Thursday, June 5, 2014

"Pin"spiration - Play Tent

My "Pin"spirations are things I have found on or through Pinterest that inspired me to try something new, whether it's a new craft, a new project or a new recipe.


The Girl may be getting older but she still enjoys having a little hide-out. Especially one she can take outside. In 2012, I came across a darling play tent at Cakies and pinned it for later. And boy, was it later when I finally got around to it... 

In February 2014 we were in the middle of another snowfall and I was itching for something to make. I had already purchased all the pieces I needed for the tent so I got to work making it.


The full tutorial can be found at Cakies so I'll just mention some of my changes here.

I purchased a full size sheet from the thrift store. The color and the pattern looked older and more cheerful than newer sheets and it was already worn soft with age.


Using a sheet is really nice because a lot of the hemming is already done for you. The full size sheet was long enough for me to be able to cut off the top of the sheet and a lot of the side while still keeping the length needed for the tent. I had enough leftover fabric to create additional items, too.

I didn't use elastic at the leg bottoms. Elastic can turn brittle and loose its stretch too quickly but still I wanted to be able to remove the sheet for washing when needed. The solution? I made ties for each corner instead. You could use ribbon or a combination of grommets and rope if you don’t want to make the ties.


Large holes were drilled in the bottoms of the 1x2’s for threading the ties.

The whole tent folds flat when not in use and fits in the back of The Girl's closet. She can even use it indoors for sleepovers if she wants to. But now that warmer weather has arrived, the tent is finally seeing the outdoors.

You can just barely see the shadow of the hanging book holder I made from extra fabric.

With some of the extra fabric, I was able to fashion a small hanging book holder and a simple envelope style pillowcase. If you need a tutorial for the pillowcase, there is a good one at Rae Gun Ramblings.



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