You will need:
19 yards of tulle off of the bolt (I originally made it with 9 and added more to make it more fluffy so you could go either way.) You will use 18 for the bottom canopy part and the extra one is used for hanging.
5 yards pink fabric (or color of your choice) for large and medium petals
3/4 a yard green fabric for the small petals at the top and the cover
19″ Embroidery hoop (you only need the inside hoop) or hula hoop
hot glue gun
hook to hang it from the ceiling
First I searched online for a petal template and found one here. I printed out the sheet of petals and cut out the one I wanted to use. Then I put it in my copier and blew it up at 400% which is the largest my copier would let me. So it came to the size on the right. I used this size petal as a pattern for my small green petals at the top of the canopy. It measures 4 1/8″W x 7 1/4″L at its widest points.
Now there are 5 different pieces of the petal.
I put the pieces together to form the petal and taped them to secure.
Then cut out the pattern.
For the medium sized petals. You will use the petal piece that you blew up to 300% in the beginning and blow it up again to 250%. I liked the width that this came out but I wanted the petal to be a little shorter. I taped the two top pieces together and the two bottom pieces together separately.
I wanted my medium petal to be about 4″ above the bottom of my larger petals so I put it on top of the petal to determine how long to make it. I pushed the bottom piece of the petal up and taped it in place. My medium petal measures 10.5″W x 17″ long.
Now there are 3 petal patterns. The small one which measures 4 1/8″W x 7 1/4″L. The medium one which measures 10.5″W x 17″L and the large one which measures 12W “x 21″L. With the pink fabric I cut out 16 large petals (front and back for 8 petals) and 8 medium ones (front and back for 4 petals). Using the small pattern I cut 16 petals out of the green fabric (8 petals.)
Now put them right sides together and pin in place.
Mark about a 3″ space to leave open so you can flip the petals right side out.
Now sew them in place making sure you leave your 3″ space open.
Clip your threads and trim the seams around the petal points.
Flip them right side out and iron flat. Then you’re going to turn in your opening and iron it.
Pin in place.
Now sew your opening shut. I continued sewing all the way around the edge of the petal to give them a more finished look.
Next I added button holes to the top of each petal. Measure about 1/2 down from the top of the petal. Draw a 3/4″ line to mark the guide for your button hole. I pulled the tulle through the holes to connect them and create the flower.
Sew all your button holes.
Here are the 6 green petals using the small petal pattern.
Then wrap the hoop with ribbon leaving a few inches on either side of the break. You will need to put the break back together before you wrap it. Secure the ribbon to the hoop with hot glue at the beginning and the end. The first time I made this canopy I didn’t do this and it made it difficult to slide my tulle onto because it kept getting caught on the wood. Plus it gives it a nice finished look so you don’t see the bare wood.
Slide the large ones on first arranging them in a flower pattern and the medium ones on second.
Then add the small green petals.
After you’ve determined how low you want it to hang from the ceiling cut off the excess if any and tie a knot at the very end of your tulle.
I used this hook to attach it to the ceiling. Since it was pretty light I didn’t think it needed a heavy duty hook. But they do sell bigger ones at Lowe’s or Home Depot if you’d rather use that. She has had it up for several months now and it has never fallen down. Although she did pull it down once during a heavy duty pillow fighting/bed jumping party she had with a friend.
Here it is again!
I’d love to see pictures if you decide to give this a try! Feel free to email me if you have any questions!
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