Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sewing With Laminated Cotton, Project Roundup & Fabric Giveaway!



This week I'm going to share some tips & tricks, project ideas and new tutorials for using one of my very favorite fabrics:

Laminated Cotton

And...A Chance to Win a $20 gift certificate from


What is laminated cotton? Cotton that's been coated on one side with a thin layer of laminate to render it water-resistant.  Similar to oilcloth & basic iron-on vinyl, but unlike those stiff & sticky fabrics, it does not contain BPA or phthalates (aka bad-for-you chemicals that leach out of some plastics).  This means it's safe for baby & kid's projects.  And while it's soft like regular cotton, it's got more strength, durability & form. 

What can you make with it?  The possibilities are endless, but here are a few simple ideas and links to specific tutorials beneath the photos:

~ Tablecloths, coasters, placemats & chair coverings
~ Cupholders, lunch bags, bibs, smocks & aprons
Click Here for: Snap-on Cupholder, Mommy & Me Apron Set,
 Easy Clean Bib, Insulated Lunch Sac

~ Bags, purses & totes
Click Here for: Off To Market Bag,  Messenger Bag, Around Town Bag

And later this week I'll be sharing two BRAND NEW laminated cotton tutorials:

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Tips on working with laminated cotton:

  • Unlike plain cotton which is usually 44 inches wide, many (but not all) laminated cotton is 54-56 inches wide.  So can be a lot more fabric to use!
  • It's a wipe clean fabric and usually can be washed, but it should be kept away from dryers & hot irons.  
  • Keep fabric rolled when stored, folding it will leave creases that can be tough to get out. It can usually be ironed on the wrong side with a press cloth on the low or medium setting.
  • Don't use pins - they'll leave permanent holes, so use bobby pins or clips to join fabrics or pin outside the seam area (in the "ditch")
  • The laminated side can stick under the presser foot & feed dogs when facing out, so add a drop of sewing machine oil under it or use tissue paper or lip balm to cover the right side fabric and then rip/wipe off when done. 

My lovely sponsor, Laminates, is a fabulous shop for finding loads of laminated cotton prints.  They also have great specialty patterns, laminate-friendly notions - even chalkboard fabric! 

Now how about trying for a $20 gift certificate so you can make your own laminated lovelies?  

79 comments:

  1. The laminated Flutter Petals in red would be perfect to make a kitchen table cloth.

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  2. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. I've never sewn with laminate. I like the around town bag .Thanks!
    AmandaK @ whatthebobbin

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  4. Oh man! I have been dying to try laminate, so I'd love any of the laminates they carry.

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  5. What a great giveaway! I have been wanting to make lunch boxes and snack bags for my 4 kids.

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  6. I love the laminates for bids!!! Great giveaway!

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  7. I made a kite bag out of laminates that can also be used as a mat for sitting on when the kites are in use. Easier to work with than I thought it would be.

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  8. I like the laminated 'Urban Birds'

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  9. So cool - those Urban Whales would be great for boys.

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  10. I love the colors on the Folklorico!

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  11. Wow there are so many fun patterns to choose from and so many possibilities for projects! I'd love to win!!

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  12. that's a really neat giveaway! would love to have a chance to work with laminated cotton!

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  13. Folklorica is beautiful! thank you!

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  14. I love the rainbow chevron:-)

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  15. I love the Girlfriends Mermaids and the Cows!

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  16. I've heard so many wonderful things about Wonder Clips - I'd like to give them a go!!

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  17. I love all the chevrons, of course. I was just thinking of a few projects I needed to make that would require such awesome laminate cotton and then saw this giveaway. Seriously...I have to win!

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  18. I love the Sweet Nothings to make a raincoat for my little girl!!

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  19. Ooooh... love the chevrons (need these!) and the nesting dolls.

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  20. I love the Rainbow Chevrons and the Urban birds!! So cute!

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  21. I love the Rainbow chevron LAMINATED fabric

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  22. I love both the monkey and the girl friends mermaid laminated fabrics :D

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  23. I love the Falling Roses laminated fabric! :)

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  24. LOVE the chalk fabrics!
    sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

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  25. I love the Rainbow chevron fabric!

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  26. http://www.etsy.com/listing/94937128/celebrate-seuss-laminated-cotton-fabric?ref=shop_home_feat

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  27. I'm excited to see laminate tutorial! I've never used it but I can think of a dozen things I could try:)

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  28. LOVE THE URBAN BIRDS http://www.etsy.com/listing/105358448/18-x-20-urban-birds-laminated-fabric?ref=shop_home_active


    cbrocious1984 AT gmail dot com

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  29. I love the monkey print - would be great for bibs for my new little guy arriving in May!

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  30. What a great prints! I'd really like to win them :)
    MammaNene

    SergerPepper.blogspot.it

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  31. I love the Sketchbook Spring by Amy Butler in laminate

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  32. I am liking the Marmalade Blueberry Dots fabric!

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  33. So many possibilities with laminate fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  34. The rainbow chevron pattern is awesome!

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  35. I like the rainbow chevron too !

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  36. I am totally IN LOVE with these new laminates! My fav would be the cherries on black.
    Great fabrics. Can't wait to try them out.
    Thanks!

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  37. i love the orange laminated bicycles fabric!

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  38. I love the Urban Birds. Like all the Chevrons too.

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  39. too hard to pick! One I love is the Neon Luna LAMINATED fabric yardage (aka oilcloth, slicker, coated) WIDE BPA free

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  40. monkeys... owls... birds...kumari garden... i could keep going!

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  41. I like many of them but would probably use the 18" x 20" Sepia News LAMINATED fabric most

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  42. I've been eyeing the http://www.etsy.com/listing/125735225/maeve-periwinkle-laminated-cotton-fabric?ref=shop_home_active for days!

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  43. I adore using laminates! I have covered seat cushions, made bibs, aprons, and purses! It is such a fun fabric.

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  44. The Folklorio fabric is wonderful, AND the wonder clips would be extremely useful as well.

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  45. Love the Birds of Norway laminate! Lovely Giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  46. Love the chalkboard fabric! :D

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  47. I'd love to start sewing with laminates! This would be a great way to do that!

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  48. Plink LAMINATED fabric Kaffe Fassett turquoise!

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  49. Pink stripe LAMINATED fabric from the Daisy Cottage

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  50. I'm liking Brassica, but it's SO hard to choose!

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  51. I love the Kumari Garden and the urban birds, and so many more!

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  52. i love the chevron fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  53. Just had a look at the fabrics - and I LOVE the monkeys!!

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  54. Love the Bohemian Green Dots!!!

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  55. I have just discovered this fabric and love it!

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  56. I have made several bags with LC . . . it's such a great material!

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  57. Folklorica is beautiful! thank you!

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  58. Monkey LAMINATED cotton sllicker yardage from the Urban Zoologie collection

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    1. The winner will be randomly drawn tonight & announced at tomorrow night's Craftastic Link Party:)

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