How to make your own oilcloth, quick and easy

I have the habit of regularly spilling my coffee over my desktop. This leads to me creating brown stains everywhere. Once I even managed to ruin my laptop with a single espresso. For the most part, stains also end up on my zipper pouch. So, I have decided to try something new: Coating fabrics.

Coated materials have the advantage of being water repellent and are less likely to become dirty. Of course, you can buy already coated materials in stores, but you could also just coat your own fabrics.

To do so, there are lots of different ways. For me, the easiest would be using Odicoat, a gel you apply.

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You’ll need these things to coat materials

  • Fabric
  • A broad paintbrush
  • Baking paper, newspaper
  • An old short ruler

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And this is how it works

1. Prepare your workplace

Lay out the newspaper, then the baking paper and afterwards the fabric on top.


2. Next is coating the fabric with Odicoat.

For this, dip the broad paintbrush into the gel and generously spread the gel across the fabric.


3. Take off the excess gel with a ruler and put it back into the Odicoat container.


4. Leave the now coated fabric to dry for two hours before coating it a second time.

After about half an hour the second coat should be dry, and you can – if wanted – coat the fabric a third time.

Afterwards, let the fabric dry for 12 hours and then it’s ready to get ironed.


5. Ironing. For this, lay some baking paper on top of the fabric and iron using medium heat.

Additionally, you can also iron the fabrics backside.

And you’re done! The fabric can now be sewed on! For this, use clamps (for example Wonderclips) to hold your coated fabric together.


Odicoat made a video on coating fabrics. It is in german ;o). But you can still see how it works! The coated fabrics are also machine washable, although the coating sometimes washes off slightly. What does your Odicoat project look like?

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