Alas, the teepee is finally finished!
This.Sewing.Pattern.Was.Fabulous! Seriously. Very clear instructions which I followed step by step and it turned out perfect. You can find the pattern at TipTopTeepeeShop on Etsy. If you’re not comfortable with a drill you will need someone to help you drill the holes into the poles.
I used outdoor fabric which I purchased on sale at Fabricland. It’s sturdy, water resistant and a B*&%h to work with! haha! I’m used to sewing with quilting cottons and lightweight fabrics but because of the size and weight of the fabric pieces I needed a little extra help from sewing notions. Here are some helpful tools I use all the time but definitely couldn’t do without for this project:
Wonder Clips! I was a little skeptical when a sewing instructor recommended these a few years ago because they were pricey and didn’t seem like much. I think I paid $30 something but now it looks like you can get them cheaper on Amazon! I LOVE THEM. They are so much easier to use than pins and they always hold the fabric right where you want it. There is no way this thick and heavy outdoor fabric would’ve held a hem with traditional sewing pins.
GrabARoo Gloves (or any free motion quilting gloves.) The fabric pieces were not only large but slippery too. Using these gloves made controlling the fabric a breeze. They have little sticky pads on the fingers that allow you to grip the slippery fabric easily. I’ve heard you can also use gardening gloves to help you get a grip!
I would love to try this teepee again except make an indoor one using cotton!
Let me know if you give it a try!