I’ve been dreaming of a little teepee in my living room for sometime now and we finally got around to making one. I have such fond memories of creating forts and finding little hideouts as a child and I’m hoping my kids will find this little teepee a magical place to play and read.
.. 6 six foot saplings [you can also get poles at your local home improvement store]
.. 9×12 painter’s canvas drop cloth
.. Large eyelet kit with 12 eyelets
.. Leather rope
.. Tools: scissors, pen, straight edge, measuring tape, drill, hammer, iron, fabric liquid stitch
.. Measure down 12″ from the top of your poles and drill a hole [we did 5/16″]
.. Run twine through the 6 poles and tie a knot. There can be a little slack, but you need it tight enough to hold them together.
.. Arrange the poles to make the shape of the teepee and wrap the twine around to cover up the holes.
.. Fold drop cloth in half. Measure down 4.25″ on the corner with the fold and create a semicircle. Draw your line and cut.
.. Wrap drop cloth around the poles with the semi circle on top. Pull it tight and mark the bottom of each pole on the ground, or length you would like to cut.
.. Using a straight edge draw a dotted line to connect the marks.
.. Use scissors to cut along the dotted line.
.. Wrap the drop cloth around the poles and check to make sure your length is correct. Pull tight and fold the front edges under where the opening will be in the front. Pin where your edges will be and iron. Trim off excess fabric to create a 1″ seam. Use liquid stitch to create hem.
.. Measure down 4″ from top of opening and 1.25″ from edge and make a mark where your eyelet will go. Measure 2″ down and mark where the next eyelet will go until you have 6 on each side.
.. Lace your leather rope through and pull tight. We started on the bottom so the tie would be at the top & not show.
.. Ta Da! Give your child a book and tell her to go sit in the teepee. She happily obliged, no bribery needed.
Enjoy your weekend! Hopefully mine will be filled with rest & relaxation as my little ones read quietly in their new teepee.. 😉 Marla