How to Make a Fabric Canopy

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When it comes to independent playtime for little kids, forts take the cake. They can be used for a quiet reading nook, a spot for an afternoon nap, shade from the hot sun or simply a place where imagination is allowed to grow. And for parents, the process of making a canopy can be just as flexible: You can use a variety of fabrics and embellishments, and when it's complete, you can also choose where to place it in your home. This fabric canopy is easy, affordable and a fun way to turn any corner into a magical hideaway!

This fabric canopy is easy, affordable, and fun way to turn any corner into a magical hideaway!

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Things You’ll Need

  • Durable cotton rope

  • Dowel (1 inch diameter, 2 feet long)

  • 1 king-size flat sheet

  • Ceiling hooks

  • Drill and drill bit (1/4-inch)

  • Pom-poms

  • Rope (14 feet long)

  • Sewing needle

How to Make a Fabric Canopy

Step 1: Start With a Sheet

Bed sheets are an easy material to use to create a canopy without having to worry about sewing. This project uses a white king-size sheet that has been dip-dyed turquoise. Another fun option would be to find a vintage sheet at a thrift store or flea market for a unique look.

start with a dip dyed turquoise sheet

Step 2: Drill a Hole Into the Dowel

Using a drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit, create a hole two inches from the end of the dowel. Repeat on the opposite end.

drill or tie you decide

Step 3: Install Ceiling Hooks

Cut the rope in half and insert it through the holes in the dowel before tying the ends with a slip knot. Next, install ceiling hooks where you want the canopy to hang. Hang the dowel by attaching each end of the rope to the ceiling hook.

Install ceiling hooks where you want the canopy to hang

Step 4: Drape the Sheet and Decorate

Using a sewing needle, string several pom-poms onto a thread to create a little extra decoration. Then, drape the sheet over the dowel.

String several pom pom onto a piece of string to create a little extra decoration

Step 5: Take the Fun Outside

Alternatively, you could also tie the rope to a branch on a tree and create an outside oasis for a special afternoon. Just be sure to fill the space with pillows, toys and blankets for an inviting and cozy spot to create, imagine and play!

create an an outside oasis with this fabric canopy!

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