Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We Made a Tufted Headboard!

Recently, Captain Project (formerly known as Mr. Wonderful ~ he asked me to change his name) and I visited our daughter in Atlanta.  Our "parents weekends" began a few years back when Natalie was at the University of South Carolina (go Cocks!).  Five years after her graduation, and now that she's back in the ATL, we continue our parents weekend tradition.

We celebrated Natalie's birthday.  Can hardly believe my youngest:

(On her first birthday, two days after she first walked!)

...Just turned 27!

We celebrated Captain Project's birthday too, by throwing a big bbq ~ good times.

Natalie and her BF in the kitchen pre-party:

Cooking potato salad and deviled eggs in our Retro Revival aprons:

Our friend Alli made the ah-mazing birthday cheesecake:

Captain Project bbq'd just about a pig's worth of brats and a several chickens:

The next day we got to work creating Natalie's tufted headboard.  Our inspiration:

(Photo courtesey Decopad.com)

Peg board
1x4 board
Spray adhesive
Upholstery thread
Upholstery needle
Buttons for tufting
Buttons for backing
Staple gun

1. Cut peg board, foam and batting to fit the size of your headboard and into the desired shape
2. Cut 1x4 into four equal pieces
3. Cut 1x4 pieces lengthwise at a 30 degree angle
4. Attach 2 of the 1x4 pieces to the back of the pegboard and 2 to your wall; this will allow you to simply sit the completed headboard on the wall securely and to easily remove it later

5. Determine the number of tufts you will create and mark where you will thread the buttons on the back of the board (we used 54 for her queen bed)

6. Glue your foam to the peg board (rather than spend $20.00 per yard for upholstery foam, we used an "egg crate" matress pad that cost $10)

7. Lay the headboard on a flat work space (we used a small desk to save our backs from bending down to the floor) and begin layering on desired thickness of batting

8. Using the needle, thread it through your marked holes, up through the layers and slice an X on top of the layers (this allows your buttons to tuft deeply)

9. Cover your buttons

10. Next, lay your fabric on top and thread your first button through the center middle hole, working outward, completing the row and then moving up and then down until all rows are completed
11.  Secure the buttons to the back with small, flat buttons and knotting three times

12. Trim away any extra/too much batting, but leaving enough to ensure the edges of the peg board are quilted then pull tightly around to the back and staple securly

13. Hang completed headboard on your wall and dream sweetly!

So, those are the "official" directions.  Now, for the REALITY!

This was THE most difficult project I've ever tackled!  Uh-muh-guh!  A record number of curses were uttered (OK, shouted!), our thumbs are still sore, and it seemed to take FOREVER!

The good news is that about two hours into the tufting, we got a clue on how to make the nightmare easier.  Here are our tips...

Before tackling this project, you MUST have help ~ two people are absolutely necessary!

We found working on the floor was back-breaking and neck-wrenching...

...So we stood the headboard between us, allowing us to sit comfortably.

Tufting seems easy, you simply thread a needle and thread through a hole, thread a button, and go back through the hole, right?  NOT!  We found it nearly impossible to blindingly get the needle back through the hole!  I say blindly becasue of all of the fabric, batting and foam that lays atop the peg board.

We finally realized that we should peel back the layers as we brought the needled back down and through to the back of the peg board.  (But don't skip the glue part, you'll want the adhesion throughout the project; and it peels back and reattaches easily.)
Once we figured this out, the project was significantly easier and no longer mind-blowingly frustrating. 

Here's how we did it:

I sat on the back side and threaded the needle through to the front

On the front side, Natalie peeled back the layers...

...Where she could see the hole and thread the needle through the layers, thread the button and then thread the needle back through to the back side:

We sipped cocktails while tufting ~ it was purely medicinal and reduced our stress!

Ultimately, this project took us about 9 hours:

Follow our tips and you should be able to hammer it out in about 4.  It was well worth it ~ look how pretty it is!

If you've made a tufted headboard, I'd love to hear from you!  Share your comments here and you're automatically entered to win this month's blog giveaway...

...A Retro Revival shower cap of your choice ~ yay!  Drawing is April 30th.


Recycled Relix said...

Wow what a huge job - and a fantastic result! Here's to perseverance!!

Betty Lou said...

Like Mother like Daughter in their cute retro aprons. The headboard is beautiful.

Mrs Chronic-Shock said...

WOW! The headboard looks great! AND...YOU look great! I'd have never imagined you had a 27 year old daughter!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Brilliant! Great idea to use the pegboard! Once I wanted to make one - kind of glad I didn't - lol!! Anyway, I ended up finding a wonderful full headboard in my attic and had it's footboard added to it at the woodwork shop to make it a king.....it's waiting to get spray painted (a nice, DRY, nonWINDY day should do it) then I can distress.....CAN'T wait to have it up in my bedroom!!

Suz said...

You did an awesome job on the headboard. It looks great. You do not look like you have a 27 year old daughter. You look amazing.

retrorevival.biz said...

@ The Summer Kitchen Girls ~ I'll look forward to seeing you blog about your bed!

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retrorevival.biz said...

Why thank you, Mrs. Chronic Shock & Sizzle & Zoom:) You made me smile:)

Becky said...

Pegboard! Not just for hanging stuff from. Or something like that. Brilliant! Tis beautiful.

I keep forgetting the whole gamecock connection ;P

Love your party dress! :)

retrorevival.biz said...


A sweet friend gave me the dress;) Oh, and go cocks!

chrisartist said...

What a lovely blog !!
Great idea. I need a headboard for our new bed.
I love those parent weekends. We still have them even though there are no kids at home now. It's just great to get away isn't it.

The Jacksons said...

Awesome job! Not sure I have the patience for an undertaking like that, but it looks fabulous =)

donna said...

What a great idea and a wonderful job on the headboard. Happy birthday to your hubby.

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Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy,
Thanks for sharing; it looks like you all had a wonderful time over the Easter holiday and “Mr. Project’s birthday. Your daughter is blessed with your beautiful smile. OMG your daughter’s new headboard is stunning.
Smiles, Paula

Jenny's Heart said...

It looks lovely!
Y'all did a great job.

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