Introduction: KPteepee

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Well, I like to hike. I like to spend night in the Outdoors, on mountain summits. Therefore I need a shelter. A light one. Small one. Cheap one. No fiber poles. And there is an enormous choice on *-bays today.  Still, the price and what I like rarely match.
So, DIY necessity was a way to get what I want... and here is a result.

Step 1: Testing of Idea

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Well. I took my hiker stick, thin ropes and assembled how the tent should look like in nature and to get proper feeling how it shall be as well. Of course, rope-line shall help to determine dimensions. I put my self in....... and this evening decision about everything was made.

Step 2: Idea

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First, some limitations. I like to have light tent. I do not like fiber.poles. They are extra weight and they brake, especially when you are far away. I use, at my hiking's trips, my "third" leg to help me. This is is a long bamboo stick as you can see on pictures. It shall serve overnight as center pole in my tent. So, only fabric material suitable for this purpose.
I found a car shelter, action in shop, very cheap and decide to use this for outer layer on my tent. In the nearby shop I found  inner material, usually used for umbrella, and it suit to me as well. So material was decided. Old domestic curtain shall be used for air vents and mosquitio net.

So I start with paperwork ... as you can see.

Step 3: KPteepee Wigwam on Paper

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Voila! This is what I want. The measurements are just fine for me and my bamboo stick. Practically, this tent is comfortable for two person!
I am alone, so I shall have plenty of space for my all gear. This is two layer tent, outer waterproof and breathable inner layer to preserve warm and reduce moisture condensation. 

Step 4: Sewing

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After I study a way of sewing, I decide to use so called "French saw", to get strengths and  reduce rain drops getting through. Anyway, later shall be silicon applied on each sew. 

Step 5: Triangles Calculation

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OK, my tent shall be made from 8-angle bottom and 8 identical triangles (inner smaller) and 8 (outer-bigger), where one shall be made from mosquito net and as door in inner layer. I also provided air vents on tent summit, 4 on inside layer  and 2 on outer layer. Here is the drawing/measurement of each triangle.

Step 6: Matrix

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To get identical triangles, I took a 4 mm thick 50 mm wide  pressed fiberboard strips, and formed a triangle with inner side exact measurements of my planned triangles. Most important was horizontal strip with exact width of triangle.
All strips are connected with screws with fly-nut and serve for both types of triangles.

Step 7: Marking Sew Line

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On each exact line of triangle I add 5 mm + 10 mm for overlap to get "French" sew.  This was also used where-ever is needed to extend/add fabric as well. 

Step 8: Adding a Net As Airwent

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Here are pictures of  how I extend inner fabric with the same fabric to get right surface  and  mosquito net for air went on tent top.  I took two pieces,  mark a line of 10 mm on each. Then I use moment glue and apply on both very softly, mostly as a line of small drops. After few minutes drying, I pressed them together. This help is needed for easier handling by sewing. I overlap net 10 mm, press with hot iron,  then bend back net to get 10 mm strip, pressed with hot iron again. and sew on machine with thin needle number 60 - (70 is also OK),  first from one side near line of overlap  and then from other side to get double stitch.

Step 9: Making Flat Ropes for Pegs

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It remain a plenty of material/fabric as surplus so I decide  to sew flat ropes on each (2 x 8pcs) corner/angle on inner and outer layer, for tighten them on pegs. I draw 35 mm wide strips and cut them accordingly. The I sew each long side to together. Then I use a thin wire double length of my strips, bend it on half and push the through strip. Simple with needle sew few stitches  the end and the I pull the wire back, in-rolling/inverting strip fabric inside themselves. So finally I got a strip which I sew on each corner. This is very strong but very light-way rope, and it shall be used to tension tent to a pegs.    

Step 10: First Look

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When inner layer was finished, I just with few stitches connect the layer with bottom and put/rise this in yard to see if all was according Idea and drawing. And as you can see, everything fit together 95%!. Of course, sewing was made by beginner, so small discrepancies are visible  but after this first look I adjust fabric to plan and vice-verse. 

Step 11: Final From of Inner Part

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Last testing of inner part. Top is marked and shall be cut of and finished in sewing machine. So, tomorrow final sewing and assembling inner part. And then on outer layer.... 

Step 12: KPteepee Final

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Well, a day arrived and a rise up the tent. This is a double wall tent. I rise it up or down in 4 minutes.
Total fabric weight: inner part with bottom 932 gr + outer layer 623 gr. 
Tent rolled for transport : pack is length 30 cm x 17 cm.
From begging of work till finish I spent about 7 days 2 hours a day.
Price depend on the material but compared with similar commercial tents range 300/500 US D. I got mine for about 90 US D. 
It is possible to use zip connection between inner part and outer part to for separate use according warm or cold weather,
but I sew it fixed to each other.
I like to be warm. Always. Especially on mountain top. 

This was made for me.

You can make your own. For you. Good luck! 
Yours sincerelly


Austin2003 (author)2016-06-22

Were did you get your stick

NomadApe (author)2015-07-31

Now This is a classy tent!

StandsWithABeer (author)2015-07-03

Most Excellent!! Thanks!

JayB7 (author)2015-04-01

Very nice! I will definitely be making this

strech_6 (author)2014-06-07

Your tent looks very good and efficient. Instructable is clear, however I do not see any notes about bottom material, is it the same you have used for outside or is a different one?

dougoutcanoe (author)2014-03-23

Your tent looks wonderful. I've made a few tents including teepee's but I like your design and may make one for my sea kayaking trips.

