How to Make a Circle Bed Canopy

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How to Make a Circle Bed Canopy
Gauze fabrics are ideal for circle canopies. (voile image by cris13 from

Making a circle bed canopy is a cheap way to embellish a bed's design. This project can be ideal for a child's room and will allow kids to pitch in and help. Using different fabric colours and textures also can set the mood and enhance the design. Gauzy fabrics might look best and are light enough to hang.

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Things you need

  • Large embroidery hoop (12 inches to 14 inches)
  • Three sections of fabric measuring 3 yards long
  • Ribbon or yarn measuring 18 inches to 2 feet long
  • Hook
  • Embellishments

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    Gather what will be the top ends of your three fabric sections. How you join them is a matter of personal preference, but remember that these will be concealed near the ceiling when hanged. Use a length of ribbon or yarn in a complementary colour to the fabric that is long enough to loop and create the hanger after it is tied around the rosette. Tie the pieces together tightly and securely. Arrange the fabric protruding out of the tied ribbon (there should not be much excess, maybe 2 inches to 3 inches) into a rosette by pulling and spreading it apart above the tied ribbon.

  2. 2

    Tie together the ends of the ribbon or yarn to form a loop. This is the hanger.

  3. 3

    Center your rosette in the centre of the bottom, or inside, section of the embroidery hoop. This part of the hoop should be underneath the fabric. Arrange the fabric evenly over the hoop, and smooth it from the centre to the edges without stretching it.

  4. 4

    Place the top portion of the hoop over the bottom portion of the hoop. Have the tightening screw loose enough to slide over the bottom hoop snugly, but not so tight that it threatens to pull the fabric from your rosette.

  5. 5

    Tighten down the hoop screw after making certain the fabric is arranged in a manner that will cascade evenly from the hoop. If it does not look right, you can always remove the hoop and make adjustments.

  6. 6

    Install a strong hook in the ceiling, centred over the bed where the canopy is to be hanged. The type of hook chosen will depend on the ceiling's construction. However, it should be strong enough to hold the canopy without pulling out.

  7. 7

    Hang the canopy on the hook by the ribbon that you tied at the top. Arrange the bottom of the cascading material around the bed to enclose it.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate the hoop and canopy with ribbons, beads, stickers, patches or fabric paints.

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