There are MANY things i adore about Travis and Melissa’s Los Angeles home, one at the top of my list is the beautiful way this city has brought all of humanity from all the far off lands into the same tiny neighborhood play place. Continue reading
Let’s Sew !!!
1.Begin by assembling your front panel. Take both of you front flap pieces.
NOTE: if you wish to line the front flaps this is the time to visit the upgrades post.
Align the two flaps on top of each other , right sides of fabric together. Sew a one inch wide seam from the top of the flaps down the center, about 9″ down, i don’t measure.
Open the flaps so they lay as your full front panel, press open the seam you just sewed. Now press a 1/2 inch rolled hem the entire length of the front center edges. Sew the hem.
Good enough is good enough.
2. Sew peak to each of the main panels.
3. Hem the top edge of each panel. Press a 1/2 inch rolled hem across the top of each panel and stitch across the top to create a finished edge. ZigZag or straight stitch, it is your design choice.
Now it is getting fun because your fabric mess is about to start to look like a TeePee.
NOTE: If you wish to add the window to the back panel, now is the time. Window Upgrade.
4. Sew the 4 side seams.
With your 4 panels laid out as pictured above (if you have added the window be certain your window panel is across from the front panel) flip one panel on to the panel next to it. Right sides together, align and pin one of the angled side seams. Sew a 1/2 inch seam down the entire length of the side seam.
Continue working around the TeePee, completing the final three seams as you just did this first one.
5. Sew Pole Pockets
You will sew a pocket for the poles at each of the four main seams that connect your main panels to each other.
Lay the TeePee with one of the side seams facing up, you will notice that the bottom of the TeePee forms a peak at the point of the seam. i prefer to sew a small hem to create a straight edge where you will sew your pole pocket.
Fold the peak up to the inside of the TeePee, i fold up about a 6″ width, 3 inches on either side of the seam. Press and sew across the hem. The height of the hem at the center seam will be about 1.5 inches, tapering to nothing at the ends.
Once you have hemmed the the edge at each seam, Lay your pole on top of the side seam. Fold the TeePee over the pole to create a casing for the pole to slide into. Pin the two sides of fabric together to create a loose fit around the pole. Remove the pole and sew the seam where you pinned the correct width. the seam will be somewhere between 1″-2″ inches wide, depending on the diameter of your TeePee poles.
Hem Note: i cut my main panel pieces so the bottom of each side panel is along the finished factory edge (salvage) of the fabric. See Tutorial Part 1. When you can do this, you do not need to hem the entire bottom edge of the TeePee. If you have cut edges on the bottom of your main panels you will need to sew a 1/2 inch rolled hem along the entire bottom edge of your TeePee to prevent the fabric from fraying.
POLES There are unlimited options for your poles, be creative and find something that will work for you. We like to buy wooden dowels from Menards or Home Depot. Menards in WI has a great selection in stock. We ordered online in Los Angeles and they were delivered free of charge to a local Home Depot Store. We have used 5/8″, 1″ and 1 1/4″ diameter dowels. The 1″ seems to be ideal.
Buy 4 1″ dowels, 72″ long.
Buy 4 1″ Rubber leg tips
Cut the Dowels to 66″ length (not necessary, our preference)
Place rubber tips on one end of each cut dowel.
That is it!!!
Your simple basic Teepee is complete!!
Slide your poles into each of the 4 pole pockets, make certain your rubber feet are at the bottom of your Teepee, you have a heap of fun about to happen!!
Upgrade #3 Drill holes in poles and add ties at top of TeePee.
Upgrade #4 Add ties to the front flaps
Please Facebook me questions or suggestions so i can improve my tutorial. i would love to walk you through the process. You may also leave questions in the comment section.
Nama and Papa Upgrade # 1~Line the front flaps
This upgrade should happen at the beginning of your sewing process. We like to line the bottom half of the front flaps with a coordinating fabric. This creates a nice detail when the flaps are folded back for open play. i am , again, not very precise about the lining. After i have cut my 4 peaks from the 1.5 yards of designer fabric i have had a scrap remaining that looks like it is about a right fit for the bottom of my front flaps. It does not matter how high up the flap your lining goes. You could line the entire flap or as you can see from the pictures, my scrap fit about half of the flap. Before i did my center seam and hem (Tutorial Part 2) , i simply put my lining piece on the back side of each front flap. Align as neatly as possible, pin and do a wide zigzag stitch across the top to hold it in place. (image 2) Image’s 2 and 3, again show my comfort with “about right”. You will see, when this is all done it will not matter a teeny tiny bit!!
UpGrade #2~ Window
It works best to add the window before you sew the 4 side panels together.
