As promised, here is the tutorial on how I created the tent covers for Rylee’s birthday party. I used Rubyellens A-frame tent instructions to create the tent/teepee base….but I wanted to create something unique for the covers. I purchased some simple cotton canvas material from my local fabric store, enough to cover two tents which each called for approx. 46” x 85.5”. The fabric was actually my only purchase for this project. All of the other supplies I already had in my home.
What you will need:
- a pair of scissors
- 1 foam sheet (9″ X 12″ sheet from Michael’s)
- spray adhesive
- acrylic paint
- fabric of your choice
I chose to create 2 different triangle patterns for both of my tent covers. For the first one, I used a compass to create a perfect 5″ triangle on a piece of paper. This served as my stencil. I traced 4 of these triangles onto my foam sheet.
I then cut out all of the triangles. I lined them up on top of one another, and using adhesive spray, I mounted them all together to make a “stamp” of sorts.
*careful with the adhesive! It’s sticky stuff and should probably be done outside.
I have a lot of acrylic paint on hand, so that is what I decided to use here. There may be other fabric paint more fitting for this project, but I just used what I had and it worked great! I generously applied the paint to the underside of my stamp using a paint brush. If you want a more even application, you can use a foam brush to apply the paint…but I wanted it a bit rough and uneven.
I cut down my fabric to size and folded it perfectly in half, just as it should lay across the top dowel. I slid a piece of cardboard in between the fabric so my paint would not bleed onto the other side. Then I began stamping away! I just eyeballed it, but if you are worried about spacing, use your ruler and lightly mark out a path with your pencil beforehand. I let the paint dry completely before turning the fabric over and repeating the same process on the other side. Once everything was dry, I sewed a half inch hem on all the edges. On each corner, I attached a thin fabric strip that I used to secure the fabric to the frame. Or as Ruby suggests…you can use elastic strips instead.
For my second cover, I repeated the same process only using a 2″ triangle to create an all-over pattern with more negative space.
Obviously, this method does not need to be reserved just for a tent cover. It could make for a great photo backdrop for a party, DIY napkins or placemats, or even on wood for wall art.
Hope you have fun with this! Let me know it you try it! Happy Monday!