Kids play tent tutorial {Updated}

Im reposting my play tent tutorial for those of you that are new here. I have made some minor changes and hope it makes the tutorial easier to follow. Remember if you have made one and want to share pictures of it with us. You can add them to my flickr group.
Here is the updated tutorial for the kids play tent. I added a few pictures of my templet to hopefully help you understand my measurements a little more, and I also added an extra step when attaching the ties. If you have already made a play tent using the tutorial and want to make the changes, then just scroll down to the bottom of the page. It is a quick add in to do, if you want. I am also adding pictures of some of the other play tents I have made. Im hoping lots of little ones will be getting one of these for Christmas!


2 little hooligans play tent tutorial
(Beginner Project: From start to finish project should take about 2-3 hours.)


Materials needed:

*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″)

Use a stitch length of 1, and make sure you zig-zag stitch or serge over all raw edges.
Start off by either cutting your ribbon to the following sizes or making your own ties. I made my ties by using my bias tape maker.

Make the following:
*Four ties 60″ by 1/2″ wide, (will be used to attach the hula hoop to tent.)

*One tie 30″ by 1″ wide, (will be used to hang the tent.)
*One tie 80″ by 2″wide, (will be used to keep door open.)
Cut out 6 triangles, each measuring about 24″ long on the sides and 22″ wide at the base.
Make the curve in the triangle by placing the hula hoop on base of triangle. Trace and cut. Triangles should now be about 21″ from tip of triangle to the middle of curve.
This is what my templet looks like. Your measurements should be the same as the ones shown.



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.


Should look like this on bottom side.


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.


Sew in place, remember
to back stitch a few times!
Set top aside.

Now get out the two twin flat sheets that will be used for the sides of tent. Each sheet measures only about 96″ in length, which is not long enough to go around the top (circle). You are going to be attaching the length sides of the sheet to the top (circle) of tent. You are going to have to cut the remaining fabric needed to complete the top (circle) from the second sheet.
Get your second sheet out and fold the sides (width) of the sheet together. Keep folding together until the sheet is small enough to cut with your rotary cutter. Now that your sheet is folded width wise, measure in 35″ from the edge and cut. Make sure you are cutting off from the length of the sheets. Now you will have enough fabric to go around the top (circle). Don’t sew together yet, just pin right sides of sheets together.

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.


Simple right? Now you are ready to attach the hula hoop.


Turn tent inside out and tie hoop on with the little ties.


Should have this now, turn right side out and you are finished! Find a great spot to tie or anchor the tent to.


**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!

Any questions or comments please contact me. If you make a tent using this tutorial please send me an email or add it to my flickr group.

Here are a few other tents I have made.










My play tent tutorial needs a little updating.

First of all how many of you are following handmade holidays over at sew, mama, sew? Did you see my play tent tutorial over there? How exciting! They asked me a few weeks back if they could feature my play tent tutorial as part of their handmade holidays and I had all I could do to keep quiet about it. Sew, mama, sew is THE sewing blog that everyone reads and the fact that they wanted to feature my play tent as part of their handmade holidays was so FLIPPIN exciting! So thank you sew mama sew! You made this stay at home momma one happy girl!

Ok, moving on.

While working on my latest play tent I realized that my tutorial needs a little updating. While I would love to redo it, I think for now, I will add a few new things to the tutorial that will make it a little easier to follow. Within the next few days the changes will have been made.

For now here are some pictures from the latest play tent I just finished. I made it a little different then my usual play tent designs due to the lack of cute twin sheets in my area. I ended up having to use a duvet cover instead. While I had to work harder at making it work, I am so happy with the outcome. I’m pretty sure there will be some happy little girls out there come Christmas day.




The duvet cover came with matching shams, which make great little cushions.


Remember you can make one too!
Just follow my tutorial here.

Somebody did it!
That’s right, this play tent was made by using my tutorial.

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Oh, I’m sooo excited!!
Didn’t she do a great job?!? I love how the white and cream look together, and what a great idea to attach it to the swing set. Thank you so much for sharing with us Amy!!

Princess Play Tent Bag

Every cute play tent needs an equally cute bag to store it in.

Here is a bag that I made for my nieces play tent. It was very easy and it’s a great way to use up left over material.


I cut the fabric piece about 14″ by 34″ long. I used the edge of the curtain that had a hem for the top of my bag. I sewed the side and bottom shut, but made sure not to sew hem shut. I sewed three of the ties together and strung them through the hem on top of bag. Wanting a place for the daisies to attach to, I sewed two ties on the front of bag.


