How to Build Bed Canopies

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A bed canopy with its sweeping folds of fabric adds instant romance to a bedroom. Many prefer the bed canopy for practical reasons: Canopies made of mosquito netting offer protection against insects. Fabric canopies provide privacy. But many canopies are expensive to buy. But you can make your own inexpensive bed canopy using an embroidery hoop, fabric and cord.

Things You'll Need

  • 10-inch plastic embroidery Hoop
  • 14 yards fabric or mosquito netting
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • One 1-inch wooden bead
  • Four 20-inch long cords
  • One 10-inch long cord
  • Chalk or fabric marker
  • Double-stick tape
  • Ceiling hook

Preparation

  • Cut the 12 yards of fabric or mosquito netting into four panels measuring 3 yards (108” inches) each. Make sure to mark the right and wrong side of the fabric.

  • Hem the sides of the fabric panels first. Fold the raw edge 1 inch over the wrong side of the fabric and then under. Pin the hem, iron and then sew. Repeat this step for all four panels (16 sides total).

  • Create a rod pocket curtain – wide enough to later loop the curtain onto the embroidery hoop – by folding the top hems of the panels over by 2 inches. Sew as close as possible to the bottom of the fold.

  • Take the embroidery hoop and lay flat on the leftover yard of fabric. Use the hoop as a template to trace a circle on the fabric, adding 1 inch extra all the way around with the chalk or fabric marker. Cut the circle out with scissors.

  • With the sewing machine, sew a zigzag stitch around the rim of the circle to prevent the raw edges from fraying.

Assembly

  • Unscrew the plastic embroidery hoop. With the inner hoop in hand, center the circle over it. Use double-stick tape to tape the edges of the circle to the hoop rim, making sure the fabric is taught and secure. Using scissors, trim the edge of the fabric evenly with the rim.

  • With the outer embroidery hoop, loop it through the rod pockets of the four fabric panels. Spread the curtains on the outer hoop evenly, making sure to leave a space in the front for an opening.

  • Grab the inner hoop and push it back into the center of the outer hoop. Make sure to push up from the bottom so as not to unravel the ends of the fabric circle. Screw the embroidery hoop tight.

Hanging

  • Tie four cords to the embroidery hoop–securing a cord for each space between the panels. Thread the four cords through the opening of the wooden bead and knot the ends. Take the 10-inch long cord and fold in half. Push the folded cord through the wooden bead to create a loop for hanging. Knot the loop at the end.

  • Screw the ceiling hook into the ceiling over the top of the bed. Hang the finished canopy from the hook.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must remove the pins temporarily as you iron. Otherwise, the heat from the iron can cause damage to the pins and the fabric.

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