OK, so how much fun is this?
We made this delightful fairy-esque hideout, and then found a sweet little tree to hang it from -- but yours would probably look just as good over your doll's bed. (No worrying about getting caught in the rain that way either...)
Ready to get started? You'll need a wooden embroidery hoop (mine was 9"), some fabric to be the panels, ribbon of varying widths, and felt.
First, cut your fabric. I did four panels that were each 20" wide x about 30" long, since I wanted this canopy to be good and tall. 20-25" would be a good length for over a bed.
If you're using tulle or a non-ravel fabric, you're good to go! However, if your fabric will fray (like this pretty sheer here), take a minute and serge or zig-zag over the raw edges.
Next, make a casing along one of the short sides. Press under about 1/4", then press under another 1". Pin, and stitch close to the folded edge.
Take the screw out of your embroidery hoop, and set the solid middle sphere aside (save it for another project later!) Thread the panels onto the outer hoop, then put the screw back in to close it.
Next, cut four pieces of narrow ribbon, each about 20" long. Loop one between each curtain using a larks' head knot (pictured); space everything evenly so that the ribbon loops divide the hoop into quarters.
Carefully, tie all the ribbon ends together in a knot, being sure that all the ribbons are the same length. This will help ensure the canopy hangs straight!
Then, cut a piece of wider ribbon and sew it over the knot, to make the loop you'll hang the canopy with.
Cut some petals out of felt (I made eight, but you might want to experiment a bit on your own. Be sure they're long enough to cover the top of the canopy!) Cut or pierce tiny holes near the top of the petals, then thread them over the hanging loop. Tie another piece of ribbon over the top in a pretty bow.
Find a good place to hang it, then, using some of the leftover ribbon, tie back a couple of the panels and watch the magic happen!
Nice!! I can’t remember where I saw this a few yrs ago. These are the best directions!! I’m thinking pastels!!
this is such a cute idea thank you
Can you show a full picture of this hoop and matieral.
Sounds like a great idea, but it is really hard to tell what the finished product looks like from the picture posted.
Hi, this is a great idea. Do you have a better photo of the canopy in use, from the side, further away. I have no idea what the leaves should look when installed, nor how the finished item should hang, etc.
thank you for the Fairy Canopy! it is very cute!!
Such an imaginative little hideaway where any doll would love to spend the day.
Very clever. I think I have to make one!
Connie Walz: Maybe your library has a printer that you can use to print your pattern. :)
I received my first pattern (pft) I thought it would come by mail a tissue pattern. I don’t have a printer, and the pattern looks way too big when I trace it. What to do?
Hi Trish! Yes, the hanging loop gets pulled through the tiny hole in the petals — the petals should lay over the top of the canopy, with the loop coming out through the middle of them. Hope that helps!
this is really cute. i’m going to have to make some.
This is adorable, but I have a question. Does the hanging loop get pulled through the tiny hole in the petals? Or how are they being attached? Is there a better picture showing this? Thanks for any help. I can’t wait to make this and I already have loads of gauzy fabric that will work. But I need to understand the petal directions.
Love it! I love canopy’s….. might as well start making a bed for this as well! :)
Thank you! I was trying to figure out how to make a canopy for my dolls, and I fell upon this post. Thanks!
September 18, 2020
Study each picture as you read, then you’ll get it. Very nice indeed. Thanks