DIY Retro Straw & Paper Cup Reindeer

Estéfi Machado shared this adorable idea on her blog this week with retro party straws, so we thought we’d show you if you’re looking for ideas to make with Little Free Radical’s Retro Party Straws!


Supplies Needed:

2 Retro Party Paper Straws
Hot Glue Gun
Red Cardstock
Permanent Marker

Her blog is in Portuguese, so here ‘s Google Translate’s rough translation into English:

  • 2 straws of paper, cut into 4 parts
  • In the photo you see the proportions, 1 large, 1 medium and 2 small.
  • It is not a rule, but it helps to look that elk horn.
  • Make diagonal cuts always, it helps to mend the pieces!
  • Hot glue or instant, and then shove the whole horn in a hole made in the side of the cup.
  • It all fit, no need to paste into the cup.
  • Make the 2 sides.
  • The little ears are 2 pieces of red cardstock, which also sunk in the cup, making a “butcher”, a rasguinho with stylus.
  • And finally, little eyes and muzzle permanent marker!

check out the photos on her blog of step-by-step how she did it,

and be sure to go tell her you love her if you love her idea!

And Little Free Radical is currently well-stocked in straws if you’re looking for some! :)
We just got brown in as well if you want brown antlers!

NOTE – Reindeer Cup Photo Credit – Estéfi Machado

15 Minute Peeps Marshmallow Ghost Pops

If you’re looking for alternatives to packaged candy for Halloween “Trick or Treat” favors, these Peeps Marshmallow pops are quick, cheap and easy to make!


Supplies you need:

  • PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies – sold in the Halloween Candy section at most grocery stores, department stores or drug stores – Typically 2/$3 for a package of 9 ghosts
  • Retro Paper Stripey Straws – we have them available in 13 colors in our Etsy shop $3 for 12 – which would make 24 pops.
  • 3″ x 4″ Plastic treat bags  (I got them for about $3 for 100 at Michaels)
  • Ribbon or Raffia to tie them
  • Scissors (to cut the straws & ribbon)
  • Knife with a sharp tip

Start by cutting the straws in half. Your Pop Sticks will be approximately 4″ long.

With your knife, poke a hole in the bottom of each to make a hole, then insert the stick.


Next, put a food-safe baggie over top of each ghost.

Then cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the bottom of the bag to secure it.

And you’re done!
Wasn’t that easy? It took me 15 minutes to make 18 of them! :)


DIY Halloween Ideas: 40 Minute Candy Corn Decor

Looking for quick, cheap, and easy DIY Halloween Decor ideas?

Here’s an easy project that even a non-crafty person (should) be able to do!

Supplies You Need:

  • A Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Yarn in Orange, Yellow, and White
  • Scissors
  • Either Paper Mache or Styrofoam cones

Cost for the Project:
For mine, I chose to use Paper Mache – because it was cheaper at Michaels! The cones were $1.99 – $2.49 and since I had a 20% off your purchase coupon, it cost me around $5.50 for all 3 Paper Mache Cones. The styrofoam cones are easier to find and have a better size variety though.

The yarn I used is on sale this week at Michaels for 2/$5. I used:

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aran for the white
  • Loops & Threads Impeccable in Bronze for the orange
  • Vanna’s Choice (Lion Brand) in Mustard for the yellow

I already had a gluegun, so my total project cost was about $13 – if you have yarn on hand, it will be much cheaper! :)

How to Make It:

First, I used my hot glue gun to glue the yarn to the bottom edge of my paper mache cone. Since I wanted it to stay well along the bottom edge (and not slip off later), I applied glue all the way around the edge and started the first row of yellow yarn.

Next, I started wrapping the yellow yarn around the cone in rows. About every 2-3 rows, I’d put a dab of glue here and there, just to hold it in place. And rather then wrapping the yarn around the cone. I used one hand to hold the yard and used the other hand to turn the cone so that way I could see where the yarn was falling.

