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
- 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)
Step 2: Mark the First Cut
The easiest way to do this is:
- Cut your fabric to be 3 yards long (you'll use the other half yard later)
- Fold it in half (hamburger style)
- Tape a pencil to the end of a string (or measuring tape)
- Hold one end of the string at a folded corner
- Draw an arc starting at the other folded corner
Step 3: Cut the Semi-Circle
Then unfold, and you have a semi-circle with 45 inch radius.
Step 4: Cut Two Flaps from the Scrap
Use the same string-and-pen technique to draw a radius, and a straightedge to make the flap as large as possible (make the edge tangent to the curve of the scrap).
Step 5: Cut a 6-Inch Hole for the Top
Cut a hole with ~ 6-inch diameter through all three pieces.
Step 6: Pin On the Flaps
The seam will be on the inside of the teepee.