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Way Back Craft: Gryffindor “Canopy”

Elena's "canopy"

Elena’s Gryffindor Canopy, approximately 2002

Well, we’re way past due for a Way Back Craft!

So, you want a Harry Potter bedroom?  The very first thing I think of when I think of Harry’s dormitory, is the four poster bed with house-colored hangings.  Wouldn’t that be fabulous?

It definitely would be.

Unfortunately, not all of us have the means or the space for a four poster bed.

This is the problem I encountered when designing a Harry Potter room for my daughter.  Her room has a ceiling fan and the room is just too small for a four poster bed.  The Gryffindor canopy was on her Must Have list when the room decoration was being planned.   I have the great fortune to have two very DIY parents and the first thing that popped in my head was mounting something lightweight on to the wall.

How about a faux canopy that gives the feeling of those hangings without the actual expense or space requirements of a real four poster?

Then I started thinking price.  Cheap would be good.  Very good.  PVC.  PERFECT!

A fun aside on this project – when I was buying the fabric, the woman at the cutting table at the fabric store asked if I was making a dress.  When I told her I was making a Gryffindor canopy for a Harry Potter bedroom, she stared with her mouth open.  It was the first of many stunned looks directed at my fandom crafting!


  • 3 lengths of 1 to 1 1/2” PVC pipe cut into 18” (45.7 cm) pieces (use a hacksaw or have it done at your DIY store)

Note: PVC under 1” is not recommended because it’s too flexible. Make sure the threaded plug & metal flange will work with the pipe you chose. They’re easy to test at the DIY store.

  • 3 threaded plugs
  • 3 metal floor flanges
  • 3 flat PVC caps
  • 3 decorative wood rosette with a flat back
  • Epoxy, Liquid Nails or other cement-like glue
  • Primer spray paint
  • Gold spray paint (Use silver for Slytherin, bronze or silver for Ravenclaw and black for Hufflepuff)
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill (optional)
  • Screws with anchors
  • 5 1/2 yards (5 meters) of red satiny fabric  (Use green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw or yellow for Huffelpuff)
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine (optional)


  1. Prewash fabric then hem on both ends, set aside.
  2. Following manufacturer’s directions, use epoxy to glue the threaded plugs to one end of each of the PVC pipes. On opposite ends of pipes, use epoxy to attach the PVC caps. Epoxy the wooden rosette onto the cap. Allow epoxy to dry. Screw pipe into metal flange. Stand up on it’s end in a well covered, well ventilated area.
  3. Paint with primer. Allow to dry according to manufacturer’s directions. Paint gold. Allow to dry overnight.
  4. Find the center of your bed, mark a light line on the wall. Depending on the width of your bed and where you want the fabric to reach on the sides, you will need to attach the flanges lower or higher.  If you have someone helping you, it’s a good idea to hold the center pipe in place with the fabric, centered, on the pipe. You can then determine how high the center pipe should be and where to place your two side pipes. They can be low or high, depending on your preference.  Use measuring tape to assure the three pipes will be symmetrical.
  5. Attach the metal flanges to the wall using screws and anchors, using the drill for pilot holes if necessary.
  6. Screw pipes into each flange. Arrange canopy fabric.

Makes a great window treatment, too!

Also for your Harry Potter room:  HP Bookcase Mural

p.s. I made the afghan, too.  😉

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

also available on The Leaky Cauldron- Crafts

Crafty Retrospective: Roar, Roar Gryffindor

Gryffindor Lion Pattern

It’s no secret that I’m an over-the-top, let’s-talk-theories-all-night-long and make-Pygmy-Puffs-until-we-drop Harry Potter fan.  I quilt Harry, craft Harry, costume Harry… and have spent several years now encouraging others to do the same.

There’s an entire Gryffindor bedroom in my house (my daughter’s), a Harry Potter-themed quilt in my living room (mine, all, mine), my cherished letter from J.K. Rowling framed for all to see, t-shirts, Harry Potter books in languages I can’t read, costumes, memorabilia and more brilliant crafts made by people across the world that I’ve shared, swapped and traded with than I can possibly count.

