after finding great inspiration from this tutorial, I decided to make a teepee tent of my own for diesel's birthday this year. i wanted to create a reading nook in his room, and realized a teepee would be the perfect cozy spot for just that.
let me just forewarn you. this project is not for the faint of heart! it took me days to make this and there was a lot of frustration involved. however, i'm glad i did and i love the end result. that being said, let me also point out that there are TONS of teepee diys and tutorials out there. i'd recommend you find the perfect instructions and measurements for you so you don't have to reinvent the wheel like i did. it's NOT fun!
so here we go!
8.you will need five panels (see measurements in picture 7 above) and one set of the door panel which has three pieces. (see directly above in picture 8) you can add as many pockets as you want. i did five pockets along the bottom and two higher pockets.
later i added measurements for a higher pocket because i like to torture myself by being an over-achiever. the higher pocket measurements are 22" across top, 26" across bottom, 11" tall.
in all of these measurements i've accounted for seams. i used a pocket seam to hide the poles in, which is why the side seam measurements are extra wide. i'd recommend making these a 1/4" wider so the poles slip through more easily.
9. i used a painting canvas for the fabric of the teepee. if you buy a 9' x 12' painter's canvas, you can cut all of the panels out of one piece.
10. mark the bottom measurement. then find the middle of the bottom line. from the middle, measure your height straight up and mark it. then use that mark as the middle mark for your top measurement and measure out to each side of the middle mark. use a long straight edge to trace the angled line from the top corners to the bottom corners.
(does this make any sense at all??? if not, just ask and i'll explain a bit better!)
12. pocket pieces are optional, but if you're up for some more crazy punishment, go ahead and make some! for the pocket pieces, it's easiest to fold the fabric in half and measure from there. you can use your first cut out of the pockets and panels as a template for the rest of your cut outs for the teepee.
i think that's enough for one day. in part 2 of the teepee diy tutorial, we'll start sewing the pieces together!