Hey y’all! A couple of years ago I made a custom reversible headboard slipcover for the wood bed in our master bedroom. The project was part of the One Room Challenge & I promised a fellow blogger friend that I would share how I made it.
That was 2 years ago & I have finally just gotten around to documenting it. Sorry Mari. 🙁 But… better late than never.
Since I was washing my slipcover, I thought it would be a lot easier to show you how I made it by video instead of just telling you about it. So have a look at the video below – I put this together quickly but I do plan to make another that is more clear later, so check back for that. If you prefer to read the steps, continue below the video.
How to make a reversible headboard slipcover
- Find some fabric that you love. I wanted the option to be able to change my cover based on the season, so on one side I have a gray velvet & on the other side I have white linen. You could easily just do 1 fabric for both sides.
- Pre-wash the fabric. My fabric would normally be dry clean only, but I wanted to be able to take it off wash it so I took a small cutting of each fabric and washed it. When that did not shrink or destroy the fabric I went ahead and washed all the fabric.
- Measure the headboard, then measure & either mark or place a few pins on 1 piece of the fabric based on the headboard measurements adding a little extra (about 2 inches) on all sides.
- Lay the fabric right sides facing together with batting on the outside of each. Here is the order:
- batting → fabric with right side up (facing you) → fabric with right side down (facing away from you) → batting.
- Pin through all 4 layers of fabric & batting. Cut everything to size so that it will be even all the way around.
- Pin the fabric together all the way around the perimeter leaving the bottom open.
- Pin a hem along the bottom so that it would be a nice clean edge.
- First, sew the hem across the bottom.
- Now pin the hems together (or just hold them since the foot on your machine should keep them together) & stitch the perimeter from the edge of the hem all the way around to the hem on the other side.
Now your slipcover is done & ready to transform the look of your bed!!
Take a look at this before shot of our master bedroom.
This is just months after moving in. Y’all I know I don’t believe in buying sets of furniture. Even though all the pieces in this room were completely separate – the bed from a big box store, my grandmother’s high boy, DH’s dresser from The Dump, my “vanity”/”side table” from a yard sale – they all have the same kind of wood tones.
When we moved, I wanted a change but couldn’t justify buying more furniture when what we have are all perfectly fine, solid pieces that’ll last & last.
Now take a look at the difference the headboard slipcover makes!
Of course, there are other changes in the room but that large expanse of wood just had to go! I’m so glad I considered this option because it lightened the room so much & even DH loves it.
Here’s the greatest thing about this project… THE COST!
I used a total of about 4 yards of fabric & batting for this project – all from JoAnn’s – and after using coupons, I spent less than $20 total. My seamstress charged me $5 to sew it & I tipped her another $5 (because how great is it that she basically charged me nothing AND didn’t even need me to be there to “supervise”?!).
I mentioned in the video that upholstered & slipcovered headboards are super popular everywhere right now – and have been for a while. So I could definitely have bought this similar one for $850. It’s custom made to order, but not reversible with 2 fabric options, and only takes 5-8+ weeks to get it. Or even this one for $2098 – again NOT double sided & 6-8 weeks delivery.
All in, this project cost me less than $30!! And total time spent on it was easily less than a day!
In the end there were so many reasons to tackle this as a DIY project:
- Cost – I easily saved us at least $800!
- Customization – it’s so great to be creative & get exactly what you want, how you want it, when you want it.
- The sheer excitement & joy of another successful project… done!
- Staying true to green design by re-imagining a perfectly great piece of furniture.
You could even add some extra flair to it; think of things like:
- Faux nail head trim
- Pom pom trim (for a girl’s room)
- Greek key trim
- (Grosgrain) ribbon trim
The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination & have fun with it!
So what do you think? Do you think making this custom headboard slipcover was worth it? Would you or have you done a project like this? Let me know in the comments.
Oh and do me a favor… If you like this project, save it, share it, and pin it! Thanks a bunch!! 😉