• Circular saw
• ½-inch-thick plywood
• Serrated knife
• 3–4-inch-thick upholstery foam
• Spray contact adhesive
• ½–1-inch-thick batting
• Upholstery-weight velvet
• Measuring tape
• Straight pins
• Needle and thread
• Sewing machine
• Eighty 2-inch button blanks
• E6000 adhesive
• 1×3 pine slightly shorter than plywood width
• ¾-inch screws
• 1½-inch screws
Cut plywood 30 inches tall by the width of your mattress. Use a serrated knife and straightedge to cut upholstery foam to the size of the plywood, piecing together as needed. Working in a well-ventilated area, secure foam to plywood with spray contact adhesive.
Using a serrated knife, trim the top corners of the foam so they are gently rounded (A). Cut and piece batting to fit over the foam and adhere using contact adhesive, cutting excess batting from top corners and smoothing flat.
Cut a piece of velvet to cover the back of the plywood and a piece to cover the foam-covered front, adding ¼ inch for seam allowance plus ½ inch on sides and an extra inch for hem along the bottom of each piece. With right side down, lay the top fabric over the front of the headboard and pin the corners to fit the curve of the foam (B). Remove fabric from headboard and sew corners, fashioning a dart in the fabric. With right sides together, pin the front piece to the back piece along the sides and top, and sew. Sew the bottom hem. Trim excess velvet from corners, then turn right side out and fit over the headboard.
Follow button manufacturer directions to cover about 80 button blanks in velvet, cutting velvet circles (C), wrapping fabric around the top blank, and snapping the back in place (D). Arrange buttons on the headboard as desired and attach using E6000 adhesive.
Make a French cleat by cutting a 1×3 pine board lengthwise at a 45-degree angle. Use ¾-inch screws to attach half of the pine board to the back of the headboard with the angle facing down and toward the headboard. Use 1½-inch screws to attach the other half to the wall with the angle facing up and toward the wall so the two boards fit into one another to securely hang the headboard.
SLEEPING BEAUTY Winter nights are extra snug with a swanky headboard wrapped in rich velvet, this photo. We fashioned a slipcover from this delicious blue hue, but you could upholster the board instead by pulling the velvet taut and stapling to the back of the plywood. As an alternative to the button design, add stripes of tone-on-tone velvet ribbons or layer a single swath of velvet fabric on top.
MAKE YOUR MARK Fashion these bouquets from even the smallest velvet remnants, this photo. Print and cut out bookmark patterns, available at BHG.com/Velvet. Trace two circles and botanical pieces on the back of upholstery-weight velvet fabric and cut out. Arrange botanicals on the front of one circle and secure using fabric glue. Let dry. Using embroidery floss, embellish botanicals with decorative stitches and French knots to highlight floral elements. Accounting for stretch, cut ½-inch-wide elastic to desired length plus an inch for overlap. Sandwich elastic strip between backs of circles. Glue circles and elastic together. Let dry, then hand-stitch elastic ends together. FOR A MORE MODERN TAKE, SUBSTITUTE GEOMETRIC OR ABSTRACT SHAPES FOR THE FLORAL ONES.
TONE-ON-TONE VELVET OFFERS SUBTLE IMPACT TO THE FLOWERS, AS DOES GROUPING THEM ON THE WREATH IN SETS OF TWO OR THREE. WALL FLOWERS This natureinspired wreath brings blooms indoors year-round, left. Print and cut out flower and leaf patterns, available at BHG.com/ Velvet. Trace leaves on the back of multiple shades of green velvet and cut out. Flip pattern and trace and cut a second set of leaves. With wrong sides together, pair leaves from first and second cutting. Cut lengths of 18-gauge wire 2 inches longer than a set of leaves. Sandwich wire between a set of leaves and use fabric glue on back of leaves to adhere the pieces. Repeat with remaining leaf sets and let dry. Secure leaves around an 18-inch metal macramé hoop by twisting wire ends around the hoop, overlapping and bending to desired shape (A). Trace flowers on the back of light pink velvet and cut out. Flip pattern and repeat tracing and cutting a second set of flowers on the back of darker pink velvet. Use fabric glue on the back of velvet to adhere light and dark flowers. Let dry, then pull petals up and hot-glue to create a three-dimensional flower. Cut fringe from a strip of yellow velvet, roll up, and hotglue inside the flower. Hot-glue flowers around the wreath.