Traditionally oilcloth was woven natural fibre cloth, usually cotton duck/canvas or linen which had been treated with a coating based on linseed oil. The fabric could be dyed or printed before treatment, or sometimes the colour and design were added in the treatment process. This type of oilcloth went out of style by the late 1950ís, and replaced with the vinyl-covered flannel backed and now, within the past few years, a PVC-coated woven cotton fabric which is being marked oilcloth.
We stock PVC coated cottons and waxed cotton but our stock changes regularly, so what you find here will depend on what we have in. Some are perfect for bags and table cloths; others are more suited to clothing as they are much softer and therefore easier to make a coat with for example. Advice for this can be found in each description.