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Thread: Quilted Picnic Blanket made with Oilcloth? Help!

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    BabkaGal's Avatar
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    Hi all,

    I am thinking of starting a new project soon, and I would appreciate any advice or tips you may have.

    I would like to make a simple quilted picnic blanket for use in a park or on the beach. The top side would be a simple quilt pattern made with cottons, and I would tie the quilt instead of machine quilt it.

    The back is the issue. Ideally, I would like to use an oilcloth or other waterproof fabric on the back, so any groundwater would not seep through. I have never sewed with waterproof fabric, so I have a few questions:

    1. Should I use oilcloth or vinyl-coated cotton? Is one fabric better than the other?

    2. Can I sew oilcloth to cotton fabric? Will there be any problems?

    3. Do I need batting for the blanket? I would like to keep it thin.

    4. Can I wash the quilt if it gets dirty? I don't know if oilcloth can be machine washed.

    Thanks so much for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you!


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    Super Member Moonpi's Avatar
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    I've never used oilcloth, but did something similar with cotton duck, sprayed down with Scotchguard

    It was a great beach blanket, and kept it for the dogs to lay on in the truck.


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    I haven't had any experience with this but have to wonder if the oilcloth would tear along the stitching lines. Anyone else have some thoughts?

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    I have made table covers from oil cloth and hemmed them. Sounds like a good idea to me. no stitches did not break the oil cloth and it does wash in machine.

    Linda

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    One can get flannel backed vinyl.

    I don't think I would try quilting oilcloth. All those stitches would just be opportunities for water/stains to happen.

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