Friday, July 5, 2013

DIY- No Sew Teepee

So far, since I started my "Tribal Themed DIY Extravaganza", I've shared a whimsical DIY: Doily Dream Catcher and a fanciful DIY: Baby Feather Headdress. Today, as I come to the end of my "native" obsessed DIY attempts, I conclude with my biggest tutorial yet; How-To Assemble A No-Sew Teepee! That's right, no sewing needed!! For those who have zero needle-crafting skills like me, these two precious words are music to our ears. A traditional teepee was the preferred tent used by the Plains Indians and have now found their way to the top of almost every child's wish list.  I can definitely see why, as they make for the perfect oasis for your infant, toddler and/or school-age child to escape into a magical world of imaginary play or just simply cozy up with a few of their favorite books. The best part about them is how easy they are to set-up and disassemble, allowing for effortless portability.  Whether they be used indoor to add a touch of whimsy to your child's nursery, bedroom or playroom or for that perfect outdoor camping spot in the backyard, they are a wonderfully convenient and hassle free way to entertain your little one for hours! I have wanted to add one to my daughter's play area for the longest time just never found the right time to make the big purchase, so I decided to create one myself (with the help of my handyman husband of course). After browsing several tutorials I found they all used the same method to create the structure, however when it came time to fit the covering I decided to do away with dimensions and just use my eye-balling method. ;) With out further ado, here is my step-by-step on How-To Build A NO-Sew Teepee!

Supplies:
Structure:
* (5) - 11/16" X11/16" X 8ft wooden poles
* Twine
* Hand held Drill
* Tape Measure
* Pencil
* Scissors

Covering:
* 9X12 Painter's Canvas Cloth(tarp)
* 10 count Grommet packet with kit
* Boot String bundle
Instructions:

Part I - Structure:

1. Measure and use a pencil to center mark 18" from the top of all your wooden poles

2. Drill a 1/4" hole through each marking on all of your wooden boards
3. String your twine through each hole, tying a knot on each board as you go. (see photo below)
4. Stand your wooden poles up, align the holes and tie with a loose knot
5. Begin spreading the poles out, positioning each one to create your preferred width and height. (You may need to elicit help with this step)

6. Once you have the teepee shape you want, wrap the top of your teepee with twine as many layers as you need to tightly secure.
Part II - Covering:
1. Fold your tarp still giving you a 12ft length. Measure and mark about a 6" radius from the corner of the folded edge, creating a semi-circle. Then cut along that line, creating a collar to fasten around the top of your teepee structure.
2. (Not Pictured) Wrap your tarp (right side out) around your teepee structure about 6" from your twine fastening.
3. (Not Pictured) Safety pin the opening shut (or have your helper hold) in position while you draw a line marking your preferred length all the way around the bottom of your painter's tarp 
4. Cut along your marked hem ( I would even cut a bit outside your line as it's always easy to trim or tuck under than it is to add length).
5. Starting at the top of your opening, add 5 grommets on each side. 
6.Wrap your tarp around your structure, then string your boot strings through your grommets to secure your closure.

7. Add a cute rug or blanket and lots of pillows for comfy lounging. 
YOU DID IT!! 
 You have now created your very own No Sew Teepee!
Your Beautiful Homemade Hide-Away Awaits You, I MeanYour Precious Little Boy or Girl!
Be sure to visit my tutorials on how-to create a  Doily Dream Catcher and Baby Feather Headdress!

45 comments :

  1. I love this! Such a unique idea! Visiting from the Inspire Me blog hop! Feel free to also link this one up at our Red, White & BBQ Ladies Only Blog Share link party which is now live! :)

    http://mommifried.com/ladies-only-blog-share-link-party-red-white-bbq/

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Crystal!! I am now linked up at "Ladies Only.." Thank you for the invite!

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  2. Wow! Love this. Thanks for sharing :)

    Anne
    {The Pink Momma}

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  3. Very creative melissa! Well done :) no sew are two words that are music to my ears too :)
    www.mossyjojo.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad they are not just my favorite, lol!! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet complement :)

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  4. Hello awesome fun!! I have a child whose room is done in Native American (and Spiderman, lol, never mind ;)) and this would be a perfect addition!

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    1. You can never go wrong with Spiderman, lol! Thank you for stopping by!! I am now your newest follower! :)

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  5. Stopping over from the Blissful and Domestic link party! I love this. It was just what I was looking for my boys!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Stacy
    www.theprojectpalace.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Stacy!!! It was a fun project that certainly isn't as hard as it looks!

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  6. LOVE!!! This is so awesome!!!
    :) Rebecca

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  7. Hi Melissa, I'm a new follower from the Friday hop. Love, love your blog's layout! Very chic but still classy! Also the photos!

    I'd love it if you can follow me back :)

    xoxo
    Ochi
    ochibernadas.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, I will be sure to return the visit :$

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  8. I love this! Great tutorial! I would love to make one for my kiddos when I find the time. About how much did this project cost compared to those $$$$ that you can buy?

