Tips for Sewing with Laminated Cotton

on Sep 5, 2012 in Sewing | 17 comments

We’ve been fielding lots of questions lately about how to sew with laminated cotton. I’ve included links to several posts I’ve previously written on the subject plus rounded up some links to other great resources.

It’s easy – do not be afraid of this plastic coated fabric even if you’re a new sewist! You just need a few techniques to make sewing with laminated cotton a breeze.

In my original Laminated Cotton Sewing Tips blog post I define the difference between oilcloth and laminated cotton, show the results of washing and drying a piece, how to get the wrinkles out with an iron and list my basic sewing tips and tricks.
Links to other useful posts on this blog and others:
Laminated Cotton Tablecloth Project – we’re still using it on our cutting table 3 years later!
Laminated Cotton Tote Bag Project – I was a bit blah about the final outcome of this bag (you know, sometimes the combo just doesn’t work!) but I love the idea of using laminated cotton as a base piece on a tote bag.
This installment of Stitch Lab Pattern Friday shows samples the team made of Elizabeth Hartman’s Perfect Zip Bag – scroll to the bottom of the post for my tips to make this bag with laminated cotton.
Carrie discovered this awesome free pattern for a Zip It Bag on As an add on, there is an excellent video that shows how to sew the zipper to the laminated cotton using Wonder Tape, the technique can be done with glue stick as well though the tape gives a more secure bond.
Successful Sewing with Laminated Cottons by Sew4Home – has some great ideas for easy edge finishes.
For more inspiration check out our Pink Chalk Fabrics Laminated Cotton Pinterest Board (full details for all these projects and more are available on Pinterest):