We like to put one window in the back panel, all of your creative ideas would work here for placement, size and number of windows.
Sew the top and bottom fabric strips to the mesh first, press the seam allowance to the outside of the window, now sew the two side strips to the window.
Four important details…
1.When you add the side strips sew all the way across the fabric strips on the top and bottom.
2. Be detailed about pressing all the seam allowance to the outside of the window.
3. When you sew the side strips of fabric you need to have some extra fabric left on both ends to allow for a finished hem. This is pictured above.
4. It is very important that you sew the cut edge of the strips to the mesh, you need the folded edge to be your final outer edge to create a nice finished window edge.
Position the window where you want it to be on your TeePee. We chose the back panel near the top of the main panel. Pin the Window in place, zigzag stitch on inner edge of the fabric strip through all layers. You still have not cut the window hole out of the Tee-Pee, it works better to sew first.
Cut the hole in TeePee for window.
From the snip in the center of The TeePee fabric cut diagonally to each corner of the window. Fold each triangle of cut fabric back over the zigzag seam that attached the window to the TeePee. Pin these triangles to the TeePee base panel on the inside of the TeePee. turn the panel over and zigzag stitch the outer edge of the window frame to the TeePee.
Here are a couple more images of window details to clarify or confuse you further….
Upgrade #3 Drill holes in Poles and add ties to top of Teepee.
We add a tie to the top of each of our side seams to tie through the poles. This prevents the fabric from creeping down the poles during play. This is an upgrade because the fabric will do a good job of staying in place simply because of the pyramid shape, but the ties add a bit of extra stability we prefer.
i sew 8 ties. 4 for the top pole ties, 4 for the front flap ties.
Cut 8 strips of fabric 10″ long x 1.5 inches wide.
Press the sides of each strip into the center, fold this piece in half and press again. Zigzag through all thicknesses down the center.
Pin and sew a tie to the top of each side seam. Use a tight zigzag stitch to create a strong seam. You may sew a small hem in the loose end of each tie. You may zigzag across the end to finish it or i like to use Fray Check to seal the cut end to prevent raveling.
DRILL HOLES IN TOP OF POLES
Look closely at the top of our poles, we drill a hole in each pole just above the fabric line. Place the hole 5 1/2 inches down from the top of the pole. Tim does the drilling for me. My words to him are “please drill the largest hole you can give me without compromising the strength of the pole.” Tim says a 3/16″ and 1/4″ bit is what he has used. Remember… we have used different pole diameters. Go small, squeezing the ties through may take patience but that beats a broken pole by a long shot. I have used a small nail to help push the tie through the hole.
When you set the Teepee up simply grab top ties across from each other and Tie knots. it is simple, it is effective!! + Cute !!!
Final UPGRADE 4: Add ties to front flaps
You will add your final 4 ties to the front of the Teepee to tie the flaps open for Playtime.
Place your ties about 18″ up from the bottom of the Teepee. They should be sewn right on top of the seam that created your pole pocket or right next to that seam. One tie goes on the outside of the TeePee, one tie goes on the inside of the TeePee on each side of the TeePee.
You can grab the ties from the inside and the outside and tucking the flap in between them and tie it open on each side.
Sew the tie to the TeePee with a straight stitch. The long tie is laying over the pole pocket. The 1/2 inch seam allowance is laying on the front flap side of the TeePee.
Once you have attached the tie with a straight stitch fold the long tie over the top of the seam allowance and zigzag through all layers of fabric. do this on both sides of the Teepee. You have just attached your outside ties.
You will use the exact same process for your inside ties. This image shows the inside tie completed.
The inside and outside ties will actually be aligned on top of each other with the Teepee front panel sandwiched between them.
Tim and i made a fabric TeePee and a fabric “cabin” out of PVC pipe and clearance fabric for our first two little guys 25 years ago.
Last fall when we saw the rash of designer TeePees popping up everywhere, we said “We did that 25 years ago!” When we saw the price on those trendy TeePees we said…
“We have to do that again for our Grand-babies!” Continue reading
This post is a disclaimer to yesterday’s post:
All these images of these beautiful unkept children were taken while Nama was in charge. Melissa’s home does not look like this when she is in charge. Melissa keeps her home neater with 3 small children than i keep mine with 1 child + Tim.
Blessing and i are caring for Travis and Melissa’s 3 children for 7 days, we are 1.5 days in and i am so grateful for the mothering style Melissa has developed. Continue reading
It is not important whether or not the Fischer house Trick or Treated on Saturday.
What is important is the way we behave ourselves as we live our convictions. Continue reading