Tufting 101

One of my favorite clients commissioned me to build her and her new hubby a tufted headboard. There are a few reasons why she’s one of my favorite clients. Number one she is crazy about all things wild, daring and unique. Number two, she pretty much gives me free reign with nitty gritty design decisions. And number three, her projects usually push me to learn new techniques. This tufted headboard is a perfect example of all three.

The shape of the headboard came directly from Design*Sponge. How pleased was I to discover a template for the headboard on their site? While the shape and size were the same as the one on Design*Sponge, the tufting was a feature that we decided to add. I have tufted before but I always felt I was missing a key step. A quick Google search and I was disappointed to find that no one had really posted the technical pointers I was looking for. I did watch one video montage showing the process which turned out to be just what I needed (although I did have to watch it 3 or 4 times).

Here’s me in all my grubby glory measuring for the holes to be drilled:

Math is not usually my forte, but I took it nice and slow ; ) 
Check out the upholstery needle! That’s only 1/3 of it showing — yikes!

Oh — starting to take shape! White vinyl. Sumptuous.

Now I want one! My poor fingers, though. I’ll have to rest up and let them heal from all the abuse I’ve put them through with pulling the twine from 35 buttons!
Ok, so my husband is going to cringe when he sees how grainy these pics turned out — but the light in that room is terrible and our camera is on the fritz. I also feel the need to apologize for my bedding. I don’t have nice, elegant bedding. All apologies aside, I am feeling really proud of myself for this one. I hope my client loves it as much as I do.

4 thoughts on “Tufting 101

  1. Good Time Charlie says:

    Nia, I started to type this long praising comment last night, then somehow it just vanished off my computer mid typing. I will blame it on my kids…..Wow!!! That headboard looks amazing! Your poor little fingers though, that must have been a lot of work, but I am sure it was completely worth it. I love those clients that let you have "artistic license", those are the jobs where you really grow and learn something new. Looks like you learned you can create a gorgeous tufted piece!

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