Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cozy Cover for a Headboard at Heart and Home

Hello Everyone! I'm so glad you're here. I've been away for a few days, enjoying some time with my daughters, hanging out here at the house, and visiting a few of our favorite places. We had a great time together, and now it's time to get back to work!

I'm especially pleased to welcome you if you're here for the first time, visiting from Kelee's Katillac Shack. I'm proud and honored to be included as a "Shackster" over at Kelee's place. She's having a really great give-away you don't want to miss, and is also featuring Claudia from Mockingbird Hill Cottage. I know you'll love having a visit with both Kelee and Claudia, so head on over there after you're done here! I'm in great company as a member of the "Shack", and very eager to meet all of my new visitors! I hope you'll have a look around, and please remember to leave me a comment to let me know you were here. I'll be by to say hello as soon as I can!

Kelee's featuring one of my spring projects. I finished this just as the weather changed, and I'm very happy with the results!

I love the metal four poster bed frame that we have in our bedroom. But I wanted to do something to soften it up a bit for the warmer months. I decided to stitch up a slipcover (a headboard-cozy!) for the headboard. And the best part is I already had all the supplies, this project didn't cost me a dime!


First I made a pattern in the shape of the headboard, and cut a large piece of quilted fabric to fit.


After I ironed fusible webbing to it, I cut birds and branches and leaves out of some of my pretty scrap fabrics. I decided to stick with blue and white, and to keep the design free-flowing and simple.


Then I ironed the pieces to the large piece of quilted fabric, laying it out as I went along. 



After the pieces were all ironed in place, I top-stitched them with a zigzag stitch creating an applique.

Next, I made some piping and attached it to the top inside edge of the fabric, and sewed on a back piece of fabric. I added ties to the sides and bottom of the slipcover to help keep it in place.
Here's the headboard before the transformation:


And here it is after, with the finished slipcover:



I also hung some sheer drapes from the frame of the bed, to create a soft, romantic atmosphere.

What do you think? I really enjoy the softness this brings to our room. The bright white sheers surrounding me when I snuggle in at night make it seem like I'm inside a billowy cloud!



Who knows what I'll try to slip-cover next! 

If you've visited Heart and Home before, you know I like to mix and match things. The bedding in our room is no exception. In addition to the sheer curtain panels and the appliqued "headboard cozy", I used a lace-patterned bed-skirt, a pastel colored quilt, a matelasse' duvet cover, crocheted, cotton damask, and matelasse' pillow shams, and white egyptian cotton sheets to dress the bed. I change things around a lot, and because I only buy things I really love (or make them!), everything compliments everything else. It's fun to try new combinations. I stick with the same color pallete, and somehow it all works.


Thanks again to my sweet friend Kelee. I'm proud, honored and humbled to join the ranks of some very talented and inspiring Shacksters! Please go by and have a look at her place, enter her drawing, and say hello to fellow new Shackster Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage , too!

Until next time,
XO
Heidi

If you want to read an inspiring and uplifting story, go see Kim at Dear Daisy Cottage. It was truly a priviledge for me to have been able to participate in a small way. My thoughts are with Jack. 


I'd love it if you'd come join the party here on Wednesday for Wednesday Gratitude!

49 comments:

Sonia said...

Heidi,

That is ingenious and gorgeous! I love the sweet little blue birds...!! So pretty ..thanks for sharing...so glad you had some time for relaxation...come by for a visit I'm having a Pottery Barn giveaway to celebrate my anninversary!

Miss Bloomers

Jemsmom said...

Fusible webbing, piping, zigzag stitching... this is another language to me, but oh I how I love to hear it!!! That slipcover is to die for. What a difference it made to the look of your room! I love the sheers. We put pink ones on Jemma's bed and she says it is the best fairy castle bed ever. You have a definite talent!!! I love the mix of fabrics and everything. Such a gorgeous space.

You have to check out my new entertainment cabinet and vote on the color! Hope you are having a great weekend!

Heidi said...

I love that slipcover! I would have never known it wasn't an upolstered piece until you said that. It looks so precious.

Cheryl said...

I popped over from Donna's sns. Love the redo of the bed. That headboard slipcover is fabulous with the bird and branch applique. Very pretty

Funky Junk Interiors said...

My goodness this is gorgeous! I love the soft hues you've used. What a beautiful way to fall asleep each night. :)

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna

suzyq said...

What a really lovely bed, Heidi.
Welcome back!!
Suzy

Riet said...

Oh Heidi this is beautiful.I love your headboard.

Samantha - Walnut and Ivory said...

What a fantastic idea - a headboard-cozy! Love it!!!!

Rose H (UK) said...

Your slipcover is so sweet and really softens the look of your lovely bed. I especially like the cute little birds!

Claudia said...

