You will need:
Single quilt cover that you don't mind cutting up
7 extra long garden canes (the ones that are about 6 or 7ft are ideal
String (I actually used DK crochet cotton which worked really well)
1. Take quilt cover. Cut down the stitched short side, and one of the long sides. You could always unpick it if you want the finish to be a bit neater, which is what I did.
2. Turn under to make a hem, and stitch in place.
3. Take two garden canes and lie them flat on the floor (I made the mistake of trying to lean them against the fence to do this. Don't try it. Just trust me. You'll end up incandescent with rage), in a 'V' shape. Overlap them at the top. Tie together with string.
4. Repeat again for the other end.
5. This is really where you need a second person - I managed to get Benjamin to stand still long enough to hold one of the 'V' shapes while I held the other one, and fixed the roof support cane on top.
6. Push the ends of the canes into the lawn so it stands up, then tie the last cane to one end to make a sort of tripod. I didn't think I'd need to do this, but it just makes the whole structure a bit more secure.
7. Drape quilt cover over and peg in place.
8. Get cross and swear at pegs every time one pings off.
9. Manage to secure all four sides of the quilt cover and feel smug.
10. Add a flag and some bunting.
11. Find your most comfy cushions and blankets, and furnish your new abode.
12. Carry every single toy in the house outside and try to squash them all inside (err, that might just apply to us...).
That's pretty much it. I'm sure there are more technical ways of doing this, but if you like a good shortcut, it worked fine for us. Happy camping!
PS: I played around with the fab Picmonkey for the photos on this post - waaaaaay better than Picnic used to be!
|Proving that vintage scarves have multiple uses|