Build: kids play teepee
If you can sew a straight stitch you can definitely make this teepee.
Ana White whipped up great plans for this simple teepee build, I gathered the supplies and 3 hours later we had a kids play teepee ready for fun:
And it’s big enough for all three of my kids:
Inspired by this play teepee with a hefty price tag:
image from rhbabyandchild.com
I spent just under $40 for all the supplies to build this version:
I used duck cloth canvas and nylon webbing for the pole supports.
Then added the personalization and pink binding on the front opening, slide in the wood supports and the teepee was ready.
Truly it’s a simply sew and a simple build requiring only 4 – 1×2 pine boards cut to length.
Ana’s plans feature a smart layout of the teepee pattern pieces (she’s just as clever with fabric and she is with a plywood sheet!) and easy to follow sewing instructions.
I added the personalization with fabric letters but you could easily paint with acrylics directly onto the duck canvas.
Some detail shots from left to right: pink nylon webbing loop, pink ribbon ties to hold the door open, small canvas pocket at base of four corners to hold 1×2 in place:
The poles come together at the top and rest on each other for support, it took a few tries to get the poles to sit against each other just right but eventually it worked out and I didn’t need any additional top tie support. You could definitely add a tie support around all the poles for security:
Another view of the poles from above:
This teepee stands alone with no additional support, it’s sturdy as can be and
a great place to play hide out for kids:
*Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Ana’s new book The Handbuilt Home.
I have TWO copies to give away to lucky readers on Friday, Nov. 16th, 2012. *
Here’s how I made the kids play teepee:
1. Cut wood supports and duck cloth canvas as per Ana’s plans here.
2. Determine the length for your nylon webbing loops.
Wrap the nylon around the 1×2 (or pole support you’re using) and add 1″ for seam allowance plus 1″ for give:
I used a standard 1×2 pine board and cut my loops at 6″:
3. Pin loops every 12″ in seams:
4. Back and sides are sewn:
** I did add a small canvas pocket at the base of each seam to hold the 1×2 in place:
5. For the personalization apply heat-n-bond double sided adhesive to the wrong side of your fabric:
6. Print out the letters (I used Ariel font at 300 point).
Place print out right side down on light box (or sunny window) then place fabric right side down on top of print out:
7. Trace outline of letters onto paper backing of adhesive:
8. Cut out letters and iron into place:
9. For a finished edge use a buttonhole or zig zag stitch around the edge of the letters:
10. You can simply hem the front opening folding back the raw edge twice and straight stitch
Add contrasting binding as I did to match the letters.
Cut a bias strip at 1 1/4″ wide x 60″ then sew onto front opening with 1/4″ seam allowance:
11. Press and fold over the raw edge to the back side, pin in place then blind stitch in the gutter from the top:
12. Then add the ribbon ties to hold the doors open:
13. Now sew the front piece to the side pieces just the same as the back with the loops in place.
Slide the 1×2 wood supports in place:
Slide all 4 wood supports in place before attempting to stand up the teepee:
Now stand up and maneuver the wood supports at the top until it’s secure and you’re ready for kid fun: