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I'm thinking about making a version of this headboard:



But how in the heck can I get enough fabric without a seam? And because it's diamond tufts it would be impossible to hide the seam in the fold. How to professionals do this? anyone know? Wah.

Here is my 99.9% completed headboard...




I just need the frame around the headboard made- but I think I will hire it out since I also need a wood bed frame made too since I can't find anything I like to buy... tutorial coming shortly smile

... and yes, I know I need new bedding...




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 15 Aug 2011 3:08 PM
 20 Mar 2006
 GTA
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wink They must have access to above average wide bolts of fabric.

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 15 Aug 2011 3:21 PM
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 Orleans
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Maybe a KIng size sheet ? It looks super elegant . I love it .

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 15 Aug 2011 4:01 PM
 29 Jan 2010
 Winnipeg
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Love that headboard.
For the fabric I'd try calling around and asking if anyone has wide width in stock. Maybe more likely at places that stock upholstery fabric. I've used some in the past that was around 100" wide. Would be perfect. Pretty sure you could find it online, but it's always nice to see/touch to make your decision.

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 15 Aug 2011 4:13 PM
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Places that sell drapery and upholstery fabrics would probably have what you need.

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 15 Aug 2011 4:36 PM
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Good ideas!!!!!

I was on the Addicted 2 Decorating blog and a bunch of commentors said it's nearly impossible to find fabric that is greater than 60" width so I didn't really question it! oops... apparently I shouldn't believe everything I read on the internet.

The sheet is a good idea- but I think it needs to be thick so it doesn't get ripped when I put the buttons through...? I'll test that out as it would prob be the cheapest option.

Summernight, Where did you find that 100" width fabric? Online or in store? The only place I can think of is FabricLand around here... or Chinz & Co but their fabric is designer so I assume $$$$ for the amount I need.

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 15 Aug 2011 5:02 PM
 11 Feb 2008
rachelp
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We used a curtain panel to make our king sized headboard.

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 15 Aug 2011 5:11 PM
 30 Sep 2007
MissusS
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When you're done, PLEASE post instructions! I'm in love with that headboard now and we just returned from a vacation where the hotel bed had a lovely fabric headboard that inspired me to make one as well! It's gorgeous.

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 15 Aug 2011 6:08 PM
 8 Aug 2008
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I also agree - upholstery fabric.

I've done things with painters drop cloths which are a thick heavy duty canvas. Its beige-ish in colour but can be bleached. However, sometimes they do come with a seam in them. I can't remember sizes but the largest may very well be 13 feet long.

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 15 Aug 2011 11:43 PM
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I found a place locally that has oversized bolts of upholstery fabric so I'll see what I can get my hands on! I'll report back with progress pics if I end up doing itthis weekend.

Thanks for everyones help!

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 16 Aug 2011 8:05 PM
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Which place?

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 16 Aug 2011 11:05 PM
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Fabric Depot in the NE. Have you been there? Is it worth the drive??

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 17 Aug 2011 2:10 AM
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What about a king sized duvet cover?? You might be able to find one that is thicker than a sheet.

I love this inspiration picture! I just spent an hour last evening looking at headboard pics and never came across that one! Thank you. It's perfect! What will you trim your headboard out with?

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 17 Aug 2011 10:54 AM
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Can you make me one? wink

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 17 Aug 2011 3:23 PM
 22 Sep 2008
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Maybe I will... make a tutorial after wink

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 17 Aug 2011 8:35 PM
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I just saw this pic and thought of you. I bet you could hide the seam on the diagonal. (Although wide cloth would probably be easier.)


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 26 Aug 2011 7:29 PM
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That colour is divine. Love. I wish I could go bold like that for this project but instead I'm lame and am going with white-ish.

So I was able to find some fabrics to choose from... all of FOUR choices. In all of Calgary. Although I think I'm lucky to have even found these four fabrics that come in 118" wide bolts considering I had upholstery places LAUGH at the very question if they had any extra wide upholstery fabric.

So here they are:




I decided to go with the dot one because it was the thickest and the best quality out of all of them.

Oh, if anyone else is thinking about this project be aware that sheets of mdf and plywood are only 48" wide so that was another PITA that I have to deal with- securing two pieces of wood together.


I need about 80 cover buttons for this project and I could only find them in packages of 4 for $2.55 so I had to buy them online ($50.00 vs. $24.00!!!)

So once I get the buttons I'll show you the finished project...



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 28 Aug 2011 1:23 PM
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Great update Muggins! I can't wait to see it all finished!

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 29 Aug 2011 1:06 PM
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Amber, seriously, if I had stuck with 48" I would have avoided so much of this hassle! ha!

I originally wanted it to be 60" tall but ended up getting it down to 56" since I wanted evening spacing for the tufts (56 is a multipe of 8) but then I changed the spacing for the tufts so now I wish it was a bit taller. Oh well...

Thanks for the tip on the biscuit joiner- I had bought these metal thingies that have a bunch of holes in them so I can still put the buttons through them should I need to but I think I'll check out this joiner thing. thx!

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 1 Sep 2011 12:40 PM
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Since you won't be seeing the joint or the back of the panel, those metal thingies will be much, much easier and stronger too for such large pieces of plywood.

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 1 Sep 2011 2:15 PM
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But they could scratch the wall behind.

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 5 Sep 2011 7:13 PM
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Any update??? I want to make my own headboard, like that but a little smaller. How did it turn out?

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 6 Sep 2011 7:17 PM
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Sounds good! let me know, as afterwards you can make me one smile. Just kidding, but this is on my list of winter time projects!