I am not a Gryffindor.   Gryffindors are brave and daring, and I am not really either, though I can be a tiny bit brave if the circumstances require it.

I identify more with Ravenclaws.  Study hard and prove yourself.  That was me at 11.

There is, however, one Gryffindor in my house, and lots of Gryffindor friends in my life.  Something I have done that is Gyffindor-related is make a lot of Gryffindor crafty items.

How about a round up?  Yes?  I thought so, too!

Gryffindor Lion Wallhanging

Gryffindor Lion Crest wall-hanging.  10″ square, made some time in 2006.

House Unity Banner made for JKR

“House Unity” banner, made as a gift for J.K. Rowling in 2007 (I received a thank you, too!).

House Crest patterns.

Elena's Gryffindor Bag

My daughter’s Gryffindor messenger bag.  The original messenger bag, made early 2006, that started two years of messenger bag madness.

Messenger bag tutorial (pdf)

Gryffindor pencil bag

Gryffindor Pencil Bag, also my daughter’s.  I really like this little bag…it’s came out better than I anticipated.  2006.

Gryffindor Gift bag for Melissa Anelli

Gryffindor Gift Bag made for Melissa Anelli, Lumos 2006

Hope's Messenger Bag for Vegas

Hope’s Gryffindor Bag, made to take to Lumos 2006

Messenger bag tutorial (pdf)

Gryffindor's Sword, v.2

Gryffindor’s Sword (unposted pattern)

Plushie Gryffindor Hat & Scarf

Plushie Hat & Scarf for a Gryffindor Lion

Gryffindor Ipod Covers

Gryffindor ipod cases, first set

crochet ipod covers in Gryffindor colors

Gryffindor ipod cases, second set

HPC Back To School Swap - Sent to Alli

Gryffindor t-shirt made for a swap on Harry Potter Crafts, modeled after the Gryffindor Lion Crest Pattern

Team Gryffindor Stencil

Quilted Wallhanging for Doris - Hogwarts, Gryffindor & The Leaky Cauldron
Wallhanging made for DorisTLC (The Leaky Cauldron)

Harry Potter paper pieced patterns on sewhooked

Harry Potter Buttons

Harry Potter themed buttons…look closely and you’ll find a Gryffindor one!

Hmm, isn’t nostalgia lovely?

Feel like making something Hogwarts House related?  How about joining in our challenge at hp_paperpiecing?  We’d love to have you!

If you make any sewhooked crafts, I’d love to see a photo!  Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy Crafting!

Crochet Hogwarts Hat & Scarf for a Plushie

At some time during 2005 or 2006 during a frenzied Harry Potter craft session which happened to coincide with the height of my children’s Build-A-Bear obsession, the thought occurred to me that my daughter’s lion needed to be, no must be, a Gryffindor.

Fun, fast and free crochet at it’s geeky best!

Plushie Gryffindor Hat & Scarf

add this pattern to your ravelry queue:

Printable Pattern

2 colors worsted yarns (Red Heart used in example)
N – hook

Crocheted with two strands of each yarn throughout.
Row 1 – with burgundy, ch 6. Sl st in first ch to form ring. Ch 3, 11 DC over ring, sl st to join. Finish off.
Row 2 – join gold to in any st, ch 3, DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around. Sl st to join. Finish off.
Row 3 – join burgundy in any st, ch 3, DC in next st and each st around. Finish off.
Row 4 – join gold in any st, ch 3, DC in next st, ch 3, sk 3 dc, dc in next 8 sts, ch 3, sk 3 st, dc in remaining sts. Finish off.
Row 5 – join burgundy in any st, sc in each st around, sc over ch 3s. Finish off, weave in ends.

Attach Pom-Pom (optional)

Crocheted with two strands of each yarn throughout.
ch 5
Row 1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across. Ch 1 turn.
Row 2 – sc across, ch 1 turn
Row 3 – sc across. Attach new color at top of last st. Ch 1, turn

Repeat 1-3 in alternating colors for a total of 13 blocks of color. Add fringe.

Ravenclaw Kitty

Ravenclaw Kitty

This pattern also available on The Leaky Cauldron

Happy Crafting!