Did a bunch of research on the web because of the Moscow Coop "recipe" for oilcloth. Apparently, linseed oil used for oilcloth is not the same as food grade linseed oil/ flaxseed oil. Industrial linseed oil has lots of nasty ingredients including chemical mildewcides and drying agents. The icky one is the one used to make oilcloth in old days. I don't have any idea if plain old linseed oil/flaxseed oil will work to produce oilcloth, since it doesn't dry the way the chemical oil does.
I tried making some oilcloth sandwich wraps a few days ago, using food grade flaxseed oil. The problem is, it STINKS. There is no way my smell-sensitive DD and DS will eat sandwiches wrapped in this; heck, I don't even want to.
Does the smell ever fade? What about using some other kind of oil?