I've created this fun Mini Tent Pattern and it's being featured on the SewMamaSew blog today! I'm so excited to be a part of it now! Thanks Kristin and Beth! (Edit - It's Jan. 2014, I'm finally adding the pattern and tutorial to my blog). Download the template by clicking on the image.
- Mini-Tent Pattern
- Tent – Fabric A: 4 Fat Quarters or approx 1 yard
- Flooring – Fabric B: 2 Fat Quarters or approx 1/2 yard
- 4 Corner Tabs – Fabric A, B, or C: your choice scraps – cut 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
- 16 Tent Pole Tabs – Fabric A, B, or C: your choice scraps – cut 3″ x 2 1/2″
- 1 Ribbon – 14″ piece
- 2 Poles – 3/8″ x 30″ Faucet Connector & a sharp knife or blade to shorten
- Sewing Machine
- Ruler Mat
Pre-wash and press all of your fabric. This will be completely washable if made with cotton, and pre-washing will prevent twisting and tugging later on.
Use all 1/4″ seam allowances, except on top stitching.
Trace pattern pieces (click image above) onto your pattern paper (connect the red and blue line for the tent sides). This is the only way it would properly print on a standard 8 1/2 x 11. BE SURE TO PLACE PIECES ON THE FOLD AS DIRECTED.
Cut out all of your tab pieces (there are no pattern pieces for these). The tent pole tabs can be a combination of two fabrics, you choose, while the corner tabs are only one fabric.
Pin the pattern pieces onto your fabric and cut your fabric accordingly. The tent flooring square should be cut to 11 1/4 x 11 1/4. You can cut more doors out of the side panels if you wish, just be sure to cut additional door frames too.
Putting Your Mini Tent Together:
|Step 1: With your Door panel right side up, place the door frame right side down on top of the doorway. Stitch from one side to the other|
|Step 2: Press the frame to the inside of the tent, and top stitch that same seam.|
|Step 4: The image just shows that you can save time by running each tab in a continuous “running stitch.” You still need to lock in your beginning and ending stitch on each so they don’t tear apart when turning.|
|Step 6: Carefully turn the corner pieces inside out. Find that center seam (a) and pull it over to one side. With a little wiggling, the corner will naturally want to be tucked in and the seam is on one side, and now looks like a little hood (b).|
|Step 7b: Place the corner tabs with the folded side down towards the
bottom of the tent, and the opening facing the top of the tent, at the
5/8″ mark (note the red “X” marks in photo 7a).|
Step 7c: Repeat steps 7a and 7b on the rear panel of the tent.
|Step 8: Place one plain panel right side facing down, directly on top of the door panel. Sew only the right side seam from top to bottom, leaving 1/4″ open at the top for ribbon placement.|
|Step 11: Place the flooring right side facing up on your table and pin the top of the tent to the flooring. Carefully line up the corners and don’t pull or stretch your fabric.|
|Step 13: Starting at one corner of the tent door opening, sew along the edge of the tent, all the way around to the other side of the tent door opening. Again, be sure your corner tabs have not been sewn into the seam!|
|Step 14: Turn your tent inside out through the opening. Press the opening if necessary, and top stitch this opening closed.|
|Step 15. Turn the tent inside out and place a piece of ribbon folded in half, up into the tip of the tent. The ends should be hanging out of the top, while the folded edge is on the inside, stitch this seam to secure the ribbon.|
|Step 17: Place both poles in through their tabs.|
|Step 18: Place two ends into their corner tabs. Then gently bend the poles to insert the opposite ends into their corner tabs.|
Step 19: (not pictured) Tie the ribbon up around the two poles and you are finished.
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