Once I was roughly 1/3 the way up the cone with the yellow, I started winding it more randomly in layers over the rows I had just formed. Once it looked well filled in, I glued the yellow in place one final time, and started the orange section.

I did the same with the orange yarn – first forming rows with it, then going back over it randomly. Then did the same with the white. As I got close to the tip with the white, I added extra glue and made sure it was well secured… then ended the white yarn back down at the edge where it bordered the orange yarn!

I did this 2 more times for the different sized cones! It took me less then 40 minutes total  to make all 3 (including stopping to take photos!)

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1000 Paper Cranes for Leslie’s Wish

Since a lot of you LOVE D.I.Y projects, I thought I’d involve my readers in a DIY project to help someone else’s wish come true:

Leslie (Whitt) Williams is a 24 year old from Ohio who is quickly losing her battle with mitochondrial disease. I asked her older sister, Megan, to tell us a bit about her:

Leslie is spirited and spunky. When we were growing up she always knew how to make me laugh. She has a fearsome temper, but she is lovable in spite of it. She isn’t afraid to tell you how it is, and she has an amazing amount of love and respect for people. All kinds of people, too.

When she was able, she did a lot of volunteer work. She loved working with an organization here in Cincy called Starfire.

She has always been interested in science, medicine specifically. She wanted to be a dietitian. Leslie is also an avid reader. She loves books and she loves movies (romance and romantic comedies). Probably one of her all time favorite activities is shopping. Her and my mom shop all the time. Shoes, bags, jewelry, dresses, you name it. She has a keen eye for fashion and good taste.

Les has been married to her husband, Jeff, for a little over a year now. They are both really into sports. Leslie loves the Cincinnati Reds – they used to go to games together whenever they could.

One of the (many) reasons mito has been so hard on Leslie is she used to be so active. She played every sport you could think of when we were growing up. She loved soccer, softball, and basketball. It’s very hard on her, not being able to move around the way she used to.

Because Leslie’s body cannot properly turn food into the energy needed for organ function due to mitochondrial disease, she now relies on IV nutrition called total parenteral nutrition  or TPN since her digestive tract has shut down. She needs a wheelchair due to muscle weakness, frequent blood transfusions, and is frequently in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. She also has a service dog, named Billy! Read more about Leslie here.
Leslie is rapidly running out of time and has a bucket list of things she wants to do before she dies. Last week, The Dream Foundation granted her wish to see Reba McEntire:

Many of the remaining things on her bucket list include traveling – something that is being coming increasingly difficult for her as her symptoms become more severe. But there is one thing on her bucket list we CAN help with:  Leslie would like to fold 1000 Paper Cranes.

There is an ancient Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish, or in some versions of the legend, you get eternal good luck, long life, or recovery from illness.

Of course, Mitochondrial Disease is an energy metabolism disorder, so Leslie has very limited energy and can use our help folding paper cranes!

If you have a few minutes to make a crane for Leslie, grab a square sheet of paper, fold a paper crane, and write/stick/draw/glue some inspirational words, encouragement, positive thoughts, wishes of your own, etc., onto the crane!

I offered her family to use my PO box to collect them, then I’ll be sending them all unopened envelopes to her family on August 30th, so please mail them to me by August 29th and I’ll drop your envelope in the box to her family!

Mail to me at:
Little Free Radical
ATTN: Cranes for Leslie
PO Box 850673
Braintree, MA 02184
Read more about Leslie here.




Here are directions for how to make an origami crane:

Pink & Orange Baby Shower + FREE Printables

The last few days have been busy, planning a surprise baby shower for one of my neighbors!  We have a theatre & club room in our apartment complex, so we reserved it to do the baby shower in there. Though of course theatre’s don’t have the best lighting so sorry about the poor lighting in my photos.

I’m not a big fan of pink pink pink everything for girls, so I thought pink & orange would be fun for a summer baby shower!