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 6 Sep 2011 10:45 PM
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amberm145
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You're going to get *someone* to make you a headboard, aren't you? wink

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 7 Sep 2011 10:28 AM
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Yep... their name is muggins smile.... otherwise, it'll be me

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 7 Sep 2011 11:15 AM
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You said the same thing to me. wink

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 7 Sep 2011 12:09 PM
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haha yep, but it hasn't arrived yet frown

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 7 Sep 2011 2:17 PM
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I got my buttons in yesterday! It took me an hour to make 14 of them! my thumb hurts!

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 8 Sep 2011 10:20 PM
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Whoohooo! Eagerly awaiting photos and DIY instructions!

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 11 Sep 2011 9:34 PM
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YAYYY!!! smile

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 11 Sep 2011 11:09 PM
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Unfortunately my weekend didn't go as planned and I only started it at 2pm this afternoon and stopped at about 5pm since we had company... I got a pretty good start though and the messy part is over... If I get it done for Wednesday I'll be happy.

Here it is in its current state:


frown

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 11 Sep 2011 11:21 PM
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smile Exciting! Great start!

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 13 Sep 2011 12:36 AM
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Ok, dumb question, but what do you use for the base of the bed when you make your own headboard like this?

BTW - Looking good!

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 15 Sep 2011 8:08 PM
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Any updates?? This is like waiting for Christmas! lol

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 16 Sep 2011 12:45 AM
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Ummmm, I tried making the tufts by myself since DH is away this week... It did not go well... I was only able to get one button on! So now I'm waiting for Saturday so my sister can help staple while I hold the thread down.

My one lone button:


How sad!

Matoke- you can buy wood bed frames separate from the headboard sometimes... I plan to just have a bed skirt until I figure out what I want to do but I am hoping to get a wood frame like the one in the inspiration picture at some point.




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 16 Sep 2011 12:50 AM
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Muggins, I saw a headboard tutorial that recommended wrapping the threads around a popsicle stick and then rolling or turning the popsicle stick until you have the button snug. Then staple each end of the popsicle stick to the board. Does that make sense? That way you have an anchor and the thread doesn't slip back out.

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 21 Sep 2011 2:48 PM
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Just a quick update. I'm about 3/4 done the buttons.... I have my sister coming over this evening so hopefully we will be able to get the rest done today or on Saturday... at this point we have redone about a third of the buttons we already had done because as we progressed we got better at pushing them in so the button depth was a bit uneven.

This is a two person project- without a doubt.

christophersgirl- yup, I saw that too but unfortunately if you're doing really really deep tufts it doesn't really work if you're by yourself, you need someone to push the button down from the top.... if you were doing a smaller headboard it would probably be do-able.

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 22 Sep 2011 10:35 PM
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I seriously can.not.wait for this headboard reveal...

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 26 Sep 2011 6:13 PM
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OMG. I'm so sorry- I worked on it yesterday and put all the buttons in place so now I'm just waiting for my sister to come over AGAIN to staple them tightly against the wood.

Seriously, my staple gun skills are lacking- half the time I miss the damn thread! Hopefully nothing will go wrong and I will be able to post the end result tonight or tomorrow!

This has taken me FOREVER to complete... I will write a detailed tutorial of "what not to do" wink

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 26 Sep 2011 7:55 PM
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i keep checking back here, too. i wanted to make my own headboard and loved the one you are doing. BUT, i must be honest, (i would love to see the tutorial) you sound so competent and, well, i am not. i think i may just take a picture of what you have to the upholsterer and have him do it. i was like, pfffft, these guys are wayyyyy too $$$ and lots of people do them DIY, I can do this. I dont think I can. This is why upholssterers get to charge so much money. I really do want to see that tutorial, though!!!

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 26 Sep 2011 10:40 PM
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 Toronto
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I love the headboard you're attempting - can't wait to see the pics!

I was thinking 'what a great idea', but it honestly seems like too much work. I admire people who are craftsy, unfortunately, I am not frown

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 26 Sep 2011 11:03 PM
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Kill me now. We've killed our second (!!) staple gun. Here's how it's looking.. Will get a replacement gun on wednesday.



Nesting, you're right, now I know why they are so much $$!

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 26 Sep 2011 11:20 PM
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The update looks fan-freaking-tastic though! Holy Crow! I'm so excited to see the finished product

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 27 Sep 2011 1:19 AM
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MUGGINS, that is FANTASTIC! Wow, I'm blown away! What city are you in? I'll come and help you finish! lol

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 27 Sep 2011 1:25 PM
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Thanks girls! It's been time consuming but I'm glad it's coming together.

christophersgirl, I'm in Calgary... if you were closer I would probably take you up on your offer! wink

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 27 Sep 2011 1:35 PM
 22 Sep 2008
Nesting
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Oh my goodness! Is that ever beautiful. What a gorgeous job! There is NO way that I could ever do anything like that. It looks like a million bucks!

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 27 Sep 2011 9:42 PM
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I've always wanted to make my own headboard and yours looks AMAZING so far! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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 28 Sep 2011 12:10 PM
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That looks SO good already. I am in Calgary as well. Let me know if you would like to help do another one...smaller scale for my baby's big girl room. I'll maybe ask again in a few months once you've forgotten how much work this was wink

Looking forward to the final product and a tutorial!

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 28 Sep 2011 1:53 PM
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That looks amazing. Can't wait to see the final product (and the step by step how to!)

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 4 Oct 2011 1:06 PM
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Yup...needing an update...starting to get jittery from the withdrawls! wink

Muggins, I hope it's going okay and your fingers haven't seized up?

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