Where Can I Buy Oilcloth?

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I see you have a lot of projects on your site using oilcloth. My question is, where do you even find this kind of fabric? I tried all my local fabric stores and none of them sell it. Most have never even heard of it!

Submitted by Kim

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Hi Kim! I’m not sure what your local craft store is, but if you have a Jo-Ann Fabrics nearby they usually carry it. You will want to check in the upholstery or outdoor fabrics sections. You might find though that they can be limited in the number of colors or prints they have available.

A great place to find not only many different colors and prints of oilcloth, but other fabrics as well, is www.fabric.com. This is one of my favorite sites online to buy fabric. Just do a search for “oil cloth” on this site and you will find tons of great options to browse through.

Happy sewing!


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13 Responses to “Where Can I Buy Oilcloth?”

  1. Martha Locha-Savoy

    Looking for oilcloth

  2. Lavon

    My singer is skipping stichies while sewing on very thin nylon athletic shirt. Tension on auto and using 16/100 needle. Why?

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  4. Pat

    You can buy oilcloth in any good hardware store. It is used for tablecloths in the kitchen or garden and you can make shopping bags out of it, or lots of various items because it is waterproof. If you have a weekly open market you should find a stall there selling it. The patterns are endless it's difficult to choose one you like best. It's difficult to sew as it is thick but for a tablecloth or similar the cut edge is acceptable. Just buy the size to fit your table with several inches to drape over the table edge. Oilcloth has a long service life to just have to sponge it clean but you cannot put hot dishes directly onto it you must use table mats to place any hot items on them. There are endless colours and patterns to choose from when you find a supplier. Good luck with your venture.

  5. Lil

    Hi I am looking for acid free fabric, paper, or boxes. Joanna's doesn't have nor Hobby Lobby. Help. Thanks

  6. Susan Roberts

    Can you show me how to sew a zipper into a knitted sweater please?

  7. Karen

    In addition to www.fabric.com , I have found a fairly wide assortment of oilcloth & laminated cotton at reasonable prices here: www.denverfabrics.com & they have sales, so sign up for their newsletters.

  8. Jeanne Lawhorne

    I am a size 0 or smaller. Most pants sit just below your natural waist. How do you adjust the pant's waist band to fit smoothly around the top of the pants? This waist band is usually cut on the bias and I'm having a hard time trying to adjust it to smaller size and have a smooth fitting band. Thank you, Jeanne

  9. Revonda

    I haven't seen real oilcloth in years. I would love to be able to purchase it. All I find are the laminated fabrics. Oilcloth was the fabric of choice for most kitchen tables for many years.

  10. Rae

    Kim, I worked in fabric stores for 18 years Jo-Anns included. Thought you might want to know the tablecloth vinyl is what is considered oil cloth. It isn't called oil cloth on the roll. Hope that helps you.