Ice cream canopy

Here are the sewing instructions for making your very own ice cream stand and canopy – the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and the last of the hot weather! We got the lovely fabric for our canopy from The Homemakery, take a look at its stunning ranges of fabrics, wools and yarns and crafts here.

  • Ice cream canopy
You’ll need:
    • An ice cream stand (find out how to make one from scratch here!)
    • Fabric: pink striped, plain yellow
    • Self-adhesive Velcro
    • Transfer paper
    • Sewing machine and threads
    • Tape measure, scissors and pins
    • Iron
    • Staple gun
    • Computer
    1. Measure around the three outer edges of the table top and add 2cm to the measurement, then measure the height and add 1.5cm. Cut a rectangle of yellow fabric to these dimensions using the selvedge as one of the edges.

    2. Cut a strip of striped fabric to the same width and 60cm deep. Fold this strip in half lengthways. Place the raw edges to match the raw edge of the yellow piece and stitch together with a 1.5cm seam allowance. Sew on a length of Velcro to the wrong side of this seam.

    3. On your computer, type out the wording, ‘Ice Cream’ in the desired size and, selecting the mirror image setting, print in a contrasting colour onto transfer paper. Cut around each letter with a tiny border; lay the letters face-down onto the front of the curtain. Space the letters evenly and in a straight line; use a ruler to help.

    4. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to adhere the letters to the fabric. Leave to cool down, then peel off the backing. Stick the other side of the Velcro to the edge of the table top and then attach the curtain to the Velcro.

    5. For the stand canopy, cut a width of striped fabric long enough to drape from the back horizontal bar to the front bar with 10cm to 15cm hanging, then double the measurement. Cut two strips of yellow fabric to the same length, and wide enough to extend the width of the striped fabric with an extra 5cm on either side.

    6. Stitch the yellow strips to the striped fabric, then fold the piece in half with right-sides together and stitch down each side. Turn to the right side and press. Attach the raw edges to the back bar using a staple gun. A couple of staples at the side of the front bar will hold the canopy taut.