Fabric Lined Drawers {Tutorial}

I just finished this dresser a few days ago and I am so excited about it. However, once I was done painting and finishing it up, every time I opened the drawers I kind of threw up in my mouth a little. It had this horrible drawer liner stuff in the bottom and crayon marks on the inside so I knew I needed to cover that up! Off  to Joann’s
at night of course! My husband hates it when I go when the kids are sleeping… because this means I have time to think and stare and pick up and put back tons of fabric (yes I have a problem)! When I saw this fabric though it was over, I wanted it and luckily I got the last of it!
Here is how it turned out!
Fabric Lined Drawers
This did not take me very long at all! Anyone can line a drawer with fabric. Now, don’t look too close because I wasn’t super meticulous with the measurements because well, let’s be honest here… I have two kids and there will be stuff piled in here soon enough. But you don’t notice any mistakes unless you are looking for them! That’s what I tell myself anyway.
-Fabric of your choice (measure your drawers first to figure out yardage)
-Modge Podge
-Foam brush
-Tape measure
-Scissors or rotary cutter
1. First you are going to want to measure each of the four sides of the inside of the drawer (write them down) – because no matter how much you think you can remember it, you will forget when you go to cut it… at least that’s what I hear ; )
Then measure out the bottom of the drawer
2. Once you have your pieces cut out start with the side pieces first. I just slapped on some modge podge and the lined up the fabric and then started adhering it, working my way from the top to bottom pushing out any air bubbles. If you mess up, just pull it up and reset it. Work your way around all 4 sides and then do the bottom of the drawer last.
Decoupage fabric
(see the ugly shelf liner????)
3. After all the inside is covered I put another layer of modge podge on top of the fabric. Now for the bottom piece, you don’t have too… I ran out and only did it to one drawer, as long as you get enough underneath you don’t HAVE to do it, but the sides really need it to make sure they stay put!
4. After you do this you will think… oh, I covered up the holes for the handles… this is ok, don’t freak out! (I only say this because for a moment a thought ran through my head that I ruined the whole drawer… then I came back to reality and realized “Hey Ashley, you just have to poke a hole”) So I got a screwdriver and poked a hole. Then you just screw on your handles : ) – major crisis avoided!
Fabric lined drawer 1.
Fabric Lined Drawers 3
Now you have some beautiful fabric lined drawers and your husband will look at you like you have gone mad and are now gluing fabric in places nobody will ever see it! But then he tells you how beautiful it is and how good of a job you did!
I can’t wait to show you how I use my new dresser!
Stay tuned for the tutorial on the dresser transformation
Fabric Lined Drawers 2

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  1. The DIYvillage says

    I love this! I have a nightstand I am currently working on. It is basic antique white but I thought it would be fun to add a little suprise inside by painting the drawers a contrast color. Now I think Fabric may be my answer as well! How far down does the fabric go on the sides? I see that it wraps over the edge just not sure how far.

  2. Kadie says

    I LOVE this!! The pop of yellow goes perfectly with the teal. I have a night stand I want to make over. I am going to have to do this in the drawers!!

  3. Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook says

    Love the fabric in the drawers!!! I am ready for an ottoman redo when your available :) No kidding!! -love your sister

  4. Our Delightful Home says

    Great tutorial! I would love for you to visit and link up at my Linky Party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful

  5. Claiming Our Space says

    Love it! I have a dresser that is going to need this treatment but wasn't sure how to go about it. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts.

  6. Peggy~PJH Designs says

    I love the fabric you chose its always a lovely surprise to open the drawers and see a pretty fabric or paint. I especially love the aqua paint you chose for the dresser. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jazmine says

    This is too cute! Fabric holds onto scents longer, it would be nice to empty the drawers and spritz some perfume every few months :)


  8. Sugarr2518 says

    The color and print of your fabric with the color of the dresser looks Fab-U-lous! I really do love these colors. Thanks for sharing this idea. I'm visiting from Blue Cricket Design and am your newest follower:) I hope you can stop by mine.

  9. Renewed Upon a Dream says

    Such cute fabric you chose! I soo need to do this to the dresser I did recently. We have nothing in the drawers yet because we're waiting 'till I get around to lining them. *sigh*

  10. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says

    so fun! love how the colors pop and i too have a fabric issue! what a great way to use it and add a special touch! love! ;)

  11. Sherry says

    You did a lovely job! I found you on Delightfully Inspiring and I'm now following you. I would appreciate it if you could do the same.

  12. AmieAnn says

    These look awesome! Love when functional is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  13. Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type says

    Amazing color combination! So bright and happy. I am going to do this in a drawer somewhere… but where…

  14. Six Sisters says

    I like it. I hadn't thought of doing this. We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back! -The Sisters

  15. Emily @ 52 Mantels says

    I love this!! The yellow drawers are absolutely PERFECT!

    I'll be featuring this tomorrow!! Thanks so much for linking up!

  16. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says

    I love the yellow with the bright blue!! And the fabric in the drawers is so fun and unexpected!! I'll bet it looks awesome with the top stenciled too!

  17. Kathy says

    I love everything about it! Any chance you will share the paint color? I've looked and I can't find if you posted it. So cute and clever!


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