April 7, 2010

Oil Cloth Lunch Sacks

Have you ever used oilcloth?  I love all the of the bright colors and patterns of oil cloth, and I'm dying to give it a try.  I think these Lunch Sacks from Skip to My Lou would be so fun to give away to somebody with a yummy lunch packed inside (I love how she made them for her kids' teachers) or what a fun way to pack a lunch to take to the park (I'm always the mom with our lunches packed in a plastic grocery sack).  I've heard some controversy about oilcloth though, so I've always been hesitant to use it.  Anybody out there know??


Tiffany said...
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Tiffany said...

Hey, I know where to get oil cloth at a good price. Just let me know and I'll tell you. Controversay...over oil cloth? I'd love to know too.

Elisa said...

http://www.mothering.com/discussions/archive/index.php/t-424699.html - look at the very bottom on how to treat your fabric with bees wax; then oil cloth is no longer an issue

Elisa said...

ummm .. yeah ... me ... again
Check out this tutorial on how to make the old fashioned oilcloth (no plastic)

ificould said...

Thanks for the links Elisa. For all the inquiring minds out there, this is ultimately what I found out: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) prohibits oilcloth garments such as bibs and aprons or toys for children. While there are no heavy metals in oilcloth, it does contain Phthalates, which softens the plastic coating used to manufacture Oilcloth. With this in mind it may not be suited for snack Bags, sandwich Wraps, or lunch sacks- especially for children. There is, however, a more eco-friendly and family friendly option to oil cloth- it's laminated cotton. If I can find some for cheaper than $15 a yard, I would love to give it a go.

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