Beginning at the top of the curtain, position your trim on the left edge of one panel so the tassel (or other decorative element) hangs off the edge. Pin in place. Continue pinning your trim until you reach the end of the curtain. Cut excess trim off. (If your trim unravels easily, put a piece of tape on the end until you have a chance to sew it.)
Tip: Pin perpendicular to the trim and curtain edge. That way you'll be able to sew right over the pins, without having to remove them as you go.
Do the same thing with the other curtain panel, this time on the RIGHT edge. (You'll want the tasseled edges to face each other when they are hung.)
Thread your sewing machine with your chosen color, then sew down the middle of the pinned trim until you reach the bottom. Secure the ends by raising the needle, pivoting the fabric, then sewing horizontally back and forth over the bottom of the trim a couple of times. Trim any excess thread and remove pins once the trim is securely sewn.
Repeat with your next panel.
Remove all the hardware from your embroidery hoop, then put the inside hoop aside (you can use that for a future project!).
Slide the curtains onto the hoop so the good sides are facing out and the tasseled edges meet on the other side.
Tip: If you slide the tasseled edges on first, the canopy opening will wind up on the opposite side from the hoop closure. That way, when you hang it, you won't see all the hardware.
Close the hoop with the hardware.
If you are using ribbon, hand sew three pieces of ribbon, spaced equally around the hoop, to the tops of the curtains. You'll gather these and use them to hang the canopy. I just wound up threading my needle with fishing line, knotting the end, and sticking it right through the curtain fabric. I joined three pieces of line and knotted it in the middle of the hoop.
Secure your chosen hook or hardware to the ceiling over the bed, and hang the canopy from the ribbon/fishing line.
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