I love little changes that make a big difference! No, this is not a new bed – just an easy-to-sew slipcover for our headboard. I have been creating a light and neutral look in our bedroom, but something wasn’t quite right – and this new headboard slipcover has been the solution! Even a bright space needs to be grounded, and this dark and luxurious focal point does just that.
You might remember that I made a grey velvet slipcover for our headboard a few years ago. It’s fun to have an easy way to change things up!
What you’ll need:
- A blue velvet quilt. I found mine on eBay, but here are a couple of similar options:
- You could probably find more options in the fall or winter, but I am the weirdo who went shopping for a velvet quilt in spring…
- Sewing machine, thread, scissors
How to do it:
- So, I seriously should have read my own post about the other slipcover, and this would saved me some extra work, but you know, why make things easy?
- Here’s how I did it last time, which is easier, though the sides of the slipcover look slightly less finished, because there is a seam up the middle of the side:
- I measured the headboard and added 2″ to the height and 5″ to the width to create my pattern. I used the finished edges of my quilt for the bottom opening.
- With right sides facing, I sewed the sides and top seams of the slipcover. Then, I carefully cut away some batting from the seam allowance, so the seams would be less bulky. I squared off the top corners, and this easy project was finished!
- And… here’s how I did it this time, because apparently I get less clever with age. Or, you know the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once” and its corollary, “Measure once, add a gusset”
- Measure the headboard and add two inches to the height and width to cut out the front and back pieces
- Sew the front and back together along the top seam
- (Discover that there is not nearly enough fabric to wrap around the sides. Panic a little. Then realize you can add a strip of fabric to the sides)
- Cut out the side strips that are width of the side + 1.5″. Sew this strip to the front and back, leaving the top open. Fold the side strip under the top, and sew the top seam
- This version actually looks nicer, with a finished side, so I guess there is truth to that other old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” also known as “Messing up is the mother of invention.”
Here’s a picture of the unplanned side gusset, which gives the headboard a finished look:
And some more pictures of the new headboard, which really changes the look of the whole bed! Blue and white is such a classic combination, and the pink throw pillow ties in the painting above our bed, which was done by my mom.
I think we have masted the his-and-hers night stand accessories… Can you guess which side is whose? Oddly, something about having three boys has made me love the color pink!
Are you ready for a mini-makeover for your bedroom?