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With fabric, dowels, and paints, you can make a fold-up teepee that Crazy Horse would be proud of. This design came from a 1978 "Homemaking Booklet" that my mom has in her book-trove. She made a larger version that I remember playing in as a kid. This is the toddler-sized edition. 

Total Cost: (canvas, dowels, paints, brushes) = $50

Time to Make: ~ 8 hours (less if you're not taking pictures and you have some sewing experience)

Tools Required: scissors, drill, saw, sewing machine

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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Here are the supplies you need:
  • Heavy Fabric: 3.5 yards x 45 inches (~$16 for 3 yards x 60 inches of canvas at Fabrics R Us)
  • Dowels: 5x 5 feet long  (~$2.50 each at Home Depot -> $14 total) NOTE: you can also use 1" PVC pipe
  • Fabric Paints: (~$6 each at Michael's, only used two -> $12)
  • Paint Brushes: (~$5 for a 25-brush variety pack at Michael's)
  • Shoelace or Leather Boot Lace (not shown: ~$3)
TOTAL: $50
dsmontgomery made it!8 months ago

Thanks for sharing this! I just finished it last night and this is what my son will be coming down to this (Christmas) morning. I didn't have time to paint it, but did make a couple faux bear skin rugs out of "sherpa fleece" for the floor.

solobo (author)  dsmontgomery8 months ago

Nice, looks awesome! Thanks for posting.

very good explained!
solobo (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
thank you!
Nice teepee.

The GIF's are a fun addition. I'm guessing that that animated GIF tutorial worked out?
solobo (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
yes indeed!