i would be completely lying if i said i loved this project and it was a piece of cake. i don't know what my deal is, but i am teepee challenged. it took two batches of fabric and the help of my mom for me to finally get it right. and it's still a pain to set up. BUT. i love it and am glad the hard part is done and this teepee can be used for stories and pretend, not me pushing it over because i'm so frustrated (yes, that happened. twice).
i used this tutorial from sew mama sew, it's a fabulous tutorial, i was just taking crazy pills the days i worked on mine :)
i think my very favorite part of the teepee is the striped poles. i wanted the fabric to be light and neutral, simply because i like the look (though i was really leaning towards making one like this for a while. isn't it cute?), but i figured it needed a little whimsy and fun, and the poles do it for me. love them.
to make your own teepee you need:
+4-6 six-foot-tall poles (the number you get depends on the look you want. i used 5 poles, but could have done it with 4. a lot of tutorials call for 6, so it's really up to you. mine are from home depot, you can use pvc pipe as well)
+3 yards of 60 inch-wide canvas
+pack of grommets (i found mine at hobby lobby)
+leather for holding the front together and tying the poles together (found at hobby lobby)
+extra strips of fabric or leather to hold the poles in place
the sew mama sew tutorial has pictures, but just lay your fabric out and fold it in half length-wise. then fold the corners together to make a triangle. cut a half-circle out of the tip of the triangle and the bottom of the triangle. that's where i went wrong the first time, i cut the bottom circle angled the wrong way, so be sure to cut the way she tells you! then you can drape it around your poles to make sure you did it right. then i pinned the ties on the fabric from the inside to make sure they were in the right places, then sewed them. next, i added the grommets (with the help of my hubby) and it was done.
sounds easy, huh? i think it is for most people, so don't let me scare you away! regardless of how frustrated i was getting here, i'm in love with it now and am dreaming of picnics and back-yard-camp outs in our little teepee.