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12 Days of Cheer Day 6: DIY Gift Ideas – Tee pee

December 12, 2012


My nephew is the absolute sweetest little boy ever and has also recently become a big brother. I wanted to make sure that he got something extra special this Christmas. As a child I loved building forts. Blankets would be slung over furniture and anchored with our encyclopedia set to create my own hidden continent. I would have just died to have this tee pee as a kid (and might just make one for my adult self). This is a simple tee pee pattern and as long as you know the very basics of a sewing machine this will be easy. And if you don’t it’s the perfect project to learn. It only took one evening and about $30 to make.












* 4 yards of 60″ wide fabric (I used muslin to keep the cost low)
* 6′ poles that are around 1 1/2″ in diameter – from the hardware store
* Drill with 1/4″ drill bit
* 1 yard of leather strap or other type of sturdy rope

Step 1: Measure 38″ inches out from corner on the bottom of the fabric. From the middle (19 inches in) measure straight up 50″ and make a mark. This mark will be the middle of the top. Measure 4″ on each side of the mark (to make an eight inch top). Connect the bottom end with the top end to create a triangular panel. Use the first one as a template to make 4 more.

Step 2: Hem top and bottom edges by turning and ironing the edges 1/4″ and then again 1/4″, stitch.

Step 3: Repeat on remaining 4 panels.

Step 4: Pin the long edges of 2 panels together with right sides facing.

Step 5: Sew together 1/2″ from the edge

Step 6: Separate and iron the seam down

Step 7: With the same two panels, turn so that wrong sides are facing. Measure out 2″ from the just sewn seam and pin. Continue measuring the whole way up the side and pin as you go.

Step 8: Stitch together to create a tube that you will slip the wood pole through. You may want to test that the pole fits. Repeat steps 4 – 8 on two more panels and repeat again to sew the 4 panels together.

Step 9: With the 5th remaining panel – fold in half and measure 25″ up from bottom. Mark.

Step 10: Snip along folded edge up to the mark you made (this will create the two front flaps of the tee pee)

Step 11: Hem edges of the tee pee flaps 1/4″. Zig zag stitch the top where the two flaps come together to re-enforce. Repeat steps 4-8 to connect this final panel to the other 4.

Step 12: Measure 6″ down on each wood pole.

Step 13: Drill a hole through each pole. Sand off any splinter from drilling.

Step 14: Slip poles through the tubes so the the end with the hole is at the top of the tee pee.

Step 15: Slip the leather strap through all the holes and wrap remaining length around the bundle. Tie ends together in a tight knot.

Set up and enjoy!

All images property of Cotton & Brass and Christa Kimble.  You are welcome to post, pin or share, but please link back and give credit where credit is due.  Thanks!


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