Bedding tutorial #6-a headboard!

Here we are at the final installment of the bedding tutorial. If you’ve managed to stick with it for this long, I say good for you and a heartfelt thank you. I hope you’ve learned at least one or two things from these tutorials.

The headboard is the finishing touch to make your box look more like a real bed. To make your headboard you’ll need some sort of board–foamboard, cardboard, whichever you prefer and/or happen to have around. I am using foamboard for mine.

Measure the end of your box–mine is 5 inches tall by 10 1/4 inches wide. First let’s figure out how tall we want the headboard to be. I decided for this particular bed I wanted mine to sit about 4 inches higher than the top of the bed (box), so that measurement needs to be 9 inches total. To allow for fabric thickness, I need to deduct 1/4 inch from the width of the box– 10 1/4 inches minus 1/4 inch is 10 inches. I need to cut my board 9 x 10 inches.

After I cut it, I held it up to the end of the bed to make sure it was going to look right:
Headboard 1

Satisfied with how it looks, it’s on to cut my fabric.  I’m going to make mine reversible, so I’m cutting one piece out of the rose floral fabric and another piece from the polka dot fabric.  To figure out how big I need to cut, I need to add 1/2 inch to each side of the width for the seam allowance and add an additional 1/4 inch to allow for the thickness of the board.  That works out to 11 1/4 inches wide.  For my height I needed to add 1/2 to the top for the seam allowance and 3/4 of an inch to the bottom for the hem, and an additional 1/4 to allow for the thickness of the board.  That measurement works out to 10 1/2 inches.  I cut each piece 11 1/4 inches x 10 1/2 inches.

Here we have all of our parts for our headboard:

Headboard 2

First thing we need to do is press the bottom of each piece of fabric, folding it 1/4 inch first, then 1/2 inch.  This is for the hem.  Much like we did when making the mattress, I find it works the best if you have these two pieces laying together so that everything matches up.

Headboard 3 Headboard 4 Headboard 5

After you have those pressed, pin together the remaining 3 sides.  Don’t pin your sides you just pressed together.

Headboard 6

I included this photo of the back because the pins show up better on it so you can see what I did.

Headboard 7Now sew your three sides that you just pinned together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Once you have done that, you can open up your end where you had pressed the hem down, and pin it the whole way around like this:

Headboard 8

Now you can sew the whole way around your hem, sewing close to the innermost edge.
Headboard 9

Trim your top two corners now:
Headboard 10

Now turn your pocket right side out, making sure to push the corners all the way out. You can now insert your board.
Headboard 11

DO NOT be alarmed if it won’t slide in easily. Unfortunately because boards vary in thickness, this isn’t an exact science! If it seems to be wayyyy too tight, simply trim a little bit off the board. I recommend trimming about an 1/8 of an inch off, then try again. If it still doesn’t fit, trim a little bit more. If it makes you feel any better, I had to trim my board too. 🙂

Here’s what it looks like from the one side. Don’t be concerned if the fabric doesn’t go the whole way to the bottom. You’d rather it was a little short than way too long because the fabric will stay nice and tight. If it’s too long, it will get all baggy and will look sloppy. This part isn’t going to be visible anyhow.
Headboard 12Now we are ready to add it to the bed.  It’s really easy, just slide it in between the box and the elastic.  The elastic will hold it up to the bed so it doesn’t fall over.

Headboard 13

Here you can see it put on the bed both ways, I love making all of this stuff reversible!

Headboard 14 Headboard 15

Except there’s only one problem–those two pictures look terrible. We can do better than that!!!!
Headboard 16    Headboard 17

Yes, that’s a little sneak peak of Alya and Shivan’s bedroom!  I’ve been working on getting it done, almost there.  I hope to be sharing it with you very soon.  The girls will be back in a few days too, so I need to get busy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on how to make different bedding parts for your doll beds.  The nice part about these instructions is you can pick and choose which parts you need for your particular needs.  Happy sewing!