I did it!! I made a sweet little cute teepee
for myself for my kids! Not only a teepee, but a no sew teepee! So easy (almost)!
I have been coveting for one for a while now. I thought it would make a nice place for Huds to curl up and read a book (or as it turns out, hide and shoot me from).
I browsed some pretty amazing tutorials (here & here), but I thought, what is all the fuss? Do I really need to sew, or glue gun, or drill? No, I’ll just tie the sticks together and drape a sheet over it…and it turns out that this method will work, just not so well.
So, after doing it the lazy way- which amounted to a lot of repositioning of poles, and some collapses…I decided to put some real effort in. Non-the-less, this is a no sew teepee and is almost easy. You will need a drill though!
And here is how I accomplished teepee:
Get: 5 or 6 pieces of doweling, whatever diameter you like, 6-8 feet long. Some other teepee makers used 1X2 by 6 feet long square trim type of wood…this looked equally good.
I used a flat sheet (for a single bed). I happened to have a CHEVRON sheet- yahoo!!!
Then I gathered from around my house, a drill, tape, twine, buttons, needle and thread or clothes pegs
1. Drill a hole in each piece of wood around 9 inches down
2. Thread twine through holes and loop around each stick (I wrapped tape around the end of the twine string to make it a little more sturdy and get through the holes)
3. Then spread out poles in a way that seems right to you…leaving a little more space between the poles where you want your opening to be
4. Now twist and wrap the twine around the poles so that it feels sturdy.
5. Drape sheet over poles, making it even on both sides of the opening
6. Put your clothes pins (or safety pin) at the top of the sheet above opening to secure it (where you see the buttons in the picture)
7. Now mess around with the sheet until you are happy with the placement
8. Get your fabric glue and smear it down the pole on one side of your opening…then just pat the sheet into the glue, when it dries the sheet will be secured to the wood, making the teepee a little more stable
9. Readjust the sheet, make sure you are happy with the placement and do the other poles (I only did the poles on either side of the opening)
10. Once that is dry, then you are pretty much done and ready to have some charming fun! Just tuck the sheet under the poles and put a cozy blanket in there with some pillows…I took it one step further and sewed on some buttons at the top of the opening
Pretty cute right??! Now I just need a little girl who actually would like to have a tea party in it- instead of house full of boy’s who don’t really care!