How to Make an Easy No-Sew Kids’ Tent in Under 1 Hour

Hello again! It’s Thalita from The Learner Observer back with a super simple and fun DIY project to share with you all! Today I’m going to show you how to make a kids’ tent in under an hour and using materials that you probably already have, or ones that are super easy to find.

This is the easiest kids tent! It takes just a few supplies and under an hour to make a special play area that will create hours of fun. No sewing required!

Let’s get started!

How to Make an Easy No-Sew Kids’ Tent

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First, gather your materials:

  • 3 dowels (I used 7/16″)
  • 2 1x2x96″ pieces of wood cut in half (to make four 4′ pieces)
  • an old bed sheet
  • Peel n Stick fabric fuse
  • scissors
  • a drill and a 7/16″ drillbit
  • small finishing nails
  • 2 1×1″ nailing strips (like the ones I used here)

Next, put together the kids’ tent. 

Step 1: Cut and drill

You can get the 1×2 pieces cut at the hardware store, so it’s one less step at home. Make sure the edges aren’t too rough and find the middle of the wider side (The 2″ side) and drill a hole about 1″ from the cut edge.

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Step 2: Prep your sheet or fabric

Before putting any of this together, you’ll want to get the fabric ready. I used a queen-sized sheet and cut it to approximately 48″ in length, leaving the width as is – meaning, cut from the top to the bottom of the sheet, not side to side. This is because there’s a handy dandy loop already made for you at the top of the sheet that you can use. Shortcut!

At the bottom of the sheet, you’ll need to make a loop. I did this by using the Peel n Stick Fabric Fuse all along the edge (I cut the sheets into thin strips), then wrapping the fabric around a dowel, leaving an inch on either end . You can see more of this in detail in the video!

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Step 3: Assemble

Now you’ll simply “build” the tent by matching up the holes on two of your pieces of 1×2 and connecting the four pieces that way. You may want someone to help you with this because the tent is very flimsy at this stage. 

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Now that you have two triangles connected by one top dowel, connect the ones at the bottom as well. One side will already have fabric (with the Fabric Fuse) and the other you can loop through the top of the sheet. Note: You may need to cut the end of the loop as most sheets have that part sewn up.

And just like that, you have a tent!

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I did add a nailing strip to the front and back of the tent because of where we have it set up. If this was outside or even on a rug, it wouldn’t be an issue, but on a smooth floor, it needed the extra bit to secure it. It’s just attached with a very small nail, so no damage is done and it’s easy to remove.

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I added the black pom-pom trim to is for a little fun, and I did think about painting the fabric, but it’s so nice and neutral, in a kid’s world in which primary colors rule, a little black and white feels nice and soothing sometimes!

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Also, I think it’s safe to say the kids like it. I couldn’t get them both in there at the same time because, to tell the truth, it was like way past nap time already by the time I got these photos, but he does look happy!

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Have you ever created a little nook like this for your kids? I can’t wait to try this one outside with the boys!!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all!

This is the easiest kids tent! It takes just a few supplies and under an hour to make a special play area that will create hours of fun. No sewing required!


 

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5 Comments

  1. I love this!! I am hoping to make this out of fabric from HobLob. Do you know the measurements I would need to ask them to cut the fabric at? Thank you!

  2. Shortcuts I found while attempting this. Instead of a sheet I used two curtain panels. The ones I picked had glow in the dark stars. Both ends were hemmed already. Wal-Mart.

  3. Nope. Something about this is entirely off. You’re sheet dimensions I’m thinking. A queen is about 80 inches. Your side pieces are 4ft (48in). You can’t make you’re pieces 48 inches ..it makes your piece short by 16 inches. I know because I just followed this and now my fabric is too short by your measurements.

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