There's patchwork, and then there's PATCHWORK. I was relieved to find this photo over on Decor8 so I can cross it off of my 'to do' list of ideas. A cursory assessment indicates that all you need to for this smart, upholstered headboard is
and a couple of covered button kits
plus tools to build the wooden frame
Simple, resourceful and aesthetically delightful.
Photo Image: Living Etc