Friday, 7 November 2014
How to make a Kids Teepee
I want to get back into blogging regularly and see if my readers are still out there!
I have been making stuff and repurposing stuff so I do have some material to tell you about.
I have been trying to make a teepee that is easy to put up and doesn't just sag for a very long time.
I looked up in blogland and there were no specifics really about how to get one that can be put up fast by one person. I found at first the teepee just slid down the sticks and was a pain. So I have an answer to how to fix that.
I have looked back at my photos and found that I started the teepee last October - not as long ago as I thought!
The first thing I did was buy 6 x 14mm wooden poles which were about 2.4m long. I think 5 poles might have been easier but I wanted the teepee to be nice and big - not convinced now that that made any difference. Then I cut out 6 triangles from a pair of curtains and thought about how to keep the poles in position. I used tabs at first like on curtains. I quickly decided this would lead to a saggy teepee so made tubes the length of the teepee for the poles to slide into. Here are the tabs.
Don't do it like this.
So, once I had taken it apart and made tubes for the poles it looked like this
I went for having a hole for a door.
Then I did a denim applique surround for the door.
It occurred to me that they would be too old for it by the time I finished it. Have you had that feeling?
Then a friend found a broken one beside the road (which mostly worked) so I was able to have a good look at it. I had looked at some in shops before but they relied on having rods of wood around the bottom... and I couldn't work out how to do these and be able to still wash it occasionally. Plus I didn't like the idea anyway as cjildren would sit on them and roll on them and it would hurt.
The one she found had the the poles in tubes but they weren't open at the bottom, so I closed up mine. I then worked out where I needed holes in the poles to tie string through (I had already had these but as the poles could move through it was always took ages to get it set up). I also cut the poles shorter as at 2.4m they were too long. Then I used other holes further down the poles to anchor the pole to a spot in the tube. This kept the teepee from falling down the poles.
Totes amazeballs right?
I know it looks wonky but it is just the angle - honestly (or photographer).
So, to recap:
- I found that I needed to sew up the ends of the tubes so the poles stop at the bottom of the teepee.
- Sew or tie the poles into the tubes using the hole in the pole near the top so that the the teepee doesn't slide down and wrinkle up.
- Make holes for string at the point near the top of the poles when you have worked out how high it needs to be to make the sides taut.
This should give you a nice looking teepee which is easy to put up and down!