Scalloped Oilcloth Shelf Liner Tutorial

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Kelly McCants, or Modern June the Oilcloth Addict, has a second book out this month with Stash Books, At Home with Modern June. Many of the vintage-inspired projects feature unique materials like chalk cloth, laminated cotton and oilcloth (of course!).

The 27 projects include bar stool and bench makeovers, quilts, floor mats, aprons, bed skirts, shades and more! From Stash: “Whether you’re moving into a new home, launching a home makeover, or just sprucing up a room, this book provides plenty of ideas on how to infuse individuality into every room in the house.”

Kelly has a Scalloped Oilcloth Shelf Liner tutorial below to give you a taste of what you can find in the new book! (The cute basket liners in the photos below are one of the book projects.) You can also comment to win a prize package which includes At Home with Modern June and a small bundle of chalk cloth, which you can use to make the no-sew chalk cloth placemats featured in the book. To enter, tell us how you’re sprucing up your home this spring…

Here’s a book trailer for At Home with Modern June above, and additional tour stops below:

April 7: Stash Books
April 9: Craft Gossip
April 10: Apronist + Pretty Prudent
April 11: Whipstitch
April 12: Craftypod
April 14: Grow. Make. Eat.
April 15: The Painted Home
April 16: Finding Home 
April 17: Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict

Scalloped Oilcloth Shelf Liners

Finished size is customizable.

This is one of the sweetest ways to add charm to any closet, pantry or shelving unit. It’s a throw back to the 1950’s shelf lining and edging paper that June Cleaver herself would have used. Oilcloth is great for this project because it doesn’t fray and it doesn’t need a lot of fussy finish work. Plus, it’s waterproof and easy to clean up, which is great for messy areas like laundry rooms.

June Suggests: Do you like labeling your shelves? Substitute chalk cloth for oilcloth on the scalloped facing for a writing surface. You can use a chalk marker for a more steadfast label.


Measure Twice, Cut Once:
Measure the depth and width of your shelf and make note of this on a scrap of paper. Add 1/2″ to the depth of the shelf for seam allowance.

To determine the amount of fabric you need, take your measurements from the previous step and multiply that by the number of shelves that you wish to cover.

Use your ruler and pencil to trace the width and depth (plus 1/2″ seam allowance) onto the back of your oilcloth. Cut it out using a rotary cutter and mat for straighter lines.

Note: After cutting the first shelf liner, lay it on one of the shelves to make sure it fits, and make any corrections needed. Once your pattern is correct, cut out all the pieces needed to complete the project.

For the edging application you’ll need to cut enough 3″ strips of oilcloth to cover the width of each shelf.

Pattern Prep:
Print the scalloped edge facing template.

Next, enlarge the image 142% and copy it onto card stock. Carefully cut the template out using a pair of small paper scissors; they’ll give you more control and make smoother cuts.

Find the center of your 3″ oilcloth strip and mark it with a pencil on the wrong side of the oilcloth. Then, place the center of the scalloped facing template to the center of the 3″ strip.

Using a pencil, trace the scallops onto the oilcloth moving the pattern to the right and then to the left until you have completed the required width.

Trace and cut out the scallops using a sharp pair of tailor snips. This is a slow and steady job, so get comfy and be patient.

Sew It Up:
Match up the center points of the shelf liner and the shelf edge facing. Pin and sew them together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Make sure to place your pins in the seam allowance to avoid marring your shelf liner or facing.

Lay the shelf liner out onto a work table and hand press the seam allowances towards the liner, away from the edge facing. See the Oilcloth Addict blog to learn more about pressing oilcloth.

Switch to a Teflon or roller foot, and edge stitch the seam allowance flat. If you don’t have a fancy foot no worries, just apply tape to the bottom of your open toe embroidery foot.

Apply double stitch tape onto the front and top edge of each shelf along the edge to adhere the finished shelf lining. Press the oilcloth firmly to the tape. A few more pieces of tape on the back corners will keep the oilcloth firmly in place for years to come.

