This tutorial will cover how to make easy, reusable, and washable refrigerator liners using PUL fabric. This is a great way to use extra PUL if you have some laying around from making cloth diapers. It's also a great item to make to help make cleaning your refrigerator fast and easy. I found having two sets to be perfect for easily swapping out liners on cleaning day.
I was so proud of myself the other day because my fridge was long overdue for a cleaning and I lined each shelf after with plastic wrap for easy cleanup next time around. Beautiful huh?
I did run out of plastic wrap in the process which STINKS though. It got me thinking that I've been using a lot of plastic wrap doing this and that a reusable option would be a GREAT idea.
I use Pul Fabric for cloth diapers and I figured the plasticky "wrong" side would "stick" a bit to bottom of the shelf, similar to plastic wrap. PUL can be put through the washer and dryer whenever it's dirty or wiped down if it's a small mess. It can even be put through in hot water which is awesome... although obviously more heat and more agitation can cause the fabric to break down over time. There may be other types of fabric that would work, but I have tons of Pul on hand.
These turned out VERY cute because my Pul is adorable and I had some extra penguin Pul that seemed very appropriate for a refrigerator. I love these so much.
To Make Them: Sew or No Sew Options
To make these I just measured the shelf and added a small seam allowance. Then I serged around the edges to give them a finished look. I only made the liner to cover the glass part of the shelf. In my case, the shelf was 13.75" deep and 14.75" across. I cut a piece of fabric that was 14.25" deep and 15.25" across. If you have directional fabric, make sure the fabric is facing the right direction so you design is facing you when you open fridge.
No Serger? You can just zig zag the edges.
No Sew? You may not need to serge the edges as Pul doesn't really fray (to my knowledge anyways). Just don't add a seam allowance when you cut if you don't want to sew it.
To "Install"To put these on your shelves, just wipe down the shelves with a wet sponge and DO NOT DRY. You want it a little moist so the Pul will "stick" (same thing with plastic wrap). Alternatively you can just lightly wet the back of the Pul like I did, seeing I was removing plastic wrap from a very clean fridge. Then you just stick your liner on the shelf! All done. SO EASY. And way cuter than I expected.
Note that not all Pul is certified to be food safe. I'm not worried about it in this case because:
- I don't sell.
- I personally think Pul is as safe as anything else I use... I'm not concerned.
- I don't generally sit food directly on top of the shelf. It's usually in some type of container.