Hoop Tent DIY

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I’ve seen a few hoop tent DIYs online recently, like this one from A Beautiful Mess which is beyond beautiful and the cluster of inspiration on Brit & Co. I thought I’d have a go at my own, with the inclusion of a scalloped edge top. It uses muslin which is delicate and inexpensive, as well as a cotton tent top threaded onto a hula hoop. I didn’t get the top perfect, the end result wasn’t quite as I had visualised!

I used:

  • Cotton muslin measuring 90 X 170cm
  • 1m pale pink cotton
  • 18in Plastic Hoop
  1. Start by working out the circumference of your hoop. Use the template provided to draw and cut 2 strips of scalloped fabric to fit the circumference, with an additional 2 inches added to allow for overlap. If your fabric isn’t long enough you can sew 2 pieces together before cutting the scallops.

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  1. Pin the two trips together so that the scallops are lined up. Sew together along the scalloped edge with a 1cm seam allowance. You can use the inner template as a guide if you like – just cut the outer one off the paper and pin onto the fabric.

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  1. Make snips along the scalloped edge to the sewn line, every 1 cm. This will keep the curves in shape when you turn them out. Make sure to snip in each scallop corner too. Turn out and press carefully. This can be a little fiddly so be patient. If there are creases, you can give the fabric a gentle tug to loosen the stitches a little.

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  1. Fold the ends of the strip of scalloped fabric over by 1/4in and sew – this will conceal the raw edge when finished.

  2.  Along each of the shorter sides of the muslin, fold the edges over twice by 1cm, pin and sew. If your fabric has a selvedge edge you can skip this part. Repeat for the bottom edge.

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  1. For the top edge, fold and pin the fabric over once by 1cm and sew. Then fold again by 2in, pin, and sew along the edge. This will create the channel for your hoop.

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  1. Next you need to make the loop that will hang the tent. Cut a piece of pink fabric measuring 25x2in. Fold and press both edges under twice by 1/4in. Sew along the centre twice, along each folded edge, to create a neat train track finish.

8. For the tent top, measure the circumference around the outside of the hoop (these measurements will vary between hoops) – this one was 148cm. Divide this number by 8. Now draw a triangle onto paper – the bottom line should be this length, and it should be 28cm cm high from the centre. Draw a 1cm tab all the way round for the seam allowance (note – my paper wasn’t long enough for the bottom tab so I added it onto the fabric instead!).

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  1. Cut 8 triangles from pink cotton. Sew them together in pairs along the long edges. Open and press out.  Pin the 4 new pairs together right sides together along one of the long edges and sew to create 2 pieces of fabric.

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  1. Pin the two top pieces of fabric right sides together with the loop sandwiched in the centre, facing inwards. Sew along the edge with a 1cm allowance.

  2. Pin the scalloped edging around the base of the tent top, right sides together. Sew in place with a 1cm allowance.

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  1. Pin the curtains to the top piece along the sewn raw edge of the scallop piece, wrong sides together, with the previous stitch line of the curtain lined up with that of the scalloped edge.

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  1. Turn and press out. Cut your hoop to create an opening – I used a bread knife which probably isn’t the best thing (but not the worst!). Push the hoop carefully through the channel in the fabric, then tape back together with duct tape. You can wiggle it round so that the taped bit is at the back. Now all you need to do is hang your tent. Hoorah!

This one was intended to be a little book nook for the corner of Amelie’s room, but she was so excited about the prospect of having it over her bed to turn it into a ‘castle’ so that’s where it’s gone. For now!

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Tia x