What You’ll Need:
Matching linens with spare, flat sheet – preferably satin
A coat hanger
Needle and thread or sewing machine
Are you a single woman – a girly-girl? Do you love a black satin evening gown and a diva lifestyle? Well, you’ll have to put your eyes back in their sockets when you stand back and enjoy your handiwork after making a diva-style headboard. This headboard is so rare, so intriguing, and so beautiful, that you’ll never want to trade it out for a new one. An evening dress headboard is really an optical illusion. The dress, along with your regular bedding, create the look of a flowing gown, fully covering the bed.
Do a little bit of sewing to make sure that the headboard looks finished. You’ll actually make just half of a dress – the front half. However, you’ll still have to hem around the neckline, armholes, or other areas. Instead of buying a pattern, just use clothing that you already have.
The way to pull off the illusion is to start with a complete bedding set and use an additional sheet to make the headboard. The sheet will be used to create the shape of an evening dress, which will become the headboard.
Use a dress that you have as a pattern or just cut a simplistic bodice – with a scoop neck and no sleeves. Since the skirt needs to be really full, just cut the bodice for now, unless you actually have a dress with a hemline that stretches across the width of the bed.
Some people might find it easiest to cut a piece of the spare sheet to be as wide as the bed, and as tall as needed to create the skirt shape. Just gather one long side of the piece that you cut to create a waistline. Hang the front-only bodice on a hanger by wrapping the shoulder straps over the hanger, and gluing them on the back. Sew or glue the gathered waistline to the bottom area of the bodice.
When you hang the dress over the top of the bed, and you spread the skirt way out, you create an optical illusion that runs into the bedding itself. The arrangement looks like an evening gown that covers the entire bed. It’s especially gorgeous if the dress and bedding is satin of any color.
You have other options for making the diva headboard. For example, you can actually hang up a little black dress – or top – and use it as the bodice. The dress or top must be exact or close in color and material type to the actual linens. You can also do without the hanger and stick the fabric to the wall with double-sided tape. The evening gown headboard is fabulous for a teenager, cute in a little girl’s room, and elegant in a woman’s bedroom suite.