I wish I could say this tent was my brilliant idea but the honor actually belongs to Cakies. See her great tutorial for details.
This is a super simple, cheap and totally fun thing to do at the start of summer -- one thrifted sheet, two 1x2's, a dowel, and some rubber bands. I think I spent almost the same amount on the spade bit used to drill the holes (and which will be used to drill many other things in the future) as I did on supplies.
This is currently on our porch, for eating breakfast, but it has already been in the backyard on grass and in our house on a carpet. The only surface it doesn't do well on is hardwood floor or, I imagine, tile as the tent legs need a bit of grip to stay upright. We added thick rubber bands to the dowel ends as I wanted something to prevent them slipping off accidently. Cakies mentioned her dowel fit snugly but ours is loose -- better safe than sorry.
And yes, it does fold up flat and is easily disassembled for storage just as you suppose it might.
I already want to make more of them.
I also whipped up another summer necessity -- a sun hat. This one is from Oliver + S's 'Little Things to Sew' book and it is much loved already. I used fusible fleece for the brim which makes it that perfect blend of rigid yet roll-able and keeps it's shape as it should.
The interior fabric was recycled from my mom's old work shirt -- super soft, well worn cotton -- and though this hat is reversible, the Loo loves that side against her bean. There's a smidge of hand sewing to be done along the side, but it's worth the effort. Size large just fits on my big headed kid -- make sure you measure.
All together now!