When you love gingham like I do, you’re always looking for ways to incorporate it into a room. Our bathroom re-do was no different and even the flooring is in a gingham pattern but the squares are so big, I don’t think anyone really noticed. One of the final components to finishing the bathroom was getting the shelves and drawers ready to have all of our toiletries returned to their rightful spots in the bathroom. It was getting a little old having lotion in the office, teeth stuff in the kitchen, and hair products in the dining room.
The drawer and shelf liners needed to be replaced because even though the adhesive drawer lining product I used 13-years ago stated it wouldn’t stick to paint, it did. When I removed it for painting, it was quite a mess. I needed a new plan for drawer liners because I didn’t want a repeat of the mess below.
How to make shelf liners
I’m really pleased with how these gingham drawer liners turned out. That’s the same shelf, too. Sanding, priming, and painting happened before the cute gingham was placed on the shelf. And, it’s not just fabric. I applied a vinyl coating to the back of the fabric. It was easy and looks great.
How to make drawer liners
I used a product called “Therm O Web Iron on Vinyl” that I purchased at Fabric Depot, which is my favorite local fabric store. (Fabric Depot mails out very generous coupons which I use regularly or you can receive them by e-mail.) Iron on vinyl is basically a laminator for fabric. I only used it on one side of my fabric but you can apply it to both sides.
The iron on vinyl has simple instructions that are easy to follow, but I would add the following tips when working with the product:
Tips for working with “Therm O Web Iron on Vinyl”
- Wash and dry fabric first. I always do this because I don’t want my projects to shrink later. (Me learning from past disasters is always good!)
- Press the fabric first with a hot iron to get fabric smooth before attaching vinyl.
- Use a rotary cutter to cut the fabric after you’ve applied the vinyl. Don’t rely on the grain of the fabric/design for your cuts. My fabric was definitely not straight when following the design and looked more like a parallelogram when I finished cutting it with scissors.
If only applying vinyl to one side, plan to use fabric side facing up. My fabric side down (vinyl side up) curled up on the corners and it looked funny. It was much better turned over.
As always, a test or dry run is in good order. I love how it looks. Of course I do – it’s gingham!
Do you ever work with adhesives? Do you have a favorite product?
Our bathroom re-do project was very sustainable – good for the wallet and the environment.
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10 thoughts on “Gingham Drawer Liners”
This is such a good idea! You always do such a careful job on projects and are so generous with the extra tips. Thanks!!!
Thanks Annie! I love how this turned out and it’s so much cuter than buying something in the store.
This is awesome! I see a new use for the many fabric scraps I discovered in my recent craft area reorganization. And I’ve been wanting to go to Fabric Depot for years–now I have a great reason to!
Thanks Rita! This is an excellent way to use up scraps. You should go to Fabric Depot. It’s worth the trip. Check on-line or call to find out when their next sale is, too.
Great idea! This project is on my list. I love Fabric Depot and their generous coupons. I could spend hours there. The staff is always really helpful. I need to make it back out there again soon.
I love Fabric Depot as well. If you sign up for their monthly e-mail flyers, you get four 40% off coupons (one for each week of the month, good for one item or fabric cut) and a complete list of all of their sales that month. Great for planning purposes.
I am wondering if you can wash the fabric after applying the vinyl?
I just read the instructions that came with the iron on vinyl…under their “tip and care section” it reads that “touch up pressing is required after hand washing. always use protective paper or a piece of very smooth fabric between iron and laminate.”
Also, it says to clean with soap and damp cloth or hand wash in cold water.
My take? I wouldn’t toss this in the washing machine. So far, my drawer liners have been wiped down a couple of times in 6 months and have held up well. One gets wet regularly (under the toothbrushes and all) and I do sometimes just let it dry over night – if I’m awake enough at night 🙂
I hope that answers the question.
Yes, like previous reader, I’m wondering about washing the shelf liners. Or maybe you just dust? In my house, everything needs dusting/washing due to sweet dog and bossy cat who live with us, plus older kids who visit us like tornado season.
Just dust but read below for more details! Good thing you have a sweet dog with a bossy cat!!
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