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Thread: Creative Challenge... not very quilty

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    I've just finished the quilt I was making for my 4 year old Rapunzel/Tangled obsessed daughter for her 5th birthday next month and she has just set me a new challenge :roll:

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...7C15350118.htm

    She has seen this picture... and more than anything wants the "princess tower" to go over/around the ladder up to her bunk. Now, I have no problem with the tent flaps (although I don't know what her little sister will make of her big sister trying to "lock her in")), I have no problem with fancy quilts and (luckily) she isn't interested in the weird tunnel over the bed, but she does REALLY REALLY want mummy to magic up a Rapunzel tower for her...

    Any suggestions??

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    I'd have to say that big sister is not in charge of decorating a room she shares with little sister unless they both agree on those decorations.

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    LOL, don't worry, little sister really wants the "tent flaps" on the basis that I've promised her there can be farmyard animals inside! They spend lots of time huddled in the lower bunk together with blankets tucked in the sides of the upper bunk to make it a private hidey hole.

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    That will be challenging. In a way it seems like it would be easy but maybe not. Could you make a frame of light weight chicken wire to give it shape and then cover it with fabric?

    I remember all the time I spend when young making little tents under tables and couch cushions with blankets thrown over. It will be a wonderful little adventure for both of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    I'd have to say that big sister is not in charge of decorating a room she shares with little sister unless they both agree on those decorations.
    I agree! Peacefully sharing living/working space with others is a skill best learned young...for it is pretty much the way life is going to be all along the way.

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    If her sister is okay with being inside a tent, I would make a really long "dust" ruffle to go on the upper bunk. I would take off the upper mattres, and attach some stone patterned fabric all around to a plain flat sheet cut the size of the mattress. The stone fabric would need to have a seam in the bottom center for access to the lower bunk. If that much stone fabric is out of your price range, I would buy gray flat sheets and make a stone template to trace and make stones on it with a permanent marker. As for putting anything around her ladder, no that will be a safety risk.

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    How about suspending the tower from the ceiling? you could make it around a hula hoop for the bottom part of the roof and use a smaller ring at the top for the point and attach that smaller ring to the ceiling. The sides would then just drape down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuseta
    How about suspending the tower from the ceiling? you could make it around a hula hoop for the bottom part of the roof and use a smaller ring at the top for the point and attach that smaller ring to the ceiling. The sides would then just drape down.
    This is so much easier then making a frame with chicken wire and probably safer too.

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    Ditto the ceiling for the tower.
    I think some Velcro or buttons for picking sides up when cleaning room.

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    I vote for pvc pipe as your frame. :mrgreen:

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    I've seen the bed tents in stores and they are usually pvc like quiltmouse mentioned. Then you could attach them with little fabric loops.

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    Lowes or most hardware stores have clear plastic tubing for your circle, for the turret of the tower. They have a little piece that enables you to join the ends.I would use two panels and have the back slit the way its shown in the front in the photo.And as several have mentioned hang from the ceiling.Our Walmart here has that parachute type of fabric pretty reasonable.Oh, the fun those girls will have. Brings back so many memories,my sister & I had bunk beds built into the hallway, similar to the ones on the passenger trains and we hung blankets and would pretend we were on one. Good luck.

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    The tower looks to be made of the parachute fabric mentioned earlier. I've purchased it at Joann's for use as an outdoor banner. It is not difficult to sew (only problem I had was with appliquing the Old English style letters for the name). The idea of hula hoops to create the circle shape also sounds like a very simple and cost effective solution. To do the cone shaped top you can just cut a circle then cut a pie shaped piece out and overlap those edges and stitch. I also like the idea of suspending the tower from the ceiling. You can get one of those hooks like for hanging plants or lamps and attach a hanging loop at the top of the cone to the hook.
    I think you can do this fairly easily actually!
    Do let us see it when you're done.

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    I want one!! Sniff... I always wanted a pink canopy bed and never got one. My childhood was SO deprived.... lol!

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    Thank you all sooooo much - what brilliant ideas! suspended hula hoops it is... and little sister is giving me her list of what she wants inside... they are both getting quite excited and we've had to have a little sit down to explain that this is all going to take a really looooong time to do.

    Best I get the birthday/Christmas present list made double quick! Happily everyone wants something homemade (mostly quilted items but some soaps, candles, etc) so I can indulge myself without feeling guilty.

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