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 &…
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
- sandpaper – just a small piece
- Mod Podge glue or similar (something that dries clear & will stick fabric & wood)
- brush (for applying glue)
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 :)