This bed canopy was originally a plain bed canopy purchased at IKEA. Using fabric, rick rack and the Cricut machine I embellished the bed canopy from plain to adorable! This project was made for Provo Craft. PC asked me to do a few projects for their company using the Cricut machine. The Cricut offers the convenience and ease to help create fabulous items for parties, kids décor and lots more! I wish I had one of these machines many years ago. This DIY no sew bed canopy using the Cricut machine to cut out fabric was fairly easy. So I’m sharing the tutorial with all of you today. You can also view me in the video instruction below. I noticed I was using the same word about 105 times. Go easy on me it was the first time being filmed : )
A bed canopy is a wonderful decorating accessory in kids’ rooms. The bed canopy shown above shows how simple fabric adornments (and help from the Cricut Machine) can turn something plain into something adorable! Here’s the before version…
DIY: No Sew Bed Canopy with Video Instruction
- Glue gun
- Cricut Machine
Tips for cutting fabric with the Cricut:
I can’t stress how important it is to use good quality cotton fabric when cutting fabric with the Cricut. Experiment a couple of times on paper to get the correct sizing before cutting your fabric.
Use a new blade.
Very sticky mat
Blade 5 or 6
1. Iron-on Heat N Bond to the wrong side of all your fabric using a dry setting. Make sure the adhesive has a tight bond to the fabric. Repeat ironing if needed.
2. Peel away the paper backing off the fabric. The back of the fabric will be shiny (that’s the adhesive). Cut fabric to fit and place on the cutting mat with the adhesive side up (shiny adhesive side showing). I used a fondant roller to roll over the fabric. Apply pressure to adhere the fabric to the mat and also make sure there are no bubbles. This method seems to help the fabric “adhere” better to the mat.
Large flower is 10”, 8”, 6.5”, 4.5”, 4”, ending with 2” circle.
3. Choose the images for your project. The Essentials Cartridge that is pre-loaded on the Expression 2 was used for this project. The large flower is 10” in size. Cut all your various size flowers.
4. This project uses several different flower cutouts nested on top to create one large flower. Stack flower cutouts on top of each other and iron. The adhesive will adhere the flower cutouts to each other. Be sure to place a piece of paper backing under the large flower to prevent the flower from being “adhered” to the ironing board.
5. Hot glue the flowers to the canopy or iron on. Just make sure to have paper backing behind the netting so there are no flowers being ironed accidentally to the ironing board.
6. The polka dot scalloped trim was cut using the Essentials Cartridge. Cutting on a 12” x 24” mat works great for creating “ribbon trim” lengths of fabric. The scallop is 2” wide and 14” long. With the shiny adhesive side up, cut several pieces of fabric to go around the circumference of the bed canopy.
7. Iron the scalloped trim around the circumference of the blue fabric at the top of the bed canopy.
8. Hot glue the purchased jumbo rick rack onto the edge of the canopy opening (from top to bottom). Since this is a netting type fabric, the hot glue seeps through the fabric. Be careful with the hot glue.
9. Have fun decorating with your darling bed canopy!
Designed by: Toni Roberts, Design Dazzle
Cricut Machine Used: Cricut Expression 2 Electronic Cutting Machine
Font Cartridge: Essential Cartridge pre-loaded on Expression 2
Fabric: Riley Blake Designs Sugar and Spice by The Quilted Fish (red flowered fabric). Riley Blake red polka dotted fabric.