'Mummy, please make me a tent'.
Music to my ears I tell you. My first attempt was using the EZ fort. The EZ fort was a Christmas present I campaigned hard for, I wanted to buy something for Brodie which would encourage creative play. Over the winter we've had some fun with it but to be honest it's not that easy for little hands to manipulate, you need someone to hold it while you build and a few pieces were broken by someone with man hands (cough, Greig, cough). The EZ fort tent could not withstand the gentle Scottish summer breeze, even when tied to the washing line for support.
Now I'm not a quitter, and Pinterest was invented for problems such as these. A quick search later and I hatched a plan. Brodie really like the teepee type tents and I'd love to make one of those for him too but I decided to go for a more simple design as my first tent project.
This tutorial here is amazing. Amazing. I followed it exactly and was delighted with the results. You make the frame from 4 planks and 3 dowels and a simple cover with a hem on each side to slip the dowels into. Our wood turned out to be fractionally smaller than the tutorial suggests but I made the cover the same size and used the extra fabric to sew in a channel for the top pole to slide into. I'm aware that sentence probably makes no sense.
I bought the wood for less than a tenner from B&Q and this time around I was an expert in carrying and self checking out dowels unlike the last time I used them in a project . I bought 2 metres of Calico from Hobbycraft and some giant rick rack for 80p a metre and used a stripy red material I had at home already. The cover is completely removable for washing which will be really handy. The whole thing folds flat to be stored in the garage and could be completely dismantled in a couple of minutes if you wanted to move it further afield. We found it useful to use something to secure the poles, twine worked well and the original tutorial uses a leather lace which would be aesthetically pleasing. It only took a couple of hours to make, and would be easy for someone with basic sewing skills as you only need to sew in straight lines - simple as that.
Of course when I unveiled it both kids were convinced I had made them a nice............tunnel. With the addition of a quilt and toys to cuddle they are now more than happy to snuggle in there with a book and snack and it will be useful if the sun ever comes out again for a bit of coverage.
I would love to know if you make one yourself!