We only had a small budget (under $100), so here’s what we did that looked fun & kept the costs of a shower down:

On Thursday, we made marshmallow pops, (See my full tutorial for them here!) They doubled as party favors and table decor! It cost us about $12 to make 25 marshmallow pops!



I made 5 tissue pompoms using 5 packs of tissue paper. It took me about 30 minutes to make 5 pom poms. I highly recommend using premium tissue paper though!  If you buy the “cheap” kind, they get really limp.  Martha Stewart has an easy tutorial if you’re looking for one:


For additional decor, I did printables in photoshop! It took me under an hour to design chalkboard-inspired straw flags, water bottle labels, and candy wrappers! The Mom-to-Be is from Colombia, so since her first language is Spanish, I did printables in Spanish & English!

And since I’m in a sharing mood, I’m uploading the English printables to share with my readers for FREE. (See Terms of Use at the bottom of my blog).

To Make the Water Bottles:

  • For $3.00 I got a case of 24 bottles of water at CVS.
  • Then I made an 11×17 sheet of 8 water bottle labels (2″x9″) and had staples print 3 of them ($2.94 total).
  • I removed the original labels on the bottles of water.
  • Then used a paper cutter to cut them (scissors would work too!) and a roll of scotch tape to attach them to the bottles.
  • Total Cost = $5.94 – Cheap & Easy!
  • CLICK HERE to download the English Water Bottle Labels!

To Make the Candy Wrappers:

  • CVS had bags of Hershey’s Miniatures on sale, 2/$5.00
  • Then I made a sheet of 15 printable custom candy wrappers and had Staples print me 4 sheets of them on Elite Gloss 8.5×11 Paper (.99/page)
  • Then used a paper cutter to cut them (scissors would work too!) and used scotch tape to attach them over the existing labels!
  • Total Cost = $9.96
  • CLICK HERE to download the Candy Wrapper Labels

To Make the Straw Flags:

To add a bit of pink to the table, I (re)used a candy jar I had from another party and filled it with pink gumballs! Another neighbor went and got us some pink & orange balloons, and another neighbor made the cake! I also made a bunting flag banner for decor that can be reused for her girls room later! :)

And instead of doing a traditional diaper cake, I made “diaper cupcakes” using a Newborn diaper, baby socks in the center, and rolling onesies or leggings around them (washcloths would work too!) and placed them inside coffee filters as “cupcake wrappers” :)

Maria was very surprised! And we all had a good time!

















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Please do not share, forward or distribute my PDF files.
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DIY: 30 Minute Marshmallow Pops Tutorial

Need a quick treat for a shower or party? Marshmallow pops are cheap, quick & easy!

My friend and I made these this week in about half an hour. We got 25 party favors which doubled as baby shower table decor for $12!

What you need:


First, insert the Paper Stripey Straws into the marshmallows.
Then put them in the freezer for 10 minutes.
By freezing them, the sticks stay ‘stuck’ better, and the melting candies will harden faster!

While they were freezing, I found a box and used a screw driver to poke holes in it so I could stand the pops up as they cooled so they didn’t get a “flat edge” and so I could work quickly before the candy hardened.

Next, melt the melting candies using one of the manufacturers suggestions

Then dip the marshmallows in. If you are using sprinkles or other toppings, immediately put them on before the candy hardens. Then set them in the “box stand” until they harden! If you are using additional melting candies to drizzle, add them once the first color hardens! I used Wilton’s Candy Decorating Bags to drizzle pink on top.

Once they are complete, you can use food-safe bags to cover them for your event!
Wasn’t that easy? :)

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Filled Strawberries!

Remember the  cheesecake filled strawberries I made with Tupperware back in April for my friend’s going away party?


I thought I’d change them up a bit in celebration of Independence Day:

I made them the same way I did the first ones (click here for my recipe & step-by-step photos), but instead of drizzling chocolate and sprinkling them with graham cracker crumbs, I used blue Wilton Candy Melts & star sprinkles I got from the bakery at Stop & Shop!


