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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Im Making an Upholstered Headboard

Uh huh, yes I am.  The lovely fabric that I've been talking about for ages has arrived.  The reason it took so long is that by the time I got around to ordering it, the local supplier had stopped carrying it.  I ordered it from Fabric.com and give them props for quick over-the-border delivery.  It was a negligible shipping fee and the fabric is made in the US so no customs.  Who says cross border shopping isn't easy?


How cute are the birds?

And the butterflies?

This fabric is going to be used to make an upholstered headboard but I'm dizzy from the options.  This one is my all-time favourite although level of difficulty looks to be a 10/10.

Here's another favourite and another 10/10 for difficulty I think.

At least I'm consistent in what I like
I'm hoping to complete this some time over the holidays.  Wish me luck!!

34 comments:

  1. The fabric you chose is gorgeous, Carol! I can't wait to see the finished project.
    Have a lovely day,
    ~Wendi ~

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  2. Great fabric and those inspiration headboards are gorgeous! I say go for it!! Can't wait to see how it ends up.

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  3. The fabric is lovely! Can;t wait to see it finished!

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  4. wow...good luck can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  5. It's going to be beautiful! Love the fabric! I've bought so much fabric from the US - definitely the go-to source for gorgeous stuff and shipping is minimal really. good luck!

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  6. I can't wait to see the finished product. I'm sure yours will come out just as beautiful! I have an upholstered headboard that I am considering reupholstering. I'll add that to my to do list! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your nice comments!

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  7. Beautiful fabric and design inspirations ... it will be a lovely headboard and I can't wait to see it.

    I've made several upholstered headboards and they look like a much more daunting project than they actually are :) A few tips for anyone thinking about doing this:
    1) batting is key, use many layers for a luxurious appearance (and to conceal any slight variations on the edges)
    2) the thing I found most difficult was dealing with a large / heavy piece of wood ... that's until I figured out that (a) the headboard doesn't have to be made out of wood and (b) the headboard doesn't have to be cut out of a single piece of material as it can be pieced together on the backside before covering with batting
    3) other than wood, you can for example, laminate (glue together) several layers of foam core board (which is amazingly structural when laminated) and use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern
    4) consider hanging on the wall with a French Cleat rather than attaching to the bed frame

    Enjoy, it is a very gratifying project!
    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  8. Love that fabric. I have never attempted this but I know for sure they are expensive when custom made! Can't wait to see it finished.

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  9. I need a new headboard and I was contemplating using Grace Bonney's DIY as inspiration, but now I'm thinking buying one might be the way to go...and I usually will DIY at all times!

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  10. oh wow- it is going to be beautiful! best of luck!

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  11. oooooo, can't wait to see it. get to work. :P

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  12. Oh, I LOVE the fabric! I'll be waiting for your tutorial to file in my "to do someday when I get brave" folder!

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  13. Best of luck! love the fabric pattern!
    -wHiT

    www.blacklittlebutton.blogspot.com

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  14. Love that fabric! I can say from experience that that curvy shape is definitely a 10/10 for difficulty, but you can definitely do it. Just remember to think about the height of the peak and try to keep it at least a few inches shorter than the width of your fabric. Looking forward to seeing how you tackle it!

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  15. Good luck! This will be gorgeous! And thanks for being one of the only blogs not blogging about Christmas, today. I enjoy seeing some photos of sparkly lights and nice place settings but I am over-saturated at this point. I think even if I celebrated I'd be overwhelmed. Your post was a welcome one!

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  16. Lovely fabric! I'm looking forward to reading about how you make the headboard, and especially how you keep the pattern looking straight, which was just one of the many things that scared me about making one.

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  17. it's totally not that hard--as long as you use TWO INCH foam, plus batting. If you use 3 inch foam, all those curves and corners become a nightmare to work around. And I think the resulting piece is plenty plush and deep with 2 inch, especially with a plywood backing that's about 3/4 inch thick.

    Oh, tufting is harder. With that pretty fabric, I would say go for shape and no tufting!

    Have fun!

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  18. I love that fabric! Work your magic Carol! Can't wait to see.

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  19. It will be fabulous! If you run into any snags let me know and I'll try to help you out!

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  20. oooh fun! I also want to make an upholstered headboard, but I think we'll stick with a plan rectangle with nailhead trim, just so make our lives easier. I give you total props for wanting to tackle one of the fancier ones! You can do it, I have faith! :)

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  21. Fabulous...the fabric and the inspirations. I made an upholstered headboards a few years ago, but just a simple rectangle...I screwed together three artists canvases covered with batting and then fabric stapled to the wood frames of the canvases. Light easy to manouver and easy to hang on the wall...Maybe one day I'll be more adventurous, but for now I love mine...hope you enjoy, and can't wait to see the outcome!

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  22. Wow, I'm impressed you are taking on such a project! Can't wait to see it. I am so lame at anything DIY, I wish I had your skills:)

    Andrea

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  23. I love your fabric! Can't wait to see the magic you work with it... because I know you will! :-)

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  24. Gorgeous fabric! My husband and I made a headboard for our bed and I would advise that you practice upholstering some curves and corners before you try the real thing on expensive fabric. I had to pull out a lot of staples and accidentally made a hole that had to be patched. Luckily it's covered by the mattress!

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  25. oooh good luck! We just did the good ol rectangle, but loving it :) have fun

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  26. I am going to be doing the very same thing. I may have bitten off more than I can chew though, mine has 62 button tuftings. I've made 2 before but they were pretty straight forward. Can't wait to see how yours turns out. May the force be with you! xo

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  27. Ooh, this is going to be fabulous Carol, I adore your fabric!!
    Nancy xo

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  28. Love your fabric *wink*. If I were you I would tuft buttons with that fabric, it will tear just wrap over a board. I like Danielle's version! Its going to look great. When I see that picture of my headboard I cringe, didn't know how to use my SLR, need to re-do it!

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  29. Holy crap! That is absolutely beautiful, good for you Carol!!! That fabric is to die for. Seriously, you are pure talent!

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  30. Good luck Carol, you can do it. The fabric is beautiful, your headboard will be gorgeous when you're finished.

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  31. Gorgeous fabric. The birds are adorable. Good luck. Can't wait to see the finished headboard.

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  32. Good luck! I'm sure it's going to be fabulous :)

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  33. Good luck, though you haven't let us down yet. I know you can do it!
    Beautiful fabric, btw.

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  34. can't wait to see it! I love Grace Bonney's too. I think that's the headboard that made me realize that I actually like upholstered headboards.

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