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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Tee Pee

While we were looking at $2 flip flops at WalMart I glanced over at the craft section and saw 5' bamboo sticks priced at 3 for $2.50. I knew immediately that I had to have some and that they'd become tee pee posts.

tee pee (don't look too closely ... this was made in an hour and needs some adjusting)

This project took an hour, total. Really. Ok, if you look closely at the tee pee you can tell it took an hour, it's too long and has a few issues, but this is for a handful of toddlers who couldn't care less about the details. If I decide to make another cover I'll put more time and effort into the construction and measurements.

The fabric is a bed cover type of thing from Target that I picked up at Goodwill for $2 (bringing the total cost for the project to around $7). I didn't have quite enough so I used cream muslim for the last two panels, and I'm glad I did because it adds a lot of light to the inside of the tee pee.

The poles are 5' tall and I cut the fabric about 42" wide at the base. With 6 sides that's much wider than it needed to be, next time I'd go narrower. The pole casings are made with french seams.

tee pee bamboo sticks

I drilled holes into the top of the bamboo poles to string a shoelace to help hold it all together. If the casings had been tighter that might not have been necessary, but it makes it all much easier to set up and maneuver.

And the reaction from the kids? They love it.

4 comments:

  1. Ok seriously - how fun!? Can I have one too!! haha maybe big enough for a table and my sewing machine inside??

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  2. This is so great! Thanks for the idea, we may need one of these to get us through the rest of winter... :o)

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  3. Oh my gosh, that is the coolest thing EVER! I love the green fabric, it looks woodsy. And aren't those "accidents" great when they turn out better than the plan? The muslin ended up being your skylights.

    I have a bunch of long skinny branches here that I bought a long time ago just because I was sure I would need them sometime. They were leftover Christmas decorations from somewhere. I may be seeing them as teepee poles now . . . but with no kids around, how will I justify that?

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  4. I love it. It would really make the rest of this winter go faster if they had something else different to do. We use to have a reading tent that was an old camping one that the zipper broke. I like your idea better.
    Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. Take care and God Bless!!!

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