Petite is becoming quite the independent eater and as anyone who’s witnessed a newly budding independent eater perfecting their stab-and-bite knows, that means she’s become a kinda messy eater. Which equals more clean up for this momma.
When I was offered the opportunity to try some new Martha Stewart Decoupage products, including an Oilcloth finish medium, I was pumped to created something she could use at the table that was uber durable, protected the table (from spoon banging, and all) and was super easy to clean up. A no sew, DIY oilcloth, washable, rinsable, kid proofable, placemat that fit perfectly into my kitchen decor.
I received two fabric-to-fabric decoupage mediums – the oilcloth finish and a matte finish – a variety of pre cut fabric embellishments and lace trim and a set of soft bristle brushes. The entire line and so much more (including an entire new line for paper!) is available at Michael’s. I started with placemats that I found on clearance at a home store. The cute, almost chevron turquoise caught my eye and since they came in a 4 pack, I knew I could make a few for gifts!
Since hte placemats were finished and the embellishments were ready to go, I started by printing the first initial of each kiddo who’d be getting a placemat. I used a fabric remnant for the initials – but I would guess that it was about a 1/4 of a yard. Cut the letters out to use as a template.
Trace each letter upside down and mirrored on the wrong side of the fabric and cut out.
Then arrange the letter and embellishments on the placemat.
Following the instructions on the oilcloth medium’s label, I used the brush to apply the decoupage and smooth out the fabric. Waiting the recommended drying time between coats was the most challenging part of this project!
The label calls for using a squeegee to apply the medium. I couldn’t put my finger on my crafting squeegee, but understanding it was for a uniform and smooth application, I substituted a balance free gift card. I found it easiest to apply the layers top to bottom and left to right so I’d know where I’d applied and what still needed a layer. The layers take about 90 minutes (in my super dry, hot out side, a/c on full blast inside house) to dry in between and I applied 5 coats total to achieve a true oilcloth finish.
The mat is wipeable, rinse-able, and totally washable in the case of a major spill. I love that I could use virtually any fabric and make it oilcloth. The applications are limitless! I’m thinking about some outdoor pillows next… or covering a whole table for Petite so that it’s easily wipeable. What could you create with a diy oilcloth medium?
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