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How To Build a Backyard Teepee

This mini teepee is perfect for any kid's next backyard powwow.

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mini tipi great for backyard or living room fun
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Sew Channels for the Teepee Poles

Follow the teepee sewing instructions provided with the pattern. To make channels for the teepee poles, you will need to make a French seam. With the lining already stitched to the outside fabric layer at the top and bottom of each panel, lay two panels together, lining sides facing (Image 1). Mark and cut the corner, at the bottom of the channel, on a diagonal 2" from the side and 2" from the bottom (Image 2). Pin the two panels together (Image 3). Sew together with a heavy-duty needle, leaving a 1/2" seam allowance. Remove the pins and flip the panels so the exterior canvas fabric layers are facing together. Re-pin the panels together; the first seam will now be enclosed. Use a piece of masking tape to mark a 2" guide on a sewing machine; measure 2" to the right of the needle (Image 4). Use this guide to stitch the panels together with a 2" seam allowance (Image 5). After sewing, remove the pins.

Step 2: Insert the Poles

Mark 10" from the end of each pole. Drill a hole at each mark (Image 1). Drill an additional hole, also 10" from the end and 3/4" across from the original hole on each pole. Place PVC caps on each pole, at the end with drilled holes (Image 2). Feed the poles through the sewn channels with the uncapped ends leading so they will be at the bottom of the tipi (Image 3). Add crutch tips to the bottom end of the poles to prevent slipping.

Step 3: Connect the Poles

Spread out the teepee poles and thread twine through the drilled holes to connect the poles. Splay the poles out, tighten and tie the poles together (Image 1). Wrap the top of the poles with additional twine. Add stripes to the poles with electric tape; add painted decoration to the teepee with acrylic paint mixed with textile medium, if desired (Image 2).

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  • Terrific Teepees pattern (#SB-20) from SewBaby