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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!