Simple DIY Tent

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in crafts, outdoors, sewing | 32 comments

I did not grow up in a camping family.

We were more of the hotel sort.

When we went on vacation…we liked to play hard all day…enjoy a good dinner at night…and cuddle up in a soft bed with fresh linens each night.

{Not to mention warm showers and flushing toilets.}

I know that camping is an amazing family activity…but my parents did not pass those skills on to me.

So to make up for our lack of camping; I decided to make my girls a super cute tent that they could hang out in during the day.

{And still enjoy all of the comforts of home! 🙂 }

How to Make a Simple Tent


5 – 6 foot tomato stakes


5 1/2 yards of outdoor fabric

{Here is where I got my fabric.}

grosgrain ribbon

4 yards pom pom fringe

hot glue

sewing machine

How to Make a Simple Tent

Insert the tomato stakes a couple of inches into the ground.

Space them the same distance apart as the width of your fabric.

How to Make a Simple Tent

Rest the 5th stake on the top.

How to Make a Simple Tent

Using twine, wrap the stakes together.

If your husband is a boy scout, call on him to help with the perfect knots.

Or just keep wrapping and knotting until it holds. 🙂

How to Make a Tent

Turn under a 1/2″ seam and sew closed.

You will end up with a large rectangle.

How to Make a Simple Tent

Add the fabric over the top of the stakes and pin the ribbon in 3 places on each side.

How to Make a Simple Tent

Fold the ribbon in half and stitch in place.

How to Make a Simple Tent

Hot glue the fringe on top of the inside seam on the front of the tent.

How to Make a Cute Tent

Tie the ribbon to the stakes.

How to Make a Simple Tent

Now my girls have a perfect spot for reading or drawing.

How to Make a Simple Tent

Complete with warm showers and comfy beds right inside the house!

{ provided me with the fabric to make this project, but all opinions are 100% mine!}

You can read my full disclosure here.

You should check out what my friends made with their fabric!

Sonya – At Home With the Barkers

Christy – Our Southern Home

Debbie – Refresh Restyle

And check out Online Fabric Stores blog for even more inspiration!

Life to the full!


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  1. Love it! What a great idea with the tomato stakes 🙂 My grandsons would love to have one!

  2. This is so darling Melissa!! My daughter is 14 and she would love this. Love the fabric choice!

  3. Such a cute and simple idea! My sweet one would love to play dolls and tea party too 🙂 Thank you!

  4. “Camping with class”! Cute!

  5. What a fantastic idea! Looks wonderful! Makes me want to go out and buy a sewing machine. LOL. (I Use to sew and no longer have one)

  6. Melissa- this is so very cute and sweet. I love this idea. love your fabric choice for the tent..perfect!

  7. Just love it! So sweet! My teen daughter will so want this!!! Beautiful fabric choices aw well! ~Christy

  8. This is adorable Melissa! Bright and vibrant, the perfect little hangout on hot summer days! Pinned.

  9. What a darling project! I know that your girls will enjoy playing in it!

  10. Very, very cute! Might make one for myself! Haha! Pompom fringe tops it off perfectly!

  11. Melissa how cute and pretty is this tent!!! I am not a camping person at all either. The lack of electricity, hot shower and soft bed is part of the problem. Not to mention animals they may be around, LOL.


  12. oh gawd, love this……love this…love this….on my to do list now!

  13. This little tent is good for young or old.
    Great for little girls and great for big girls down at the beach or on a picnic.
    Thank you
    Pamela (Australia)

  14. I would have been over the moon happy if my mom had made me a tent like that! How perfect for summer fun! #greatmom 🙂

  15. That is too sweet! My girls would love hanging out there too! I’m featuring your tent in my Friday Features this week. Thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday.

  16. Your tent is SO cute and I love the fabric you used – how fun is that??

  17. Well, if you didn’t add the fringe, they would be totally roughing it! Ha!
    Soooo cute!

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    Happy Monday,

  20. Oh! This is so pretty! Love the pom-pom trim. My daughter would love one. Heck – I would love one! If you had a second to come by and link up with us at The Makers link party, that would be great. 🙂

  21. How clever and adorable!! Honestly, I’d love to hang out in that gorgeous tent on a summer afternoon with a good book and glass of ice tea!!

  22. Love everything about this adorable tent! My granddaughters would love this…all seven of them! 🙂

  23. What a fun idea. And it is definitely a super cute tent. The fabric is so fun and festive, perfect for summer.

  24. I love your tent! It’s so cute idea for the summer! 🙂

  25. Great tutorial. Would be good item to make to sell, with the stakes of course. You did such a great job on sewing that up, love all bright pretty colors on fabric and mat under tent. Great project to make, might even make one for myself. The granddaughters might like one. Youngest (14 1/2)one gets left home alone she might like to have it for their yard. She likes to go in yard to read, this would be perfect for her or at the lake. Glad you shared this. Happy weekend
    I’m trying to get caught up on older missed posts.

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  29. The tent looks great and the fabric looks too cute! However, I tried to check the link but the page is broken. Too bad though. 🙁 But I’ve found a better outdoor fabric and it’s also stain-resistant and fire-resistant.

    Anyways, I love this article! Thanks

  30. Fun tent idea for the upcoming summer. Beautiful!

  31. Great Idea for the summer season. I want to try it in 2020 Thankx for share this.

  32. How many yards do I need to buy to be able to make this?


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