Now onto the fun part. TUFTING!
Before I began tufting, I did a lot of research.
Try looking under the following terms:
- diamond button tufting
- deep button tufting
A few months ago I was really frustrated. I had followed the Apartment Therapy instructions to the letter but my tufts were looking flat and blousey. Not at all like their ‘after’ shot. So I ripped it all out.
The batting alone didn’t provide enough fluffiness and my 3″ green foam was really stiff.
If I were to do this whole project over again (HA!!), I would probably use 2″ foam. The 3″ was more expensive and I think I would have gotten pretty much the same effect without ever missing that extra inch.
So I’ve took it back down to the batting and started over.
Looking around the house, I found an old pillow that we sometimes used to punish our overnight guests.
Opened it up and found totally usable FREE fiberfill.
Pull the fiberfill apart and fluff it up. Stuff it under the batting, in the center of your diamonds.
You don’t need the fabric to be any larger than your frame for normal tufting.
With deep button tufting, you need enough fabric to go do into the button hole and back up. Here’s the diagram I used to help wrap my brain around how much fabric I would need.
I then measured out where all the buttons would go and marked each spot with a pin.
Having the location of each button marked helped keep everything even an lined up when I started tufting. However, I found there was actually too much room between each pre-marked spot. Because they were just marked with pins, it was easy to readjust. I started in the middle and worked my way out to the edges. By the time I got to the outer columns, I was mostly ignoring the pins altogether.
After all your tufts are done, it should look something like this –
Pulling the threads, try to even out the depth of the buttons. It didn’t totally work for me. Some of my buttons sit deeper than others and I’m ok with that.
When you’re happy with how your buttons are sitting, tie a knot with the 2 threads behind the backing button.
Using your staple gun, staple the fabric to your frame.
As you can see in this picture, I continued the diamond shape around the sides.
Trim off the extra fabric
Lay the tufted insert on the floor, tufts up. Push the headboard frame around the tufted insert.
The insert frame should line up with your headboard frame, just like it did before you wrapped it in the batting & fabric.
Find your pre-drilled holes and screw the insert to the headboard frame.
And you’re done!!! YAY!!!!!!!!