Easiest Play TeePee Tutorial
Make your own Play TeePee with free easy step by step tutorial from Ana-White.com This teepee is so easy to make you can do it in a few hours!
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 yards of webbing
4 yards 60” wide cotton canvas or duck fabric
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Cut fabric out as shown here. I gave a full 1” on the ends just in case you want to fold over twice for a finished seam. If your fabric is wider than 60” no biggie, cut same as shown above.
Make the front first. If you want to add a zipper or anything else, do it now.
You can decorate the side panels (add windows!) at this stage too!
Sew front to one side, pinning ribbons in the seam every 11-12"” or so. You will need ribbons at bottom and top.
TIP: Jaime suggested looping the webbing instead of the ties to save on ribbon and also for a stronger hold to the poles.
Then add the remaining two sides and attach to the front panel, same thing with the ribbons.
If your fabric is wider than 60”, cut your poles to fit. To get the poles to fit right, you can loosen the top ribbons. You may also want to tie off the top poles just for fun.
You must attach the bottom pole to the bottom of the teepee! If you used the ribbon ties, take a small drill bit and drill a hole at the base of each pole. Tie the bottom ribbon through this hole to keep the poles attached to base of teepee. For loops you can also add a small hook at the base to keep the loop in place. Jaime sewed a small pocket in the base of her canvas to keep the pole bottoms in place. You must attach the pole bottoms to the canvas to keep the poles from slipping out of the canvas and collapsing the teepee.