Hand-Stamped Play Tent

This is an awful picture.  Let’s just acknowledge it and move on.  Christmas crafting carries on late into the night and alas, good lighting does not.

Anyway, I made a tent using the fabulous instructions over at Cakies whose tutorial has probably inspired hundred’s of adorabe A-frame tents.  She used a beautiful vintage sheet for her tent, but my tent was for a boy and most of the vintage sheets I’ve seen have been florals.

So I did what any sane person would have done in my situation.  I stole one of the white tab-top curtains from the family room and used it for my tent.

It worked beautifully!  It was a perfect fit and I didn’t need to hem a thing.  I slipped the poles into the two outer tabs and then cut off the the tabs in the middle.  Then I simply sewed two of the cut tabs onto the other side for the other two poles.

Voila!  A Tent with only 5 minutes of sewing!

I wanted to add a little something “extra” to the white fabric so I carved a simple triangle (simple meaning I fretted over the darn thing for 30 minutes trying to get it just right) and then used black paint to stamp the fabric in a random pattern.

I grouped the triangles in sets of 2s and 3s with a couple singles thrown in for balance.

I think it’s safe to say that I’m in love with the tent.  LOVE!

The kids love it too.  It’s been a definite hit with the 6 and under crowd in our house.

I definitely recommend giving it a go, especially if you use a curtain.  It was so, so, so easy and it kind of makes you feel like you are amazing.

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