It took about 15 minutes, start to finish!
How’s that for an easy treat to bring along to a 4th of July Picnic?

30-Minute Ruffle Bum Diaper Cover Tutorial

Yesterday, I showed you the Harlowe Halter Top I made for my daughter. Of course when you make a cute top, you need a good bottom, right? Typically, I’d have paired this with some leggings or jeans, but since it was over 90 degrees, I figured a diaper cover would be fine!


I rarely use those diaper covers that come with most dresses for under 2T – they just end up in a pile. So I figured, why not modify one? I checked my pile of diaper covers and found duplicate white ones from Baby Gap, so I decided to just use one of those!

First, I raided my stash of scraps from the top. I found 3 wide pieces so I cut them to 3″ thick and they were about 24″ wide. Then I ironed the bottom up 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch so I could hem it:

once they were hemmed (and the edges hemmed as well) I added a gathering stitch across the top:

Then I gathered the strips to the length I needed.

Next, I pinned the bottom layer to where I wanted it on the back of the diaper cover.

Then I sewed it in place upside down, and then flipped in in the right direction and top stitched.
(This step will hide the rough edge on the ruffle)

Next,I placed the second ruffle about 1 inch above the first, and did the same step for the 2nd ruffle.
Here you can see them facing down with the top stitching:

I did the same again with the 3rd ruffle.
Here it is, pinned in place above the 2nd one:

Then I top stitched, ruffle #3:

and my Ruffle Bum Diaper Cover is all done!

I think it took me about 30 minutes, start to finish to make!

Now we look a lot more ladylike at the park on the slide…

and when sneaking around on the windowsill!

Try it! And if you make your own, be sure to post a link below, or a pic on our facebook page!

DIY: Harlowe Halter Top by Romeo & Mae

I’ve been cleaning out my fabric stash of late, selling what I’m done with since my craft supply closet is badly overflowing (yikes)! Of course, in the process of cleaning out, you find things you forgot you had. One of my exciting finds was a stash from Sandi Henderson’s 2009 Meadowsweet collection. I felt like I had struck GOLD! :)

I set it aside figuring I could figure out something to do with it, since I really liked it when I bought it, then continued sorting through my fabric stash. That was 3 weeks ago.

So, then I found out the other day, that it was going to be in the 90s in Boston this week – which is quite warm for this area of the US. I hadn’t quite gotten around to summer clothes shopping yet for my daughter, so I figured why not make something at least since we only have 1 pair of shorts. So I started poking through my pattern stash, when I found a great little halter top pattern I got last spring from Romeo & Mae last spring! I mostly had Fat Quarters and small scraps of the Meadowsweet collection so I thought I’d give it a try:


It took me under 2 hours  (start to finish) to make this cute little top!  I made the 2T knowing it would be big on Sophie so we can get 2 summers of use out of it!

Here’s how it came out! (I couldn’t pick just one photo, sorry!)

Front View

Back View

Sophie was more then willing to give you an inside view!
I used french stitching in the seams & bias tape between the top & bottom. :)

Close up! I love the ruffle!

It’s perfect to wear with just a diaper cover for toddlers, a pair of shorts, leggings or jeans!

Love the pattern?
It’s $7.50 from Romeo & Mae.
Available in sizes 0/3-12 months18/24 months – 5tGirls 6, 7, 8 & 9/10

How To: Make Cheesecake Filled Strawberries with Tupperware!

