This was one of those projects I needed hubby’s help with as he had to measure and pre-drill the holes. He used a small drill bit (7/64), slightly larger than the needle you will thread the buttons with. We used mattress foam purchased from Walmart and placed the indented side against the headboard. Best part? It was on sale and only cost $13.99 ($19.99 regular), as opposed to the foam that sells at the fabric store for $70.00+. As I didn’t have spray adhesive, we used hot glue to keep it in place. Not sure if this a big ‘faux pas’, but it worked really well.
After covering 23 buttons, it was time to sew them onto the headboard. This part is a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy.
1. Thread thick needle or upholstering needle with heavy twine (we used baker’s twine because that’s all we had and it worked great)
2. Insert needle through pre-drilled holes in the the back of headboard and out the front (through foam, batting and fabric)
3. Pull needle completely through the front of the headboard and thread through button hole
4. Insert needle back through pre-drilled hole from the front (depending upon the size of the drill hole, this may be a tight fit and you may need to use needle nose pliers to grab the needle and pull it through)
5. Once the needle is completely through the back of the headboard, secure the twine by bringing it upwards, securing with staple and then downwards and secure with a second staple.
6. Tie the two ends of the twine together in a knot.
We used 22 buttons in total (row of 7, row of 8 and a third row of 7) and were worried it might look too busy, but with the size of the buttons, we are very happy with the way it turned out.
completed sometime before Christmas, but I never
hold my breath when it comes to that sort of thing. :/
Fabric – $6.99 (from second hand store)