DIY Teepee Play Tent

I have done so many posts about the virtues of a tent, and I have even made a tent for my nephews before we had kids. But one morning I woke up and decided that today is the day that my kids will have a tent. And we’ll call it The Library {a quiet place for reading – which by now has also doubled as a hiding place, a nap-space and a space-ship}. Here is a step-by-step tutorial for my DIY Teepee Play Tent.

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A traditional 5 sided teepee with a bamboo wigwam frame is more difficult to construct {and maintain constructed!} than a 4 sided suspended version, so I opted for the latter.

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I used 2.5m of striped fabric, folded in half, to cut the triangles out of. You will end up with 2 big triangles and 4 smaller ones. I used 35cm strips of a different fabric that will make up the lower part of the tent with a 2cm denim trim between the 2.

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The big triangles will form the sides. 2 of the small triangles are stitched together along the straight edges to form the back. The remaining 2 will remain separated to create the entrance {pulled back in the drawing above to show the back panel}.

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I double-stitched all the seams, both because it makes the seam stronger and also because it creates a nice detail on the outside of the tent.

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Just stitch the seam as you normally would, press the seam flat on the right side of the fabric and then make another stitch about 5-10mm from the edge on the right side of the fabric.

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I sewed a strip of denim along the vertical straight edges of the “door” that ties in with the trim between the 2 main fabrics. IMG_8131-467x700-watermarked

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The lower part of the tent is perfect to tuck under some floor cushions or a mattress.

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I threw in a couple of soft pillows just to make it extra comfortable.

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I opted for a pulley-system {secured to a beam through the ceiling board} so that we can comfortably adjust it for washing or maintenance.

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The other end of the rope is secured to the door frame with a brass hook – high enough so that little cannot reach it!

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I little black board announces it’s intended function – in case it was missed! And of course very few things in my house happens without bunting!

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The kids love it – both

their dad and I were invited to the library last night for story-time. It was a bit crowded, but we managed!

Happy playing!

Germarie Signature Featherly

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