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Found Idea on Design Sponge but there were no instructions...here's my attempt.
I was flipping through Design Sponge at work when I saw this project:

http://www.designsponge.com/2009/06/diy-idea-embroidered-headboard.html

It was EXACTLY what my plain old headboard needed, but there were no instructions. I decided to figure it out on my own. I went straight out to Michale’s, bought some thick fluffy organic yarn and started my project the moment I returned home. However, I didn’t have a brand new piece of fabric to work with. I was stuck with a completed fabric headboard that I had to stitch this pattern into somehow. I tried to draw my pattern with chalk but it wouldn’t show up on my fabric. I tried a sharpie but became too nervous that I’d make a permanent mistake. I wasn’t deterred. Using extra yarn and a level, I pressed on and stitched free-hand. Here are the photos of my endeavor.

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  • How to make a bed headboard. Embroidered Headboard - Step 1
    Step 1

    A few years back, I decided that I just couldn’t live without a headboard any longer. I bought some particle board, foam, brown fabric and a staple gun and threw together a simple yet sufficient headboard. Here is that finished product. (Ignore the bad lighting.)

    I had the hardware store cut the particle board to my desired size, laid foam batting on it (also cut to size), stretched brown suede fabric over the whole thing and used a staple gun to secure the fabric all around the back.

  • How to make a bed headboard. Embroidered Headboard - Step 2
    Step 2

    Saw this headboard on Design Sponge.

    http://www.designsponge.com/2009/06/diy-idea-embroidered-headboard.html

    No instructions so I set off on my own to copy it.

  • How to make a bed headboard. Embroidered Headboard - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using a level, I tied extra yarn around my existing headboard to serve as guides. Then I marked where I wanted my gate posts to be and stitched them in free-hand.

  • How to make a bed headboard. Embroidered Headboard - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using the same method as step 3, I proceeded to mark out and stitch the remaining gate bars onto my headboard. Then I removed the guide yarn.

  • How to make a bed headboard. Embroidered Headboard - Step 5
    Step 5

    Chalk wouldn't work on my suede fabric and I was too scared to use a sharpie so I just started stitching a free-hand swirl pattern. Please feel free to use a fabric pen or chalk or whatever if you're not comfortable with winging it. :)

  • How to make a bed headboard. Embroidered Headboard - Step 6
    Step 6

    Finished the swirl pattern on the opposite side in reverse with one tiny screw-up. Hopefully you can't tell!

  • How to make a bed headboard. Embroidered Headboard - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sewed up a little owl using scrap felt and buttons. Attached him with a safety pin. You could also buy something similar if you wanted this kind of embellishment.

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