reasons to love laminated cotton

{Yesterday's reading post had a few wrong links to summer reading programs.  I have resolved them if you are looking for the correct links!}

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You've seen me post in this space for some time now about how wonderful laminated cotton is.  It is a regular piece of cotton with a thin layer of plastic adhered to it.  Oil cloth, similar to it,  is actually sturdier, but is harder to find stylish varieties.

You don't have to be a sewer to love or own laminated cotton.  That is one of the beauties of it.  It can be cut with pinking shears and placed wherever you are needing protection from moisture or needing a wipeable space.

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Here is a perfect example of using laminated cotton as a protector.

My dryer has unsightly rust on it.  So I simply cut a piece of my favorite laminated cotton, Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi Summer Totem Tart.  I used my pinking shears to create a nicer edge and fit the fabric piece to the dryer.  My pail of laundry detergent weighs down the fabric perfectly.  Now I can simple wipe down the laminated cotton with a damp cloth to keep the dryer clean.  Talk about a huge improvement!

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Another way to use laminated cotton is to make waterproof totes.  This little personal writing tote for me I knew would be carried in the dark abyss of my purse.  I wanted it a little protected from leaking lip balms, water bottles and such.  This laminated cotton keeps the moisture out, keeping my notecards and envelopes safely dry inside.

Laminated fabric is excellent for making reusable snack baggies and lunch totes for the same reason.  It keeps any moisture in.

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Another reason to use laminated cotton is for reinventing.  

Johanna's nurse kit was made up in a very old and musty suitcase that had been in the family.  The inside removable base was really just an old, super musty, flimsy piece of cardboard.  I threw it out, cut a fresh piece of cardboard, and sewed a simple sleeve out of my laminated cotton to slide over the cardboard.  Now the inside of the nurse's kit looks new and fresh, with the laminated cotton holding to the leather inside more snug than if it just were the cardboard.

Now if there are any spills, the base is protected as well.

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Lastly, an awesome use for laminated cotton is for its wipeable and clinging properties.

Our water station mat that always sits on our counter is a perfect example of this.  It is simply two pieces of laminated cotton bound together with red bias tape.  It clings to the counter and the glasses cling well to the mat which makes for a safe location for the whole family to return their glasses throughout the day.

At the end of each day when all of the glasses make their way into the dishwasher, I can easily wipe off the surface and it is all ready for the next day.  We love our water station.

What about you, have you tried laminated cotton?  Or maybe oil cloth which is a close relative?  

the sleepy time gal