Introduction

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This cool kid's hideout is as fun to make as it is to play. With one trip to the hardware store, you can get everything you need for this drop cloth teepee.

Step 1

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Mark Lines

Fold the canvas in half lengthwise. Starting at the hemmed edge, mark six inches from the edge on the folded side and 20 inches from the edge on the hemmed side. Use one of your stakes as a guide and draw a diagonal line from point to point. From that bottom point, on the hemmed edge mark over 10 inches and mark 38 inches from the line on the folded edge, draw a diagonal line connecting your points.  Repeat in reverse, marking 10 inches from the line on the fold and 38 inches along the hem, draw a diagonal line.

Step 2

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Cut Lines

Cut along all of your lines and along the folded edge.

Step 3

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Hem Raw Edges

Hem all raw edges. Fold the raw edges under 1/4" and iron, fold over another 1/4" and press to hide the raw edge. Sew along your pressed edge.

Step 4

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Front Door Panel

Create the front panel by overlapping the two small panels by an inch. Pin from the very top down 24 inches and sew together.

Step 5

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Join Panels and Sew

Match up two panels with the short sections at the top and wrong sides facing. Sew together with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 6

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Create Channels for Stakes

Fold the fabric over the new seam you just made so that the right sides are facing. Mark a line 2-1/2" from the sewn edge. Pin and sew down that line to create a channel for the stakes. Repeat the with all remaining panels.

Step 7

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Insert Stakes

Turn the teepee so that the channels are on the inside and thread the stakes through.

Step 8

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Adjust Stakes and Tie Together

Stand up the teepee and adjust the stakes until you have a nice even shape, tie the stakes together. First tie the twine around one stake, then wrap it around all of the stakes many times, and secure it all with a simple knot.

Step 9

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Decorate and Display

For extra fun, let your little one decorate their teepee with paint. Washable paint is a great option if you want to be able to change the design, but use acrylic or latex paint if you'd like their design to be permanent.