Table Top Tent

After 3 days of somewhat continuous rain, cabin fever started to set it.  Miss 4 and Master 1.5 started to niggle at one another.  So I decided it was time to make their “Table Top Tent” after all I purchased the fabric close to 3 weeks ago and it was starting to gather dust.

With a bright colour scheme I set about to make ‘circus’ or ‘big top’ themed tent.  Midway through my preparation Miss 4 decided she wanted one half to be butterflies and the other half to be a jungle theme.  Taking onboard her suggestion, I decided as I was doing the work and I had already purchased brightly coloured fabric I had creative license…. she is still happy with the end result.

After cutting everything to size I literally wasted a couple of hours waiting for the glue to dry.  So I started to think of other options to secure the windows.  Now no one says Stampin’ Up! products can only be used for Papercraft and Stamping.  Down to the craft room and I return with a roll of Sticky Strip some Bashful Blue … Grossgrain ribbon, some jumbo eyelets and my trusty Crop-a-dile.  I used the sticky strip to hold the windows and ribbon in place in order to secure the eyelets.  There is no doubt the  windows are there to stay and now they also look nicely trimmed.  I have a new appreciation for the versatility of my Crop-a-dile it made the job so easy.  The Bashful Blue ribbon coordinates beautifully with the stripped fabric and provides another use for what is retired product.

With the prep behind me, sometime spent at my (old but recently serviced) sewing machine and Voila, the kids have an inviting place to play inside.  Some cushions from the couch, a quilt and they think it’s great, their very own space.  It’s like and indoor cubby, which is  handy as it is raining again.

**The idea for the Table Top Tent came from an episode of  Better Homes & Gardens in late 2011**

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4 responses

    • Liz, I used some left over heavy duty plastic. I use this plastic to protect our dinning room table from hard knocks and damage from two young kids, whilst still being able to see the timber detail in the table. In Australia it is available by the meter from most hardware chains and larger haberdashery stores. In hindsight I may have used a lighter weight plastic and adhered it with valcro so the windows could be pulled out and the tent could easily be popped in the washing machine. Thanks Fiona

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