Greek Key Fabric Lined Tray

August 16, 2011

Two months ago, I met up with my blog friend Cristin in San Francisco to catch up and do a little shopping on Fillmore Street.  It’s so nice to meet up with a pal who speaks “blog” and loves great design, and we had so much fun together!

That day we happened to visit the Jonathan Adler store, where I spied the Mykonos placemat and instantly fell in love with the gray and mustard yellow Greek key fabric.  We discussed its awesomeness over lunch and coffee. 

j a store bag


I could only justify buying one, so I bought it with the intention of making an accent pillow.  After some thought, I decided it would be better put to use to line my gray West Elm lacquer trays I bought a year ago.

The other day, I finally got around to combining the two, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this simple DIY project turned out!  Adding pattern to the bottom of a tray, whether with fabric or paint, is the simplest way to transform a solid color tray into a statement accessory.  

placemat plus tray


Here are the simple steps I followed.  First, I gathered my supplies, which included Scotch Guard (to protect the fabric from spills or stains); spray adhesive; scissors, fabric and my gray lacquer tray. 

supplies to make tray


I started by opening up the placemat with a seam ripper.  You could use any placemat for this project if it fits your tray and avoid pulling out the seams, but because I have two of these trays and wanted to line them both, I needed both sides of the fabric.

seam ripper on placemat


After I pulled out the threads, I followed these four simple steps.  1. Press your fabric with an iron to remove any wrinkles.  2. Treat the fabric with Scotch Guard to protect it from potential spills or stains (optional). 

3. Cut your fabric to the precise width of your tray.  You could use some sort of fray prevention treatment for the edges, but if you cut your fabric just right, I found you don’t need to worry about fraying edges if your fabric sits perfectly inside.  4. Align your fabric on the inside of the tray, then fold ½ of your fabric over.  Spray a light coat of adhesive on the bottom of the tray, then carefully fold the fabric back over to fit the inside of the tray.  Repeat this step on the other side as well. 

fabric tray steps

That’s it, easy peasy, yellow lemon squeezy. 


I’m loving this color combo ~ JA’s Mykonos yellow fabric complements the gray lacquer perfectly. 

gray fabric lined tray


This pop of yellow might be just what my master bedroom needed . . .

greek key lined lacquer tray


These are a great gift idea too, so next time you’re looking to create a stylish handmade present for a friend or family member, grab yourself a tray and some fabulous fabric, and create your own version! 



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