Unless you are living in an actual tent in the woods, you couldn’t have missed the children’s teepee and tent craze! No nothing seems to be more stylish for little tykes than a mini teepee to horse around in. But if you’re a mamma like me, you’re a momma on a budget. And dropping $200.00 on a toy made from material and wood dowels sounded kinda, sorta nuts. So I took a good look at a couple different designs and said to my capable self, “I can make that!”. And then I did.
Let’s just say this little handmade teepee DIY has seriously stolen my heart without stealing all my money!
How to Make a Kid’s Teepee…
– Fabric for the teepee sides (the floral fabric). I purchased 5 yards to be safe, but I only ended up using 3.5 yards.
– Fabric for the teepee pole tubes (the yellow polka-dot fabric). 1 yard of this was enough because the width of the fabric I used was the correct height of the tube.
– Sticks or poles or dowels of some kind. The poles I used were 3/4″ diameters wooden dowels I purchased a my local hardware store. I bought 4 poles at 66″ each.
– Twine or something similar. You just need about 1 yard of twine to fasten your poles together.
Step 1: First you need to cut your material to the correct pattern. You should cut 4 tube pieces at 50″ X 6.5″. Then cut 4 triangle side pieces. These side pieces have a flat top that is 4″ with two side pieces at 50″ that angle down to a bottom piece of 40″. Did you get all that? If not, there’s a picture above ;).
Step 2: Time to break out the handy-dandy sewing machine and channel your inner Martha. It’s time to hem. A hem, for you brave beginning sewers (which was me a couple of weeks ago) is when you fold and sew a fabric edge over to create a clean sewn edge. You want to hem both ends of all 4 tube pieces and the top and bottom of all 4 side pieces. Make sure you fold the raw fabric edge towards the bad (or dull) side of your fabric and sew.
Step 3: Now you want to sew your tubes into actual tubes for obvious reasons. Fold your fabric in half like a hotdog bun with the dull side on the inside. Then feed the folded tube through your sewing machine on the non-folded edge. Tada tubes!
Step 4: This step is the most complicated step by far, but don’t worry we will get through this together. If you pin the pieces together correctly, then you’ll sew it together correctly. Start by laying one triangle side down with the bright side of the fabric facing up. Then, along one of the triangle’s sides, lay the sewn edge of one tube piece parallel with the cut (non hemmed) triangle side edge (see top image of this step). Next lay a second triangle side piece on top with the bright side facing down. The side of this top triangle piece should line up parallel with the tube’s sewn edge and the bottom triangle’s side edge. Now pin the three pieces together along the edge. Time to sew…Sew along the pinned edge, making sure all three pieces get stitched together. Then repeat Step 4 with all four teepee sides!
Step 5: I chose to add a little color to my teepee poles, but you can keep it rustic with the raw wood. You will want to drill a hole in your poles at about 16.5″ from the top. Then you feed your poles through the tent tubes and prop it up. You may want to ask a buddy to hold the teepee in place while you feed the twine through the poles and tie it together. Once you have that little teepee all sewn and tied up, don’t forget to cut a flap on one of the triangle sides. I cut mine about 3/4 of the way up.
Finished! Congrats! Now enjoy the heck out of this little teepee DIY!
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Alix Adams is a glitter user and ice cream abuser. She blogs at A Ruffled Life when she’s not kissing her baby’s fat rolls or painting a wall.