October 31, 2017

Viking Tent for American Girl Doll


Overall dimentions: 30" x 30" x 36"

What you need
  • (2) 1" x 2" furring strip boards (8' long)
  • (3) 5/8" round dowels (36" long)
  • 1/8" round dowel (12" long)
  • 2 2/3 yards of beige canvas fabric
  • Masking tape
  • Sand paper
  • Wood glue or super glue
  • 1/4" wide ribbon (48" long)

Tools needed
  • Saw (miter saw or hand saw with miter box)
  • Drill
  • 5/8" drill bit or slightly larger
  • 3/16" drill bit
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Protractor to measure 30° (optional, but helpful)

How to make the Viking Tent Frame
  1. Cut (4) pieces of 33" (A) and (2) pieces of 30" (B).
    (2) pieces (A) and (1) piece (B) can be cut from one 8' furring strip board.

  2. Take all 4 pieces (A) and tape together with one end aligned.
    Cut other end at a 30° angle.
    Take the remaining 2 pieces (B) and tape together then cut both ends at a 30° angle. Make sure you create a trapezoid.

  3. For each end of the tent you will need (2) A pieces and (1) B piece.

  4. While pieces (A) are still taped together, mark a parallel line to the cut edge, the width of the furring strip ( 1 3/4"). Connect the corners creating a cross. 

  5. Drill a hole through all (4) pieces (A) where marks cross with a 5/8" or better 11/16" drill bit.
    If you are using a 5/8" drill bit, move drill bit up and down to widen hole a little so that a 5/8" dowel fits easily through hole. You do not want the dowel to be a snug fit.

  6. On other end (square cut end) of piece (A), measure 3" down and mark in center of furring strip.
    Drill hole with a 5/8" or better 11/16" drill bit.

  7. Take taped pieces (A) and remove tape.
    Take one piece (A) and lay over taped pieces (B) (aligning the tips) then mark hole on piece (B).
    Repeat for the other end of piece (B).
    Drill both holes in pieces (B) with a 5/8" or better 11/16" drill bit just like in the previous step.

  8. Sand all edges and hole openings.

  9. Take the 1/8" round dowel and cut (12) 1" pieces (C). Sand the edges.

  10. Take one of the pieces (C) and add a glue head.
    To create the glue head, encase one end with hot glue then wet your fingers and smooth hot glue around the end. Be careful, glue is very hot !
    Repeat for additional 5 pieces (C) to create a total of (6) pins.

  11. Take one of the 5/8" round dowels and mark 2 1/2" from both ends then drill a hole with a 1/8" drill bit at each mark. Piece (C) should fit snugly in hole.

  12. Center and glue piece (C) into hole.

  13. Turn dowel 90° from previous drill direction and mark 1" from both ends then drill a hole with a 3/16" drill bit at each mark. Piece (C) should fit loosely in hole.

  14. Repeat steps 10 - 12 for the remaining (2) 5/8" dowels.

  15. Setup frame to make sure everything fits together.

Your frame is now complete !!!


How to sew the Viking Tent Fabric
  1. Cut a rectangular piece of canvas fabric 32" x 64" and serge/zigzag all sides.
    This will be piece (D).

  2. Cut a rectangle piece of canvas fabric 27" x 31" and fold in half width-wise.
    Cut the following to receive (2) pieces of E and (1) piece of F.

  3. Take piece (F) and double hem triangle top and bottom with a 1/4" hem (fold up 1/4" then another 1/4") then serge/zigzag remaining sides.

  4. Take piece (E) and double hem triangle top and bottom with a 1/4" hem (fold up 1/4" then another 1/4") then serge/zigzag sloped side.

  5. Double hem vertical side with a 1/4" hem (fold up 1/4" then another 1/4").

  6. Repeat with the other piece (E), making sure you create a mirror image.

  7. Cut (2) 6" long pieces of ribbon and singe both ends on each piece with a lighter.
  8. Sew one of the ribbon pieces on piece (E) about 2" from the bottom hem onto the wrong side of the vertical, double-hemmed side. Add the other ribbon piece about 10" from the bottom hem on the wrong side of the vertical, double-hemmed side.
    Repeat for the other piece (E).

  9. Cut (2) 12" long piece of ribbons and singe both ends.

  10. Take one of the ribbon pieces and align center of ribbon on RIGHT side of serged/zigaged edge of piece (E) about 12" from the bottom hem. Pin in place.
    My picture shows the wrong side of fabric, which is incorrect !!!
    Repeat for the other piece (E).

  11. Take piece (D) and fold in half width-wise and mark fold with pins on both sides.
    Measure 1" down from center pins and mark with pins.

  12. Take one of the pieces (E) and align* top of piece (D), right sides together, with pin that is 1" down from center pin. *Align along one of the long sides.
    Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance stopping 4 1/2" from the bottom.
    Back stitch where ribbon is within seam.

  13. Press seam open extending not sewn part of the seam.
    Top stitch around un-sewn seam.

  14. Take remaining piece (E) and align along the same long side on piece (D) with top of (E) aligned with other pin (1" from center pin), right sides together.
    Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance stopping 4 1/2" from the bottom.
    Back stitch where ribbon is within seam.
    Finish slot as was done in previous step.

  15. Top-stitch seam allowance between both pieces (E).

  16. Take piece (F) and align on other long side, right sides together. Align top of piece (F) with pin 1" down from center pin.
    Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance stopping 4 1/2" from the bottom.
    Finish slot as was done in step 13.

  17. Align top of other side of piece (F) on remaining pin (1" down from center pin), right sides together.
    Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance stopping 4 1/2" from the bottom.
    Finish slot as was done in step 13.

  18. It will now look like this

  19. Top stitch seam allowance between tip of piece (F).

  20. To create a casing, fold up unfinished tent bottom 1/2" then fold up 2".
    Top stitch to create casing.
    Repeat for other side.

Your tent is now finished !!!


Setup of Viking Tent
  1. Thread (2) of the dowels through the casings at the bottom of the tent.
    Thread the last dowel through the openings at the top of the tent.

  2. Add (2) pieces (A) to one end of the top dowel and secure with wooden pin.
    Use the ends that are not cut at an angle.
    Make sure that the angled ends are a mirror image of each other.

  3. Insert one of the casing dowel ends into angled end of the piece (A), that matches the angle.
    Repeat for the other piece (A) and remaining casing dowel.
    Secure with wooden pins.


  4. Take piece (B) and add to both casing dowel ends to create the A-frame.

  5. Repeat for the other side making sure that both inside (A) pieces are on the same side.

Your setup is now complete !!!



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