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How to make oilcloth car mats

I love my oilcloth car mats! These add so much personality to my car, and I know I won’t be able to buy anything like this at a store. And the way I constructed them, I can switch out the oilcloth if I want.

Do you ever get in the mood to totally revamp and accessorize your wheels? I did. Earlier this month when I was about to embark on a road trip, I knew I had to DIY something special. I came up with these fancy fabric mats that were a cinch to put together! Here’s how I did it!

Check out all my other oilcloth projects HERE!


Oil Cloth Hibiscus Blue Fabric (they also have other colors and patterns!)

Clear Mar Mats

Duck Brand 280748 Metallic Color Duct Tape, Gold, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll

Fiskars Heavy Duty Die Cast Craft Knife (167110-1001)


Set your fabric face  up on a cutting mat, then set the car mat on top, also facing up. Use your craft knife to cut around the mat onto the fabric. I’d say leave about 1/8 overage, but not much more. After that, you’ll need to peel off a strip of duct tape, you can cut it lengthwise in half or leave as is. Connect the fabric to the mat by sealing the edges of both with the duct tape. Try to make the edges sleek and smooth around the corners so it looks more professional.


 That’s it, you’re done! If you decide to use a cotton fabric, I would cover the back of the mat with duct tape to seal it in and protect it from water or dirt damage.
 Oilcloth car mats
 Other ideas:
– Paint a design directly on the back side of the mat, seal with spray varnish!
– You could even coat with glitter spray as long as you seal it in!
– Try decoupaging facing up on the back side of the mat, seal with duct tape.

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13 thoughts on “How to make oilcloth car mats”

  1. Wouldn’t the mats move around more since you cover the little nibs on the bottom of the mats? Perhaps you could put some puffy paint dots on the back of the oil cloth?

  2. Love this idea!
    I think I’m going to try it, but I’m going to use a clear Modge Podge to adhere the fabric. Have you tried that?

  3. I love this idea! I have made cushioned floor mats with the oilcloth by covering those interlocking padded floor mats with oilcloth and then securing them with Duck tape” they are easy to clean and add a layer of cushion to the floor. I have used them in my shop for years and also on the floor of my booth at trade shows! Love the oilcloth and duck tape combos!

  4. Wow, on amazon, the average price of clear universal floor mats is under $17. How long did it take you to find them for $29? Making money as an affiliate marketer is one thing but trying to gouge your audience is a pretty crappy way to go.

    • It always amazes me how some people can automatically think the worst of people! This was the lowest (and only) price of these mats at the time I made, photographed, edited, and posted this tutorial. It was a few years back. But thanks to you, I researched and found an even lower price, $12! I always welcome feedback to help me post lower prices. So a big THANK YOU to you! Hope you have a great rest of the day! 🙂


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