So last weekend Sister Sugar and her Family moved across the Bay into an amazingly awesome new house. And much to my delight, she asked me to help decorate her Daughter's room into a Big Girl Room!!!
That night, I quickly searched my google reader for headboard tutorials. My go to source ended up being Celesational Girl. Check out her in-depth tutorial here for a simple tufted headboard.
I kicked off my project by meeting Sister Sugar at Britex to get the all important fabric. Goals: something bright, pink, purple, and green. Here's what we found:
Next step, assembling the rest of the supplies. This step required math. Twin beds are approximately 42-inches-wide, and I decided to make the headboards 36-inches-tall. With a 40% off coupon (yo, foam is expensive) at Joann's I bought 4 yards of 24-inch wide, 2-inch thick foam, batting, 16-button covers, and 3-inch-long sewing needles.
I ended up buying two different types of button covers, but these are the ones I liked best. Each button cover was about $1 each.
Next step, a trip to Home Depot for peg board. Since I don't own a drill (a travesty, I know), I realized that peg board would allow me to still tufted the headboard without using heavy equipment. Plus, it was thick enough, cost only $16 bucks and they cut it for free.
Here's what I started with on Day 1:
I then had to cut the foam to match the size of the peg boards.
Next, I wrapped each board with batting to hold the foam in place and to add an extra soft layer. This step required my handy staple gun (sorry for the blurry pic):
End result, a wrapped headboard:
Day 2: Button Covers. 16 to be exact. This took about 1.5 hours as I watched a really bad movie:
Here's an up close of the two different types of buttons. The one in the left is the one I recommend because it was a bit more sturdier in the end.
Day Three: Lots of staples. Basically, I just tried to keep the fabric as tight as possible, but not too tight because that caused dips in the foam as seen at the top of this picture:
Here's the headboard ready to be tufted:
Day 4: Tufting is hard work. Honestly, I had a hard time tufting for two reasons: (1) I had a hard time getting the 3-inch-long needle to find the right peg whole in the back and (2) I had a really hard time pulling the buttons tight.
The first problem just took patience. I'd start from the front, place an extra button on the back to keep the thread tight, and push the needle back through:
Also notice, that I had marked the wholes on the back of the peg board to place my tufts where I wanted them. Three on top, two in the middle, and three on the bottom.
This is how it looked once I secured the button, mid-tuft:
This is where I got creative for my second problem. I realized that after the fact, I could pull the button from the back and create a better tuft. I then secured the button with my glue gun. Not so pretty, but it worked (sorry no picture of the un-pretty back).
Finally, I had a tufted headboard (sorry for the bad lighting):
Are you ready to see the finished project with a very happy Niece, whoot whoot:
To be honest, Papa Sugar hung the two headboards, I think he used D-rings, but I put him in charge of that project.
The second bed:
Isn't her room so freakin cute and perfect for a 4.5 year old??:
And that was only 36-hours after the move!!
Having a happy Niece made it all worth it:
Overall this project was a tad harder than I thought- or require more patience than I was used too; I worked on it for four nights, and not very long each night to be honest.
Just so you know, the bedding is Pottery Barn Kids. I worked with my Sister to finalize the room, and it really is the most finished room in their house. Overall, I was/am so happy that I could do something so special for my little Niece.
Have you tackled any big projects lately.