Canopy beds are romantic and feminine. Make a ruffled fabric bed canopy to cover the frame of your canopy bed to bring the romantic style to your bedroom. Even if your canopy frame is arched, you only need to sew straight seams to make a cover for it. Ruffled canopies can be made from any lightweight fabric. Use the fabric from an extra set of sheets to make a canopy that matches your bedding.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- 1/4-inch ribbon
Measure your canopy frame with the tape measure. The sides of your frame may rise up in an arch. Lay your tape on top of the frame to include this arch in your measurements.
Divide the width of your canopy in half. Add 2 1/2 inches to this measurement. This will be the width of your fabric. Add 1 1/4 inches to the length measurement for the length of your fabric. Cut two pieces of fabric to these measurements. These will be the top of the canopy.
Pin these two pieces together, along one of the long edges, with the right sides together. Sew this seam with a five-eighths-inch seam allowance. Press the seam open. Reinforce the seam by zigzag stitching both seam allowances.
Cut the fabric for the ruffles. Each of the four pieces should be 13-inches wide. The side ruffles should be twice as long as the sides of the top of the canopy, and the two end ruffles should be twice as long as the ends of the canopy top.
Fold the ruffle fabric toward the wrong side and iron a quarter-inch on the short sides of all the ruffles. Fold and iron another quarter-inch to make a narrow hem. Make sure the hems are on the wrong side of the fabric. Sew down the middle of these hems. Fold and iron a quarter-inch on the bottoms of all the ruffles. Fold and iron another quarter-inch to make a narrow hem. Sew down the middle of these hems. Again, be sure the hems are only visible from the wrong side of the fabric.
Baste along the top of all the ruffles, five-eighths of an inch from the edge. Sew another row of basting stitches in the seam allowance. Pull the bobbin threads to gather the ruffles, until they are the same length as the corresponding sides of the canopy top. Pin the ruffles to the edges of the canopy top, with the right sides together. Adjust the gathers until they are even.
Baste the ruffles to the top, with a five-eighths-inch seam allowance. Adjust the ruffles, and sew over the basting thread. Cut four, 24-inch pieces of ribbon and sew the centre of the pieces to each of the corners of the canopy. Put the canopy on the bed and tie it on with the ribbons.
Tips and warnings
- If you can find fabric wider than your canopy frame, just use one length of fabric for the top and add 1 1/4 inch to the width for the seam allowance.
- A king or queen size sheet should be large enough to make the top of a canopy on a twin or double bed.
- You may omit the ribbons. The weight of the canopy cover will hold it on.