Monday, September 13, 2010

Enchanted Tent

When I redesigned Charlotte's room, I knew I wanted to create some kind of enchanted little nook - a secret place for her to play (and a secret place for Mommy to hide the mound of toys ;).  It took quite a bit of thought, but I came up with this little corner tent.  Here's how I did it - this is so easy I'm almost embarrassed to tell you.  For the fabric, I used a tapestry like this one.  I love these tapestries because 1. They are already hemmed 2. They are in one piece. 3. If you get them on sale it comes to about $3 a yard - even if they are not on sale it's about $6 a yard.  4. You can use them for all kinds of things - quilt backs, tablecloths, tents, and on and on.  I always buy them when they go on sale so I will have some on hand.  Anyway, I nailed the tapestry to the wall in three places.

I covered up the nails with these little butterflies - decorations from her party and you can learn how to make them here.  I think it kind of looks like the butterflies are carrying the tent.  Then I simply draped the fabric down over a tension rod that I had placed between the wall and her crib.

I would like to tell you that I sewed a rod pocket for the tension rod...but I actually just used some safety pins to make a little pocket so it wouldn't slide.  I think I will probably sew one eventually...or maybe not.

Once I had it in place and to the length I wanted it to be I cut the center with pinking shears from the hem up to the tension rod

- then tied these back with rick-rack.

That's it.  It's literally no-sew.  (and I mean, hello, it's not like it's an heirloom enchanted tent that I will give my grandchildren - it's just a magical little space for my two-year-old that we will probably change in a year.)

Hope you are inspired to create an enchanting spot for your little one!


  1. Love those butterflies. My kids have contended with blankets over the sofa for the last few months for their secret space.. perhaps its time I did this for them too!

  2. Love the tent. How beautiful and creative!

  3. LOVE IT. we live in a rental so what a great idea for my little tent and fort makers

  4. I really love this! And that material is adorable. :)

  5. Love the tent! Can't wait to try for my daughter!


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