Step 5: Get ready to add your buttons

Get your bamboo skewers or chopsticks, your long needle, thread, your buttons and pliers.

In the second photo, you can see where I marked with a dried up old Sharpie, then later, for your benefit, an orange crayon, the holes I pre-drilled for the buttons. I don't know how big the drill bit was, but you don't want to be fishing around, blindly trying to pass the needle back through the tiniest of holes, so be sure the drill bit is around 1/16th to 1/8th". (I hope that makes sense & is not totally off the wall).

Thank you for making my project so much easier...doug
<p>So easy to do and thanks for your post. I'm planning to do this project for our king size bed. I love the softening effect of the fabric for a headboard instead of wrought iron or wood. Glam!</p>
<p>If your fabric has a particular design such as toile, lay it face up on the headboard first and pin or mark corners and the center. Then you can flip the headboard and on the wrong side of the fabric and know where to lay it out for your design. ;)</p>
Hi, We made a upholstered cushion to mount on the headboard (inspired by this http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-40-headboard/). thanks for the detailed instructable.
Totally just made this. Great tutorial!! One suggestion for anyone else: I did the skewer trick for the first couple buttons but it was driving me crazy. So I took some old oversized wood buttons I had left over from another project and used those as stoppers instead. Basically, I knotted the fishing line (which works fine) into two of the holes of the wood buttons, then sewed them onto the back as tight as I wanted the tufting. Worked slick! <br> <br>This was a 3-hour project that turned out AWESOME. Thanks!
More padding would be comfier, for sure. I have a few pillows for sitting up in bed reading, but thicker foam would definitely be plush! We are pretty rural, but if we did have an upholstery shop or fabric store that carried thicker foam, I would say it would be an added bonus. You'd just have to tie those buttons stronger so they don't pop out, but definitely would look richer.
Looks great, although I wonder how it would look with more cushion/foam. Maybe It might be harder to hold the buttons too.
adorei esta ideai! vou fazer e postar!!!
Maybe you could put a screw through the button and put the fabrics over it and then screw drive it in next time?
Wow! This is such a neat idea! I wish I had an ounce of craftiness in me, because I always end up having to take my projects to a <a href="http://www.valleyinteriors.com/Commercial_Reupholstery.html" rel="nofollow">furniture upholstery place in Phoenix</a> to be done. I have tried my hand at DIY upholstery but I always end up just making a mess.
I am still using a plain&nbsp;old sheet of plywood for my headboard and have been wanting to do somthing like this. Now that I see yours I have an idea as to how it would turn out. However, I sit up and read sometimes and even with the pillows behind me, it seems that the buttons would dig into my back and be uncomfortable so, are the buttons absolutely needed? If they aren't would the material hold up good without them?
LOL, I sit up and read too, and haven't noticed a problem with them digging in. They are padded, so that may make a difference. I have seen nice headboards without button-tufting. You could add a row of decorative tacks around the edge instead...that would look just as nice!
Excellent job! The buttons really give it that professional look. I bought some material 5 years ago for a headboard project and this makes me want to finish painting and get to work on the headboard. You 'ible will be very helpful.
VERY NICE!! Buttons add an elegant appearance to the project.
very cool! I believe I've seen something like that on tv. Very artistic <br>
looking good!

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