Happy Monday, folks! What did you do with your extra hour this weekend? I spent some time in my sewing room! I had this adorable fabric that I picked up at IKEA a while back that was just begging to be used. I purchased it with no idea what I was going to do with it, but I decided it would be perfect to make a DIY Play Tent for Cupcake and Pumpkin to hide out under!
Seriously, isn’t this fabric adorable?!?!?!
Downside of cutting your own fabric? The person in front of you might not have done a very good job. But don’t worry. After squaring up and adding a scalloped border and some ties I ended up with this!
The perfect way to make a blanket tent without a blanket! Cupcake loves to make blanket tents, but she’s always knocking them down, so now she has a way to play without losing her cover! Want to make one too? Here’s how!
Gather your supplies. You’ll need 1 yard of your main fabric and probably 1/2 yard of your accent fabric. 1 pack of thin single fold bias tape and thread.
First you’ll need to cut some circles for the scalloped bunting. I used a mini slow cooker lid to trace and cut out 10 circles.
If you’re smarter than me you’ll do it with right sides facing each other so once you cut out the double layer you can just stitch them together. I stitch all the way around and then cut them in half to get my scallops, just like I did in the bunting project I made for Pumpkin. The number of circles you’ll need depends on how big your circles are.
Square up your main fabric and hem the selvedge edges.
Find the center of your fabric and center and pin your first scallop there. Then pin the rest of your scallops along the long end of your fabric.
Open up one side of your bias tape and line it up with the edge of your fabric sandwiching the scallops between it and the main fabric. Make sure to leave a little bit of bias tape on either end.
Stitch close to the fold the entire length of your fabric.
Fold the bias tape to the back. Tuck under the ends and stitch the entire length again close to the edge of the bias tape.
Make sure your scallops are not under your fabric. You want them sticking out to the right. This will hide your raw edges.
Repeat on the opposite side of the fabric.
Now you just need to make the ties. Cut 4 pieces of fabric 2″ x 40″. Sew down the long side with right sides together, leaving the ends open to create a tube.
Turn the fabric right side out. Tuck ends under and stitch closed. Find the middle of each tie and stitch one to each of the four corners.
Now find some chairs!
Grab a snack!
Maybe a few toys.
Or a book or two.
Have fun hiding under your new play tent!
The ties will keep the fabric up even if you get a little rowdy under there! Or if you only have two chairs and you want to use table legs to tie off on.
Cupcake is loving her little hiding place! Pumpkin doesn’t quite understand what’s going on and she keeps knocking chairs over! When play time is over just untie, fold up and put it away until next time. It doesn’t take up much room at all! And if the scalloped border is a bit too girly for you try a pennant border.
Thanks for stopping by!
So, do tell! What did you do with your extra hour?
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