Isn’t that pretty? Let us know if you spruce up your shelves with this fun project, and check out At Home with Modern June for more!

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82 Responses to Scalloped Oilcloth Shelf Liner Tutorial

  1. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I’m mostly working on my back deck and turning it into a little “oasis” for reading, coffee, etc.

  2. jeannegwin says:

    This is something that would be fun to do to the shelves where I keep my fabric. Change it with the seasons. Fun, fun, fun Thanks

  3. Jess says:

    I just bought some vintage tablecloths, so now I have to make placemats to go with them!

  4. Kay Eyles says:

    Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial. When the children go back to school after easter I will be painting a lot of our old furniture pretty colours. It is a cheap but effective way of having a new room.

  5. Sarah in AZ says:

    I wish I was doing some sprucing up. My house needs help!

  6. Margaret says:

    We are painting my daughter’s room and getting her a new bed. Can’t wait to finish!

  7. Susan says:

    I am trying to get everything cleaned, consolidated, and reorganized. Then I hope to get my bedroom painted.

  8. Debbie D. says:

    My head is going to explode with all these crafty ideas! I hope my wallet can sustain yet another trip to the fabric store!

  9. Heather says:

    We just finished updating our moldy basement, so this spring will be about finishing touches. These shelf liners would be lovely in my laundry room closet and bathroom!

  10. Shar F. says:

    We are painting the laundry room and living room.

  11. darlene macdonald says:

    Besides finally opening the windows, trying to get sewing room organized better, making some new curtains for kitchen and definitely gotta get some flowers!!!! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  12. Helen says:

    I really need new placemats since I can’t find any in my colors.

  13. april says:

    I just started to organize my chaotic fabric stash. This will probably take me through summer… oy vey!

  14. lesley says:

    i am trying to turn a “junk” room into a crafting room and turning the closet in that room into a crafting station for silhouette and other projects.

  15. Veronica says:

    I want to make some place mats and I think some oil cloth ones would be perfect.

  16. Rebecca T says:

    I just finished a matching quilt, pillow cover and mug rug for my brother’s home… For my like abode, I’m quilting bolster covers for the day bed in my sewing room. So lots of Stitchy goodness going on here!

  17. kim t. says:

    new plants and planter boxes in the yard, new towels inside, spring cleaning (windows!!!)

  18. Lynn says:

    i started by scrubbing my kitchen for 4 hours this weekend. i’m thinking new curtains and that shelf liner in my pantry are next on the list! thanks-can’t wait to get a copy of this book!

  19. jessicac says:

    I am going to paint the bathrooms and put up new curtains!

  20. Peg crescenzo says:

    I like to change out the quilt I hang up and the pillow covers in the living room.

  21. Carmen N says:

    It’s not spring yet – we got snow overnight :(. I’m trying to get some organizing / purging done. That alone will spruce things up.

  22. Cecilia says:

    Well, aside from the usual spring cleaning, I have plans to make new curtains for the bedrooms and kitchen.

  23. Jessica w says:

    I love the scalloped edges so cute

  24. Sara Russell-Scholl says:

    I have been doing some beautifying around our home lately. Now that the youngest is 2 1/2, I have a breath more energy and time for adding new accessories, pillow covers, flowers, etc. This book would be a lovely addition to our updates.

  25. kathyh says:

    Wash windows, new cushions, new curtains for bedrooms.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Jess says:

    I love this!!
    This spring my goal is to take every room of my house, one by one, and declutter and deep clean them. Then I have a whole running list of things I’d like to make, buy, or replace to make everything look just a little nicer – starting with new curtains and throw pillows! I think this book would be a great way to get inspiration for my home makeover this spring!

  27. I’m sprucing up our home this spring with new paint in lots of rooms and some new curtains in my sewing room.

  28. MelodyJ says:

    No, I haven’t made any home decor stuff since Christmas. This book looks like it’s full of good ideas.

