Sure, I know oilcloth is not the first fabric that many of you think of when you're buying home accessories, but I think the laminated fabric adds such a distinctive touch that's hard to resist.
My latest search for oilcloth was spurred by the adorable bike pannier I blogged about last week. I just couldn't get it off my mind and I wondered what other cute oilcloth items people were creating. Of course, I did most of my searching on Etsy because I like to support independent artists and crafters. What I came up with shows just how sophisticated oilcloth has become:
Banners are all the rage these days, but this party banner definitely tops the list for me as an attractive and durable option for all those summer parties. Forget using paper streamers that end up in the trash. This banner, which can become a fun yard or patio accessory for the summer, is made by Etsy seller Modern June, a homeschooling mom of two who was formerly a costumer for film and theatre.
This oilcloth pillow from Etsy seller Chalkydoodles really took my breath away. It looks just like regular fabric but with the added feature of being more resistant to the elements. Plus, it adds such a distinctive touch to outdoor decor. Don't you think?
Chalkydoodles also had these adorable oilcloth and chalkboard label tags in stock. These are great for adding pretty touches to your organizing projects or to give as reusable gift tags.
Sewing Momma has outdone herself with these stylish oilcloth bins that are perfect for so many things. Organizing in playrooms, dens or family rooms, kitchens, bathrooms. I first wrote about Sewing Momma's Sarah Latimer of Denver last year in a post about earth-friendly gifts for kids shortly after she launched her Etsy shop featuring eco-friendly bins, some made with Amy Butler fabrics. The mother of four has since grown her business tremendously, offering pretty bins in a variety of styles and sizes.
Somehow, I'm drawn to kids' ottomans or pillow cushions that double as seating for kids. I've seen them at so many online and discount stores but never in oilcloth, obviously a great fabric for kids. This oilcloth floor cushion is made by Etsy seller Stitches from the South, a grandmother of seven.
Yes, I'm still pining for that bike pannier but this oilcloth bike pouch from Etsy seller partyfavorsparties is a great alternative for those short bike rides when you only need to take your keys or other small items.
I'll take one of these lovely oilcloth three-ring binders in every color, please! I've got a few organizing binders around the house for various projects and am always on the lookout for pretty covers. These stylish binder covers are removable in case the binder itself wears out, you can just pop it right over another binder.
Rachel Bode Tucker, the creative force behind rbt Bags, is a mom of five boys who says in her Etsy profile that she discovered oilcloth while searching for inexpensive, stylish and practical products for her family. Working on a borrowed sewing machine, this creative mom began whipping out everything from key fobs to checkbook covers to tote bags.
Her store description aptly describes the virtues of oilcloth: "We try to use our resourcefulness to create products that add whimsy to people’s lives without sacrificing practicality or sophistication."