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    WHERE ARE YOUR PRODUCTS MADE?

    Our special laminated cotton fabric is sourced responsibly from Korea and Japan We cut tablecloths in our basement studio for our home sewers to finish. Bags and aprons are cut and sewn by family run Seattle area shops.

    WHAT IS THE COATING MADE OUT OF?

    It’s a water-based urethane. This protective layer is rolled out in the factory and heat-set to the cotton, as opposed to using nasty chemicals. The result is a creamy, durable, soft, and all-around fantastic-feeling fabric. It is made out of materials that will eventually biodegrade, but that won't happen until you are long done using it. We had it tested in accordance with the FDA specifications for food safety by The Hong Kong Standards And Testing Centre Ltd. As well its eco-friendly attributes from OEKO-TEX. Proud to say we got the seal of approval from both! 

     

     

    DO YOU HAVE SEWING PATTERNS?

    Yes! Click HERE

    IS THIS OILCLOTH?

    While we love the nostalgia of your grandma’s oilcloth, this one isn’t made of oil, nor is it made with toxic PVC like the Mexican “oilcloth”. Don’t be fooled--Mexican oilcloth never biodegrades and contains Phthalates, which have been known to cause cancer. By comparison, our water-based urethane coating is laminated to the face of the fabric, combining durability with easy-care convenience (it cleans up easily with a damp cloth). All of our fabrics are food-safe, earth-safe, and family-friendly. Back in the day, oilcloth used to be made by coating heavier weight cotton with linseed oil, which slowly cracked and peeled with age. This method became obsolete with the advent of non-cracking plastics. Our coated cotton "oilcloth" is still made with real fabric, so it has the weight and drape of real cloth, yet is laminated to ensure it can stand up to years of wear and tear. While many of our old laminates were shiny, our current fabrics have a subtle matte finish. More sophisticated. It feels like plain fabric, but more rugged.

     

    CAN I LEAVE MY TABLECLOTH OUTSIDE IN THE HOT SUN FOR WEEKS ON END? NO!

    We encourage daily use, but prolonged UV light can cause the coating to yellow. So unless it is in the shade, please bring your tablecloth inside between uses to keep it looking fresh and vibrant.

    WHAT SIZE OF TABLECLOTH SHOULD I BUY? 

    Standard tablecloth "drop" is 6" - 12" on each side. Go up to 15" for a more formal look. If your tablecloth is off by a few inches between sides, don't worry. More than that? Buy our fabric by the yard. You can leave it unhemmed if you want. How to measure for tablelcoth size, measure your table and add 2x the drop you want on legnth & width. Remember, Our "Tableshields" are great for Indoor or outdoor use. Just don't leave them in the hot sun for extended periods.

    CAN I WASH IT?

    YES! But mostly, you don’t have to. We recently washed out a blotch of dried blood by scrubbing on the cotton back side. It came out beautifully. If you get a stubborn spot, just soak it in the sink with a little soap, and scrub it on the cotton side until it washes out. Pen marks come off with goo-off or similar products. Those may be the only ones you can't wash out eventually.

    CAN I IRON IT?

    Yes, on the cotton side. We recommend a lower heat setting, though most wrinkles and creases will naturally relax out over time.

    WILL BARBECUE SPARKS RUIN MY APRON?

    No. These are awesome BBQ aprons. We have tried to burn one, and it takes a lot before the cotton starts to burn. It even works as a hotpad!

    WHEN WILL MY ORDER SHIP?

    We try to be on it daily, but sometimes we go hiking or need to make it for you. This can take a few days.

    DO YOU DESIGN THE FABRIC?

    Yes, we do! Look for VINTAGE - that was our first. What an adventure into historic imagery, roosters, and Photoshop! When I got the first strike-offs, then actual yardage, I cried real tears for this dream come true. Of course, I couldn't have done it with our my trusty designer, Christine Joly De Lotbiniere. Next we added TILE prints - CYPRESS, ORCAS, and WHIDBEY. They're named after our beautiful Northwest islands in Puget Sound where we spend time in the summers kayaking and camping. We dove into kid prints with the SOCKIES collection - BLUEBERRY, CHERRY, and ICING! Whether you're young or just young at heart, these cute sock-creatures bring a cute sophistication to any part of your home. Then the BLOOM series - ALKI, RAVENNA, and JUANITA. After that, I was obsessed with rug textures. Thus came SISAL, named after 3 trips we took last year: MOAB, MALIBU & MOJAVE. Our latest better-than-solids are DENIM & INK. We redid VINTAGE this year, removing the background & adding everyone's new favorite color - MUSTARD. Next up? a new textural floral. And more kid prints.

    IS YOUR BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY? 

    YES. And we have an envirostar to prove it!

     

    CAN I TAKE MY BAG DOWN THE GRAND CANYON?

    YES! We did. It made a great day-bag on the river. Any river. Or a hike, a city park, your back yard... They keep the rain, mud splashes and coffee spills out, no matter where you take them!

    CAN I CONTACT YOU IF I HAVE A QUESTION OR PROBLEM?

    Always. You can email me, the owner, at tracy@impwear.com. You can also call me at 206-947-1224. It's my personal cell phone (PST). :)

    CAN I SELL THESE FABULOUS ITEMS IN MY STORE?

    Of course! Sign up online for wholesale pricing. Feel free to contact us at hello@impwear.com.