Not only did I finally finish my fabric collage this last weekend but also a small project for my daughters house. She had just recently purchased a larger (king size) bed but did not have a headboard. I remembered a project I had seen on one of those staging shows on HGTV. It was a Faux Headboard, fabric covered canvases hung in a row on the wall above the bed.
We found a rust colored taffeta decorator fabric to staple to 18" x 24" artist canvas. The only challenge was lining up the diamond pattern. It would have been much easier if there hadn't been a pattern to deal with. I started with a piece of stabilized batting the same size as the stretched canvas. I lightly sprayed fabric glue on the canvas so the batting wouldn't shift while I stapled it.
I cut the fabric almost 3 inches wider then the canvas on each side then laid it on top of the batting, on top of the canvas. I lined up the diamond pattern so I could later center buttons. I pinned the fabric lightly to the batting down the center before very carefully turning the entire project over.
Then I carefully brought the fabric over the frame to the back side, and stapled to the the canvas. I started in the center on one side and worked out. Then moved to the opposite side doing the same. Next I moved to one end, again stapling from the center out to the edge, tucking the corners in just like you would wrap a package. I was carefull not to pull and stretch the fabric to much, to keep the pattern lined up with the edge of the frame. It was a struggle to get all 4 panels lined up evenly so when I attached the buttons they came out matching. I then finished each panel by sewing 4 - 3/4" buttons in the middle of the diamonds thru the fabric and the back of the canvas, pulling tight.
We then hammered 2 picture frame hooks to the back top of each panel and mounted them on the wall just a little above the mattress. I didn't want them to be hidden completely by the pillow shams. I also used some UHU Glue Pads under each corner so the panels would not move around or come off the hooks.
It was a fun and easy afternoon project. My daughter was happy with the way the panels worked out. The cost was a lot less then a king size headboard would have been.