Make an Easy Headboard Slipcover

Update a basic wooden headboard with a simple slipcover using no staples or batting just interesting fabric, ties and a monogram.

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Light Blue Bedding and Rustic Headboard Slipcover

Materials Needed:

  • sewing machine
  • 3-4 yards of fabric
  • thread to match fabric
  • pins
  • scissors
  • tailors' chalk
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • iron and ironing board
  • wooden dowel, pencil or chopstick

Source Headboard and Footboard

Scour thrift stores for a wooden, upholstered or metal bed frame with an interesting-yet-simple shape. For instance, we chose a simple curved headboard and footboard with charming, cabriole legs that will look nice peeking out under the slipcover.

Trace Headboard and Footboard Onto Fabric

Fold fabric in half, pinning right sides together and lay on flat surface. Place headboard on top of fabric then trace headboard's outline onto fabric using chalk. Repeat, tracing the footboard onto folded and pinned fabric.

Measure and Mark for Seam Allowance

Measure out three to four inches from the headboard's chalked outline to accommodate seams. Mark both headboard and footboard templates with seam-allowance chalk line.

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