Now all of this is neatly folded into a bag.


Doesn’t this make a great gift?!?

Want to make your own play tent? Go HERE for my tutorial.

For two little princesses

When I was at Walmart buying sheets for my first play tent, I also noticed some curtains that I thought would make a beautiful princess tent for my two little girly-girl nieces. Here is what I bought.

Here, the colors look like they would clash, but they don’t

I started by seam riping all of the ties off the sheer curtains. Then I used the other curtain to make the top of the tent, by using my tutorial, HERE. Once the top was finished, I attached the sheer curtains to the top. Unfortunately, the tent sides were too short so I had to use the other curtains to make a wide strip of fabric at the bottom of the tent, which actually worked great. I used the ties that I seam ripped off to secure the hula hoop on, and placed a few extra ties on the outside. With a little bit of sheer curtain left I made a little sash to go all around the top of the tent.

A few weeks back I purchased some big gerber daisy flowers at the dollar store. I cut and glued them onto close pins. I used these to keep the doors open and hang inside the tent. But since they are removable the girls can put them where they want and it makes the tent easy to wash.
I just love when my visions turn out nicely. That is not to say, I didn’t spend some quality time with the good old seam ripper.

I cant wait for aunties two little princesses to get this in the mail. I hope they spend hours playing oh so sweetly together, wearing tutu’s and crowns, having a tea party while momma spends her time with the new little one that is soon to arrive.



All neatly folded and stored inside this sweet little bag.
It will be in the mail soon! Hang in their momma!


Thank you for all of your emails and wonderful comments about my play tent tutorial! It is a wonderful feeling to know that there are people out there enjoying my creations.
I am so excited to have had it seen on craftzine and ohdeedoh!
Have you ever heard of ohdeedoh? I never had until yesturday when I was told I was spotted there. So I went to check out their site and it is amazing! Where have I been? I can’t believe I haven’t seen this site before. Their site is all about “people who care about good design, but happen to have children, kids are cute, but their stuff is often just plain ugly and it often seems as if good design and kids’ furnishings are contradictory terms. We’re here to help make the transition easier and more fun.” OMG! That is why I started making my own kids stuff, I was sick of all those tacky kids accessories out there. I am be humbled and excited to be feature on such a site. Thank you ohdeedoh and craftzine! Make sure you go check out their sites!

Another tutorial is in the works. Can you guess what it is? It has to do with fabric and a hoe!

It’s Thursday, which means its mommas day to embrace the camera.

Here’s how it began,

100 balls and our play tent…


lead to a fun game of hide & seek…

which quickly lead to a ball fight…


and someone getting hurt.

But, don’t let that cute face fool you, she did her fair share of throwing…

at her momma!

(I’m not sure whose great shot I am more impressed by, hers or my sons!)

She wasn’t in on the madness, but she is so dang cute, I had to include her!

Hope your day is full of madness too!

2 little hooligans play tent tutorial

For the updated tutorial go here.
Here is the 2 little hooligans play tent tutorial.
Hope you are able to find a little time to sew one up for the kids.
This is where ours will be hanging, out by the garden.

2 little hooligans play tent tutorial

(Beginner Project: From start to finish project should take about 2-3 hours.)


Materials needed:

*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)

Use a stitch length of 1, and make sure you zig-zag stitch or serge over all raw edges.

Start off by either cutting your ribbon to the following sizes or making your own ties. I made my ties by using my bias tape maker.

Make the following:
*Four ties 60″ by 1/2″ wide, (will be used to attach the hula hoop to tent.)

*One tie 30″ by 1″ wide, (will be used to hang the tent.)

*One tie 80″ by 2″wide, (will be used to keep door open.)

Cut out 6 triangles, each measuring about 24″ long on the sides and 22″ wide at the base.
Make the curve in the triangle by placing the hula hoop on base of triangle. Trace and cut. Triangles should now be about 21 1/2″ from tip of triangle to the middle of curve.

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.


Should look like this on bottom side.


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.


Sew in place, remember
to back stitch a few times!
Set top aside.


Now get out the two sheets that will be used for the sides of tent. Since the sheets only measure 96″ long, you are going to have to cut about 35″ from the second sheet and attach it to the first sheet. Pin right sides of sheets together.

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.

You are now finished sewing!
Time to attach the hoop.


Turn tent inside out and tie hoop on with the little ties.


Should have this now, turn right side out and you are finished! Find a great spot to tie or anchor the tent to.





**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!

Any questions or comments please contact me.