Sunday, July 14, 2013

DIY Diamond Tufted Head Board

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

What can I say, I'm obsessed with diamond button tufting.   Still.  I know it takes a long time and I cant always justify the time it takes but I don't care I like doing it.  Which even I find odd.   Anywho this is my latest creation.

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

Sorta Frenchy No?  I have posted another tutorial on diamond tufting a sofa but I decided to go ahead and go over it again.  I have learned a lot and this is a headboard not a sofa, right?

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

When I saw this headboard I knew I had to upholster it.  Just had to.  I decided the panels in the center would get in the way so I removed them.  In retrospect I probably could have just left them.  

Next I played around with button placement by laying nickels on the headboard.  Once I found the look I wanted I measured everything out and marked with a sharpie.  I drilled a 1/4 inch hole everywhere a button needed to be. 

I decided to make a template to help with cutting the foam.  I used wrapping paper and once it was cut I poked a hole through the paper where all the holes were.    I used a sharpie to trace the shape onto two layers of 1 inch foam.  I was able to cut it with scissors.  On the top layer I re-cut the edges at a 45 degree angle to soften them.  Once the foam was cut I attached it to my headboard with staples.   

Here's why I poked holes in my template.  Now I could lay it on top of the foam (cant see the holes through foam) to find the holes.  I could have poked a needle through the back but this seemed easier to me.  

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

I cut holes in the foam using a roughly cut piece of conduit. Twist the pipe back and forth and it will cut through the foam. This is how you get the deep tufting, you need holes for the buttons to go into. A little bigger then you button is best. I chose 3/4" buttons of this project I like the smaller size.  Then I covered with batting and stapled that on.  

So now comes the fun part.  Diamond tufts.  I fully admit it takes some practice.  There are tons of tutorials out there and I've read and watched lots.  I will link to some of my favorites at the bottom of this post.  

The way that works best for me is to start in the center of my project and attach that button.  Thread you needle like shown above and put it through the hole.  Longer string and needle then shown would be easier.  And obviously you would have your fabric and batting over the foam, not the best photo but you get the idea. 

I use a little piece of cotton batting to hold my knots but you can also use buttons or rings or soda can tabs whatever you have. I tie them in a slip knot so that I can re-tighten them at the end.

How to diamond Tuft a Headboard

Then go to the right and attach that button pulling the fabric as tight as I can and making sure the fabric is straight.  Next do the button above those two buttons.  Start by finding the center of the fabric between the two buttons then follow the weave of the fabric up to the above hole.  This will cause the extra fabric to start to show you how it needs to fold.  Continue on in this pattern.  Just know that you inevitably will have to re-do a couple of your buttons.  This is why you don't want to tie a permanent knot until the end.  At the end of this project I undid my slip knots and pulled the cotton out then stapled the strings to the back of the board. 

How to diamond Tuft a Headboard

Next I stapled the fabric in place and covered with double cord welting. 

Button Tufted Headboard

When I was all finished I lightly pressed the folds with an iron, after all the pulling it needed it.  Make sure you test on a scrap of fabric before you go ironing yours.  It also kinda fused the batting to the fabric a little which helps everything stay crisp.

Button Tufted Headboard

Here she is in the shop all ready to find her forever home.  I also recently re-upholstered those two chairs. I love the carved detail.  I'm in a Frenchy mood I guess.  

Here's some links I found helpful, happy tufting.  Or if you prefer you can just live your diamond tufting vicariously through me ;)

-Awesome Video from Kim's Upholstery 

If you follow me on facebook you know this already but if not I will tell you some exciting news.  I am now selling my pieces at two locations.  The first is where I've happily had my space for the last year, Abundance Vintage in Centralia WA.  The second is Poppy & Co. in Tacoma.  They are about an hour apart and each have their own unique vibe.  I am so thankful to be able to work with such talented ladies.  If you would have told me two years ago I'd be selling my projects in two fabulous shoppes I would not have believed it.  What an amazing journey I've been on.  

Wanna see just how fabulous each store is check them out on facebook Abundance Vintage , Poppy & Co., & my page just in case you haven't liked it already Blue Roof Cabin.    

