I am so excited to be part of a week dedicated to reading. My girls are bibliophiles like their mother; we have stacks of books all over our house in all shapes and sizes. We once told our older daughter that we were taking her for a surprise and her first guess was DisneyWorld. When we said no, that it wasn't quite THAT special, she guessed the bookstore. I loved that she thought the bookstore was only one step down from DisneyWorld, because it kind of is! In fact, that is still a favorite
The other thing my kids love is a tent. We have an old princess play tent that I bought several years ago and recently pulled out for my girls. It was sad. For real. The material is cheap, non-breathable polyester of some unknown origin and the supports are really thin plastic tubes. My girls decided to sleep in it that night which resulted in a partial collapse in the middle of the night and my little one waking up drenched in sweat. Not good at all.
So enter the Little Lizard King Tee-Pee Tutorial and Read Across America Week. What a great way to encourage my girls to hideaway and get lost in a story, to give them a little reading nook of their own. The Little Lizard King Tee-Pee Tutorial has been on my "wanted" list for a long time, so I knew this was the project for me!
Assembly of the tent is really simple. It takes a bit of time to cut out all of the pieces, and since I used directional print it took a little longer, but I easily finished the cutting and sewing in 2 evenings after the kiddos went to bed. The directions are very clear and tell you the exact placement for everything form the holes in the PVC to the ribbons on the tent front. They are all straight seams, so even the most novice sewist could tackle this successfully.
Speaking of the ribbons on the front, the tent features a little door with ribbon detail to hold the sides open. My little one was "freezing" because the door was open, so we had to close it...
The tent is easy to fold up and store too. It just takes up as much room as the 5 poles, so you could stash it in the corner when it's not in use. Love that!
This tent is the perfect little hide away for your kiddo. The tutorial is the perfect little weekend project too. Quick and easy, it's a great tutorial. I see more of these in my future for gifts and photoshoots too. Maybe even another one for when the girls need a little alone time for their reading...
Happy reading and sewing until next time!
Pattern available HERE.