  29. Diana Collins says:

    I plan to de-clutter and a lot of it. Therefore I will be doing a lot of organizing. Love the ideas here. Thanks for the giveaway. Sure would come in handy for my big job ahead.

  30. Sarah says:

    I am on a mission to spruce up and de-clutter our front porch! Making some new swing cushions and pillows and just maybe a new rug (please!!). But now I’m picturing a prettier laundry area with some of these projects! Thank you.

  31. Lisa says:

    I’m tackling new paint and window treatments one room at a time this Spring. Thanks for the shelf inspiration. Added that to my bathroom and kitchen list.

  32. Katy says:

    This is a wonderful idea, and so cute!

  33. Suzie says:

    I have just finished painting some old cane outdoor furniture a lovely Scandinavian grey and have made coordinating cushions. Next is repainting some old pine furniture a gorgeous bright green to bring a pop of colour.

  34. Lee says:

    This year we are sprucing up the outside of our home – new paint and some landscaping and I want to make some new cushions for our patio furniture.

  35. Delaine says:

    We are reflooring our whole house this year. Thanks!

  36. Amy C says:

    I would love to (and desperately need to) make a curtain for my bathroom – the scallops would be perfect!

  37. carole says:

    I am going to make some curtains for my kitchen windows and doors and I love the idea of a retro look – all matching, with bright slightly contemporary colors. Maybe reds with some aqua, polka dots etc.

  38. ten b says:

    we’re focusing on our tween daughter’s room – she says she’s outgrown the barbie pink decor (THANK YOU LORD!). New paint, de-cluttering toys and making room for her new obsessions – books, makeup and crafting.

  39. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    This Spring, we will be repainting our house, unfortunately. I also want to repaint our kitchen walls and cupboards.

  40. Becky says:

    We’re sprucing up our living room with some new flooring, paint and some new decor!

  41. Michelle says:

    What fun projects! I love the basket liners. I makes me want to run out and buy oilcloth!

  42. Linda L. says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. We’ll be working on our laundry/storage room and the kitchen this spring followed by the bathroom.

  43. Linda Pawlak says:

    We have just finished sprucing up my “Expanded Sewing Room” (my second sewing room, son’s old bedroom, that will be used mainly for storage of fabric) and the guest bathroom and are now working on the “guest room”. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Cheryl B says:

    I’m going to be sprucing up my dining room and kitchen by painting the ceiling and walls – maybe a creamy yellow. Such beautiful shelf liner. I really need to do this in my kitchen cupboards. It’d be the icing on the cake for my kitchen spruce-up.

  45. Rina says:

    I’m doing several things inside and out. Painting the house, sealing the deck, making new cushions for the dining room chairs, removing wallpaper in the bedroom and redecorating it. It’s going to be a busy Spring.

  46. melissa says:

    We are remodeling our living room. Putting wood planks on the walls and painting them at them moment.

  47. Sarah says:

    I am currently sewing everything! We just moved, and I have lots of projects on my plate. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Karrie Smith says:

    I’m making new curtains when I finally choose the fabric! And a new picnic blanket (that will live in my home when I’m not picnicking). Thanks for the chance to win. I would LOVE this book!!!

  49. donn joy says:

    since our house is run by dogs, i’m ripping out the carpet for starters. Took everything off dining room wall and plan to rehang in different configuration and trying to incorporate furniture i recently inherited and remove my “former” furniture~

  50. TerryKess says:

    We have a rehearsal dinner at our house in 6 weeks, so there’s been a LOT of sprucing up!! I spent all of yesterday painting our family room floor 2 coats of white, then I’m stenciling words on it, then a clear top coat. Can’t wait to show it off at the rehearsal dinner!

  51. Amy says:

    Love spring decorating. Changing our tv room into a coastal inspired room. Lots of blues and grays. Very excited to update the room we use so often.

  52. Terri says:

    We recently moved so I’m redoing valances, chair seats, shelf liners along with many other things as they come up. Thanks for the great idea for shelf liners! Now to see if I have enough leftover oil cloth from some make up bags and stool seat covers I made last year!

