In order to make this awesome looking headboard, I needed to learn how to make the tufting. I've upholstered a few things - chair covers, flat headboards and even a settee, but tufting was a whole new ball game for me. The thought of doing an entire headboard was overwhelming, so we started small with an ottoman.
We started with a plain wooden box, some legs made from pickets and our own fabric. The instructors (who's names escape me, sorry) made the boxes for us - a great time saver.
The purpose of the workshop was to show us how easy it was to transform a discarded coffee or end table into a cute ottoman. Here they are stapling in the cover fabric.
The process of tufting was really quite easy. They started by drilling holes through the wooden base of the ottoman, then you simply thread some wire through a loop-ended button and thread it through the hole. So simple really except you need two people - one to thread and one to push the button down as far as possible. Guess I'll have to enlist hubby for that job.
Here's my ottoman - foam in place and a protective batting stapled to the frame. I had used a nail gun before, but it always scared the heck out of me. After doing this, I feel a lot more confident and actually got it out yesterday to put some final touches on with a bottom cover.
I chose a sturdy upholstery fabric so that he could be well used. I love the "travel" theme and the black and cream colours.
We made the self-covered buttons in the class too using an antique button maker. But kits are available at most sewing supply stores for a fraction of the cost of a professional one. We chose plain black fabric for the buttons. Most of the girls used fabric pieces from their cover so that it blended in nicely. But I liked the contrast that the black buttons brought to the design.
Here he is! I painted the legs black to bring out the detail of the fabric. Crisp lines, gorgeous tufting and a sturdy fabric - I love it. Now I'm ready to tackle more upholstery projects including that headboard!
One more thing crossed out the bucket list of things to learn - upholstery techniques. What's next? Oh I know - hypertufa plant containers. Anyone know a workshop in SW Ontario I can attend to learn this?