I wanted a light tent, to take better photo's of my Instructables, but had no idea how to go about it. That very weekend I found what I didn't know I was looking for. A toy soccer goal (minus the net) frame.Bingo, all my creative juices flowed at once.
An unwanted soccer goal and a white sheet = LIGHT TENT.
My objective was to make an open fronted fabric tent, and attach it to the inside of the frame.
[Note] The chances of your "frame " being the same are remote so all instructions are for what I (actually) did. The steps are easily adapted to any shape.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies.
* White sheet or fabric.
* Paper for template. (newspaper will be fine)
* Straight Pins.
* Sewing Machine. (needle and thread)
[Note] See step 9 for more suggestions.
Step 2: Bingo: the Frame As I Found It.
[Note] The purple plastic pieces all click together using the brackets and joints to create the shape.
At the end, simply un-click and store way.
Step 3: The Brackets
What can I make with all this? Iv'e seen these types of brackets at the hardwear store and they were quite expensive.
Step 4: The Completed Frame
[Note] Be on the lookout for any cube or box-like frame. A garage/yard sale or charity shop would be a good start.
Step 5: Templates or Pattern
I then pinned each template onto the fabric.
Step 6: Cut Fabric Around Template
(A seam allowance is an extra 1/2 inch of fabric when cutting to allow for sewing a seam).
[Note] Because the light tent hangs on the inside of the frame it should be slightly smaller than the frame itself.
Thank You: wdrwilson and his Super Simple Light Tent . He said that he "should" have built his on the inside,
so-as not to show the frame, when you take pictures. Excellent advice.
Step 7: Fabric Tubes
[Note] If your frame has brackets, as mine does. Cut the fabric tubes slightly smaller than the panels to allow for the insertion and
removal of the pieces.
Step 8: Tryout and Successful Completion.
I pinned the fabric tubes and panels together then inserted the plastic frame (pipes), to make sure it was okay. [ I allowed a bit of space to accomodate my brackets etc.]
I sewed the pieces together to complete the Cube-like shape.
Then I added the fabric tubes, inserted the purple plastic pipes into the fabric tubes and my light tent was done. [ see Intro image ]
Step 9: Other Methods of Attachment
Strips of Fabric, Ribbon, Velcro or Wide Elastic. Attach your chosen method to the fabric panels where I had sewn my tubes.
[Note] I didn't think of this till I was nearly finished so I kept with my 1st. idea on to completion.
If I had thought before, I would have gone for one of these.
Step 10: Space Saving Storage.
[Note] Now I have to learn how to make better Instructable pictures using my very own Light Tent.