Tuesday Tutorial: Summertime Play Tent



This week’s Tutorial Tuesday  project is a little more complicated than the tutorials I’ve been featuring as of late, but it looks like lots of fun….both for the maker and little kids who will be using it.

I found the Summertime Play Tent on the CRAFT: blog, but it’s actually from Meg and is on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog.  Anyway, I’m off to figure out how to make one that is adult-sized.

Summertime Play Tent on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog

Materials Needed:
6- 6ft bamboo garden post (can be purchased at Home and Garden Centers)
3 yards of 60 inch wide white painter’s canvas
Craft paint & brushes
3 Strong rubber bands
6 plastic 1 ½ inch rings
Embroidery floss or strong thread
Sewing needle with large eye
12 Large Grommets & grommet setting kit (I used 1/4”)
Ribbon approximately 3 yards for lacing (additional ribbon for decorating is optional)
Straight pins

Step 1
Hold all 6 bamboo post in your hands wrapping the 3 rubber bands tightly around the posts leaving about 4 inches at the top. Spread the posts making sure they will sit evenly on the ground.

Step 2
Lay fabric out flat folding the piece in half lengthways.
Fold on the diagonal in to a triangle.
With a marker draw a half circle on the top and cut away extra fabric.
At the folded tip of the triangle draw a small half circle and cut away extra fabric.
Unfold the fabric. You should have a large half circle which will be the sides of your teepee.

Step 3
Drape the cut fabric over the bamboo posts and pin the fabric in place at the top to make sure it will fit properly. After fitting, remove the fabric, lay it flat and use fabric paints & brushes to decorate the fabric anyway you like! The kids had a lot of fun with this step!

Step 4



  1. WOW, you are one creative woman! Kudos to you.. although i have to admit, i’m not dedicated enough for this and ended up settling for one of these tents at http://www.outdoorfuntime.net . It was more my speed, but WOW i just love your Blog, can’t wait to see what’s next!

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