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.