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    1. Thank you Heather!
      That's a good idea to put the total cost!! I will have to get out my receipts and add the total!
      Off the top of my head, total cost guesstimate would be around $60.00 vs. $140.00-$200.00 retail (not including shipping)

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  9. that's a great DIY! My shop has teepees ready to be posted after our vacation! These sound much simpler to make! no sew! what a brilliant idea!

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    1. YEY!!! I can't wait to see your teepees! I bet they are amazing and will sell like crazy!! I just LOVE your product! :)

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  10. There are no words for how amazing this is! I can't get over the fact that it was a no-sew job! I think I'd hide out in this all day with a good book!

    Thanks for linking up with Much Ado About Monday this week. Have a great weekend! :)

    ~Emily
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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    1. Thank you Emily!! Yes, "no-sew" are my two favorite words,lol! It was so easy to make and assembled :)
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  11. Just stopping by to let you know you've been featured this week at Living Better Together! I hope you'll stop by after the party starts at 8pm to grab your button and link up again!

    http://www.livingbettertogether.com/2013/07/tgif-link-party-no-4_11.html

    Rebecca

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    1. Wow! So exciting!! Thank you Rebecca! I will certainly link up tonight! Thank you so much for the feature compliment!

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  12. This tutorial is SO EASY to follow. I think I am going to make it this weekend for me... I mean MY DAUGHTER! LOL! Cute and easy. My 2 favorite things for a DIY. :) Thanks for sharing.
    ~Kelsy
    http://looseendscraftblog.com

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    1. Yey! I'm so glad how-to comes across easy! You should totally make one! I hope you will post it so I can see!! :D

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  13. Stopping over from Living Better Together link party! Teepee looks absolutely amazing, brings back nice childhood memories :)

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    1. Thank you Sylvia! They are soooo much fun, even for adults to hideaway in ;)

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  14. Oh my goodness, I love your DIY blogs! I'm gonna have so much fun looking at your posts!

    Elena
    elle-alice.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words Elena! Thank you for stopping by, I look forward to visiting your blog as well! :)

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  15. You are too cute! You don't use a sewing machine, but a drill! That's a lot more scary to me! LOL Great tutorial! :)

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    1. Ha ha - I wish I knew how to use a drill! I had to enlist my husband in on this one. One of these days, I will scrounge up enough courage to learn how to use both! (I hope :/)

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  16. hi! I was wondering if this tutorial would be possible with a different fabric? Like a lighter, sheerer one?

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    1. HI Kelsey! I'm sure a sheer fabric would work - just may have to pay attention to the rough edges (unless you want to sew/hem them) - sheer fabric may fray a little.

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  17. I cant tell from pic, does it close completely? Supplies have been purchased, starting project this week. Thanks for the inspiration for my son Wyatt's 1st xmas:)

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    1. Hi Stephanie! It can, it all depends on how wide your structure stands. You can always just wrap your painter's cloth around the structure and if the cloth does not wrap completely, then you could always take it back and get the bigger size. It truly just depends on the width of your structure though :)

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  18. Hi Melissa, what a fabulous idea! I couldn´t wait to get started! I used 1x2x8´s instead of your 11/16" for the poles, to keep costs down and fit the budget our grandma provided for the production. It works great, we even keep a set of poles at the grandparent´s house, so when we go, all we have to bring is the fabric. Keeps both of them (4 and 1) busy for hours. What a great gift for just about 30 $! I posted pictures and your blog on my google+ page for my friends to watch, hope you are ok with that.

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    1. Wonderful Peggy! I'm so excited that it worked out so well for you!! I am thrilled that you shared it on your google +! Thank you again for your sweet words and Congrats on a Successful DIY!! :)

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  19. Question! Before cutting my canvas I wanted to mAke sure I was doing this right! Fold it length wise? It isn't looking right to me.

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    1. Hi Hailey! If you are using the same size painter's canvas as I did, you want to fold seam to seam keeping your 12ft length with your 9ft width folded in half. This will give you enough length to modify after wrapping around your structure. Then you cut a small semi circle at the top fold. Wrap that around your structure like a coat or blanket. Secure or have helper hold it in place while you trim the excess canvas off the bottom. I hope this makes sense. I will try to add a diagram to better explain today. I hope this helps a little more.

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    2. Hailey, I added a little diagram that will make more sense. :)

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  20. I bought the same drop cloth as the one pictured here. But I was wondering if yours was pieced together? I just opened mine up and it looks like two pieces were put together to make one.

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    1. Hi VIcki!

      Mine was just one huge cloth. I purchase mine from Lowes - if that helps any :)

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  21. I'm totally going to make this for my daughter! Where did you find boot string? I can't find any. Thanks!

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    1. Wonderful Stephanie! I found booth string at Hobby Lobby! I'm not sure exactly what aisle (it might have even been an end cap) They do have them though. I would ask a store clerk :)

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