TeePee Tutorial Part 2

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.


Two front flaps


High Tech design graphics.

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.


Finished front flap seam and hem, this extends the entire length of the front opening.


Front Panel assembled.This is the front panel sewn together with the front opening hemmed. Ignore the printed fabric, that is the front flap lining upgrade. If you wish to add that to your teepee.

Here are the upgrade instructions.

Good enough is good enough.


Mistakes, if you look closely you can see my iron rusted on my perfect new white front panel. Get over it! Move on! Have Fun!

2. Sew peak to each of the main panels.


Sew one peak piece to the top of each main panel. Place fabrics right sides together, pin, sew 5/8 inch seam.


Close-up of seam.


Fold the peak up to create your full panel. Press the seam flat. press all layers of fabric to the top. Now topstitch across the seam through all layers of fabric on the peak side of the seam. Reinforcement, reinforcement, reinforcement when you are sewing for child’s play!!!! I like to use a zigzag stitch, it enhances the TeePee feel. A straight stitch will be just as sturdy if you prefer.


Good enough is good enough. this is my “mis” alignment of the tee-pee peak and bottom panel for my front panel. i added more additional width for my center seam than was necessary. When you run into these “snags” just guestitmate your alignment and trim the extra off. It will be perfectly lovely. (or do a more accurate job with the original measuring than i did) This is not rocket science, it is fun creating.


My 4 assembled panels. notice i still have not trimmed my excess on the front panel. You won’t get to see the finished product until Papa gets to California. We are making this TeePee for our Cali Babies, papa needs to find dowels out here. It is going to be so adorable.

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.Namafish.comIMG_4314


Hem top edge of each panel. A rolled hem is simple. Fold the fabric down 1/2 inch and press, fold again and press, sew through all thicknesses of fabric.

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.   Tee-Pee-Tutorial/namafish.com

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.


Side Seam alignment


full panel aligned, pin one side

on the back side press all of the 1/2 inch seam to one side of the seam, also….check out those Nama hands….i really am old enough to be a Nama…mind blown!


ZigZag through all layers from the front side of TeePee. Reinforcement is HUGE !! This image shows your peak seam reinforcement, your top hem and the side seam reinforced.

Continue working around the TeePee, completing the final three seams as you just did this first one.


Waaa-Laaa….you have something that looks like a basic TeePee. Adorable TeePee model not included.

5. Sew Pole Pockets


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.


pole pocket hem

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.Namafish.comIMG_4335Namafish.comIMG_4338

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.

TeePee Tutorial Part 1

TeePee Tutorial Part 3 Upgrades



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