DIY Kids Teepee Tent Tutorial
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DIY Kids Teepee Tent Tutorial for a Creative Play Space

DIY kids teepee tent, anyone? We are back with absolutely the cutest DIY project. We love this DIY kids teepee tent because it's perfect for so many different types of play. Plus, there's no need to spend hundreds on a teepee when you can make your own!

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Supplies:

The supplies for this DIY kids tepee tent tutorial are simple to get, and there aren't that many to find.

  • 8 yards of fabric **make sure the fabric is 54″ wide** I highly recommend using a canvas or denim material. Something that's a heavier weight.
  • Thread
  • Cord to wrap around your posts
  • Four 6 ft Dowels **I used poplar dowels 1 3/8 inch by 72 inch
  • Yard stick
  • measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine

Directions:

  1. Start by measuring your upper front panel. I like to turn the fabric over and draw with a pencil right on the fabric as it makes seeing the lines easier for cutting, plus you'll never see the lines.
  2. Cut along the lines, and you should end up with your upper front panel. photo 2
  3. Cut out your two lower front panels.
  4. Fold your fabric in half with the right sides together.
  5. Use your yard stick and pencil to draw the measurements according to the pattern. Make sure that the edge is NOT along a fold as we want to end up with two separate, opposite panels.
  6. Cut these out to get your two lower front panels. photo 3
  7. Now you have all the panels to for the front of the teepee. photo 4
  8. To make your side panels, fold your fabric in half with the right sides together.
  9. Using your yard stick, measuring tape and pencil, measure out one of your side panels.
  10. Make sure you measure on the fold. photo 5
  11. Once you've traced your measurements, cut along the marks and open up to see your full side panel. photo 5a
  12. Repeat this so you have a total of three side panels.
  13. On to hemming. Edges you need to hem are; the two inner straight edges of your front lower panels (photo 6), the bottoms of the two front lower panels, the bottom of all three side panels, the top of all three side panels and the top of the front upper panel. Fold in 1/2 inch and hem using a 1/4 inch seam. photo 7
  14. Now we need to match up the upper front panel and the lower front panels. Lay out all three panels so they match up to make the front of the teepee. Your front panels will overlap a few inches. photo 8
  15. Fold the bottom edge of the front panel back 1/2 inch and lay it on the upper edge of the lower panels. photo 8a
  16. This part takes some trial and error. You want the three panels to line up evenly, so you will have to shift them a little at time until the edges line up. photo 8b
  17. Once you've achieved this, flip the top panel down and pin the bottom edge of the top panel to the top of the lower panels and hem at a 1/4 inch. photo 8c and 8d
  18. Making the sleeves. I took one of the dowels (photo 9) and wrapped the fabric around it (photo 9a) accounting for an extra half inch for the the hem, I marked the width, approximately 6 1/4 inches. photo 9b
  19. I wanted the sleeve to be the same length as the sides of the teepee so I cut out 4 sleeves measuring 61 inches by 6 1/4 inches (photo 9c), turn the edges in 1/2 inch and sew a 1/4 inch.
  20. Attaching the sleeves to the sides. Take two side panels and lay them on top of each other with the right sides together. Fold one of the sleeves in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together and lay it in between the panels with all the raw edges aligned. photos 10 and 10a
  21. Pin and sew at a 1/2 inch making sure to back stitch at the tops and bottoms. Repeat this until all sides and sleeves are attached.
  22. Flip the teepee right side out and insert your dowels into the sleeves. photo 11
  23. Stand up right and wrap your cord around the intersecting point of the dowels to secure the frame. photo 12
  24. I thought decided it needed some ties to have the option to hold open the front lower panels, so I just cut 2 strips of fabric from the left overs (2 inch by 18 inch), and made a small slit in the side panel just enough to fit the strap though.

We hope that you love this DIY Kids Teepee Tent Tutorial as much as we do!

Large dowels, rope, scissors, ruler, pencil, and yellow and white floral fabric for the DIY kids teepee tent.Scissors and the first piece of fabric cut for the DIY kids teepee tent.Scissors, ruler, pencil, and floral fabric. Three fabric pieces cut for the DIY kids teepee tent.Fabric right sides together for sewing. The top of the kids tepee tent. 1/4 inch seam allowance folded and pinned for sewing together two fabric pieces.Close up of finished edges for DIY kids teepee tent. Matching fabric pieces together for sewing. Close up of sewing down the edge of the teepee fabric.Close up of finished fabric edges.Matching fabric pieces together for sewing. Close up for sewing the top and bottom together. Close up of finished seam for the DIY kids teepee tent.All pieces of DIY kids teepee tent sewn together.Close up of poplar dowel rod for the teepee tent. Wrapping the dowels in fabric for the DIY kids tepee tent tutorial. Marking the wrong side of the fabric for dowel placement.Dowel and fabric piece that will become the sleeve. Step 10 of this DIY kids tepee tent tutorial: preparing to insert the dowels.The top of the kids tepee tent is almost ready. All four dowels inserted into their fabric sleeves.Close up of dowels wrapped in twine at the peak of the DIY kids teepee tent. DIY kids teepee tent with flaps down. DIY kids teepee tent with pillows and books to make a reading area.Written pattern for DIY kids teepee tent. This fun DIY kids tepee tent tutorial is easy to make and provides lots of play options.

