*3 twin flat sheets- 2 of the sheets should be of the same pattern. (I bought 4 because I wanted contrasting colors and I am planning on making some accessories for my tent.)
*1 hula hoop (I bought one of the larger hoops, 36″)
With right sides facing, sew two triangles together on one side. Sew one more triangle to the other two. Should have three triangles sewn together like here. Repeat with the other three triangles.
Take the 30″ by 1″ wide tie and sew a loop on one end. This will be used inside of tent to hang things on.
Take one of the triangle sets and pin the looped tie to right side of fabric. Let it overhang a few inches like above. With right sides facing, pin other triangle set on top of the first one. Pin in place on the straight edge only and sew.
Make sure you back stitch a few times over the tie. This needs to be very sturdy. This is what the tent will be hanging by.
Should look like this so far.
If you want to, at this point add some Velcro to the tie.
Gather the four 1/2″ ties.
Evenly space them out around the top (circle.) Pin the ties in place. I left about 8″ hanging off the top, which will be used to tie the hula hoop on. The longest part of the ties are going to end up being on the outside of tent and will be tied into a bow.
Before you sew the sheets together, measure down about 25″ from the top of where the two sheets will be sewn together. Place the middle of the 80″ by 2″ wide tie half way in. You will end up with half of the tie on the right sides of fabric and the other half will be hanging out. Sew sheets together.
Now it is time to sew the sheets and top (circle.) together. Start by pinning right sides of top (circle) and sheets together. Make sure that the long ties are tucked in and short ties are hanging on the outside.
The sheets will overlap one another about 3″ or so at the end. That is what you want. It will make the opening of the tent a little sturdier.
Here is the overlap and the opening that will be your door.
This is what you should have.
You can see the extra sheet that was sewn together and the overlapped part.
Finish off raw edges of sheet.
Outside of tent.
Inside of tent.
My sheets came in these cute little bags, so I just had to use them.
I sewed two of them on the inside of tent about 20″ from bottom.
And these on the outside of tent. I placed mine about 12″ from the door at staggered heights.
**Updated part of the tutorial **
I noticed that the hula hoop was not staying in place. It was falling down an inch or so from where it should have been. It was causing the top to look loose. So, I decided to just sew one of my ties up 1″ to make the hoop fit more securely. Now the hula hoop fits snuggly and the top of the tent looks great. Now the hoop lies right on the sewed seam of where the top and sides meet. Here is how I did it. Working on the wrong sides of fabric with the same color thread as the top of the tent.
**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s, just be kind and give credit where credit is due. I spent many late nights working on this. Happy sewing!
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