Double Take: Before & After Upholstered Headboard

I mentioned in a previous post that Kah  and I would be reupholstering a headboard for our next diy client project. If  you haven’t read the post…we scored this twin-size headboard at our local Goodwill for$10. See it below:

Pink Upholstered Headboard-Before

It was in pretty good shape, but it was upholstered in a jersey-like fabric that was beginning to pill. And the make-shift cording was huge. Kah said it looks like an umbilical cord and she was right so we ripped it off. Let’s just say Breeze was not impressed.

Breeze playing with cording

Breeze tangled in the umbilical cord

Anyway, that striped fabric that you see in the background is actually the fabric we chose for the headboard. It’s a hot pink and white (looks red in this picture) striped fabric that Kah purchased about a year ago for $4.50/yd, she bought 5 yards. For this project we only used about 1 1/2 yard so about $6.75 worth of fabric.

After removing the cording, we actually began covering the headboard with the new fabric rather than removing the old jersey fabric first. Reason number one for doing this…the jersey fabric was thin and flat enough that  it didn’t cause any noticeable lumps or creases. Reason number two the jersey material held down all the underneath padding and stuffing that would’ve sprung forth had we remove the old fabric.

How to upholster a headboard
It was very difficult to take pictures of the stapling the striped fabric to the headboard process because it took four hands to pull the fabric tight and staple. We really had to put our twin power to work around those curves too. I should’ve taken a picture of Kah lying on the floor in defeat, ready to give up, but I’m allowing her to save face aside from this little mentioning of the ordeal. She is going to describe the sewing of the cording process since as I stated before I’m not ready to touch the sewing machine.

Hello, Kahli is here ( hope you enjoyed my lame introduction!) The sewing of cording is a simple process that I’m sure my sister could do if she at least tried, but she’ll probably give her usual “I’m left-handed” excuse. When I was reupholstering the chair I looked through several tutorials on how to sew piping/cording and all of them instructed me to cut the fabric on a bias into  several 2″ strips and then sew them together. That just seemed like way too much work for me so I decided to forgo those instructions and just cut 2″ fabric strips to the length I needed it and if I needed more I’d just leave an allowance to attach more fabric. Here’s a few pictures detailing the process:

How to sew cording

Now that you have your 2″ fabric strip cut to the desired length, it’s time to sew (if existing piping already exists use that as a guide for the correct length to cut).

How to sew cording

Most sewing machines should have these existing pieces, but you can purchase them at Joann’s to fit your sewing machine. Remove the presser foot and attach the zipper foot according to your sewing machine’s manual.

How to sew cording

Fold your cord inside the 2 inch strip so that the ends meets up as pictured. The cord should be right in he center of the fabric strip. Lower the presser foot and make sure the needle is placed as close to the edge of the cording as possible (my needle is to the right of the cording). After that it’s smooth sailing. You should end up with something like this:

How to sew cording

After the cording was sewn, I just simply stapled it to the back of the frame and I was done. Take a look at her new spiffy appearance. And look at those curves!

pink stripe upholstered headboard

Pink Striped Upholstered Headboard

You were hard work lady, but well worth it!

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Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Sewing, Thrift Shopping, Tutorials, Upholstery Projects

About Milla

Milla is the other half of the Design Par Deux duo. She enjoys finding design inspiration in all things creative. She has an unhealthy obsession with the color Turquoise.

8 Responses to Double Take: Before & After Upholstered Headboard

  1. Cassie @ Rustic Raspberry

    I love this!! :) Great tutorial on cording! I have a pillow in the works that needs it! :)

    • Milla

      Hey Cassie! Thanks for visiting as always. Can’t wait to see that pillow your working on.

  2. Sherry

    That turned out great! Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

    • Kahli

      Thanks for visiting Sherry! You have a great site. I have to make more stuff to link up haha

  3. Courtney

    Your headboard is darling~ love the striped fabric- well done! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

    • Kahli

      Thanks Courtney for visiting. Hopefully, the little girl we made it for loves it just as much.

  4. Ruthie Staalsen

    Looks great! I don’t sew so I’m in awe of you!


  5. Milla

    Hi Ruthie! Thanks for your comment. It’s very appreciated. All I can say for someone who doesn’t sew either, start small lol.

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