How to create a bed canopy with chiffon

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How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
This is a nice example of a bed canopy, but if you don't have a four poster bed, these instructions offer a good alternative. (bedroom image by Adrian Hillman from

A sheer, airy canopy adds a sense of magic, mystery and romance to the bedroom. Easily update your bedroom with a no-sew chiffon canopy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Six yards of chiffon
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron
  • Iron-on adhesive seam tape
  • Pressing cloth
  • 10 inch plastic embroidery hoop
  • Two 25 inch strips of decorative ribbon at least one inch wide
  • Ceiling hook

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  1. 1

    Cut your chiffon in half so you have two panels that are three yards long. Or just have two pieces of chiffon, three yards each, cut at the fabric store.

    How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
    Chiffon comes in a large variety of colours and patterns. (summer silks 5 image by Barbara Carlile from
  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of iron-on adhesive seam tape that are the width of your chiffon panels.

  3. 3

    Lay the sticky side of the adhesive tape on the wrong side of each fabric panel's top edge. Lay a pressing cloth over the seam tape and iron on a low heat setting.

    Depending on the sheerness of your chiffon it may be difficult to tell the difference between the right and wrong sides of your fabric. Typically it's the side that has a slightly brighter hue. When purchasing your fabric it will be the side facing out on the bolt or hanger, so mark it on the edge if you need to with a piece of clear tape.

    How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
    Be sure to use your iron on the right setting and with a pressing cloth or else you will scorch the chiffon. (iron image by Robert Grzywaczewski from
  4. 4

    Remove the paper backing from the seam tape.

  5. 5

    Fold the top edge of each panel over two inches, and using your pressing cloth, iron each panel. You have now made curtain rod pockets on your panels.

  6. 6

    Unscrew the embroidery hoop and remove the inner ring.

    How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
    Embroidery hoops come in many different colours; try to find one to coordinate with your fabric. (magnifier for embroidery image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from
  7. 7

    Slide the chiffon curtain panels onto the embroidery hoop.

  8. 8

    Tie one end of each ribbon onto the embroidery hoop in the gap between the two chiffon panels. Be sure to double knot for durability.

    How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
    tie your knots securely; you don't want your canopy falling on you in the middle of the night. (ribbon-tied pole image by Adrian Hillman from
  9. 9

    Tie the loose ends of the ribbons together into a bow and double knot it.

    How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
    Try to make the bow centred over the embroidery hoop for hanging so you don't have to adjust it too much. (red bow image by MarFot from
  10. 10

    Decide where you'd like your canopy to hangover the head of your bed or directly over the middle---and screw in the ceiling hook.

    How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
    Ceiling hooks come in wide range of designs. (hook image by Zbigniew Nowak from
  11. 11

    Hang your chiffon canopy by slipping the centre of the ribbon bow over the hook. Drape the chiffon panels over the sides of your bed.

    How to create a bed canopy with chiffon
    Add a bit of "magic" to a canopy for a little girl by gluing on some rhinestones on it. (Sheer Curtain image by Empath from

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