Thank you for sharing. Doug

bellasbeauty (author)2013-08-19

wow! awesome tent! very impressive.

reallyreally (author)2013-02-15

Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing!

dmodlin71 (author)2012-12-20

I am inspired.... it's beautiful and i think 2 layers is a good idea, even for hot weather.

Tracy_Marie (author)2012-11-30

Very Nice! I think it could be used in an emergency situation, like Huricane Sandy. In local high ground parks, etc. this form of tent...

Cool utube vid. Stood up to winds nicely! Thanks!

Tricorvus (author)2012-11-30

another stupid remark from me. A kid could lay inside that and enjoy the lights on the outside, if they're done properly :D
[A wigwam and a tipi are not the same thing. But as we all knew what you meant... an 8 sided wigwam of the Cherokee is a "Neosho" :D]

It is enough light inside...the door-net is big.... depend on used fabrics...

Thank you.... Cherokee Neosho=wigwam....

tauhid (author)2012-12-03

If no silicon spread is used, it is advised to use cotton thread for the sewing. In rain it will absorb water, fills the thread holes, and make no more water seeps in.

KresimirPregernik (author)tauhid2012-12-03

Cotton is ok, still now is easier to find poliester,,,

KresimirPregernik (author)tauhid2012-12-03

reed step 4....

Skymeat (author)2012-11-30

Pretty cool. Keeping the weight to ~3.5 pounds definitely is a bonus. Only question I have is: How long it takes to set up after you've practiced a bit?

at first 6 min...... now is about 3-4 min

trebory6 (author)2012-11-29

What if you used a specially re-enforced umbrella type mechanism so that you can have more area inside? Man this seems like a super simple to put together Tent replacement.

Space and additional weight? Keep it simple....

seamster (author)2012-11-30

Excellent work! Well done, this is a beautiful and practical tent. I really like the simple design. Thank you for posting this!

Tricorvus (author)2012-11-30

I already have another application for that. Make the outside look like a Christmas tree and keep the presents inside. Keep them away from little hands and paws...
Also, the original creators of the Tipi meant it to be all those convenient things, that's why they invented it... :D

KD8MSS (author)2012-11-30

I Like this TeePee tent! Elegant and simple.

dropkick (author)2012-11-29

Cool tent.
I like a tent I can sit up in, and your air vent is going to allow moisture to leave the tent, which is going to make for a warmer tent. Many people don't think of, or know the importance of a vent when building a tent -or buying one- and end up miserable in both warm and cold weather. Good job.
Much nicer than my tarps.
I've been thinking of building a single pole tent for myself and my dog also. (I also use a walking stick - though mine is a 5 foot piece of ash tree) My plans so far were for a much less comfortable tent than yours - I was thinking of a wedge shape. After seeing yours I'm thinking a teepee is the a much better idea.

sneasle (author)2012-11-29


If you want an extending pole, consider a monopole used for DSLR type cameras. You should be able to find one for the height you need, and I would expect it should be able to take the weight of the tent. Now if it could handle wind loading, I don't know.

Xthinker (author)2012-11-28

If your like me and you don't use a walking stick, you could use a extending pole. With a little research I found this one 
Anyone think that would work, It doesn't say on Amazon, but it extends to 6.5 feet.
It weighs 1 pound and is 19"  unextended.

Nobodyz (author)Xthinker2012-11-29

I wouldn't use that pole, the weight would probably collapse the collapsible pole. I would bet it would work for a while but any bit of wind or moving around would eventually push the poles back to their 19" size. But hey that is a neat idea to keep it all-in-one.

vhcl (author)2012-11-29

Whaoooo The final result is one of the most professional look I have seen in a while! Thanks for sharing, now I'll try to convince the wife to do the sewing for me!!!

Adastra62 (author)2012-11-29

Nice! you could use velcro strips if you didn't want to deal with zippers. :D

ardog (author)2012-11-29

VERY NICE !! Thank you !!!

rwallace01 (author)2012-11-29

Very nice and lightweight design!

IdahoDavid (author)2012-11-27

Well done. Methodical approach to project and clearly presented Instructable.

Directmonde (author)2012-11-26

Ok.....few questions:
how do you package it?
What is the longest hike you made with it?
What is the weight? < 0,8 kg ? Maximum for 1 person for a long hike

It is new and have only one night at 8 C ... 
I use mono wheel carrier which split weight on wheel and hips  3:1
Step KPteepee final have all technical data
(inside weight is cca 900 gr depending on used fabric)......

Biggsy (author)2012-11-26

This is a brilliant idea welldone :) I perhaps would think about external guy ropes to help brace the fabric in strong winds, otherwise... it's all good to me... might be something my scout group could make as a project

KresimirPregernik (author)Biggsy2012-11-26 it about relation of this type tent and wind....:)

ehudwill (author)2012-11-26

I like this, thanks for sharing.

onlinebeat (author)2012-11-26

very cool!

tigle (author)2012-11-26

Good job, very nice, congratulation

mkral (author)2012-11-26

As a witness of a process I can only say ...nicely done. Looks and feel almost professional and will serve very well for it purpose. Krešimir, you are a King.


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