Fruit laden oilcloth bags continue to be quite the summertime rage and it’s not too late to whip one up. Also available in autumn inspired prints, the most popular designs sport vividly colored citrus and berries and are sure to brighten any shopping trip- no matter what the season.
Sewing with oilcloth is a bit different than traditional fabrics. Today’s oilcloth is essentially vinyl permeated cotton mesh and the good news is it won’t fray (goodbye overcastting!) and it’s waterproof. On the other hand, oilcloth is hand wash or wipe only. It also doesn’t heal after puncture from a sewing needle or pin and it’s sticky- so it’s somewhat tricky to sew. Many recommend using a Teflon or roller presser foot or placing tissue paper over the stitching area to help keep things under control. In addition, the wrong side of oilcloth has much better behavior- so a little extra planning can minimize right side sewing. This tutorial uses a combination of wrong side sewing and bias tape to make the use of special presser feet or tissue paper unnecessary.
Read on for this excellent tutorial by Jen Madsen on How to Make an Oilcloth Bag
(Makes one bag, but you’ll have enough leftover oilcloth to make an additional bag or perhaps a couple coordinating placemats and coasters)
Whistlepig Creek BYOB Bring Your Own Bag Pattern
Whistlepig Creek BYOB Bring Your Own Bag Pattern- A great tote pattern with a "frame" area that can be used to highlight a photo transfer, an initial, a fussy cut fabric panel, or almost anything that you can think of to personalize the bag for yourself. This bag also has yo yo accents and fabric handles. Bag measures 18"x 14 1/2"x 4 1/2". Includes instructions, diagrams and pattern for yo yo and a flower applique.
Whistlepig Creek Vive La Tote Bag Pattern
Whistlepig Creek Vive La Tote Bag Pattern- 3 new totes to add to your collection of bags, 2 totes, with fabric handles, and a purse with a shoulder strap. All created using 2 1/2" strips of fabric, those great Jelly Rolls or Bali Pops, plus some coordinating yardage. Bags measure 17"x 16"x 4", 19"x 16"x 4" and 11"x 10". Includes instructions and diagrams.