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Miss Mustard Seed -Furniture Feature Friday
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Full Circle Creations said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love it and so want to do this too. Just need some time. You are really on a roll in the upholstery department! Great job! I'm so happy for you that your talent is being appreciated in two different shops! Here's to having many sales! :)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Wow, so pretty! There is no way I would have the patience to do something like that!

Kim @ ReFound Vintage said...

That looks amazing, I love it!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow, that is one stunning headboard!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the headboard , it turned out beautiful!

Julie @ Being Home said...

Love! Beautiful, just beautiful! Great job! :)

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Beautiful as always! I love it!

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Lisa Conforto said...

What an outstanding job! Looks so pretty!

Bliss said...

Mimi + Fabric = Always Excellent!


Gail Wilson said...

beautiful!!!! Mimi--you did a fabulous job! sooo pretty - but oh so much work! Happy you love doing it.

yay for having another place to sell! good luck! wishing you all the best!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, that is GORGEOUS! You do excellent work and if I lived there I would probably have to see it in person.

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh my goodness! That is seriously stunning! I am in awe of your skill! :-)

Feng Shui said...

You really have talent on hand-made!

the modern cottage said...

This piece is SOOOO pretty in person, GAH!!! Lady, you are a pro at this, just amazing. You are beyond talented. Love, love, love your work.
-Alison of The Modern Cottage Co and Poppy & Co.

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

Oh you did a fabulous job with the tufting, this headboard is gorgeous! I tufted the front and seat of a French chair a while back and I know how time consuming this process is!

Inspired by you said...

So wonderful! Makes me want to do that to my bed.

td said...

I would love to know what fabric you used for this. I have almost exactly the same headboard which I'm redoing (no tufting). I'm just taking the whole thing out of the surround...much easier! What did you use for paint?

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

Hi td, I used linen upholstery fabric that I purchased from Joann's. For the paint I used a custom mixed color (a charcoal color that I had lightened up with some white) I sealed with wax and used some white in the creases as well as dark wax for some depth. Have fun with your headboard project!

The Blue Building, Inc. said...

Wow! You are my new hero! I've been wanting to tackle a project like this but those tufts are intimidating. thanks for the tips!

anangloinquebec said...

Okay, how much??? I am in love and looking for a queen size headboard!!

pam {simple details} said...

Saw you at Kim's ~ that is SO inspiring! I may have to try it...on a little ottoman! :)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


You did a fabulous job, you are so talented. I could never ever do that.

WOW. Just so amazing.

Kathysue said...

Gorgeous piece and amazing skills in making it so beautiful,

Anne said...

Holy crap Mimi, you are such a pro!!!! You blow me away. Fabulous!!

Dawn@ We Call It said...

It's beautiful, can't get over the transformation!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Absolutely amazing! You did an awesome job, love, love, love the headboard!

Jeannie and Linda said...

Great tutorial! Your headboard is gorgeous!

Have a beautiful day!
Linda at The French Hens Nest

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

This took my breath away too! Your headboard is absolutely stunning. Wish I lived closer, and I would take it home to MY house. :) Well done. You so deserved the feature over at Savvy Southern Style!


Our Feathered Nest said...

Thank you for the excellent tutorial! Everything looks amazing :)

Beth@Makemeprettyagain said...

wow. I couldn't even imagine doing that. I just paid a pretty penny to have a chaise and an ottoman done in that tufting. It is my favorite thing. Pat yourself on the back. Stunning job!

Jeannie and Linda said...

I see that my sister, Linda, has already commented on your headboard, but I have to as well. It's beautiful, would love to have it in my home. You are very talented, just love it.

Anonymous said...

I saw your link at Savvy Southern Style, what a fabulous headboard. I am in the middle of making one from scratch for my guest bedroom, however it will just be a plain rectangle which will be padded and covered with linen. However I do love the diamond button and now thinking I wonder if I should do that. I will have to spend more time reading your tutorial before I make my decision, it does look hard work but like you say, the reward is something special.

Lee :)

Rachel said...

Gorgeous! I saw you on SSStyle and am so glad you were featured!

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Devra Pomeroy said...

Thanks for this Tutorial! I used it to make the tufted portion of our new bed frame this past weekend!

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