Sewing Projects for Oilskin Fabrics

Are you looking for inspiration for an oilskin project, or aren't sure what patterns will work with oilskin? Then look no further, to help inspire you, we have put together a little selection of patterns that we think will look great made up in our oilskin fabric. 

If you were looking for a simple project to start your oilskin journey then we have also put together a free sewing tutorial showing you how to make an oilskin tablet cover or laptop cover (it can be easily adapted to make it the best size for you.)Free Tablet Cover Pattern




Please remember that any methods we share are what we use, we always recommend that you try any of these methods first on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure it is right for you.


When working with traditional oilskin, the wax will over time slowly wear off. This creates a beautiful patina look. From our experience this doesn’t transfer easily to other clothes you might be wearing. In saying that, we wouldn’t recommend wearing a traditional oilskin bag with delicate fabrics. It is a traditional utility cloth.

Emma - Miss Maude October 08, 2023

Doesn’t the non-dry oil skin leave a mark on things? For instance, if it’s used to make a bag, won’t the oil rub onto my clothes when it brushes up against them? I have some oil cloth and want to make a tote bag, but I’m afraid that it will rub against my blouses and leave them stained. Thank you in advance for your attention to this question.

Anonymous October 08, 2023

Hi Barbara – The oilskins are only designed to be water resistant, so it sounds like the rain you experienced may have just been too much for the fabric. To improve water repellency, you can dry a spray on water proofing product – you can often find these in camping/outdoor stores. They sell sprays for reviving the likes of tramping and ski jackets. We haven’t tried this ourselves, so we’d definitely recommend trying on a scrap of fabric or inconspicuous part of the coat first! Emma

Emma May 02, 2023

Hi – I have made the TN31 parker in a dry oilskin. I am really pleased with how it came out. However – I have just come in from the rain and it has let water through. It was heavy rain – but I wasn’t out in it for long. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can treat it to make it more water resistant? Thanks Barbara

Barbara May 02, 2023

Hi Karyn, I would suggest the dry oilskins would be best for what you wanted. I have asked one of the team to email to send you some links! Caroline

Caroline from Miss Maude October 20, 2022

Hi, I want to make a giant cushion to put on the ground by a fireplace. I want a waterproof type canvas, what oilcloth would be best. I don’t want it to be oily. Thanks so much

Karyn Kong October 20, 2022

Hi Diane, thank you for your question, because of the way the fabric is created it doesn’t have a right or a wrong side. Hope that helps

Thank you


Caroline November 12, 2021

Does oilskin have a right and wrong side like other fabric.


Diane McRae November 12, 2021

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