I was in the grocery store this morning and saw the strawberries were on sale buy one get one free! I have a going away party to attend tonight so I figured I’d get some to bring. I was trying to think of something else to bring with them, but there wasn’t very much “party-worthy” in my cupboards. Though I did find a box of No Bake Jello Cheesecake!At first I thought I’d make strawberry cheesecake. Then I remembered having seen people on pinterest pinning cheesecake-filled strawberries and thought, “hmmm I could fill the strawberries with the cheesecake!” I looked to see how they did it. People mentioned filling them with cheesecake mix with a spoon… but I had a better idea!Here’s how I did it in under 20 minutes start to finish:

First I used a paring knife to cut the tops of the strawberries off, and then cut the middles out. This was the step that took the longest (10 minutes for 2lbs of strawberries).*

*NOTE It may have taken me a bit longer then it will take you since I do have neuromuscular disease & I’m on coumadin (blood thinner) so I cut slow plus didn’t want to bleed all over the food. ;)

When I’m not busy creating stuff for my etsy shop, or working on D.I.Y. Projects for my daughter, I also sell Tupperware! It’s not your grandmothers Tupperware though.

They have some fabulous new stuff including the Whip ’N Prep™ Chef and my latest favorite gadget, the Squeeze It™ Decorator!!! I used both of these items to make it quick and easy!

I used the Tupperware Whip ‘N Prep™ Chef  to mix the Jello NoBake cheesecake mix. Took me under a minute to mix it!

Next I poured the cheesecake mix into the Squeeze It™ Decorator. It took me under 2 minutes to fill all the strawberries with this! it would have taken far longer by spoon and been far messier!

The other advantage to the Squeeze It™ Decorator over a spoon is it comes out looking fantastic! It comes with 5 tips (fine threads, closed star, open star, shell and filler) and I used the open star.

NOTE: Squeeze It™ Decorator is on sale til April 27th for $14 – regularly $23.50!

Next, I sprinkled the graham cracker crumbs on top that came in the box.

NOTE: If I didn’t have a boxed mix, I could have used my favorite Tupperware gadgets – Chop ’N Prep™ Chef or Smooth Chopper – to make the same mixture quickly from graham crackers!

Finally, I drizzled  chocolate on the top! You can do this with the Squeeze It™ Decorator fine threads tip! :)

It’s in the fridge cooling before the party in an hour! With just 20 minutes of time and a few awesome gadgets to make it quick and easy, I have a great treat!!!

Now I’m just sad to go say goodbye to my friend, who is moving to Brazil on Tuesday. :'(


GIVEAWAY: vinyl wall art

We have another great giveaway for you today from Vinyl Wall Art!

I’ve shared several times here recently about using vinyl decals with DIY projects including bookshelves & prant boxes.  I totally ♥ decals!  They are SO easy to use and far less time consuming then having to paint wall murals or detail work on smaller DIY projects! You can have a great piece of art in just minutes!

Remember our IKEA PRÄNT box hack? I used these awesome birch tree decals that Vinyl Wall Art was nice enough to custom-resize & inverse for me:

I love their decals – I first found them when I was pregnant and drooling over thousands of decal listings on Etsy. I wanted a tree for Sophie. I looked at dozens, but kept going back to Vinyl Wall Art’s tree… And of course when I went to order their tree, I saw the birds! So I ordered the tree & the birds for Sophie’s wall.

My husband painted her nursery on Mothers Day 2010 for me, and then after 2 weeks (recommended time for paint to dry before applying decals) he put them up for me:

Sophie loves her room, and one of her first words was “owl” (pronounced “all) – she’d stand in the crib looking up at her owl in the morning. She likes her birds along her crib rail too. :)

I loved Vinyl Wall Art’s Forest Decal Kit but didn’t have a good wall in her room to use them, so I figured when we buy a house, I’d put them in her new room!

Then one day, my college roommate, who is adopting a baby from Korea,  posted photos of her daughters room which have the tree decals I love, so I asked her if I can post some pictures of Zoey’s room!

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Vinyl Wall Art has a ton of other awesome decals on their website as well as available through etsy. And they were kind enough to offer to sponsor a giveaway for our readers for $25 gift certificates for 2 lucky winners so you can try their projects for your own home or DIY projects!

