Step 4: Wrap in Batting and Fabric

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Wrap the panel in batting, and use a staple gun with -inch staples to fasten it to the back, always working from the center out. Lay your fabric facedown and center the panel on it, soft-side down. Pull the excess fabric over the edge of one side and staple it onto the back. Pull the opposite side taut and staple it down. Staple the top and bottom, too.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • spring clamp
      Clamp
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • dress scissors
      Fabric shears
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • mallet
      Small rubber mallet
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/8-inch drill bit
      -inch bit

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch pine plywood Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet.

    1x4 pine Get one 6-footer. For a fit that's tight against the wall, use a metal cleat, available at most hardware stores.

    1-inch-thick foam padding Get a 5-foot-square piece.

    Fabric Get 3 square yards.

    Cotton batting Get an 81-by-96-inch piece.

    Fast-drying spray adhesive.

    -inch heavy-duty staples.

    Nailhead-trim strips Get 7 yards.

    Upholstery nails

    1¼-inch wood screws.

    2½-inch wood screws.