Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Vinyl or Oilcloth

Fabrics 101:
Embroidering on Oilcloth

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.


Waterproof oilcloth fabric is a fabulous choice when making purses and bags, upholstery, jackets, aprons, and anything else that you'd like to remain resistant to water. Learn our best hints for embroidering on this type of fabric!

Oilcloth fabric is similar to vinyl, and this technique can be used for embroidering on that fabric as well.

 

Project Needs & Notes:


- Oilcloth with knit or fuzzy back
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
 

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on oilcloth.


Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
There are a few different kinds of oilcloth and vinyl commonly found in fabric stores. Choose the kind that has a knit or fuzzy back, as that helps to keep the oilcloth from tearing with the needle perforations.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Oilcloth is surprisingly stretchy, so choose designs that are light to medium complexity, with open areas. This owl design is a good example of what will work well on oilcloth.

Designs that are too complex, or "blocky," will cause a subtle warping of the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Use a medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer. Hoop the oilcloth and stabilizer together.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
When embroidering on oilcloth, use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, rather than an embroidery needle.

A sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, and it will make smaller, finer perforations in the oilcloth.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Here oilcloth has been used to make waterproof drink coasters. Find the instructions and design information for these coasters right here.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Using oilcloth on aprons makes them easy to clean up in a flash! Find the free tutorial and designs for this oilcloth apron here.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Protect your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or any other tablet with an embroidered oilcloth cover. Click here to get the instructions and design information for this cover.

Embroidering on Oilcloth



This project is featured on the Embroidery Library Pinterest page.

Pin it yourself using the "Pin It" button on this page.



Stitching tips for oilcloth:
 

Needle 75/11 sharp sewing needle
Stabilizer A medium-weight cutaway stabilizer (2.5 ounces) is the best choice
Design Choice Choose designs that have open areas, and are low to medium complexity; avoid complex designs, and designs that are "blocky" or filled in.
   

Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Vinyl or Oilcloth

Fabrics 101:
Embroidering on Oilcloth

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.


Waterproof oilcloth fabric is a fabulous choice when making purses and bags, upholstery, jackets, aprons, and anything else that you'd like to remain resistant to water. Learn our best hints for embroidering on this type of fabric!

Oilcloth fabric is similar to vinyl, and this technique can be used for embroidering on that fabric as well.

 

Project Needs & Notes:


- Oilcloth with knit or fuzzy back
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
 

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on oilcloth.


Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
There are a few different kinds of oilcloth and vinyl commonly found in fabric stores. Choose the kind that has a knit or fuzzy back, as that helps to keep the oilcloth from tearing with the needle perforations.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Oilcloth is surprisingly stretchy, so choose designs that are light to medium complexity, with open areas. This owl design is a good example of what will work well on oilcloth.

Designs that are too complex, or "blocky," will cause a subtle warping of the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Use a medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer. Hoop the oilcloth and stabilizer together.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
When embroidering on oilcloth, use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, rather than an embroidery needle.

A sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, and it will make smaller, finer perforations in the oilcloth.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Here oilcloth has been used to make waterproof drink coasters. Find the instructions and design information for these coasters right here.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Using oilcloth on aprons makes them easy to clean up in a flash! Find the free tutorial and designs for this oilcloth apron here.

Free project instructions to embroider on oilcloth.
Protect your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or any other tablet with an embroidered oilcloth cover. Click here to get the instructions and design information for this cover.

Embroidering on Oilcloth

This project is featured on the Embroidery Library Pinterest page.

Pin it yourself using the "Pin It" button on this page.



Stitching tips for oilcloth:
 

Needle 75/11 sharp sewing needle
Stabilizer A medium-weight cutaway stabilizer (2.5 ounces) is the best choice
Design Choice Choose designs that have open areas, and are low to medium complexity; avoid complex designs, and designs that are "blocky" or filled in.
   

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