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Make a wigwam or teepee for indoor and outdoor fun for kids


Chilly days don’t imply that kids need to remain inside. This warm wigwam or teepee will keep them warm and cozy and still given them a chance to make the most of their open air fun amid the cooler days of the period. The wigwam/teepee is likewise ideal for indoor play, regardless of whether in a den or room, and kids will invest hours utilizing their creative energy.


Designed and created by Tori Jayne, this cosy wig-wam lets children play outdoors and stay warm, but also provides for plenty of play indoors.


Tori says the hardest choice was what fabric to use. In the end she used a check canvas. For the ribbon threaded through the eyelets and tie backs she used denim stripe ribbon.

Tori exhorts going for a canvas or substantial weight cotton and recollect, because of the manner in which the texture design pieces are cut, the example will be sideways so in a perfect world go for an example that looks great toward any path. Because of the way the example is cut, there is no compelling reason to fix the base of the wigwam as it utilizes the selvedge edge.




315cm canvas dropcloth, burlap or durable fabric (min 137cm wide)
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Sewing machine and accessories
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Iron and ironing board
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Quick unpick
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11 x metal eyelets/ washers and eyelet kit

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2.5 meters of ribbon - 15mm wide - or nylon twine
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1. Cut the canvas dropcloth (or your fabric) using the cutting diagram above.

2. Right sides together and starting at the top, sew the two half triangles together using a 12mm seam allowance on tight tension for 30cm. Reverse stitch to secure and then continue stitching seam allowance on a loose tension to the end. This method will allow you to unpick for the opening later on.

3. Press seam open.


4. Stitch along the top at 30cm down from top of triangle and then stitch each side of the seam with a 12mm seam allowance.

5. Heat up your iron and secure a rectangle of interfacing to the inside of your front piece where you will apply the eyelets. Use an eyelet kit to insert 8 eyelets to the top front piece and insert your ribbon or nylon twine.

6. With front and side pieces with right sides together, pin a 50cm length of ribbon between the pieces, so that 25cm of ribbon is on the inside and 25cm is on the outside – approximately 50cm up from hem. Stitch together using a 12mm seam allowance. Press the seam open.

7. Repeat for the other side and then continue to add the rest of the panels with a 12mm seam allowance and pressed seams.

8. Where eyelets are placed at the base of each panel (30mm up from the bottom edge), iron on a rectangle of interfacing to the inside to add reinforcing. Insert one eyelet in the centre of each side piece and back piece to allow for securing a floor covering. This is optional and can be left out if you do not intend to add a floor mat.

9. Iron on interfacing to the top of the fabric to add reinforcing. Alternatively, sew on an extra layer of fabric.

10. Take the wide binding and fold in half. Place over the side seam on each section, so the seam allowance of the side pieces is incased between the wide binding. Sew the binding in place, also stitching the opening at the bottom of the binding closed to allow for inserting the poles. Where the ribbon is attached, use an unpick to make a small insert in the side of the binding to pull the ribbon through.

11. Complete the fabric covering by sewing closed the back opening and attaching wide binding in the same way as mentioned above. It is easier to make a wigwam or teepee.

12. Now you are ready to insert your dowels.

We will also show other ways to make wigwam or teepee using other methods or techiques as wigwam or teepee is very helping for camping or hiking purpose.

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