Every kid loves a small space to call their own, which is why we created this easy-to-follow DIY play-tent tutorial. Let your child pick out a favorite fabric pattern and then stitch up this special little hideaway. Bonus: It’s collapsible, making it super easy to fold and store.
DIY: Fabric Play Tent
Measures approximately 33″ x 33″ inside (at the base) and 55″ tall (inside)
• Four 6′ x 1″ wooden dowels
• Four 1″ rubber feet (optional)
• Drill + drill bit wide enough for your chosen ribbon
• At least 4 yards of fabric
• Sewing machine and thread
1. Drill a hole through each of the dowels about 10″ from the top of the pole.
2. Cut out four triangles of fabric according to the dimensions in the provided pattern (above). It’s easiest to measure one triangle out and then use that as a template to trace the next three, as they end up being quite large. Be sure to choose a fabric pattern that’s the same right-side up and upside-down; otherwise, you will need to use more yardage of fabric.
3. After cutting out the four triangles, cut off the tops about 5 inches down from the tip.
4. Sew together the edges of the triangles to form a pyramid.
5. Choose which side you’d like to be the front. To create the tent opening, vertically cut up the middle about three-quarters of the way to the top. Next, snip a 1/2″ notch horizontally from both sides of the incision. Fold the fabric under about 1/2″ and hem (below).
6. Use a two-inch length of ribbon and either sew or glue the 1″ raw cut at the top of the tent opening (above).
7. Hem the bottom and top edges of the fabric panel about 1/2″.
8. Gather the dowels together and stand them up (it’s helpful to have another set of hands for this part) and thread the ribbon through the holes; tie a loose knot. Pull the fabric over the top and spread out the dowel legs as much as possible. Once the tent structure is standing, untie your knot and tightly wrap the ribbon around the dowels and tie it off.
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