DIY {Easy + Fast!} No Sew Tent

Updated August 2022

In my tween slumber party post, I briefly touched on the super easy DIY no sew tents I made.  Since then, I’ve had so many people asking for step-by-step instructions. What a precious gift this would make all set up as a birthday surprise or next to the tree on Christmas, and the opportunities for play {and maybe even a little slumber!} are endless!

The best part of all?  There is no sewing involved!

So here you have it, everything you need to create a DIY no sew tent…

Materials Needed ::

{3} 1 x 2’s – 8 ft. each

{1} 1/2″ diameter dowel – 4 ft. long

{2} rubber bands

3 yards of fabric – 48″ in width


1/2″ drill bit and drill

nail gun {optional} OR nails & hammer


Directions ::

1} Cut two of the 1×2’s in half.  Now you will have 6 equal pieces.

2} Stack two 1×2’s on top of each other and drill a 1/2″ hole about 3″ down from the top all the way through both boards.  Repeat for another set of two boards.

3} Place the dowels through the holes so that you have an inverted V frame.  Leave about one inch of the dowel sticking out from both ends.  Wrap a rubber band around the dowel to prevent it from slipping off the frame.

A wooden dowel extends through a hole at the point where the two wood boards cross to form a V.

4} For the last 1×2, measure the length between the bases of the inverted V frames and cut 2 pieces at that length. Mine measured 46″, but yours could vary.

5} Attach these boards to the bottom of the frames and nail in place.

Two inverted V frames with a top horizontal dowel connecting the top cross pieces and two more horizontal pieces connecting the legs.

6} Open up your fabric and drape it over the middle dowel.  Wrap the fabric around the bottom frame and use a regular stapler to staple it into the board.  To prevent the fabric from drooping you will need another set of hands to help you pull the fabric taut.  Have them hold on to it so that you can staple it into the board.

A roll of fabric.

7} The tents will work best on carpet so that it doesn’t slip.  Simply fold the frame to store away!

Three adjacent tents set up in carpeted room and connected by bunting. In front of each tent is a child's organization box.

These tents can be a huge hit for slumber parties, movie nights and more! 

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Christine was raised in Houston almost all her life, but currently resides in Sugar Land with her family. She graduated with a teaching degree from the University of Houston and taught elementary school for eight wonderful years.  She met her husband Martin while they both were teaching CCE at a local parish.  Together they have five beautiful children Madison {September 2005}, Caden {April 2007}, Cohen {April 2008}, Mason {August 2009}, and Anna-Marie {November 2016}.  Christine is also a self-taught baker, cake designer, and owner of The Sweet Boutique Bakery.  In 2016, her family felt a huge calling to open up their hearts and home to fostering babies.  When Christine isn’t juggling work, being an active school mom, or caring for her foster baby, you will find her creating DIY home projects, crafting, party planning, baking with her kids, and traveling with her family.  You can read more of her family shenanigans on The Sweet Boutique's Blog.


    • Same here! I try to stay away from the sewing machine if I can. My kids uses the tents for movie nights on the weekends now. It’s super fun.

  1. Wow, these are just perfect! We don’t have a lot of extra space around here so there’s not really anywhere that we could have a tent set up 24/7, so the fact that these fold up flat so I can store them away in a closet or something is just awesome.

    • Thanks Tiffany! Let me know how it goes for you and or if you have any advice you would like to share with us after making them. 🙂 I love them and my daughter is using them again this year for another sleepover with her friends.

  2. Do you know what size sleeping mat would fit in these? My daughter is having a sleepover with (8) girls total and I need a way for them to be able to sleep in these.

  3. Are these a good size for 10 yr olds? My daughter wants a sleepover with 6 of her friends and she’s turning 10 next month. Was just curious if they would probably sleep with their heads out? Lol


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