Last summer I started making this American Girl Cabana. Crazy, I know. I made the structure with the dowels and then I never pulled out my sewing machine to create the cover. The pieces have just been sitting in my craft room. When we made the picnic blanket I realized it would be the perfect opportunity to make the tent cover since I was already sewing. This pattern was made from scratch and it’s easy to take in the sides if you need to make your tent fit tighter. I gave each side at least an inch allowance which is very generous but I also like to double fold the fabric before I stitch to give a clean edge.

When first starting this project I had in mind to use pvc pipes. However, once putting it together I realized the connectors didn’t come in the angles I needed. That’s where the clear tubing came in handy. You can bend the tubing to any angle you need.

Materials Needed:

  • Dowels
    • 1/2″ @ 12.5″ x 4 (top x)
    • 1/2″ @ 20″ x 4 (sides)
    • 1/2″ @ 18″ x 3 (bottom side supports)
    • 5/16″ @ 18″ x 4 (top square)
  • Plastic Clear Tubing
  • 3 Yards Fabric
  • Rickrack *optional
  • Buttons *optional
  •  String Lights *optional

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How to Make an American Girl Cabana was last modified: April 13th, 2017 by Rudy

12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

    1. Bookfanatic102
      April 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm –

      Kate @ LoveAG2Infinity cool! I’ve had mine for about a year ( it will be a year in july or august.) do you have anything extra like an expander or springs or a bite plate?

    1. Awesome
      April 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm –

      Are you exited about Z?I can’t wait!

    1. aglover
      April 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm –

      can you make a hammock btw loved it

    1. purple crayon
      April 15, 2017 at 7:11 am –

      oh, my, gosh. kate @loveag2infinity you profile pic is showing its teeth like it wants to show everyone its new braces! lol

    1. Kate @ LoveAG2Infinity
      April 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm –

      Bookfanatic102 I have braces too ? Just got them on a week ago

    1. Kate @ LoveAG2Infinity
      April 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm –

      Love this!! Random fact: The first video of yours I ever watched was DIY Grace Thomas bedding ? So I’ve been watching your videos for about 2 years now and I’m still a huge fan!! <3

    1. purple crayon
      April 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm –

      i really like this. can you pls pls pls make softball stuff. i love softball and i have been asking for a while.

    1. Bookfanatic102
      April 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm –

      Aeryn_123 because I have them and would like my dolls to too.

    1. Aeryn_123 ?
      April 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm –

      Bookfantastic102 why do you want doll braces so much.

    1. Bookfanatic102
      April 12, 2017 at 3:11 pm –

      where did the tiki lights come from? can you make them as a craft?

    1. Bookfanatic102
      April 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm –

      I forgot again lol, yay first comment!

    1. Bookfanatic102
      April 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm –

      Sooo cute! can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make doll braces, an expander, and orthodontist contraption? and maybe an orthodontist office or a dentist?