WHAT YOU WILL NEED
• 9m fabric
• 1.8m of 2.5cm elastic, in 6 equal lengths
• 2m of bias binding
• .5m of dark green net for 2 x mosquito covers on the windows
• .5m of calico for 2 x window flaps
• 25cm-wide x 3m long piece of off-cut, to make the rope sleeve in the centre
• 6 tent pegs
This A-frame kids' tent is based on a simple shape and can be hung from a clothesline, or a rope suspended between trees.
Photography Larnie Nicolson
The tent will hang in an A shape, suspended over a rope tied between two uprights.
The finished tent is 3m long and around 2m high. Here are Pauline's instructions.
I used 9m of 1.6m wide fabric, cut into three equal lengths and sewn together width-wise. To make the sleeve for the rope, cut off about a 25cm wide strip, 3m long, from one edge and put aside. Fold back edges and the two ends and sew.
For the 3m long edges, allow 15-20cm turn under. Before sewing this edge across the 3m length, insert three loops of elastic to hang on the inside of the tent, to peg it down, two about 10cm in from each end, and the last in the middle. Repeat on the other edge.
Cut a 45cm square ‘window’ into each side of the tent, about 60cm in from the end, so the bottom of the window is about 110cm from the bottom edge. Sew bias binding around the edge of window. From the square portion of tent fabric aside, make eight ties.
Sew a finished edge around the two sides and the bottom of the calico so that it covers the window, and then fold the top portion over to make a heading. Before stitching around the heading, insert the ties on either side of the heading, and sew across so that the ties are in place before stitching the whole flap to the outside of the tent.
Inside the window, I hand-stitched dark green net to the bias binding, leaving 2cm all round to reinforce the window.
Now the centre of the tent is aligned, on the inside sew the sleeve along either side of the centre, allowing about 18cm width. To hang, I used two pool noodles, slit along the edge that the rope is pressed into. The fabric sleeve will stop the tent rolling out of shape on the noodles.
When you are ready to erect your tent, thread the rope/noodle through the sleeve, tie both ends to trees, insert pegs through the elastic loops at the ground edge and press into the lawn. Adjust the height and tension of the rope.