Learn how to use mod podge on plastic with pretty fabric to makeover a cheap chest of drawers into a beautiful piece of furniture. It's a perfect application for using up some of your most treasured fabric leftovers and put them to good use.
It's been a long time since I've decoupaged but I was very excited to use some of my pretty fabric stash for this project.
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How to Makeover Plastic Drawers with
Mod Podge on Fabric
The plastic bins (above) were left to me by my daughter after she finished college. They are great for storing so many of my craft supplies and other items in my office.
Apparently, this was originally a cart with wheels, as you can see from the label. Now it's just a set of drawers but that's okay because I don't think it would roll around too well on my carpeted floor.
Anyway, I knew that they would look a whole lot better with some pretty fabric and giving these plastic drawers a makeover would make my work environment that much better.
The first thing I did was lay out the fabric in a pattern I liked for the drawers. This fabric comes from a beautiful charm pack, designed by Heather Bailey, called "Fresh Cut." Charm packs are so fun because they were created to work together. I've bought a few and have been finding fun ways to craft with them. You can find more ways to craft with charm packs here.
Start with the handles by placing the fabric on the inside and tracing around the area with a pencil.
Cut out the pattern for the handle.
Spread a thin layer of mod podge directly on the plastic and place the fabric inside.
ModPodge is a glue that makes a perfect decoupage medium and comes in a variety of formulas, including water-resistant mod podge, fabric mod podge, and matte and glossy finishes to name a few.
I'm using the Matte formula because I already have a bottle of it at home. However, you can use a gloss based one or one that is made specifically for fabric or plastics.
Next place the left side fabric piece over the area you want and trace the edges with a pencil or tailor's chalk, and cut out.
This time I spread the mod podge on the fabric, then press it into place on the drawer. Continue with the same technique on the right side.
The middle section is similar, but you need to cut around the handle.
Using a pencil rub the edges of the opening and cut around it.
Add mod podge and set it into place smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles.
Follow the same process for the other drawers.
Trim threads add let them dry for several hours. I did not seal this project with additional mod podge. If I thought it was going to be heavily used I might use a clear acrylic sealer.
I do love the way it turned out, and it's great to have something so pretty to look at while I work. I bet my daughter will want it back now.
Fabric Covered Plastic Drawers with Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Scrap fabric or quilters squares
- Mod Podge
- Lay the fabric in a pattern you like for the drawers
- Work on cutting out sections for the handles next by placing the fabric on the inside and tracing around the area with a pencil.
- Cut out the pattern for the handle.
- Spread some mod podge directly on the plastic and place the fabric into the handle nook.
- Next place the left side fabric piece over the area you want and trace the edges with a pencil or tailor's chalk, and cut out.
- This time spread the mod podge on the back of the fabric, then pressed it into place on the drawer. Continue with the same technique on the right side.
- For the middle section you need to cut around the handle so place the fabric on top of the area covering the handle and use a pencil to rub the handle area so that you can cut it out.
- Place more mod podge on the middle cut out and smooth into place.
- Follow the same process for all three drawers.
- Trim off any excess threads and allow the chest to dry for several hours.