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Modern June, also known as Kelli McCants, has grown her business by leaps and bounds since we first noticed her cute, vintage-look oilcloth aprons over five years ago. In addition to selling a wide variety of oilcloth fabrics Kelli is now out with a new book, Sewing with Oilcloth. The book includes twenty patterns for totes, bibs, tablecloths and more, and Kelli shares all of the sewing tips she’s learned over her years of working with oilcloth too. Today Kelli shows us how several of the projects in the book can be made with cotton (our specialty!), and how many of the patterns we have in the shop can also work with oilcloth.

Comment for a chance to win Sewing with Oilcloth. Kelli will send one winner a signed copy of the book along with some fat quarters of oilcloth and laminated cotton! Do you love oilcloth and the newer laminated cottons? Have you sewn cute raincoats or splat mats or more? Is your machine baffled by oilcloth, leaving you with more questions than finished products when you try to sew (Kelli can help!)? Do you have any patterns you’re excited to try in oilcloth? Tell us your thoughts and we’ll select a winner later this week.

While Sewing with Oilcloth is all about sewing with oilcloth, there are a bunch of patterns that can be made out of cotton! Here are my top 3 projects that are screaming out for some Sew,Mama,Sew! fabric!

1. Garden Apron
How wouldn’t love a garden apron out of the this brand new cotton fabric line, Natura by Alexander Henry. With all the prints available in this collection you can use a different print for each layer of the very functional apron. I would substitute the oilcloth binding for your own handmade bias or the ready-made bias you have in your stash. You’ll want 1/2” double fold bias to complete your apron.
2. Custom Seat Cushion
I am completely ga-ga for the cotton canvas from Kokka! I can see a lovely kitchen nook adorn with fruity seat cushions. The seat cushion pattern in Sewing with Oilcloth uses snaps instead of a zipper; I did this so the big foam cushion could easily slide in and out of the finished oilcloth cover. So if you’re like me and you are zipper-phobic then you’ll love the seat cushion pattern. This is one of the many customized patterns in the book. I walk you through how to make your own pattern so you can use your measurements to make a one-of-a-kind project.
3. Mommy and Me
I can’t tell you how much I love these little Field Friends! I think my Mommy and Me apron set would be totally adorable in this fun organic cotton. Just think about all the memories you’ll be cooking up!

There are also lots of fun patterns that could easily be made up in oilcloth, especially if you use the tips in the book:

1. The Eva Sewing Basket from Hemma Design would be so great made in oilcloth. By doing so the you could use it for paints, just wipe it all down when it gets messy.

2. I love every single one of Amy Butler’s patterns, but I’ve really had my eye on these Gum Drop Pillows, I want to make a few with her laminated cotton. That way my kids can eat in the living room with out me fussing all the time. Don’t forget she has two great patterns for laminated cotton rain coats. Love!

3. I just love the Cover Up sewing machine cover from Empty Bobbin, it would be so darn cute made in oilcloth! Color blocking with oilcloth would be really fun, think floral, dots and gingham all mixed up together.