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Oilcloth vs. Coated Fabric

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Friends and customers have been asking, so we thought we’d explain the differences between our oilcloth and our coated fabric. Oilcloth is woven cotton that has been covered with PVC. Its front is shiny (except for the chalk cloth) and its backside is rough. It is a heavy, hardy material that lies well flat, has a stiff body (for tote bags, for example) and stores well by rolling it. The coated fabric is a regular quilting weight fabric that has been covered with polyurethane. There is no PVC or vinyl in it. Of our three coated fabrics, all have smooth fabric backs. They each have a slightly different weight. Where the Zippity Doo Dah has more body and can be rolled to store, the Odyssea and Amy Butler are supple and soft and can be rolled or folded like a non-coated fabric. backside oilclothbackside zippity do dah coated fabric Oilcloth                                         Zippity coated fabric backside odyssea coated fabricbackside Amy Butler coated fabric Odyssea coated fabric         Amy Butler coated fabric All the oilcloths and coated fabrics can be cut without fraying (though the coated fabrics tend to fray with time) and lend themselves to so much creativity! To help, we put together an Oilcloth – Coated Fabric Chart:
FABRIC

MATERIAL

FINISH

WEIGHT

BODY

Oilcloth

PVC

Shiny

Heavy

Full body -stands up on own

Chalkcloth

PVC

Matte

Heavy

Full body –stands up on own

Zippity coated fabric

Polyurethane

Matte

Medium-heavy

Slightly less body –stands up

Odyssea coated fabric

Polyurethane

Shiny

Medium

Less body –more drape

Amy Butler coated fabric

Polyurethane

Shiny

Light

Least body –most drape

Next -the Monster List of Oilcloth and Coated Fabric Projects!

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