Big sister was at Girl Scout day camp this past week, so the boy and I have been able to spend some quality time. One of our highlights was him getting to play Wii for over an hour without anyone (namely big sister) telling him it was her turn or informing him that that was not how you do it. He was in heaven.
While he was playing, I was cruising the blog scene and came across a fabulous idea from Cakies on Grosgrain for an amazing A-Frame Tent! After checking the wood supply in the garage, I loaded up the kid and headed out to Home Depot for some wood and JoAnns for some fabric.
Rubyellen from Cakies offers an amazing tutorial in her guest post as part of the Free Pattern Month at Grosgrain. I will touch on the basics.
4 - 48" 1x2 finish boards (not too rough)
1 - 48" 3/4 dowel
1 - 3/4" paddle bit for your electric drill
pencil or marker
Roughly 2.5 yard fabric - finished piece is 44"x85"
I had Home Depot cut my boards to size for me. At home, I measured down 5" (she suggests 6") because my piece of fabric was slightly larger than needed. Due to the width of my fabric, I have a 7" folded hem. I actually like the deeper hem since my fabric is a printed upholstry fabric that is rather plain on the interior.
The fabric cover is roughtly 44" x 85". Once you have hemmed each side, simply attach a 5" piece of elastic that has been folded in half to each corner. This elastic is what hold the tent to the wood structure.
I love that the whole thing can be pulled apart and stored away as needed. But for tonight, Z has invited Big Sis to sleep in the tent in his room.
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