Wall Vinyl Art will provide a “voucher” that is as good as a PayPal credit – you can use it to pay for the item as well as shipping cost – what ever you want. It will maintain a positive balance until used, so you don’t have to use it all at once if you want to buy a few small decals at a time!

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DIY IKEA Hack: CIRKUSTÄLT children’s tent makeover

When I went to IKEA last fall to get the LÄTT children’s table & chairs and APA toybox for Sophie, I saw this awesome little CIRKUSTÄLT children’s tent  on display for just $19.99!!!

of course for that price I wanted to buy it, even if I disliked the colors but loved the shape/style and the size of the tent!

Of course, when you offer a tent for under $20, everyone wants one, so IKEA in Stoughton was sold out. I went home and looked online to see if New Haven, CT had any… then looked IKEA to IKEA to see if I could have a friend of of state ship one to me. everyone was sold out. and I was bummed. I found it on eBay in UK, but international shipping would have meant I’d pay $65 for the $20 tent, so I stalked IKEAs product availability online for weeks waiting til they got the tent back in stock.


But all the weeks of waiting gave me plenty of time to plot exactly what I did want to do with my tent!
I went back to IKEA to look at how it was assembled and realized it was 2 round hoops – one for the bottom, and one for the top, with 4 supports that run up the sides in a ‘tube’ of material, secured into plastic pieces at the bottom (see assembly instructions). For an experienced sewer, it seemed easy enough!
So when the tent was finally back in stock, I called my husband at work and told him, “we need to go to IKEA tonight!” I wasn’t going to take chances of it selling out again!  So, I brought home the tent and sat on the couch watching movies while I dissected it piece-by-piece with a seam ripper to see how it was assembled and to make a template for a new tent!

First, I removed the hoop from the casing it was sewn into for the top of the tent structure. But, I decided to keep the grey tent bottom it came with, so I had to separate the bottom from the rest of the tent. so along the seam, I used scissors to separate the sides from the bottom.

Next I measured out the pieces. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, I decided to use the following measurements.

Constructing the tent sides:

  • Front Doors were 13″ wide x 28″ tall  so I cut 2 pieces 15″ x 30″ to allow for 1/2 in seams – knowing if it was slightly too big in width, it would just overlap more in the front.
  • Tent Sides seemed to be approximately a 97.5″ circumference so I cut a piece 100″x 30″
  • Sculpted flags – I pulled one off (with a seam ripper) and made a template to cut 16 flags (32 pieces).    
  • Pole Supports – I made these much wider then necessary because I wanted to use contrasting fabric. for the bottom, I think I cut 3″ wide strips and ironed the sides under.
  • Pockets –  I made 2 pockets with a 13×7″ finished side.

I sewed & ironed the 16 sculpted flags, and then ironed under the edges of the pole supports.

Next, I hemmed the door sides and bottom, then sewed the doors to the sides using a french seam (if you don’t know what this is, watch this video tutorial) for a finished edge.

Then I took the big piece of material and laid it out (on a very very big table!) so I could pin the pole supports and flags into place:

I stitched these into place. but ended the pole supports about 2″ from the top since I didn’t want them sewn into the seam with the roof since the poles needed to go through them!

I wanted to add 2 things that the CIRKUSTÄLT didn’t have: windows & pockets inside! So, once the flags & supports were stitched down, I laid the tent out to cut 2 windows in the sides, then laid out pockets to sew on the back wall, in case Sophie wanted to store toys or books in her little hideout. :)

I contemplated forever trying to come up with a window shape… when I saw the bathroom trash can and had my “ah-ha! moment” so I used it to make a template!

To sew the shape, I used bias tape, snipping the corners to overlap them! Then I stitched the shape in place, leaving the corners “loose” to give it a little character!

I also used pink scraps from my “hoop support”  to create tie-backs for my curtain – with velcro on the inside.

Final step for the tent walls was sewing the pockets in place to the back wall!

