In this how-to tuft tutorial, I’ll demonstrate the easiest tufting technique out there. Learn how to create diamond tufted headboards and benches like a professional without busting the budget.
When shopping for home decorations, online or in the stores I’m always drawn to tufted furniture. Whether it’s a coffee table, bench or headboard if its tufted 9 times out of 10 I want it more because it’s covered in the most elegant upholstery fabric. The only problem is it’s a bit costly. I’ve considered tufting DIY projects in the past. But when the tutorial starts calling for peg boards, upholstery thread and needles I zone out. I don’t sew. And currently, I have no interest in learning. But I didn’t want that to stop me from achieving the perfect diamond tufted cushions. So I sought out to achieve the perfect no-sew tufting solution for all you none sewers out there. SO stick around because you’re about to read a great tutorial on how to do diamond tufting.
The only real tool you will need is a hammer and a staple gun. There won’t be any drill holes. No drills are required for this. This technique can be used in making a headboard, a bench, a coffee table or just general seat cushions. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how I made the cushion for my new bedside tufted bench with hidden storage.
- Upholstery Fabric – I used a one panel Curtain on Clearance
- Fabric Underlayment
- Board – Cut to size
- Fabric Glue
- 7/8″ Roofing Nails
- 5/16 Washers
- Mattress Topper Foam
- 3/4″ Craft Cover Button Kit
- Gorilla Glue
- Fabric Hot Glue Sticks
OK Let’s Get Dirty!
Step 1: Start out with a plywood base.
Cut a piece of plywood or board down to fit your project. For this, I am building a bench. So I will be tufting the bench top. I’m starting with a plywood board cut to the size of my bedside bench.
Step 2: Cut out the foam and top the base with the foam.
The foam could easily be the most expensive part of creating cushions or a padded headboard. One way to drastically cut the cost is by using mattress topper foam. It comes in various thickness. The ideal thickness for a bench seating is about 3 inches. Cut costs by getting a twin size mattress topper that is about 1.5″ thick. You can double it to create the desired thickness.
Cut it to size and turn the rough side to face the board. Use spray adhesive to secure the foam to the base or board.
Like I mentioned earlier I am tufting a bench seat. The bench is pretty long at 63 inches long. It’s important to space plane the location of all your buttons. The beauty of tufted pieces is the uniformity and symmetry. First, decide how many rows you plan on doing. Then determine how many buttons your longest row with include by taking the “inner” perimeter and diving that number by the determined spacing between each button. The inner perimeter is the space in between the starting location. For this, I marked out 4 inches from each end. The space in between is my “inner perimeter.”
Mark out the pattern with chalk or marker. I used roofing nails as placeholders to mark where the button would go in the foam.
Step 4: Cut a hole in the foam.
Step 5: Apply batting.
Staple the batting to the sides and the underside of the board.
Step 6: Trim the batting.
Trim the excess batting. Apply a little extra batting around the edges. This will reduce any sharp corners.
Using your finger place indentations into the batting where the holes are cut into the foam. Additionally, I added roofing nails to mark the indentations. With all the indentations in the batting, the impressions can become lost.
Upholstery fabric can be crazy expensive at $9-20 a yard and up. One way to cut down on the cost is to purchase some drapes. I found a one-panel curtain on clearance at Hobby Lobby for under $8. It’s funny because I saw the same style of fabric in the fabric section for $15 a yard. I would have probably needed 2-2.5 yards to do this bench. So when looking for fabric think outside of the box for cost saving solutions.
Before placing the fabric over the cushion be sure to iron it. You don’t want a wrinkled tufted bench or headboard.
Step 9: Nails and Washers
Be careful not to hammer your fingers. You will start to see the folding effect occuring.Complete the middle row before moving to the top and bottom.
Step 10: Fold under the sides.
The two ends will be left smooth without any folded creases.
Step 11: Trim excess fabric.
Step 12: Cover staples with fabric underlayment.
Step 13: Cover the buttons.
Step 14: Glue button to nail.
Using Gorilla glue, glue the button to the nail head. I recommend using a glue with a brush.
Step 15: Trim the edges.
Now, Cut the hemline from the drapes and using the iron fold it so that it’s perfectly straight.