A Patchwork Tent (A Tutorial)

A Patchwork Tent (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

For this tent I knew I wanted a quilted patchwork look, but I just don’t have the patience to make a perfect patchwork pattern. Instead, I started with large pieces fabric to make the sewing and measuring part easy and then cut them down into smaller strips after they were sewn together. The wooden A-frame part of the tent was made in a similar fashion to the one from Cakies, so instead of reinventing the wheel you can click here for full frame tutorial.

 

A Patchwork Tent 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

To make the outside patchwork for this tent I used various fabrics including many vintage items that were from my mother’s fabric stash. First, I cut most of the fabric into large pieces making sure the widths were the same…approximately 16″.  The length measurements varied randomly from 6″ to 25″.

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Patchwork Tent

Lisa recently told me she wanted to make a tent for her daughter, perfect for play and for photos. She wanted it to have a very sweet and vintage feel to it. Here’s what we came up with.

Patchwork Tent Photography Prop via lilblueboo.com

Patchwork Tent Photography Prop via lilblueboo.com

Patchwork Tent Photography Prop via lilblueboo.com
Patchwork Tent Photography Prop via lilblueboo.com

Patchwork Tent Photography Prop via lilblueboo.com

 

I used some of my vintage fabric, even included some new fabric you might recognize from Lil Blue Boo clothing, to create a patchwork tent cover for the A-Frame Tent. We added some floral paper garland for a little something extra. Now we have a lovely tent for photos or for reading a good book.

 

Patchwork Tent Photography Prop via lilblueboo.com

 

Where did we go for beautiful tent inspiration? Pinterest of course! You must check out all of the lovely tent photos we found:

 

Patchwork Tent Photography Prop via lilblueboo.com

 

We created the A-Frame Tent using the tutorial by Cakies on Grosgrain. Super easy!

 

 

This week I’ll show you how to make the patchwork portion and simple garland to decorate the inside:

 

 

Paper garland photography prop tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Tunic & Shorts: Sugar & Spice by Lil Blue Boo
Headband by Vintage Rose Wraps

 

 

 

Finding Backgrounds & Locations

This is one of my favorite parts about photography! Finding the location. Here are some ideas to help you find the perfect spot for your photos. 

Take a fun, bright quilt or sheet outside and drape it over a large patio chair. Sit your subject in the chair (candy always works for me), snap away, and then crop out the background.

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

A little editing and voila! A pretty portrait! 

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com 

Drive around! You never know what you might find in your area…

…like this graffiti wall.

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

Maybe a nearby hotel with a lot of history.

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

The laundromat makes for a great location!

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

A bright door (matching shoes are a bonus!)

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

Speaking of doors, a white garage door is such a great backdrop!

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

How about about an open field (bring an extra person to keep an eye out for snakes!)?

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

An amusement park has fun bright colors for your backdrop and your kids will be happy :-)

Finding photography backgrounds and locations via lilblueboo.com

Can’t make it outside for your photo shoot? Here are some of our favorite links for building your own backdrops!

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