Making a headboard slip

Re-decorating a room can be such fun ( except the mess) choosing new colours, paint or wall paper, maybe new curtains couple of matching or co-ordinating cushions and maybe a some new bedding depending on how much you want to change. Furniture pretty much will go with most colours in a room but a bedhead might not. A really simple and cost effective way with out changing out the whole bed is to make a simple headboard slip. The choice is then yours with what could design even textured fabric you go for. It’s is something you can do yourself if you are confident on the sewing matching or something a maker could do for you.

I recently made a lovely headboard slip that matched the lady’s blind which I had done previously, she had some fabric left over from the blind and decided that this would be a great way to pull the room together. Doing a simple headboard cover can be a great way to use up some fabric, this makes it very cost effective if you have enough fabric left.

I made the cover in 3 easy steps. Doing nothing complicated, I believe sometimes keeping it simple can look the best in the end.

Step 1

Measure. Sounds really obvious but measure everything the length, the width, the height, different points of the curve. I personally make a template at this point. This helps me to get the shape and the curve if there is one. I will also right on my template different measurements.

Step 2

Using my template I will make a rough cover out of some old lining or sheeting. I will use both the template and the measurements I took of the headboard. If the slip you are making has a curve to it make sure you clip the fabric as you go round, this will help you to smoothly go round the roundness of the the shape. When you are trying out the rough cover, put it on the headboard the wrong way round with the hems out. This makes it easier for pinning should you need to adjust the shape slightly. Remember you can change your rough cover as many times as you like until you are happy with the shape and fit.

Step 3

Once you are happy with your rough cover you can move onto your actual cover. The final stitching line on the rough cover is where you will want to stitch on your actual cover. You can mark your stitching line using a tailors chalk if you want. The rough cover can be cut up and used as a template if you find this easiest. I find once my template is the right shape the actual cover is easy to make.

There is many different making processes, everyone makes slightly differently. The way I have written about here is how I work, however you might find this way doesn’t work for you or you have already made a headboard slip and you made yours differently. Whatever your sewing process is be happy with your result be proud of the end result.

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