How to make a baby crib canopy

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How to make a baby crib canopy
Provide your baby's crib with a roof-like canopy. (babies crib image by jedphoto from

A baby crib canopy imitates the shelter of a roof for your baby. The tent-like fabric can be hung over a baby's crib supported by a dowel from the ceiling. A simple peaked canopy can be made using fabric, a sewing kit and a few other tools right from your home. Provide your baby with shelter and warmth with a homemade crib canopy.

Things you need

  • Two woven fabrics
  • 9 mm (3/8 inch) dowel
  • Sewing kit/sewing machine
  • 4 eye-hooks
  • Drill
  • Cord or string
  • Velcro tabs with adhesive

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  1. 1

    Measure the height and length of the crib to determine the desired length of the canopy.

  2. 2

    Measure a length of 9 mm (3/8 inch) dowel so that it will be slightly longer than the length of the canopy. This will allow the canopy to form its classic tent-like structure.

  3. 3

    Cut your two pieces of identical fabric according to your measurements using scissors or a sharp edge with the fabric against a hard, flat surface.

  4. 4

    Place your two pieces of fabric together so that the wrong sides face out. Stitch close to the edges, sewing three sides together using a sewing kit or sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Turn the fabric inside out, so the stitched edges are now inside. Use an iron to smooth out the fabric.

  6. 6

    Stitch the top edge shut by tucking in the fabric so the raw edges are sewn inside.

  7. 7

    Fold the fabric crosswise and measure 2.5 cm (1 inch) at the folded edge. Create a channel for the dowel by topstitching at the 2.5 cm (1 inch) mark.

  8. 8

    Slip the dowel into the channel by feeding it through slowly. In each side of the dowel, screw in one eye hook.

  9. 9

    Drill two more eye hooks into the ceiling over the crib where you would like the canopy to hang.

  10. 10

    Hang the dowel from the screw hooks by attaching two pieces of equal-length heavy-duty cord or rope (length will depend on how high or low you want the canopy to hang) to the hooks in the ceiling.

  11. 11

    Connect the bottom of the cord or rope to the hooks on the dowel to form the canopy.

  12. 12

    Let the two sides of fabric hang down, and apply a piece of adhesive Velcro to each inside corner. Attach the opposite side of the Velcro to the exterior of the crib, parallel to each corner of the fabric. Connect the Velcro pieces to secure your crib canopy.

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