Update: 4/18/2013, Here are some pics of the inside of the top bunk bed tent. http://excitedandconfused.blogspot.com/2012/07/pictures-of-top-bunk-bed-tent-and.html. Good luck! I'd love to see a pic of yours if you make one, so send it to chambers (dot) steph (at) gmail (dot) com.
I don't sew. Really. Except at Christmas. Then I suddenly become invested with delusions. At least these delusions are a regular Christmas occurrence, so I am getting a little better with the sewing machine. At this rate I will have it mastered by the time I'm 80.
I love how the "Who Loves Ellie" book turned out. I wanted to do something bright and soft and chewable, so I found the printable fabric at Joanne's, got some scraps of red (I know I could have color-coordinated it better, but babies love red, right?), some of that super soft green stuff, and used some fleece that I've had sitting around and put it together. My fabulous and talented sister Alisha took the photos in the book. I used a "Taggie" book that we have for a pattern. I only had to unpick three times and I didn't even swear. I've come to accept that when I sew, I will also unpick. It's part of my sewing life. If I want to reach sewing Nirvana I just have to unpick and move on. (I unpicked so much this December that Mike gave me a seam ripper for Christmas.)
The Bunkbed tent project is still unfinished, but finished enough to be cool for the girls. They love their new bunk bed tents and Mike and I had a good time designing and working together on them. I got the idea from homemadebyjill 's cute little felt playhouse. I thought, "Hey I don't want that on the one table in my house, but it would be fun to make one for the bottom bunk."
I was going to do something super simple for Kenzie's tent, like draping fabric from a huge embroidery hoop hung from the ceiling, but Mike got in on the design and used PVC to build the frame and canvas for the fabric.
Mike is actually better at sewing than I am. He never has to unpick and he never swears. Ever. What a good man.
After I decided that I was really going to attempt this project I found some other helpful links:
Woman of 1,000 hobbies --she made a bunk bed tent that is anchored differently from ours
Two Little Hooligans -- She made an outside tent that I was considering adapting for the top bunk and gave me the idea for pockets inside for the girls (which I haven't added yet)
Instructables --This inspired the PVC idea a little bit.
Obsessively Stitching --had some good ideas from her table tent too.