We covered an old wood headboard with a slipcover made from an inexpensive canvas drop cloth. The slipcover is held on by ribbons tied at each side. To give the slipcover a shabby-chic look, we placed a piece of old handcrafted crewelwork in the center of the drop cloth.
Choose a piece of fabric that will fit over your headboard. We used a canvas painter's drop cloth. Lay the canvas on a work surface front-side up. Horizontally lay the hem-facing tape in rows across the slipcover. You don't need a full row of tape on the backside of the slipcover — just enough on the ends for the tie. Sew the ribbon into place or use the wide iron-on hemming tape to adhere it onto the canvas.
Place the embroidered piece down and use iron-on hemming tape to keep it in place around the edges. Then hand stitch or sew the edges with a decorative stitch.
Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.