Monday, May 20, 2013

hipster teepee

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. 


  1. i like the JETS JETS JETS fabric interwoven in the floral...

    send vera some flower fabric for a teepee :)

  2. Reading this, I realized that my own mom would never, ever have tackled this. A blanket and a table = fort. I think your kids will look back and realize how awesome-cool you were (are)! Though I agree, even at a younger age, my own monkeys would've knocked this thing down and trashed it within days.

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  4. That's super cute. A while back I bought a sewing pattern for a teepee. Too bad I don't sew:/


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