One of my children has a fun bed with a starry canopy, that we got from Ikea. The other child kept trying to improvise a similar arrangement, but no such thing existed for his little converted-crib toddler bed. Being a creative parent, I thought it might be fun to make my own.

Requirements: It needed to be sturdy, flexible, removable, washable, and inexpensive. Also, he wanted curtains.

This is all of those, plus the requested curtains.

It has become a stage, a secret hiding place, a teaching tool (colors!), a toy in and of itself. Oh, and it's also a bed.

I think it might easily be modified into a playstand canopy above a couple of shelves, but I think some further engineering is required.

NOTICE: Do not use this for a crib-bed that is still in use as a crib. This design is much too low to be safe as an infant crib canopy. Also, if you want to make this for a non-crib toddler bed, you will have to create your own pattern and customize your frame.

Step 1: Ingredients


You need a sewing machine or handsewing needles and lots of time to sturdily hand sew all seams. I also used my serger to finish all raw edges on the canopy, but it's not a requirement.
A measuring tool of some kind - I used a yardstick and eyeballed anything that didn't need to be precise.


Canopy cover:

1 yard each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet cotton for a rainbow, or an equivalent amount of fabric for other patterns or a solid cover.
Thread - I used black and white on the canopy. It looks fine.
3 yards of twill tape or other sturdy, non-slippery flat narrow fabric (such as grosgrain ribbon or shoelace) for ties
3 yards of 1/2" elastic


4 2 foot lengths of 1/2" white PVC pipe
6 2 foot lengths of flexible black sprinkler pipe
4 1/2" unthreaded PVC T-joints
4 1/2" unthreaded PVC elbow joints
PVC adhesive
Duct or electrical tape

Curtains (optional):

1 twin flat sheet (I used the two dollar flat sheet from Ikea)
1.5 yards of blue gauzy fabric
Blue and white sewing thread
3 yards of twill tape

Mounting to crib frame (not shown):

Zip ties, heavy duty and long enough to go around the top bar of the crib.
My daughter's finished canopy with no curtain<br />
&nbsp;Awesome! What does she think of it?
Hey, for the folks who have asked how to do something similar for a non-crib type bed! <br>I found a link on pinterest to this blog which tells exactly how to do that, same basic concept and materials: <br>http://gluesticksblog.com/2011/07/pvc-framed-canopy-bed.html
I love this I made it today in just a couple hours
Thanks for your instructable. I put &quot;windows&quot; with &quot;shades&quot; in my son's John Deere tent. Thank you for giving me a very detailed starting point and guidelines.
This is the coolest thing I've ever seen for a bed. My daughter is 3 and we're having a hard time trying to keep her in her bed and staying in her room at night. I could never make anything close to this beautiful creation.... would you make me one if I paid you??
Seriously !!!! <strong>This is the coolest thing I've ever seen for a bed.</strong>
Thanks for the compliment! I'm afraid I don't do bespoke sewing these days, my kids take up too much of my time. <br><br>All the sewing is pretty basic, straight lines (except for the applique work on the curtains). If you have friends or relatives who sew, they should be able to teach you or help you make your own.
this will be the happiest kid ever....
How much allowance on the nine inch strips was for the seams? <br />
&nbsp;About 3/4 of an inch. Total, so each side has a 3/8 seam allowance. It's all done by eye (so it's roughly 9&quot;). Flat felled seams don't need to be wide to be sturdy.
I wondered because the frame is only about 26 1/2 inches wide. Thanks for the quick response. You should patent this :)<br />
I really want to make one of these for my daughter who will be three in 2 weeks but I'm really confused about how you attach it to the frame &amp; couldn't I just double stitch cause I don't have a serger (don't know what it is). I&nbsp;don't under stand raw edges. Couldn't I&nbsp;just hem all edges before I start then him them again for a clean edge? Also I'm not sure what a top stitch is. I'm good at sewing on a machine but don't know any terms. I'm pretty sure the casings are what hold it to the frame but that whole step confuses me. If you could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. It's amazing that you made this one. I'm only going to be using 2 colors on hers as well if that helps. <br />
&nbsp;Everything you are asking for is in the instructable :)<br /> <br /> The serger isn't strictly necessary, and is described so in the tools and materials list. Step three gives instructions for BOTH serged/sewn and flat felled seaming. If you do not have a serger, flat fell all the seams for strength. The orange link in step 3 leads to another instructable that goes into how to flat-fell a seam in detail.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Step 4: Look at the illustrations. This isn't a precise pattern because there are so many different styles and dimensions of top railings on cribs/beds/etc. All I can do is give you a general idea of how to make your own, and give diagrams to guide you.<br /> <br /> If step 4 confuses you, look at step 5, last illustration, with the finished canopy laid out flat, and step 8, where it shows the frame inserted into the canopy.<br /> <br /> Step 9 covers attaching it to the crib or bedframe. I suggest zip (cable) ties because they are sturdy, and can be temporary and non-damaging while offering a relatively childproof solution for attaching the canopy to the bed.<br /> <br /> Step 10, illustration 2, shows why the center casing is split.&nbsp;<br />
I didn't know you could click on the little diagrams. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. her bed is set up just like yours in the picture. I'm so excited to start this. What kind of fabric did you use? I just went to Wal-Mart and got cotton for 1.97 a yard.&nbsp; I'll post pics too, I'm thinking of putting lace on the front too :)<br />
&nbsp;I used basic quilting cotton too :)<br /> <br /> Sounds awesome!<br />
Not sure which black piping to get. Does it come rolled up?<br />
&nbsp;The stuff I got came precut in short lengths, and was labeled &quot;sprinkler pipe.&quot;
I found what I think is the same thing (the guys at Lowe's and Home Depot looked at me stupid LOL) it's called silo-flex. Thanks for the quick reply. <br />
My little guy (he's three) wants one for his room with dinosaurs! getting everything in the morning! will post pics when I'm done!<br />
&nbsp;Awesome! Please do!
this is awsome i sooo want to try make one for my daughters hehehe thx heaps natty xoxo
I love this! My 16 year old daughter wants one now :D
That's one of the greatest things I have ever seen. It's making me think of adapting it for an adult bed. (Less rainbow-y though.)
Thank you. I'm just floored that it's been blogged at Craft and been featured here! I've thought about making one for an adult bed, too. Might be better to use tent poles instead of pipe for that, though, since it's not so likely to be climbed on. :)
I've done some editing to make a few of the steps clearer, if anyone has found them confusing. Please leave a comment if you need me to clarify anything else!

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