Directions on Making a Fabric Canopy for a Baby Bed

by Lucy Dale
A canopy can add interest to an ordinary crib.

A canopy can add interest to an ordinary crib.

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Whether or not you have already had your baby, decorating the nursery can be an exciting task. One way to add a whimsical touch to the room is to put a fabric canopy over the baby's crib or bed. This can be dangerous when done wrong, however, and expensive to purchase. By following several guidelines, you can make a safe and inexpensive canopy for your baby.

Items you will need

  • Quilting hoop
  • Tulle/netting
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
Step 1

Measure the space from the center of the ceiling over your baby's bed to the floor on either side of the bed. Multiply the measurement by two and use that amount of tulle, which is available in a variety of colors.

Step 2

Cut the tulle in half.

Step 3

Sew the tulle onto the quilting hoop by folding the fabric at one end of the fabric over the quilting hoop, as you might do when hemming fabric, and sewing along the fold so that the quilting hoop is "trapped" inside. Repeat with the second piece of tulle.

Step 4

Gather a small piece of tulle slightly longer than the diameter of the hoop and sew one end on each side of the hoop, to create a small loop. Repeat with another piece of tulle, placing it perpendicular to the first.

Step 5

Add decoration to the outside of the quilting loop as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the tulle far enough away from the baby's reach that the baby cannot pull the canopy down or get hold of the fabric.
  • Never attach any small objects to the canopy that might fall down and get within the baby's reach.

Photo Credits

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