  53. Mom C says:

    I albsolutely must get new couches, the cushions and back of the couch have sun rotted. My grand daughter says the florals look so dated. Once I’ve decided on those, I’ll make pillows.

  54. Cindy Pilkington says:

    I just bought a Teflon foot and the shelf liners would be a great project for my linen closet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. Lisa Garrett says:

    A new paint for the walls!

  56. barbara says:

    Great idea

  57. Carrie P. says:

    I love that project. thanks for sharing. I am sprucing up my home by spring cleaning. We have been doing renovations and everything has been so dusty. I have pulled out some spring like quilts to decorate with too.

  58. Lizzie says:

    Love this project! I am sewing up some covers for the window seat to spruce up our place this spring!

  59. Theresa says:

    I am changing our office into a sewing room and it is halfway done. I am very excited that I should be back up and running in a few weeks with a better layout and system to work with! Thanks for the chance to win!

  60. Jessica says:

    This book looks great! I picked up a bunch of laminated fabric at a going-out-of-business sale a few months ago and I’ve been wondering what I will do with them. Thinking about those stool covers & the clothespin holder. Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. Elizabethdx says:

    I’ve been doing lots of spring cleaning and rotating the art to display new pieces, including some small quilts.
    Thanks for the template and the giveaway.

  62. Tabitha Keener says:

    So far I’ve started with lots of pillows! Some lap quilts too. I really love what I’ve seen so far in this book, beautiful projects and color combinations! Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. Rebmara says:

    We’ re in the proces of giving all the stuff a proper place. Last year all 3 boys got a room of their own, and now there’s still a lot of stuff without a proper place (part of the attic became a room…)

  64. Deb H. says:

    My hubby and I have been traveling a lot. I am hoping to do some cleaning. I would like to make some catch all baskets and a new ironing board cover.

  65. Tracey says:

    I’m planning a trip to IKEA to get more storage for my sewing room (so I can buy more fabric of course) 🙂

  66. Tania B says:

    With a limited budget I am focusing on more indoor plants to brighten for spring.

  67. I’m trying to check off some major items on my to do list!

  68. Katherine Daven says:

    I am always in constant re-do . But as my son has gone to college I am slowly turning his room into a seeing room.

  69. Brooke says:

    I am trying to get organized and making a “place for everything and for everything a place”.

  70. Megan says:

    We are unpacking and purging. Less stuff to trip over and pack the next time.

  71. Linda Wierenga says:

    We are trying to update our laundry room/pantry now and this project is just right for my shelves… And this book looks amazing… Thanks so much for the post and the opportunity to win this awesome giveaway. 🙂

  72. Jennifer says:


  73. Beverly C says:

    I’m making some new curtains for 3 rooms!

  74. Jessica T says:

    Just spring cleaning and swapping out our living room curtains for ones that will fit better with the time period of the house. I found lace curtains for 50 cents apiece at a rummage sale!

  75. Desiree says:

    We have been planting flowers outside and got some work done to fix what was damaged on our home during the awful ice and snow storm we had.

  76. Jowyn Jenson says:

    This shelf liner looks like a great start for making my kitchen nicer.

  77. Sharon Eshlaman says:

    Today, since it’s near 70 degrees and sunny, I’m working on sprucing up my chickie’s condo….. time to remove all the old straw, clean out eggs boxes, wash windows, etc. They’ve been couped up all winter and need a spring feeling to their home, too.

  78. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    My husband is having a stem cell transplant, so what better reason to de-clutter, organize and clean before he comes home. Making storage container liners too.

  79. n says:

    just got my dining room back from maurauding teens who had it as a den. it now has a table and finally a second hand welsh dresser where the china I had when my dad died is safely on display, surrounded by easter chicks and lambs

  80. Cyndy says:

    Thanks so much for the great project. This is one I know I will use.

  81. HeatherK says:

    I would really like to re – organize my living room then consolidate my crafting inventory.

  82. Right now we are helping my parents redo their bathroom, thanks to termite visitors.

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