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  1. It’s really cool. I would love to have this for our camp or overnight at beaches or just have this in our room at home.

  2. This is such a cute project! My kids would love it. You can score some really great indoor/outdoor canvas on EBay. You just have to spend a little time searching.

  3. Love it! I wish my son was younger and I could make something like that for him!

  4. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is a fantastic idea. Kids would love to play in this. Thanks for the great tutorial. It is not to hard to make and looks great.

  5. This is a cool idea. My youngest would enjoy this teepee. I might have to make him one for his birthday.

  6. courtneylynne

    Omg cutest teepee ever!!! My daughter would love one of these!!! So need to make one.

  7. I must make one of these now! How freaking adorable and pretty easy to make too! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Rosey

    What a fun item to make. I’m pinning it. I want to make one!

  9. What a cute idea. I did something similar when I was an elementary teacher. Kids like to have a place to hide while they are enjoying reading.

  10. Tracey

    This turned out awesome! I never thought to try and make a teepee myself but you made it look so easy!

  11. nicki

    what are the ending dimensions of this?

  12. Diana

    I love this! The only suggestion is… If you’d put pictures and instructions together my brain wouldn’t hurt so bad trying to figure it all out!!! But I’m loving the journey

  13. Marina

    Hi.
    Great tutorial.
    Can you please help me witht the measurements if the dowels I have are 150 CM (4.92 ft).
    How to make the adjustments according to the poles you have?

    Thanks a lot

  14. robin rue

    That is such a fun idea. My kids would love it if I made them a teepee!!

  15. That’s such a cool idea. This is the best fort ever. I need to do this with my kids.

  16. Man I wish I had made one of these for my kids. I can make one for my friend’s granddaughter. What a cute idea.

  17. This is great, and educational! I think I could even get my teen to do this project with his friends, thanks for this brilliant idea!

  18. I have always wanted to have a meditation and reading teepee, I just need a bit more material, bwah ha ha ha! LOL 🙂

  19. Great project for the next time my niece and nephew are over. It is a neat place to sleep for a little kid.

  20. Pam

    MY daughter was always trying to make teepees out of things when she was little. I need to make this for my granddaughter.

  21. That is so cool! I have seen these in catalogs, but they are ridiculously expensive! This is so much more affordable, and I can pick the fabric. I will have to try and make one for my son.

  22. Oh wow this is great! My daughter will surely love and enjoy this. So creative!

  23. That is a super cute teepee idea! I bet my kids would go crazy over this! So creative!

  24. You did a marvelous job with this. It looks really great. I would have to say that it sounds like a lot of fun to make something like this. It also seems pretty decorative, even if you don’t have kids.

  25. Totally loving this one! I love making DIYs especially for the kids, my daughter will surely love this one! It’s a great way to keep her reading as well. It would be a nice little reading place for her.

  26. Annemarie LeBlanc

    That is such a beautiful teepee! If I had that at home, my grandchildren won’t ever come out and spend hours playing in there. I wish I had at least a little bit of your crafting talent!

  27. Angela Milnes

    What a good ideas for making a tent and I’m sure my kids would enjoy this so much. I would love to try this

  28. Our Family World

    This is such a cute project and I am confident I can manage this myself. Thanks for the step by step tutorial on how to make it. I will start on this project and set it up in the patio or the yard for our family get together on the 4th. The kids would have their own “space.”

  29. Ann Bacciaglia

    Wow this teepee looks fantastic. I have seen a few online and wondered how easy they were to make. I will have to get the supplies I need to make one.

  30. Symenthia

    I just want to say thank you for this tutorial! I was able to complete this project in a day for my best friend baby shower. I was able to follow the instructions easily and I don’t feel like there was any steps missed. Thanks again!

  31. Rene

    Super cute but just a recommendation to put the vertical dimension of the upper front panel into your directions/pattern because that’s the one key measurement that’s missing and would make this even easier. Thanks!

  32. Melicia Braganza

    Hi.. Have been thinking of making it for a long time and now with a new House i am sure to make it. Can you please confirm it OK for the fabric to be 60″ wide. Until what age can it be used

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