Friday, February 28, 2014

Headboard Tutorial

Quick and easy way to make a headboard.

We had a old pine bed base which just needed a little update. 

Materials needed:
Pleather or upholstery fabric 
and if you like a more cushioned look you can add batting.

I managed to get the pleather for a good price from Fabric City in Cape Town. Fabric World in Wynberg supplies and cuts foam to size. Pennypinchers in Woodstock supply hardboard and for just an extra R15 they cut it to size. Cash Crusaders or a hardware store supply staple-guns.  

1) Measure the size you would like your headboard to be. I used 148 cm x 75 cm.

2) Cut the pleather/fabric 30-40 cm wider than your headboard measurement on each side. I ended up with a rectangle of 228 cm x 155 cm. A large rim is needed to fold over the foam and the board. 
If you are using batting, cut this 15 cm wider than your measurements on each side.
The foam and the board should be the exact size of your top measurements.

3)Create a sandwich with your materials. Place your pleather/fabric on the floor, lay your batting in the centre of the fabric, then lay the foam centred on the batting and lay your hardboard as the last layer. (*I wanted a square look, so I left out the batting.) 


4) Fold your fabric edges in and stable them down. 

5) Once you have done one edge, pull the pleather/fabric tight over the opposite end of the board and repeat the staple process. 

 6) Remove excess fabric in the corners and carefully tuck the edges away. Then repeat as in step (4). 

 7) Now for the final step, tuck the headboard in-between the current headrest and your mattress. It should sit nice an snug. Tadaa, your bed has a brand new look! 

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sew your own South African souvenir

Sew your own personalized South African souvenir. Create Hobby offers sewing projects in a trendy/rustic 
suburb in Cape Town. We have all the tools and materials. No need to be a sewing expert, we talk you step by 
step through each project. Great way to spend a morning with a group of friends or fellow travelers. Everyone is welcome!  

What a great idea - This French/Swiss couple has spent 4 months in Cape Town and are planning to meet some friends up in Namibia and tour the county. As a gift and souvenir they made these really awesome Africa T-shirts for their friends. All four of them will have them and the T-shirts will travel with them on their adventure.
Well done Bruno and Layla! Good luck on your travels :)

Other great souvenirs that were sewn up in our classroom were this lovely Africa cushion and this beach bag made of a traditional fabric from South Africa called shweshwe fabric. 
The shweshwe fabric is woven and printed locally. ( History of the shweshwe fabric: )

To book a sewing class in Cape Town, feel free to contact us at  or check us out at  or

Expecting moms sewing classes in Cape Town

For our expecting moms or moms with young baby’s, we will be sewing a baby kit bag which will include diaper bag, changing matt and baby bib. Sewing workshop will take place on Saturday 1 & 8 March 2014, 9am-12pm. We will have two packages available. a) Course cost R1150, including all materials b) Course cost R900, excluding materials. 

If you would like to signup for a class, feel free to contact us at or through our website