“Waverize It!”

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Everybody knows that I love Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. It really is my favorite hangout. They have such a variety of products and a staff of creative people. It is always a fun trip.

Another reason to love Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, is because they carry Waverly fabrics. Waverly fabric offers a wide variety of styles, colors and material. They have been known for their quality fabrics and design for 90 years! They are currently celebrating their 90th Anniversary. September is also national sewing month, so in celebration, I was more than excited to participate in this Waverize It challenge.

I received this material in the mail to get started.

Wavery's "Refresh Capri"


It’s Waverly’s “Refresh Capri.” My personal style tends to be classic with a funky twist. This fabric is gorgeous and ideal for my idea. I was encouraged to transform something in my every day life. I have a guest bedroom that was in desperate need of some love and beauty. I decided to “Waverize” my guest bedroom. I wanted to create something that highlighted this beautiful fabric, complimented my personal style and add some personalized touches for my guest. For whatever reason….with this gorgeous fabric and knowing I was going to be sharing this with the world….I decided to make a headboard even though I had NEVER made one before.  Here is how I did it along with the room accents.


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I love to exhaust the uses out of items. I had a piece of plywood in my garage from another project. It was the right height at approximately 25 inches. It was a little long, so we trimmed it to approximately 56 inches across.


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I wanted the headboard in the “bellgrave” design. Being the resourceful gal I am, I used this cereal bowl to create the circles on the edges. I did some measuring to ensure that it was even, then my sweet neighborly neighbor was kind enough to cut the edges out with a jigsaw.



I planned to put buttons on my headboard, so I measured where they should go and then pre-drilled holes.


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I then sprayed the headboard with adhesive before applying the foam.



I purchased a twin size foam mattress pad for $9.00 and some change. I have learned this is the best way to go for certain foam projects when it comes to saving money. Foam can be expensive!  I laid this on top of my freshly sprayed headboard and then trimmed the edges.




I left just enough so that when I wrapped the fabric, my edges would be soft with foam and not sharp. I then tightly wrapped the headboard with batting and stapled it with an upholstery stapler. I used the batting first because I wanted the headboard to be soft and smooth before adding the Refresh Capri fabric.


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Next, I wrapped the fabric over my headboard.




The edges were a little tricky. I did end up cutting little slits in the fabric to wrap it around the edges. After it was tight, I again stapled it down with the upholstery stapler.




I purchased a roll of  “Decor Nailhead Trim” from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.


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I nailed the nail head around the edges. This one package was plenty and I even have some left over.




I then covered 4 large buttons with fabric and sewed them through the pre-drilled holes. I used a very thin wire to sew, and pulled them as tight as possible to create a little tuft around the button. I tied the wire in a knot and taped down the back with duct tape to cover the staples and wire.


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When mounting your headboard,  you can either mount it directly on the wall with hooks, or mount some legs and hook it to the bed frame. I chose to hook it to the bed frame. My buddies at Lowe’s Home Improvement directed me to the correct material and even cut it down to size.  The bed I am using has planks under the mattress frame. I laid one of those down to determine where to put the legs. Perfect fit.


I am overall pleased with how this turned out and plan to make two more for my son’s twin beds. As thrifty as I like to be, I think using the left over plywood was a poor choice. It was very difficult to staple and not as sturdy as MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard.) MDF is inexpensive and I will definitely use that next time and encourage you to do the same. That’s how you learn!


For the room accents, I made a pillow with green trim, a fabric organizer and the art piece over the bed.




The pillow I made by cutting out 16×16 square and then two one 16×14 and the other 16×10. I hemmed edges of the two smaller pieces and then sewed the pillow. I purchased the trim from Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store to accent the edges.  If  you have never used trim before, it is very easy to add. You just pin the edges of your trim to the edges of your fabric before you sew it. Try to sew close to the edge of the trim.




I wanted to create the pillow so you could slide the pillow out if necessary.




Also, adding the trim makes the pillow look expensive and “finished.” I love it!
My number one house guest is my Mother-In-Law. She often comes and stays for a few weeks. I want her to come and feel welcome, loved and relaxed. Sometimes that’s challenging with little ones. They often go into her room, try on her glasses, walk with her cane,  read her prayer books, etc. She suffers with rheumatoid arthritis, so getting around quickly is difficult. She also takes medications and struggles to keep them in an easy accessible spot. I wanted to create something special for her where she could keep all of her things together and would make her feel special. I made this little organizer for the bedside table.


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I cut out three pieces of fabric approximately 22×13 inches. Two were basic white and the third piece was the “Refresh Capri.” I took one piece of white and folded it in half to make a pocket. I sewed sections to create little pockets by sewing it to the full size white fabric. The pockets are for her magazines, glasses, tissues, and medications or whatever else she may want to use them for.


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I then made some sashes by cutting 4 long strips approximately 2×22 inches.




I sewed them together and set them aside.


I created a stuffed heart for the cover of her organizer. I basically just cut out two small hearts, sewed them together on the sewing machine leaving a small opening to insert the stuffing.



I stuffed the heart with polyester filling and then used embroidery thread to stitch it to the front of the fabric.


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I then assembled the organizer added the sashes to the sides, and sewed them all together. After turning it right side out, I starched and ironed the organizer then gave it one final run with the sewing machine by sewing the edges to “finish” it.


Finally, I wanted to create some artwork to go with the room.



I ordered the letters and heart from craftcuts.com. I painted them with Basics Liquitex, Light Blue Violet,  acrylic paint in  and used Liquitex, Gold for the heart, available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.




I used Mod Podge and covered the “V” with the “Refresh Capri” fabric. I mounted the letters on a distressed frame with chicken wire as the base. I liked the mix of texture and the variety of “old” and “new” in my art piece. It was easy to do and gave the room the perfect mix of classic and funk.


I am so glad I was able to “Waverize” this room. I am sure my guests will look forward to staying here in this relaxing, beautiful and unique bedroom.

I hope this project will inspire you to take the “Waverize It!” challenge too. It is a great opportunity to create, share and “Waverize” something amazing in your everyday life.  Enter the Jo-Ann and Waverly Facebook contest! For more details, go to http://bit.ly/waverize_it.


 Please feel free to add comments or ask questions. I love feedback and learning new ideas from other creative people.



American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com


  1. Wendi Anderson

    September 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Super cool. And, so thoughtful for your MIL. Can you also tell us how you made the white, ruffly pillows?

    • Lindee Katdare

      September 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm


      Thanks! I actually had these pillows, but I can show you how to make them. Give me a couple of days and I will post a “how to.” Are you on Facebook? I always post on FB when there is a new blog post. Facebook.com/lindeetree

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