Drawer liners can add personality and an element of glam to a dresser or night stand while also protecting drawers as well as their contents.
Last year, after finding a fabulous vintage dresser set from the 1970’s, I knew right away I wanted to add red velvet drawer liners so the dresser and night stand would match our bedroom even better.
The previous owners of the dresser set had added contact paper liners, and I didn’t want to mess with those or try to remove them (I’ve tried that in the past, and they were hard to remove and left a messy finish), so adding removable drawer liners was a perfect solution.
I searched around the Net looking for a tutorial on how to do this and found some helpful tips, but a lot of the tutorials suggested using spray adhesive, which I didn’t have and didn’t feel like dealing with.
Instead, I used what I had…tape. It isn’t the fanciest or highest quality method, but it was quick and easy, and the liners still look great once they’re in the drawers, so it worked fine for me.
Instead of buying cardboard or even wood as some tutorials suggested, I decided to use cardboard we already had from a box that a sofa we ordered came in. It worked out fine, and it was also a more eco-friendly method.
Here’s how I did it:
-Fabric (I used this red velvet)
–Cotton batting (optional)
-Straight edge for cutting
-Ribbon (optional, I used red ribbon)
Like I mentioned, for this project I utilized cardboard and tape I already had, but I ordered red velvet that matched the rest of our bedroom as well as some quilt batting to make the liners softer. Honestly I don’t think the batting did a whole lot, and if I did this again, I’m not sure I’d bother with it.
Tip: To make this an even more eco-friendly project, use leftover fabric you already have or find some at a thrift store.
Step 1: Cut cardboard to fit drawers
After gathering your supplies, cut the cardboard to fit your drawers. I’ve seen various methods for doing this, you can either measure the drawers and then use the measurements to cut the cardboard, or you can use newspaper to trace out the drawer shape (it’s described in this tutorial.)
I measured the drawers and then had my husband cut the cardboard (he’s a fast cutter)–he used a box cutter and a level as a straight edge to cut them to size, and then he dropped them into the drawers to make sure they fit, trimming them more as needed. (Check out the Tik Tok I made above to get a visual.)
Step 2: Add cotton batting (optional)
An optional step to make the drawer liners softer is to add cotton batting. To do this, I traced the batting over the cardboard, cut it out to fit, and taped it on.
Step 3: Cut out and attach velvet
Next you’ll need to cut out velvet pieces and attach them to the cardboard. A lot of people use spray adhesive for this, but I used tape.
Step 4: Add Ribbons (optional) & Install
To make the liners easier to remove, I cut and placed a red ribbon in each drawer before inserting the drawer liner, with the ends sticking out for easy removal. Then just plop your liners in!
Here are some before & after photos of our dressers with and without the liners:
That’s it! Quick and easy velvet drawer liners. These may not hold up as well as some more permanent options I saw others make (some people even use hardboard for the liners, making them very durable), but I wanted something easy, not very messy or time consuming, and something that wasn’t too expensive, so this method worked well for my needs.
Have you made drawers liners before? How did it go? Have you done any cool DIY projects lately? Let me know in the comments!