I've seen a ton of teepee tutorials on Pinterest lately, and thought that would make a really fun place for the kids to play. Apparently, so does everyone else.
Yes, its the same fabric as the curtains on the window behind it. That supply is never-ending (read how last year I accidentally bought 37 yards of this fabric here). I thought I would use up a whole bunch...and I did....but don't worry, despite hanging that fabric on four windows and making a teepee out it, I still have enough left over to build two more teepees, if I wanted to.
I will say that this project was kind of a PITA, and took a lot more cursing than I had anticipated. I'm not going to give a tutorial, since this thing was made on a wing and a prayer and I expect it to last about a week and a half. You can google teepee tutorials, pretty much all them start with get a bunch of poles and drill a hole a few inches down from the top and tie them all together. This was the hardest part, as I found it difficult to hold them all in place and tie them up. The Mister helped but it was still difficult.
At first I used strips of fabric and a hot glue gun, weaving the strips in and out of the top.
After ten minutes of that the Mister and I were all oh hell with this and we went straight to the pneumatic staple gun, which went much faster. Instead of small stripes I took an enormous twelve foot pieces of fabric and started stapling the fabric to the interior of the poles. To get the fabric to drape evenly around the frame I started to fold and tuck the fabric under in triangles, sort of like wrapping a present or upholstering a bench. That description made no sense, did it? And I took no pictures, either. Well, trust me, this is hardly the sturdiest edifice so you probably shouldn't follow my lead here.
To make a door I staples one end of a strip of fabric to the pole on the side of the opening, and stitched one of Princess's hairband to the other side. I screwed a cup hook into the pole on the other side, and voila, the inhabitant of the teepee can close the door from prying eyes.
Despite its less-than-stellar construction, the kids love it.