How to Make a Slipcover for a Headboard

A headboard.
What You'll Need
4 yards of fabric of your choice
Sharp scissors
An old flat sheet you no longer need
Measuring tape
Sewing machine
Thread to match fabric
Straight pins
Chalk or washable pen

A slipcover on your headboard is an easy way to give a fresh look to your bedroom, kid's room, or guest room. You can make many headboard slipcovers to change with the seasons, or just one to compliment your existing decor.

Step 1 - Get the Measurements

Layout the old flat sheet on the floor. Remove your headboard from your bed and lay it down on the sheet. Measure 2 inches out from each side and 6 to 8 inches out from the top. Trace this pattern onto the flat sheet with chalk or a pen with washable ink. Remove the headboard and cut the pattern out from the sheet.

Layout your fabric on the floor or a large flat surface like a dining table. Fold it in half, with the selvages together and the printed or colored side toward the inside of the fold. Take the pattern you just made from the sheet and lay it over the fabric. Using the pattern as your guide, cut the fabric to the desired size. Cut slowly and carefully, and remove the pins as you work along each edge. When you are finished, you should have two separate rectangles of your fabric.

Step 2 - Sew the Seams

Keep the two printed or colored sides of the fabric together. Pin along the top and two sides, leaving the bottom open. Be sure to leave 1 inch for the seam allowance. Thread your sewing machine with the matching thread and sew these three sides together, removing the pins as you work. Do not sew over a pin as it can break your sewing machine needle. Use a short straight stitch, and backstitch at each end to prevent your thread from unraveling.

Step 3 - Turn It Around

Once the two sides of the fabric are sewn together, you should have something like a pillowcase. Turn it inside out and fit it over your headboard. The slipcover should fit snugly. Use a pin to pull out the corners. You do not have to finish the bottom (open) edge of the slipcover unless it will be visible when the headboard is on the bed. If it is visible, turn up each side of the open edge and sew a simple hem straight across the bottom. Otherwise, it can be left raw.

Step 4 - Customize and Reassemble

If you consider yourself crafty, you can really personalize your headboard slipcover. Try sewing on ribbon, buttons or appliques, which can all be found at a craft supply or fabric store. For kids' rooms, look for iron-on designs, or cut their names out of felt letters and sew them onto the slipcover. For a truly unique touch, hand them some fabric paint and let them make their own masterpieces.

Once you reassemble your bed, you can spend those last few minutes before you fall asleep admiring your handiwork and dreaming of plans for a matching bed skirt and pillow shams.