Hello Heidi,

I am honored to be a Shackster along with you, my friend. I love your slipcovered headboard tutorial. It turned out beautifully. Your bed looks like such a cozy haven now. I always enjoy your blog.

xo
Claudia

Hope Filled Living said...

Heidi,
I'm so glad you're home now! I really missed your posts. It also sounds like you had a beautiful time with your daughters! Your headboard is absolutely precious. Once again, I am inspired. I would love to make a quilt like that! Gosh, I could even do chair covers...hmmmnnn....my wheels are spinning! I have so many old dining room chairs that need a facelift! (I don't know why--but I seem to collect dining room chairs).
Anyway, your bedroom looks warm and happy and very sweet!
Mary

vignette design said...

Hi Heidi,
Glad you had a fun spring break. I love your bed! I am such a sucker for anything with a canopy and yours is so romantic and ethereal. Let's see if we can get a lunch planned soon! -Delores

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Oh my, what a gorgeous headboard cozy! I love the little birds and the fabric you used. I just wish I had a headboard this would work on!

Pat said...

Heidi,
Your headboard cover is beautiful and amazing! I can't believe the talent you possess. I enjoy Kelee's blog so much and congratulations on becoming a 'shackster'! :-)

It's wonderful that you had a lovely week ~ you were missed though. Hope this week is full of beauty and love for you.

xoxo
Pat

kim said...

Heidi, that headboard cozy is amazing and it looks so wonderful with the sheers. You are an amazing seamstress for sure. Wish I had half your talent.

Kim

Cottage Rose said...

WOW Heidi; I just Love your bed,, and what a very ingenious person you are, and very cleaver too.... love the slip cover you made,, I have an iron bed as well,,, will have to make one for ours.... such a peaceful place to rest and relax,,get cozy..

have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Patti said...

I really like this change...a whole new look!

Aprons Gone Wild said...

Lovely idea with beautiful results.
Congrats!
Joanne

Allison Shops said...

Just beautiful!
Allison

Atelier de Charo said...

Yours headboardo looks so cozy. Love the idea!!! Great work with the birdies.

Hugs
Charo

Shirley said...

Very pretty and it changes the look of the whole bed!

Natasha said...

Heidi, that is so beautiful. You have really got a flair for mixing and matching! I wish I was that clever!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Lori Lucas said...

Oh my gosh. I was just thinking of doing this today to my wooden bed. I could not figure out what to do about the sides where it is connected. That is genius! You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing!

Tracy F. said...

Love the headboard! You're amazingly talented.

mishebe said...

ok, that is super cute. You did a fabulous job and what a GREAT idea.

Mama Ko said...

Very creative, I love your bed covers and your bed in general.

View mine here

Ann said...

I think that is one of the most creative ideas that I have seen here in blogland!! I love it so much. :)
Thanks for sharing the photos and the tutorial. Have a wonderful day!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

Oh my goodness...you are SO talented!!! This is just beautiful! I love the little birds and the colour...everything about it is perfect!

Come on over and link up at my Tuesday TALENT SHOW if you like :)

http://myhouseofgiggles.blogspot.com

Denise Marie said...

Heidi, what a fantastic job!! I thought they were saying this was your project this weekend when I first spotted it.

Much more delicate work than worrying over that big downed tree in your yard.

Just gorgeous!!

SmilingSally said...

WOW! That is one fantastic job, and you picked the perfect colors too! Happy Blue Monday, Heidi.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Heidi, thanks for joining the party & congrats on being over at Kelee's. Glad to see you around again, it's been awhile.

Patty said...

That's so lovely, thanks for the tutorial!

Kammy said...

Beautiful job - love the colors , so creative !
Kammy

kirstin & jordan said...

You did such a great job on this... I can't believe the detail in the applique- fabulous!
We have a Friday Fun Finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link to this!

kljswilson said...

Wow, you have skills! Very impressive! Thanks for stopping by Shes.No.Martha today!!

Al said...

Great job - I will be trying this one

Kimm at Reinvented said...

What a fabulous idea to lighten up a dark headboard for spring! I'm so impressed, as usual. :)
Look for this in the round-up post!

Leanne said...

That's so gorgeous! You did an amazing job. So great for the Spring and Summer seasons.

Brenda said...

Love it!!! You did a fabulous job and I love your quilt on the bed also - just so warm and wonderful..I have a headboard I was considering re-doing - i'm thinking just a slip cover would be much easier..thanks for your great idea!!!

Melanie said...

That's amazing! What talent you have! I love the topstitching!

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Wow this is so beautiful. I think the transformation is so much better than the original!

merrilymarylee said...

Lovely, lovely bed. You did an amazing job on the fit. It can't be that simple to make a pattern for a headboard. It's not like you can lay it on the floor and trace it.

I'm glad I found your blog. I must look back and see what other clever things you've done.

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

How soft and sweet. The perfect summer touch!

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Your bed is so light and fresh with the perfect summer touches.

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