With three kids, I can't keep a tablecloth clean for more than a few hours, and my adorable Orla Kiely for Target tablecloths are completely stained with various food splatters. I need a tablecloth that can be wiped clean but doesn't look like a cheap, plastic picnic table cover. The answer to my problem? Laminated cotton!
I just read a great article about this wonder fabric over at Oilcloth Addict. Not to be confused with oilcloth, which is thicker, heavier, and contains some nasty chemicals, laminated cotton is softer, has a nice hand, and contains no lead, BPA, PVC, or pthalates. It's waterproof, easily wipes clean, and, best of all, fabric designers are creating lots of gorgeous laminated cotton prints lately. This is absolutely the answer to my tablecloth dilemma and would also work great for placemats and splat mats under highchairs.
Check out Oilcloth Addict for tips on working with laminated cotton, and if you're not into whipping up your own kitchen accessories, check out Modern June and Baby's Indulgence for custom, handmade laminated cotton kitchen accessories.
(Images: Oilcloth Addict, Modern June)