need an excuse to stash more fabric… but I’d love to try sewing with oilcloth – new challenge!

  12. Trish says:

    I’ve never tried but I do try about everything at least once! so I’m in…

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  14. Sharon O says:

    Looks like a great option for the back of a picnic blanket! Thanks for featuring this book and fabrics.

  15. MarciaW says:

    Winning this would be great – then can test my sewing with oilcloth with directions and samples before jump in to make my mother the oilcloth she wants for her dining table. Thanks for the chance.

  16. R Carter says:

    I would just DIE if I won this. Ok I hope I don’t so I could actually use it. I’ve been thinking about oilcloth alot lately…mainly because well I have some little ones around and it would make after meal cleanup alot easier and I don’t want my precious fabrics stained while still wanting cute design for my adult dining room. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Joey says:

    Ooooh! This would inspire me to post again. I have an old booth I would love to make some cushions for and can think of many a place around this house that oilcloth would be a welcome addition!:) Thanks for the giveaway!