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 destined 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. Rebecca says:

    Oh, I’d love to get my hands on this book! There are so many great laminates being released, and I need ideas of what to make with them!

  2. Jinx says:

    Pick meeeeeeeee

  3. Amber P says:

    I love oilcloth but have so much trouble sewing with it. I would love this book. I need this book. And I have 4 of the 5 fabrics in the last set. Ha.

  4. ♥duff says:

    i just purchased some oilcloth but I’m hesitant to cut into it because I don’t really know what I’m doing! I’m betting that this book will be a wondrous resource , especially if it’s “destined to become the book on oilcloth”, and I’d sure jump for joy if I won it!♥

  5. Hilary says:

    What a great book! On a whim I bought some oilcloth on sale, but really need to know how to use it properly. Thanks for the chance :)

  6. Dell says:

    Would love to win the book. Love the pattern choices shown.

  7. Mary says:

    Wowee I’d love this book, it’s already on my wish list but to win a copy would be superb. I’ve sewn a bit with oilcloth before but am a little nervous so a read of this would be brilliant.
    thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Serena Dennis says:

    Yes please!

  9. Karen says:

    i was sucked in by the book title and then finding out it’s a giveaway too…holy moly, count me in!! Thanks for the opportunity ;-)

  10. Tong says:

    So cool! I’ve never sewed anything with oilcloth before, but would love to give it a try! I’m especially intrigued by the chalk cloth! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fun book!

  11. Debra L says:

    I would love a copy of this book for a Christmas Gift!

  12. Karen Ganske says:

    love oilcloth market bags – if I had the book I could discover sew much more!

  13. Kylie says:

    I’ve never really worked with oilcloth. I’d love to win so I can really give it a go.

  14. I’d love to try more oilcloth sewing. I especially love the Danish oilcloths from Butik 76 too!

  15. Sarah says:

    I love my oilcloth table cloth. With an almost-2-year-old, if I could upholster my entire house in the stuff, I would.

  16. I just made my first bag with laminate and LOVE it!

  17. michelle a says:

    I love oilcloth, I have always wanted to make an apron out of it am too scared I would ruin it. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Amy G says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this book! I have yet to make a single oilcloth project because it’s intimidated me so much, but am ready to dive in after reading this post. Hope I win!

  19. I’ve always wanted to work with oilcloth. What better way to learn than with this fabulous book! :) Great giveaway!

  20. Wendy says:

    I’d love to learn more about sewing with oilcloth. Looks like a fun book!

  21. i would LOVE this book!

  22. I’ve been having a blast with both oilcloth and laminated cotton. Too much fun! Anxious to get a look at the book.

  23. Allison C says:

    Purchased some oilcloth recently (first time purchase!) and would love to learn how to use it and what I can make with it!

  24. Tas says:

    Oh, I have some oilcloth but am so scared to use it. Maybe this book could help me out :P

  25. I would love to win this book – thanks for the giveaway! I love oilcloth and am a long-time follower of Kelly’s blog.

  26. Kristin H. says:

    Too fun. I have never sewn with oilcloth or a laminated cotton but would love to give it a try!

    k_hofferberth (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. Angie says:

    Just a quik funny…I finally got a teflon foot to use with my oilcloth and vinyl….now I can stop cutting strips of plastic bags to sew over. Yikes!

  28. Em says:

    I’ve not yet ventured into the world of oil cloth … but I”m will to try it! (and this book sure would help!)

  29. Mims says:

    this book looks great, i’ve been unsure about how to work with oilcloth.

  30. Patty says:

    ooh, that book sounds fabulous and looks even better! I have some pretty oil cloth in my stash but have been a bit timid to try it out. This might be the motivation I need, thanks for the great post and giveaway!

  31. marg says:

    Theses fabrics look great and if you had the book – bliss with creating for a few hours

  32. Angela says:

    this would be so fun to own! I’ve been dying to have an excuse to work with laminated fabrics.

  33. I’ve had a yard of Amy Butler oilcloth propped against the wall in my sewing room for a year. I’m both too hesitant to cut into it and too unsure of what to make with it. I’d love a little guidance. Thanks.

  34. Mary P says:

    This sounds like an awesome book!

  35. JLWhite says:

    I love chalkcloth and laminated cottons especially! Hope I’m the lucky winner!

  36. Jennifer G says:

    Neato! I’ve never worked with oilcloth before but would love trying it out! This looks like a wonderful book – thanks for the great giveaway.

  37. Sammy K says:

    Ooooh, aaahhh. Me want oilcloth! Me want *THE* go-to oilcloth bookie. I’d especially like to figure out what to do with chalk cloth. So I’m gonna need this book or else I’ll be forced to make chalk cloth suits for my sons so they can lunge at each other with comically oversized chalk sticks. En garde! We’ll turn it into a competitive sport and sell tickets. It will be our updated version of fencing for the DIY-crafty crowd! :D

  38. Michele says:

    I ordered oilcloth from Kelly about a year ago…and then found out that she lives about 5 miles away…small world. And then I had the good fortune of meeting her at the Richmond Craft Mafia spring show in April….such cool stuff she makes!!!

  39. April says:

    I just made a beach bag out of the Sis Boom Green Lattice!

  40. Lisa P. says:

    So much cool oilcloth! Oh, my goodness! I’d love to win some + a book!

  41. SewLindaAnn says:

    Ooooh looks like so much fun! and fabric too, how awesome is that. Happy Labor Day everyone!

  42. Ann says:

    I’m really interested!! Would looove to win!

  43. angela Lashley says:

    I love laminated cottons for bag linings, I am super excited for this book for more variety of ways to use it!

  44. Valerie says:

    I have a yard of laminate and it is just waiting for some divine intervention. Think this book ought to do it! Thanks for the give away!

  45. Kathleen says:

    I’m another person who is buying (hoarding) oilcloth and laminated cotton and not using it. I need some inspiration!

  46. Aileen Bell says:

    I recently recovered my kitchen desk chair in a cheery red oilcloth with strawberries. I am now officially obsessed. It is SOO practical, especially with young kids who like to stand on chairs to get into trouble. Thanks for this giveaway!

  47. Tamie says:

    I’d love to try my hand in this direction. What a great giveaway.

  48. Liz Boswell says:

    pick me, pick me, pick me! would love t have this book and fat quarters! (muah) Liz

  49. Elizabeth says:

    Fantastic. I have to learn more about chalk cloth- it’s new to me.

  50. Erika says:

    I haven’t done alot of looking before but I didn’t realize there were so many cute and modern oilcloths and laminated cottons, though I do have a few oilcloths from Mexico that I’ve been wanting to use!