Fabric Canopy Headboard

Get ideas on how to create your own canopy fabric headboard from Design Star finalist Alice Fakier.

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Alice's Tips:

- For a coastal living look, use a gauzy or sheer fabric in white or cream.

Materials and Tools:

10 yards of fabric (multi-slubb stripe, item #3182 - Milling Around)
2 yards of a coordinating fabric (multi-slubb paisley, item #3176 - Milling Around)
2 curtain dowel rods (Home Depot)
finials (Home Depot)
2 rod brackets
2 screw eyes
2 links of chains (extender chain, HoldOn - Home Depot)
ceiling hooks (jumbo swag hooks - Home Depot)
sewing machine
adhesive tape
bedding (Ralph Lauren)


1. First select the desired length of your canopy. It can go the length of the mattress or the halfway point.

2. Measure to attach your two rod brackets to the wall behind your bed. You will need them evenly placed.

3. Have the canopy go to the midpoint of the bed. A standard bed is 80 inches, so measure 40 inches from the wall and mark that spot with a pencil.

4. Screw in the ceiling hooks and you are now ready to start your fabric canopy.

5. Determine the height and depth of the canopy, as well as the drop of the valence. Cut two panels of fabric to this total measurement, adding for seam allowance.

6. Sew the two panels together down the center (or selvage) to create one large panel. Because this project used a queen bed, 27" was cut off one side, thus the finished width was 81".

7. Hem the bottom of the canopy and sew a finished edge down each side.

8. To create a pocket for the wall mounted curtain rod, cut a strip of fabric 6" wide and a length that is equal to the panel's width. The strip was 6" by 81". Sew this strip of fabric to the wrong side of the panel at the point where the curtain rod will slide through.

9. To create the self valence and rod pocket for the ceiling mounted curtain rod, measure from the previously sewn pocket to the point where you would like the second pocket to be sewn. Mark the spot on the wrong side of the fabric.

10. Fold the remaining fabric back on itself (wrong sides together) to this marked spot, creating a drop in the front. This drop is what will become the self valence.

11. Sew the fabric at the marked spot across its width. Sew in another seam parallel to the first to create the rod pocket.

12. To create the chain covers, cut two strips of fabric 6" wide and twice the length of chain. In this project, they were 6"x24".

13. Sew a hem at each end and down one side of each strip.

14. Insert the dowels into the rod pockets and add the finials. For the front rod pocket, screw in your screw eyes. Add the chain to the front rod and close with pliers.

15. Grab a friend to install your canopy. Hang the back of the canopy first and then the front. Once the front rod is hung, you can install your chain cover.

16. Cover the unsewn side of the cover with double sided, sticky tape. Fold the sides together and scrunch.

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