Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pottery Barn Ballerina Canopy is So Cute!

This tutorial has (finally!) been completed, and can be found in all its glory here. Several weeks ago, we got a Pottery Barn Kids catalogue in the mail. These usually go right in the recycle bin, but since we've been planning on painting the girls' rooms, it was especially interesting. In fact, it was teeming with inspiration. A few days later, Jonathan and I had both dogeared the thing, having spent, if not hours, at least many minutes pouring over the pages, both together and separately. Being far too frugal to consider buying anything from Pottery Barn, this was an "idea only" search, which proved to be fruitful. Last night, I had finished my library book, and didn't want to read anything on our shelves, so out of desperation, I plucked the good old Pottery Barn Kids catalogue out of the pile and started going through the worn pages yet again. And I came across a real jewel, something that would look stunning in Hannah's new Pink Princess bedroom: this beautiful pink canopy. Yes, I know she's really a ballerina, but she even has a crown on her head, so who's to say that she can't be royalty as well? We've been talking about putting something fluffy around Hannah's bed. However, Jonathan and I are both quite adamant that the fluff not resemble mosquito netting (like so much of it does), having seen the effects of malaria on the children of areas where this is an actual problem. Nothing about malaria or mosquitoes or netting seems whimsical or child-like to either of us (especially Jonathan, who actually slept under real mosquito netting when he lived in Africa. By the way, this was out of necessity, not because he wanted to feel like a princess.) All that aside, I was completely enamored by this canopy. For one brief moment, I thought we might even splurge on this...until I saw the price tag of $150. Seriously, Pottery Barn?! In utter disappointment, I spent the next 10 minutes studying the catalogue photo in great detail, and finally decided, "I'm going to make one of those myself!" The reason I'm writing about this on my blog is this: now that I've told someone besides Jonathan about my plan (thank you again, 8 faithful readers!), I'll have some actual motivation to get it done. And hang it up. And take pictures. And maybe even write a tutorial. Hey...this sounds fun, doesn't it? So keep your eyes open for a lovely princess, uh make that ballerina canopy, coming soon!

5 comments:

  1. You have to do something. In the picture have you seen Hannah name on the pillow on the bed?! Let me know how it goes making one. I wanted to buy one for Isabelle's bed, but thought they were too expensive myself!

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  2. It seems that netting (although you don't want to use that) or finer-gauge tulle is still some of the most inexpensively priced fabric you can buy per yard. So, it seems reasonable that even if you bought all new fabric, it would be well under $150.

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  3. I am almost finished making this canopy for my grandaughter and have run into a problem. I don't understand the directions for attaching the doll to the canopy. I guess I must be a little slow because it seems detailed enough but I'm not understanding. Could I please have an email address sent to me at seeyore18@aol.com so I can ask you. The problem is, on the very first step, where you attach the first lenght of line to the bottom of the doll, I did that, pulled it up to the end and knotted it. Then you mention securing one end to the hoop and the other end opposite it. I only have one end because I knotted the other end to the bottom of the doll. I'm so confused. Please help me!

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  4. Not slow at all...that's a logical question. I've sent you an email, but here's what to do in case someone else has the same problem. When attaching the doll, secure the center of the fishing line to the doll's body, leaving two tails of equal length. Then, secure each tail to an opposite side of the hoop. Or to say it another way, one end of the line is attached to the hoop, the middle of the line is secured at the doll's body, and the other end of the line is attached to the opposite end of the hoop.

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