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Fabric/Cardboard Drawer/Shelf Liners
These drawer/shelf liners are a piece of cardboard in a fabric pocket. The cardboard is removable
so the cover can be washed. Gives a beautiful, clean look and protects the drawer/shelf.
I sometimes use fabric from old clothes for the covers. Cut up boxes from your Amazon purchases (or wherever)
for the cardboard.
Cut cardboard to fit:
Measure the inside dimensions of the drawer/shelf.
Cut a piece of cardboard to this exact size. (I use a rotary cutter
Check the piece in your drawer/shelf—at this point, it should be a very tight fit.
Trim 1/4" from the length and from the width, to make the fit looser and provide room for the fabric seams.
This cardboard is used in the next step as a template to cut the fabric.
Cut fabric to cover the cardboard:
Cut two pieces of fabric:
WIDTH: each 1.5" wider than the side-to-side measurement of the cardboard.
This allows for two side seams, plus a little extra for ease in inserting the cardboard.
LENGTH: each 1-5/8" longer than the front-to-back measurement of the cardboard.
This allows for a front seam, a finished back seam, and a little extra.
I just lay the cardboard on the fabric and use the markings on my cutting ruler to give the needed extra length/width.
Sew fabric cover:
Put cover pieces right sides together.
Sew 5/8" side seams.
Then, sew a 5/8" front seam.
Finish the opening (back):
Sew 1/4" on back edge, then fold and zig-zag 3/8" again.
This gives a finished edge for the opening where the cardboard is inserted (which is the back of the drawer/shelf).
Turn right-side out, pushing corners out with (say) the eraser end of a pencil.
Velcro closure (optional):
Depending on the material used, the stiffness of the cardboard, and how tight a fit you achieved, you may or may not need this step.
Cut two 1" pieces of sewable velcro—the hard side.
Sew to edge of outside of bottom opening, at about 1/3 and 2/3 of width.
Cut two 1.5" pieces of sewable velcro—the fuzzy side.
Sew short edge to inside of top opening (about 1/4" overlap).
Make sure it is centered on the hard velcro when folded over.