We LOVE firefighters in this family! My husband is a firefighter, so Lily loves to "dress up like Daddy" and wears her firefighter hat every day.
I made this fire station tent that fits over a card table using my sewing machine, iron, and my Cricut.
First I measured the card table to make a pattern. My card table is 33.5" x 33.5", and 26.5" tall. For the red piece that goes on the top of the card table, I cut out a piece of duck cloth that was 34.5" x 34.5" (an inch wider and taller than my measured card table top - for a 0.5" seam allowance on all 4 sides.) I chose duck cloth because although more expensive, it's sturdy and if I was going to put all of this work into making a tent I wanted it to last. It is also heavy so the tent hangs flat.
I decided to do 1 side of the tent black, and 3 sides red with a black bottom. I cut the black piece of duck cloth to be 27.5" x 34.5". (I added 0.5 inch to the height for a seam allowance, and 0.5" to the height to turn the bottom under. I added 1 inch to the width for a 0.5" inch seam allowance on both sides.) I then surged off 0.5" inch from the bottom to finish the edge, but if you don't have a surger you could just turn under 0.5" at the bottom and sew into place.
For the red and black sides, I just made sure my finished product was the same size as the black side (27.5" tall and 34.5" wide) I then surged 0.5" off of the bottom of these sides as well to finish the edges.
To make the door, I cut a piece of white duck cloth the size I wanted the door to be. (I did mine 18" wide) I sewed lines with my sewing machine horizontally using black thread as pictured above. Then I pinned black ribbon vertically down each side, and sewed it into place. I singed the edge of the ribbon using a lighter to prevent it from fraying.
I put the door where I wanted it to be on the tent side. I pinned the door in place. I used my rotary mat cutting ruler to measure 0.75" in from the door. (Pictured above) Holding the ruler in place, I took off the pins from 1 side and slid the white door out from under the ruler, and used my rotary cutter to cut the tent side. I did this for all 3 sides, so I ended up with a cut-out that was 0.75" shorter on all sides. I surged the edges of the cutout to finish (pictured below.) I made my cutout just barely smaller than the door because I wanted the door to lay over the opening and cover the whole thing.
I pinned the door in place, and sewed along the top twice over securing in place. I made sure to secure the corners especially. I ironed black fabric onto HeatnBond and used my Cricut to cut out the letters for "FIRE STATION". I used the block font from the Cricut Cartridge Boys Will Be Boys for all of the wording on this tent. After my Cricut had cut out the letters, I just peeled off the back and ironed them in place.
For the window, I cut a hole a little smaller than the size I wanted it to be. I then used my surger to finish the edges, and turned the surged edges under and sewed them in place. (Shown below)
I cut out the dog and hydrant using my Cricut. For the dalmatian I used the Create a Critter cartridge, and for the Dalmatian I used the Paper Pups cartridge to cut it out.
I cut the tools out of plain paper using the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge on my Cricut, and used it as a pattern to cut out the felt. I used 2 layers of each color of felt, and sewed around the edges using my sewing machine. The tools were easy - I did both in under a half hour.
I used felt to cut out a tool box, and sewed that to the tent door around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open. I used my Cricut to cut the word "TOOLS" out using red fabric which I had ironed to HeatnBond. I peeled off the back of the cut out letters, and ironed them into place.
I had to free-hand the truck body pattern while looking at the truck on the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge on my Cricut since it was too big for my Cricut to do. I did cut the rest out with my Boys Will Be Boys cartridge on my Cricut, using the HeatnBond technique I described above.
I went and got free hats from Firehouse Subs, and put Velcro on each one. I also put velcro on the tent wall so the hats are removable and the kids can wear them while they play.
To do the turnouts and boots, I used my Cricut to cut them out using the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.
Once all 4 sides were complete I ironed them all one last time before I put the tent together.
I first sewed all 4 sides together in the order I wanted using a 0.5" seam allowance, pinning in place each time before I sewed. Then I put it around my card table to ensure it fit, and sewed it onto the top of the tent. In the future I plan on sewing each side to the top of the tent, and then doing the side seams that attach each side of the tent after that.
Do you want to make this tent but don't have a Cricut? No worries. Print the words out in a font you like, and find graphics online. Then use them as a pattern to cut out each shape yourself!
The front door can hang down, or be tied up.
My little girl loves playing in this thing. She will go sit in it and wave at me through the window, with her little firefighter hat on. This would be a perfect Christmas gift for any little toddler! Since it fits on the card table you already have, it makes for easy storage because you just have to fold up the fabric and stack the hats!
Do you want a tent just like this, but don't have the time to make one yourself? Check out my etsy shop here for the listing.
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