Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tent City

It begins...
Blankets draped over chairs.
Kitchen stools hauled into the mix.
Books pulled off shelves to hold the blankets in place.
And you have Tent City!
This keeps the littles in my house occupied for an afternoon (or sometimes only 2 minutes), and the aftermath is a gargantuan mess of books, blankets, stools, pillows...
This year in December, I got smart!  After seeing several different types on Pinterest, I decided we needed forts/tents of some kind!

So, Mr. Claus was put to work making frames for the tents I had sewn up.  Of course they were all different sizes, so he had to customize each frame to the corresponding fabric (it's Mrs. Claus' fault really).  Really he was a great sport about it all.
These were a very easy and 'cheap' project (or in this case, gift).  They actually turned out a bit larger than I initially thought they would, I was actually worried that they were going to be too small.
To create the fabric tent:
  1. Cut off the selvedge (if there was printing on it)
  2. Hemmed that cut edge
  3. Created 1.5" casings on each of the short ends of the fabric
  4. Made a 1" diameter casing for the top rail in the exact middle of piece of fabric.
{and that was it for the sewing portion!}
I also had thought that we'd make the frames out of wood, but it turned out that we have access to scrap metal occasionally.  It is light weight aluminum, but they are a bit bulky and heavy for the little kids.  I am often called to help with the set up.

The chain is to keep the tents from slipping flat and on to the kids playing.  On the carpet that would not happen, but still for safety if they were to take them onto concrete or other hard surface.
I also love that they fold up flat for storage, makes for easy clean up!

Hope that you have a lovely day!

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