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. Jil says:

    So practical to have a resistant surface..I’d love to see what lovelies Kelly produces in her new book!

  2. Kerry says:

    I would love some tips for sewing with oilcloth, I have found it challenging!

  3. Allison says:

    I’ve not yet worked with oilcloth, but I’ve wanted to for quite some time now. I could imagine that this would give me just the inspiration to get started. Great giveaway!

  4. Hueisei says:

    Lovely..thanks for a chance to win!

  5. Jqluo says:

    I loves to work with oilcloth, thank you….

  6. Danni says:

    Do you suppose it is possible to cover my entire home with oilcloth? I love it!

  7. Alli says:

    How neat! I’ve been wanting to try sewing with oilcloth. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. lee says:

    I have been wanting to work more with oilcloth! thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  9. stefanie says:

    Always liked the practicality of oilcloth, but a bit afraid of the texture. Looks like this is what I need to win me over…

  10. Emily says:

    I’ve been wanting to try out oilcloth! Desperately need to make some chair covers for our dining room chairs- oilcloth seems like it would be perfect to save the chairs from our messy toddler!

  11. MzTallulah says:

    I’ve never used oilcloth, because it’s not readily available where I live, but I’d love to use it for a simple tablecloth and a messenger-style bag. Congratulations on the book and thank you for the giveaway!

  12. MzTallulah says:

    I’ve never used oilcloth, because it’s not readily available where I live, but I’d love to use it for a simple tablecloth and a messenger-style bag. Congratulations on the book and thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Amy says:

    I would absolutely love to learn how to sew with oilcloth. I’m so glad she wrote this book!

  14. Jenny says:

    what a cool intro into the world of oil cloth!

  15. Sherly says:

    I have a grocery bag made of oilcloth and it’s great! I’d love to learn how to make my own.

  16. Gill says:

    This looks a great book!
    I would love to make an oilcloth bag!

  17. Lisa says:

    I love the AMH oilcloth! I’d love to make a picnic square out of it.

  18. Carol says:

    i’d love a chance to win! i’ll be looking for the aprons on the rustoleum crew in columbus in a couple of weeks!

  19. Jenny G. says:

    I love oilcloth- I just wish more of my local stores carried it!

  20. MollyP says:

    I love the look and durability of oilcloth, but sewing it scares me to death. I’ve picked some FQs from Oilcloth Addict’s Etsy shop before and saved them to my favs, but been too chicken to purchase them. Having a book out that can coach me through is very encouraging. Thanks, ladies!

  21. bekah says:

    I’d LOVE to win a copy of this book. Haven’t sewn with oilcloth before, so it would be fabulous way to start!

  22. Liz says:

    Whoa! This book sounds awesome!

  23. Laura Major says:

    Ooooh!What an Awesome giveaway, the Book AND some Oil-Cloth!! I could make so many Rockin’ Cool Goodies with them! Crossing my fingers! :)

  24. Barbara says:

    It’s so much fun having oilcloth available. It’s not something that was around when I learned to sew.

  25. shannon says:

    I’m an oilcloth addict myself! I so love making bags and fun things with it. So versatile and durable.
    Thank you!

  26. MarciaW says:

    It would be grand to win a copy of this book and some oilcloth samples. My mother wants an oilcloth tablecloth and as have never used it before, could practice with directions. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Melinda says:

    I love laminated cotton and oilcloth. I do wish though that they weren’t so pricey and awkward to store. They are a bit demanding when it comes to sewing with. But I get past all that because the qualities of the material make for great projects. I love the Butik 76 and nearly fell of my chair when I saw the price. Love the Anna Maria Horner and have that in cotton. Would love it in laminated cotton too before it is all gone! And of course, a book to give me more ideas on what to do with what I have in my stash.

  28. Katrin says:

    Looks very interesting. I am a little bit intimidated by oilcloth. So I still did not cut this super cute red with white dots fabric for a childrens bag. Perhaps I do need some reading material first…

  29. Kath says:

    Sewing Oilcloth is slippery indeed. Thanks for creating projects made with it!

  30. I have been reading rave reviews all over the blogosphere about this book! It’s on my wish list!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Delores Wagg says:

    Would love to win the book!! I have oilcloth waiting for a great idea!

  32. Kathe G says:

    I have never worked with oil cloth but this book sure makes it exciting – thanks.

  33. Johnnalee says:

    I’m getting so many great ideas from these cute oilcloth prints! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  34. Liz Mouse says:

    Oooh. I’ve been looking for fresh ideas with what to do with some of the oil cloth and laminate cotton I just couldn’t resist buying.

  35. Margaret says:

    I love oilcloth but haven’t been very successful at sewing with it. I’m sure this book would help me a lot! mcglen8[at]gmail[dot]com

  36. Heather says:

    HELLO! It is so great that I found this blog because I have yards of oil cloth in my studio, and I’m not quite sure what to do with it! I can’t wait to check it out.

  37. grace says:

    how neat is that? i totally could use some oilcloth for a tablecloth!

  38. Margaret says:

    I feel all tingly when I look at the oilcloth and wouldn’t it be wonderful to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  39. Mitali says:

    I’ve never sewn with oilcloth! This would be a great opportunity to try!

  40. Michelle A says:

    Just bought my first half yard of oilcloth — now I need the book to go with it!

  41. Mary-Michael says:

    I would love to have this book. Oh. Oh. Pick me! Thanks

  42. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    Ohh, she wrote this book for ME! I love the retro look of oilcloth! I have been making lovely, intricate appliqued table toppers, and my cat, Mr.Dutch, is convinced that they are for him. He is a white, long-haired cat, and loves to nap on the dining table. Imagine how much easier my life would be if I designed table toppers with oilcloth! Fingers are crossed…

  43. Ella says:

    I’ve never sewn with oilcloth, but it looks beautiful.

  44. Liz says:

    I would love to learn to sew with oilcloth!

  45. Annemarie says:

    Would be so neat to win and learn to make something with oilcloth!

  46. Amber says:

    I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Looked for it at the local bookstore but nada….will be buying it for sure if I don’t win it…thanks for all the oilcloth links too!

  47. Vicky says:

    Haven’t worked with oilcloth before but would love to have one as a table cloth especially Anna Maria Horner’s Tart Laminate. SO pretty.

  48. Kait says:

    I’ve always wondered the difference between oilcloth and laminated cotton and I bet this book would tell me! I can tell just from the cover, I love it already.

  49. Roxanne says:

    I have been wanting to work with oilclot, but wasn’t sure where to start.
    Sounds like this book is a definitie starting place.
    Oilcloth/laminates are just SO practical and very pretty too!

  50. Roxanne says:

    I have been wanting to work with oilcloth, but wasn’t sure where to start.
    Sounds like this book is a definite starting place.
    Oilcloth/laminates are just SO practical and very pretty too!