After reading her notes several times and sketching out each step, I finally thought, "I can do this!"
There are so many for-purchase teepees out right now that are really cute but so expensive.
Like this one from the Land of Nod for $150
or this one from Restoration Hardware for $270
I spent a grand total of $50... and it could be done for much less if you already have some of the supplies on hand!
So here it is: instructions and all!
|This is the floor plan. I figured out that each base wall would be about 35 inches long.|
|I marked it all out with tape (because I didn't have anything else handy that wouldn't stain the cloth)|
|And cut out all of my triangle pieces.|
|This is a terrible picture but I wanted to show that I ironed all of the seams and then pinned my 2inch overlapping pockets before I started sewing.|
|I brought my sewing machine over so that Lily could help me sew. I thought she might be interested and she really was. She was such a good helper, too!|
|We also picked out some fun trim.|
|She rolled herself up in it like a burrito. I don't know if she understood that it would stand up when it was done or if she thought I was making her an enormous blanket with doors.|
to make your own you'll need:
- one 9'x6' canvas drop cloth (I got mine at Home Depot) ~$10
- six 6 1/2' long 1"x1" square sticks (also got these at Home Depot) ~$12
- two yards of whatever fabric if you're making the exact tent I made ~$20... you can leave this out if you want or use some fabric you already have! I think it could be cool to paint a pattern on the canvas instead. I also don't think it would look bad at all to have it be really simple and only canvas. But really, the sky's the limit with extra fabric... you could add a panel to the middle all the way around, or to the bottom of each side... you could cut holes for window flaps in the sides etc... get as fancy or as simple as you want!
- trim ~$3 for the pom pom trim, ~$3 for the leather string, ~$3 for the feathers I got to go with the leather string
Good Luck if you choose to tackle one of these for yourself and send your pics my way! I'd love to see what you do!