MAKE YOUR OWN MINI PAVILION A small, simple round pavilion, perfect to use for a shower/bathing area, armor storage, day trips, children, or kitchen chaos cover-up. Nine feet tall at peak, five feet at the shoulder, it measures six feet in width. A single center pole is the only frame needed, and can be segmented for portability. Guy ropes, staked into the ground, provide needed stability. An optional window helps vent out heat.

Level of Expertise: Beginner. Straight seams, no fitting. Walls is a single, long piece, hemmed at the selvage, and roof is made of only two pieces.

Materials needed:

· 12 and a half yards fabric, 60" wide. Try to get as waterproof as possible, or add waterproofing. I use canvas-type fabrics, or water proof fabrics like Ultrex, but you could also use silk, heavy poplin, ripstop, or other synthetic fabrics. If you want to flare out the bottom walls, instead of leaving them straight, buy more fabric to insert gussets. (if you flare your walls, also remember to make them longer and to curve the bottom hem, as the wall shape will need to be different to accomodate the new angle)

· 2 yards 45" wide contrasting fabric (for making bias tape) or use bought trim or ribbon. Also, you could just do dags of a totally different color fabric, by cutting two long 226" strips, about 8" wide, exactly alike, with the bottom edge of the strip the same shape as the dag. Stitch right sides together, turn right side out, topstitch dag edges. Use same color fabric for stake loops at bottom of tent

· steam iron and bias tape maker (check quilting supply area in fabric store) if making your own bias tape

· tailor’s chalk, pins, sewing machine · length of non-stretchy ribbon, string, or measuring tape

· two spools matching thread--I use Gutterman regular weight

· eight heavy duty grommets and hammer, and metal holders to set grommets

· four 25’ lengths of 3/8" rope (I use braided nylon, but hemp or sisal look good, too)

· 9’ tall center pole (two inch wood okay), section if you want

· For wood center pole--a nail to set in top for centering center ring with ropes

· For conduit center pole--a fitting conduit connector, with screw on the side and spoked ring on the top, threaded (this will keep the ring with the ropes from sliding down, or up and OFF the centerpole)...or, in a pinch, use duct tape wrapped around the top of the pole, a couple of inches below the top, big enough that the ring and ropes can’t get over the wad of tape

· approx 3" solid metal ring (like used for macramé)

· PVC tubing total of 223" in length--use thin, flexible tubing---it comes in 10’ poles, and I recommend you use as long of sections as you can transport.

· Two PVC connectors for tubing (or more if you have more sections of PVC)

· Sixteen tent stakes


· 2’ X 2’ square of fiberglass screening--for OPTIONAL window

· 8 four-inch lengths of 2X1/2" wood, drilled with two 3/8" holes, for rope controls

· Velcro strips or dots--matching color for roof of tent, if possible.

· small plastic funnel

· approx 1’ x 1’ piece of fabric to cover funnel --use same color as dags or dags’ trim · long dowel, small enough to just fit into neck of funnel

· beads, paint, steamers, mini banner for decoration

That wasn’t so bad, was it? :)

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