I was inspired to create a simple play tent pattern own after picking up a hula hoop at a garage sale for 75 cents.
To create your own tent you’ll need:
- 1 hula hoop
- 2 flat twin sheets
- 1.5 inch thick ribbon (3 yards)
- 1 ceiling hook
- pinking shears, fabric scraps, and coordinating double fold bias tape (for pennant banner)
Step 2: Open up the sheets along new seam and lay flat with the right side up.
Step 3: Fold down 24” inches from the foot of the sheets and pin along the fold. Sew along fold to create a channel (2.5 inch seam) that will hold the hula hoop.
Step 4: Open again and fold down 2.5 inches from the foot of the sheets.
Step 5: cut two pieces of ribbon (1 yard each) and place one on top of the fold at the center of the sheet, and one along the edge of the sheet (see diagram). Pin along edge at bottom of the fold (pinning ribbon too). Sew to create a second channel (2 inch seam allowance)
Step 6: Fold in half along center seam with the wrong side out. Pin and sew edge between the channels. Make sure you leave ends of channels open. Turn inside out.
Step 9: Hang the tent from a ceiling hook and evenly distribute fabric around hula hoop to level the tent.
Step 9: Decorate it! To create a pennant banner use pinking shears to cut out triangles then sew them together with bias tape. Attach the banner to the tent with a needle and thread. I also whipped up some coordinating floor pillow covers to add some color and boost the cozy factor of the tent. Our brilliant au pair added little paper stars to the ceiling of the tent with thread!
Step 10: have fun watching your little ones explore and play in their new tent.