Constructing the Roof:

  • Tent Roof - I decided to do it solid color, so I just used the seam ripper to disassemble a section of 4 triangle pieces – then cut 4 of that shape on my fabric.
  • Top hoop support – on IKEAs tent, the top hoop is tunneled under the sculpted flags. I wanted to use it as a way to accent the design, so I cut 2″ wide strips of fabric for this.
  • Pole Supports – For the roof supports, I ironed  Wrights Quilt Binding open to tunnel the support through!

To sew the roof, first I sewed the 4 triangle pieces together for the top of the room. Instead of sewing with “right sides together” (the normal way you make a seam) I did it backwards with “wrong sides together, since the seams would be covered by the pole supports – this keeps the inside of the tent from having any seams!

Next, I ironed the hoop support in half. then opened it out, pinned it to the roof edge with rough sides lined up with the edge and stitched along the crease (1″ from the edge) I forgot to take a photo of this step (oops!) but in the photo below, the top of the pink hoop support that this step will form.

After the pink hoop support was in place, I pinned the pole supports into place for the roof and stitched them down starting just above my pink edge.

When the tent is done, this is how it will look from the outside:

When assembled, the poles will show at the corners because I couldn’t easily make a casing for the hoop and the poles without stitching over one of them.

Attaching the Roof to the Sides:

Next was the tricky part: putting in the hoop and attaching the sides to the roof! This required LOTS of pins & lots of patience!

It’s a bit tricky to explain since I forgot to photograph this step. but the pink hoop support that I sewed around the edge of the roof is where the metal hoop is going to sit. I loosely pinned it into place before getting the sides just so that the basic shape was formed.

Next I matched up the 4 pole supports on the sides and pinned them to the roof. Then pinned the rest of the sides into place. Because I didn’t want “rough edges on the inside of the quilt, I covered this seam with bias tape and sewed it into place over the bias tape!

Here is a diagram of how all my finished seams look from the inside of the tent:

At this point, the roof & sides are now attached!
Attaching the Top to the Bottom:
To attach the tent to the original grey bottom, I used packaged quilt binding again!

There are 4 plastic pieces that the tent poles go into for it to stand up. so I pinned them into place (on elastic, then pinned the ‘grey floor’ into place, and sewed around it twice (for reinforcement). It looks like this:

Then put the poles up inside the supports and your tent structure is done! Last thing you need to do is the flag!

Creating a Flag:
For the Flag Pole - I disassembled the existing flag to get the shape of the base they made to attach it to the roof.  as you can see, it’s a bit of an odd shape!

I cut the round(ish) base out of the fabric I used on the roof and stitched around the inner circle, then stitched the inside and outside together with the binding inside (to attach the ‘flag pole’ to its base) & trimmed it with bias tape.

Next, I used scrap quilt binding as the flag pole, and cut a green circle to slip over the top! I stuffed the circle with fiberfill and stitched it to the top of the quilt binding.

I didn’t love the triangle shape flag IKEA used and decided to make my own shape. Then I cut an “S” (for Sophie) which I put on with heat ‘n bond, then stitched in place.
To keep its shape, I used interfacing in between the layers, sewed it, then flipped it right side out, top stitched along the edge & put it in the quilt binding – where I sewed along the edge. the bottom was still open, so put a piece of wire inside (for a little support) then firmly packed it with fiberfill.
The CIRKUSTÄLT tent’s flag velcro on to the roof. I decided just to stitch mine down by hand, so I tacked it on in 4 spots!

To create a comfy floor inside, I got a 3 foot round rug that fit inside. The tent’s diameter is 39″ so 36″ is a great fit!

Here are a few more photos of the details:

The Doorway:


The Pockets
The Window:

I have no clue how many hours this took. Lots of plotting & I made it over the period of several days. Sophie & her friends LOVE her tent! And of course it matches great in her room – the fabric is Monaco by Monaluna – same material I used for her bedding and some of the room accessories!

 I think at this point, I can totally add “fabric engineer” to my resume. ;)

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