Operation Ugly Frankie; A Bed Upholstery Adventure Pt – 3

Welcome to Part 3 of Operation Ugly Frankie where I’m prettying her up from an ugly double pine bed to a beautiful upholstered bed. If you’ve happened to land on this page and want to check out the previous posts you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

So let’s go over where we last left the project. We applied the foam, applied the edge compression calico fabric and then compressed and glued the edges and then we glued on the bonded dacron and trimmed around the edges. The rear of the bedhead looked like this.

Normally, the next part would be to add the top fabric, but I’m doing an appliqué design on the headboard. So I need to make an outline around the headboard shape on the top fabric so I can apply the appliqué design where I want it. If you’re doing an appliqué design on your project then you need to lay out the top fabric on the headboard where you want it to sit when it’s eventually stapled.

Then get some chalk and lightly mark the edge of the fabric. I use a chakoner dressmakers chalk wheel because I sew and have one in the sewing room. You can get a similar product, but in a pen style from Spotlight on the Clover stand. They have a little wheel at one end so that the applicator rolls over the fabric while it draws the line so the fabric isn’t dragged which happens with normal pencils etc. If you don’t want to shell out for a chalk dispenser, just use a piece of chalk; but perhaps sharpen one end into a point to make drawing the line easier.

The best part about using chalk is that is erases off the top fabric really easily and doesn’t leave any marks on most fabrics.

Here’s an X on the top fabric.

This is the fabric after i’ve brushed off the X; all gone!

Mark out the outline with the chalk and then go over it by basting it with thread so that you don’t lose the outline while you’re working on the appliqué.

Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to move onto the appliqué which we’ll tackle in the next post.

 

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