Learn how to make Oilcloth [also called Oilskin]

Oilcloth is a durable, rustic, and weatherproof fabric with countless outdoor uses - from tarps to gear bags. In this course you'll learn the time-tested process for making your own at home!

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I'll teach you how to make your own Oilcloth Tarp!


What is Oilcloth?

Oilcloth, also known as enameled cloth, oilskin, and American cloth, is close-woven cotton duck or linen cloth with a coating of boiled linseed oil to make it waterproof. Oilcloth is the Gore-Tex fabric of yesteryear and was used for everything from bedrolls and tarps to backpacks and tablecloths. It is a beautiful weatherproof fabric that hearkens to a time when a persons gear looked as rustic as the wilderness itself.
What is Oilcloth?

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Tarp Configurations & Knots

Not only will you learn how to make your own Oilcloth Tarp but Jamie teaches how to set a few of his favorite tarp shelter configurations - AND - how to make improvised no-grommet corner tie-outs!

Here's What You Get

  • Learn what ingredients and materials you'll need to make your own Oilcloth!

  • Learn the process for turning standard cotton fabric into 100% waterproof outdoor fabric!

  • Learn how to prepare, process, finish, and dry your Oilcloth at home!

  • Learn how to create improvised no-grommet corner tie-outs!

  • Learn several shelter set configurations for using your new Oilcloth tarp for camping or backpacking!

  • And more!

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jamie Burleigh

    Outdoor Skills Instructor and maker of fine rustic goods

    Jamie Burleigh

    Jamie L. Burleigh is a founder of The Old World Alliance operating from Port Huron, Michigan. He is a staff instructor at select outdoor institutions and reserves teaching a cross cultural curriculum to both young and old. Currently, Jamie is working as an author, outdoor skills instructor, and craftsman of fine rustic goods. Re-Learning old ways and implementing them truly enhances his family's lifestyle and well-being. Much of what he has gained through this journey is shared within the community he is building called The Old World Alliance. The Burleigh's are always eager to share their love of the old ways and accomplishments over a warm campfire. More info at: www.oldworldalliance.com

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    COURSE: How to Make Oilcloth
    • Introduction, Safety, and Materials
    • Oilcloth: STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS
    • Drying the Cloth
    • BONUS VIDEO: Improvised No-Grommet Tie Outs
    • Tarp Shelter Configurations Using Your New Oilcloth Canopy
    • Thank you & Final Thoughts