I don’t know if you follow the Rhodes on Youtube or not (if you don’t, you should), but I have always wanted one of his aprons.
We live so far away, that it isn’t really worth the shipping to get one from the USA, so I started looking in to making oilcloth at home. It turns out waterproofing canvas is not difficult once you know how.
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This recipe uses natural ingredients to create a waterproof coating on the fabric of choice. You can use it to waterproof canvas clothing, shoes, bags, tents, leather, even fabric tarpaulins and wood!
Why I love my Natural Oilcloth Apron:
I really love wearing my waterproof, oil cloth apron outside in the garden and on the farm.
- It protects my clothes from mud and water
- It is wipeable when doing messy tasks like processing chickens
- It has POCKETS! I keep my knife, gardening gloves, secateurs and wire weeder all there ready to go.
Pockets is such a big thing for me. Someone decided that women’s clothing doesn’t need pockets and it was a dumb decision. Having a hard wearing apron that both protects my clothes and carries my utilities is SUPER helpful.
How to waterproof cotton canvas at home
There are a few oilcloth waterproofing recipes out and about. This is a very old, traditional method of waterproofing items from well before plastic was a thing.
You can waterproof fabric by simply adding many many layers of boiled linseed oil, allowing it to dry in between coats.
I chose not to follow this waterproofing method because 1) It takes ages for it to dry between coats 2) Nope, that is about it. I am impatient.
DIY Oilcloth Apron: Homemade Canvas Waterproofing
To make my own oilcloth apron, I actually bought this canvas apron. I could have made one, but canvas here is expensive, and it is too heavy duty for my sewing machine. I wanted TOUGH.
Look at how many pockets it has! I love it.
Next I bought all the ingredients to make the oilcloth waterproofing:
And I gathered an old pot, a stirring stick and a paintbrush.
Ideally you would do this outside on a campstove as 1) it stinks and 2) it is flammable.
You can use this mixture to waterproof large sheets of canvas to make non-plastic tarpaulins - simply stretch the fabric out on a wooden frame and paint it with 1-2 two coats of the mixture. The mixture can be stored at room temperature and you can use it as a solid by working it in to the fabric with another rag or a shoe brush. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
You can use this mixture to waterproof large sheets of canvas to make non-plastic tarpaulins - simply stretch the fabric out on a wooden frame and paint it with 1-2 two coats of the mixture.
The mixture can be stored at room temperature and you can use it as a solid by working it in to the fabric with another rag or a shoe brush.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.