How to make a covered headboard
You will need:
Fabric for the basic cover (lining)
- Fabric for the sham overlay
- Coordinating ribbons
- Basic headboard (or piece of padded MDF - see tip below)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
If your headboard has seen better days or the fabric on it is looking outdated, it’s easy to give it a quick new look with just a couple of metres of fabric. Using a few basic sewing skills, you can instantly give your bedroom a new look. The fabric you choose will make all the difference to the end result. If you want to have a bold focal point, introduce a new colour or pattern that contrasts with your existing colour scheme. For a totally coordinated look, opt for a fabric that matches your curtains or bed linen, turning your headboard into an integral part of the scheme.
Time to complete job: Three hours
Approximate budget: From £20, depending on the cost of your fabric
We've covered an existing headboard, but you can easily make one using a piece of MDF cut to the required size and covered with foam.
Teaming a tie-on sham with your fitted cover not only adds a luxurious finishing touch, but is practical too, as it’s easy to wash and update.
Step 1: Measuring & begin sewing basic cover
Measure the headboard and cut a front and back panel from the fabric, adding 1.5cm allowance on the top and on both sides, and 2cm to the bottom edge. Measure and cut narrow strips for the top and sides, adding allowances of 1.5cm to the top strip on all sides, 1.5cm to the side strips, and 2cm on the bottom of the side strips.
Using 1.5cm allowance and right sides together, join the side pieces and top strip along the short edges to form one long strip. Press seams open.
Step 2: Attach the front panel
Pin and stitch the long strip to the front panel, matching the corners. Repeat with the back panel.
Step 3: Complete the basic cover
Turn up a 1cm double hem and stitch to complete the headboard cover.
Step 4: Measure and cut the sham overlay
Measure the headboard’s front panel and cut out fabric the same width but twice the height, adding the measurement of the depth across the top of the headboard. Add 1.5cm allowances to the two sides and 2cm at both ends for hems. Cut a piece of lining fabric and a piece of 4oz wadding to match. Cut 12 pieces of ribbon 30cm long.
Step 5: Stich the sham overlay
Place wrong side of main fabric panel on top of 4oz wadding. Mark placements of ribbons down both side edges and pin in place. Put lining over the ribbons, right sides together, and pin on all four sides, then stitch leaving a 20cm gap on one edge for turning through.
Step 6: Finishing
Trim the wadding in the allowance, turn through and slip-stitch opening to close.