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Fabric Lined Drawers with Mod Podge

Use Mod Podge and your favorite fabric pattern to create these unique fabric lined drawers – I love the special surprise every time you open one!

How to line drawers with fabric

I’m so excited to share with you my newest Mod Podge project: fabric lined drawers!

It’s funny – this desk makeover actually started back in November when I first painted it. I always knew I wanted to do something decoupage related on the inside of the drawer, but wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do.

I recently got a bottle of Fabric Mod Podge and started thinking of things to do with it, and I came up with a few ideas related to furniture.

Then I went to JoAnn Fabrics and found some amazing coastal themed fabrics. As soon as I saw the fabric with the octopus, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it. Time for some DIY beach decor!

I just needed to see if the hubby was on the same page. I showed him my idea for fabric lined drawers and he really like it.

BUT he thought some people might think the octopus looks like an alien creature (I think he mentioned the one from Independence Day). I know not everyone will love it, but at least everyone can get an idea of how to make their drawers over and customize it to any pattern they like.

But I do think the octopus pattern is AWESOME. I have a couple more projects I plan on doing with it too. Okay, back to the DIY drawer project. Here’s how this fun craft was done!

Fabric Lined Drawers

For this AWESOME fabric drawers project you’re going to need:

Gather These Supplies

Getting Started

Since I just made a trip to JoAnns I had all the supplies on hand. Now I just needed to get the kids down for a nap and I could get started!!

I’m the nap time crafter today!!

Octopus fabric, scissors, foam brush, and Fabric Mod Podge

Step 1 – Prep Your Drawer

Prepping your drawer is super easy, I just cleaned my drawer out and wiped it down.

Hopefully that’s all you have to do as well.

Open drawer with nothing inside

Step 2 – Measure and Cut Fabric

It took me awhile to figure out how I was going to cut my fabric. I didn’t want to make any mistakes and mess up.

I finally flipped the fabric backwards, then used a pencil to trace out my measurements. Trim the fabric until it fits perfectly. YAY love it when something can be simple.

Cutting the octopus fabric to fit the drawer

Step 3 – Add Your Mod Podge

Now it’s time for the Fabric Mod Podge!! I added a little at a time, then placed my fabric on top. Working my way across the entire drawer.

Once I had the drawer covered I pulled out my “handy dandy” brayer to get any bubbles out. This is my first time using the roller and I can’t believe I’ve waited so long. It’s awesome!

As per the directions, you need to let the Mod Podge dry for 2 hours before the next step.

Painting Mod Podge inside the drawer, placing the fabric down and rolling it out with a brayer

Step 4 – Seal in Your Fabric

Finally I added a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric. Making sure ALL the fabric was covered with Mod Podge. Then I let dry overnight.

Mod Podging over the top of the fabric with a foam brush

Finishing Touches

Finally I can start using it!!

I think this turned out really cool and the colors of the octopus really “POP” against the blue on the desk. It will be a fun surprise every time I open my desk.

Fabric lined drawers

Next I need to make a couple storage containers for the inside of the desk. I’ll keep you posted on those!!

Gotta keep organized.

How to line a drawer with fabric

I hope you enjoyed this fabric lined drawers tutorial as much as I did. The desk is finally finished! Another project checked off my to-to list!

Yield: 1 drawer

Fabric Lined Drawers

Use Mod Podge and your favorite fabric pattern to create these unique fabric lined drawers - I love the special surprise every time you open one!

Learn how to Mod Podge a drawer with fabric - because fabric desk drawers are super cute!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Dry Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Estimated Cost $5


  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Fabric


  • Mod Podge brayer
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


  1. Clean out the drawer completely and wipe it down. Let dry.
  2. Flip your fabric upside down and place it in the drawer. Use a pencil to trace out the shape of the drawer on the back of the fabric.
  3. Cut out the fabric and place it back into the drawer to make sure that it fits. If it doesn't, trim further until it fits exactly.
  4. Add a little Mod Podge at a time, then place the fabric on top - working your way across the entire drawer.
  5. Use your hands to smooth out any bubbles; if you have a brayer, that is preferable.
  6. Let the Mod Podge dry for 2 hours before the next step.
  7. Add a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric. Let dry overnight before using.

Did You Make This Project?

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It’s truly amazing all the things you can do with a bottle of Mod Podge. I have a couple more fabric projects that I plan on posting soon.

Stay tuned . . .

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Tuesday 16th of June 2015

I am so beyond in love with this idea! I love your whole desk, actually! I didn't even know there WAS fabric mod podge...I don't have craft stores around me so I have to rely on Walmart and haven't seen it yet. I'll keep my eye out!


Monday 15th of June 2015

This looks like such a fun and easy project! I love the print of that fabric!



Monday 15th of June 2015

how nice! this is a must try :)

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