In May, my cute little niece turned 5 years old. She had a little party that two of my boys went to. For her gift, I decide to make one of those simple kid tents, that I keep seeing around, that are made with a few 1″ x 2″ boards, some dowels and a strip of fabric.
These tents are easy to collapse and lean against a wall or can even be fully disassembled and be easily stored at the top of a closet.
- 2- 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Wood Boards
- 3- 3/4″ x 48″ Wood Dowels
- Drill with 3/4″ bit
- 2 1/2 yds. Fabric
- Sandpaper, optional
- Sewing Machine or Stitch Witchery
Step 1: Wood
Cut the wood boards to 48 inches long. You will end up having four boards.
With the four wood boards, measure down 6″ and mark in the center. *Drill a 3/4″ hole at the mark with your drill bit.
On the other end of the four boards, measure up 1 1/2″ from the bottom of the board. *Drill a 3/4″ hole at the mark with your drill bit.
*Note: If you drill all the way through you will get splintering out the back. I ended up drilling just until it made a small hole on the back. I then flipped the board over and finishing drilling the hole until it meets back up with the front. This technique will give you a perfect hole every time.
Take a piece of sandpaper and smooth out the inside and the edge of the holes.
Step 2: Fabric
Cut the fabric 87″ x Fabric Width (Anywhere from 42″ to 45″)
Use the iron to press a 1/2″ hem along the edge. Then fold it over another 1/2″ and press. Stitch the hem. Repeat for the other side.
Now at the end/bottom of the fabric you will create “pockets” that will be where the dowels slide through. Use the iron to press a 1/4″ hem along the bottom. Then fold it over 2″ and press. Stitch the hem. Repeat for the other end.
Step 3: Assemble
Slide the dowels through the holes you drilled to create an A-Frame shaped tent.
Slide the bottom dowel through the “pocket” that you created with your fabric. Pull the fabric tightly over the top dowel and down to the other bottom dowel “pocket”.
That’s it … finished! Let the playing begin!