Liberty Scrap Challenge – July Edition & Tutorial

by Nova on July 27, 2012

July in the scrap challenge began with an awesome treat from this months Guest Challenger, Krista, & her beautiful Liberty Lemonade Tablecloth with tutorial made with Liberty charm squares. I’d be happy to have that little gem upon my table! So so pretty.

If you fancy having a play with some Liberty & taking part in our Scrap Challenge as a giveaway guest challenger, Krista has some charm squares of Liberty courtesy of Jo @ The Organic Stitch Co to giveaway. Hop over to this post for details & to enter.

My project this month in the challenge is a no sew project – sometimes you  just need to play with fabric  &  glue and skip the sewing bit for almost instant fabricy gratification :)

I’d been scouring op shops & garage sales for a few weeks in search of the perfect set of little drawers for some sewing room storage. My efforts so far in the thrifting department had’t turned up any treasure, though the hunt continues.

In the meantime I picked up a set of Moppe drawers from IKEA.

Cute shape & a  handy size,  but a bit dull right?

Add a few Liberty scraps  &…


Liberty drawers

Fabric drawers! Yay!

The great thing about the IKEA drawers is you could collect more of the same and stack them all together or line them up. The moppe range has different sizes too, though you’d need to check availability at your nearest store.

You could create drawers in all the colours of the rainbow for colour coordinated scrap storage :)

The individual drawers on the set I used measure just under 6″ wide by just under 4″ high x approx 7″ deep.

This project is easy to adapt to other mini drawer sets – you may have something at home already that you could give a Liberty facelift to. If you are using drawers with handles, you’ll want to remove those first of course then re-attach once your fabric drawer fronts have completely dried.

No need to stop at mini drawers either  – imagine a regular size chest of drawers covered with Liberty?! swoon.

Liberty Fabric Covered Drawers Tutorial

What you will need:

  • some mini drawers.
  • Liberty fabric scraps (or your favourite fabric) size & amount will depend of drawers of choice to cover
  • scrap of paper to make a template (or template plastic if you want to fussy cut a specific part of your scrap) & a pen/pencil
  • scissors
  • sandpaper – just a small piece
  • Mod Podge glue or similar (something that dries clear & will stick  fabric & wood)
  • brush (for applying glue)

How to:

Make a template of your drawer front (or drawers if they are different sizes) by drawing around it onto your piece of paper (or plastic). Cut out your template design. You can see mine in the image below.

Trace your template onto your selected scraps & carefully cut around.

Take your drawers & just ‘show’ them the sandpaper – no need to go crazy, literally just a quick back & forth will be more than enough. You just want to create a ‘key’ so the glue will stick. Blow/wipe away any dust.

Cover your drawer front with the glue, a nice even coating will do the trick. ( btw, I switched Mod Podge varieties after taking that picture above & used the matte one rather than the gloss.)

Take your cut out piece of fabric that matches the drawer & place it in position, smooth it out carefully being careful not to stretch it.

Once you’re happy that  it’s all lined up, cover the fabric drawer front with glue to seal it. I guess you don’t have to do this but the drawers are probably going to get a bit of wear & tear and  it will just help to keep the fabric looking nice.

Make sure you do a nice even coat & take a moment just to seal around the edges too which will help to stop the fabric  fraying.

Repeat for all your drawers then leave them to dry thoroughly before putting the set back together.

Find all the tutes from the Liberty Scrap Challenge (so far!)  from myself, our wonderful guest challengers & giveaway guest challengers  right here!

Take a peek at all the wonderfully scrappy Liberty inspiration in our flickr group & feel free to share your scrappy projects there too, we’d love to see :)

& why not pop in & say hello to Jo at The Organic Stitch Co, the perfect spot to get your Liberty fix in bite size pieces :)



{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Krista - Poppyprint July 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Another brilliant Liberty option, Nova!! I actually have a blank set of these drawers that I always meant to stain, plus a set of mini wooden spools to use as handles. MUST get on this!


Mayfieldhope July 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Love them nova…. Loved the adventure of getting the drawers too! X


Katy July 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Oooh, pretty! That mod podge is so useful for no-sew fabricy projects


kate July 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

This is genius. So, so good x


anna July 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

these turned out so cool nova!!! beautiful.


Fiona July 28, 2012 at 12:31 am

I LOVE this idea Nova! Those drawers just look beautiful! I’m off to Ikea as soon as pay day comes :) Thanks for a great tutorial!


Franziska July 28, 2012 at 5:05 am

I love it. I’d like to have it here.
Interesting that Ikea still sells Moppe in Australia. Here they don’t anymore… sadly…


Flying Blind July 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

Really pretty x


Harmony and Rosie July 29, 2012 at 3:48 am

Oh this is just the best. I have had a set of these drawers for years, even painted them but was still on the point of throwing them out. I can’t believe I never thought of doing this. I am so going to do this!
Kate (I hope it’s ok if I pin this, do let me know if you’re not happy?) x


Ashley July 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Those drawers are beautiful!!!


Kiki July 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

The project turned out so pretty! I’ve not been brave enough to ever mod-podge with fabric but this looks easy enough. I have some boring photo boxes that could use a little pick-me-up and this technique might work well for that!


Rachel at Stitched in Color July 31, 2012 at 12:09 am

What an adorable set of drawers! I have been wanting to go wild with mod podge for awhile. Need to have at it!


Lisa July 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

I love it! Love the fabrics and your use of them.


Melissa Thomson August 3, 2012 at 12:21 am

I love this! I really like to use fabric on wood. I really like the use of all the prints. It has a nice impact.


Mz Dot August 3, 2012 at 12:54 am

A charming idea and a lovely selection of fabrics.
How about turning the drawers back to front and covering the back side of the drawer. Then add cute knobs. Cutting the fabric would be easier and there would be no worry of the notches becoming frayed with use. The knobs could be traditional or contemporary– whatever your taste and would add another decorative dimension to the drawers.


Lauren September 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Liberty fabrics are so delicious! What a great idea to use that beauty around the house!


Miriam December 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I have just discovered your blog and I love those drawers with Liberty fabric! I have inherie\ted a set of those drawers from my DD and I have a little stash of Liberty fabrics to use. Thank you for the great idea! :)
I’m off to look at all your other Liberty fabric inspiration!


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