Beach Tent Tutorial

Beach Tent Tutorial

Our friends over at Get Away Today shared this fun beach tent tutorial that we thought you’d like.
Everything about the beach makes me happy. The combination of crashing waves, smooth sand and warm sun make the shore a perfect vacation destination. Make your day at the beach more comfortable with this simple and easy A-frame Beach Tent. It’s perfect for keeping little ones out of the sun and keeping your spot on the beach easy to… well, spot! It takes less than an hour to make, is extremely portable and very cute.

Beach Tent Tutorial


You will need:
3 yards of heavy weight fabric – You can even find cute fabric on Amazon
Four 1” x 2” x 48” whitewood moulding
Three 3/4” x 48” poplar dowel
Drill with a 3/4” spade bit
Sewing Supplies

For the Frame:Building the frame only requires drilling eight holes. Measure six inches from the top of each board and mark the spot with a line using your pencil. Place the point of your 3/4 inch drill bit on the center of the line and drill a hole. Turn the boards over and measure 1.5 inches up from the bottom. Draw a line with a pencil. Drill a hole in each board using a 3/4 inch drill bit. That is all you need to do! The frame is ready.

Beach Tent Tutorial-Drill Holes

Beach Tent Tutorials-Wood Supplies

Building the Frame

Build the frame by making an A-frame on each end of the tent with two wooden boards. Then, place the wooden dowels through the holes.

For the Cover: The cover is simple. If your fabric is about 44 inches wide already, you will NOT need to cut anything off the width. If your fabric is 60 inches wide, you will want to take about 16 inches off of the entire width of the fabric piece. This remaining scrap of fabric can be used later to create a carrying case! Turn the raw edge over about 1/4 inch and sew. If you didn’t have to cut your fabric, you really don’t even need to bother with this step.

Beach Tent Tutorial-Cut Fabric

Next, fold the top end of your fabric under about 3 inches. This is going to make the “pocket” that the wooden dowel will slide through. Sew across the folded seam. Place your first pocket on the dowel and stretch the fabric up over the center dowel and down towards the third dowel. You will see the tent shape form. Pull the fabric so it is very tight and pin along where your second pocket will be.

Beach Tent Tutorial-Pin Here

It’s Easy as That

I have made several tent covers and have found that the tent is not necessarily square. Do not cut the fabric unless you have tested it on the tent and are certain that it will fit all the way across the dowel. Pin the fabric in place, sew along your pinned line, then cut the excess fabric away from the back. It’s as easy as that!

Beach Tent Tutorial-Tenton Beach

For the Bag: If you had 60 inch fabric and want to utilize the extra piece you cut off earlier in the process, you can make a carrying bag for the tent. Fold the fabric in half with the right sides together so it forms a long thin tube. Sew along both sides. Turn the bag right side out. To finish the top, fold the top edge under about 2 inches. Sew it into place. Tie the top closed with a ribbon, rope, or twine.

beach Bag Tutorial- Tent-Sized Bag

Enjoy your day at the beach with your homemade beach tent!

Beach Bag Tutorial- Chillin

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Kathy Dalton
Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.
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