teepee sewalong this month anyone?

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teepee sewalong this month anyone?

Post by hannah » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:05 pm

I have until Feb 10 to sew Arlo's teepee and I need some company and motivation along the way ;) Would anyone else like to join in? I'll have to go search out some links etc as theres some good tutes and though they are bulky there isn't too much sewing...unless you add windows etc 8-[ Maybe I can divide it up into weekly tasks over 3 or so weeks? or is that too long?
They can be 4 or 5 paneled as far as I've seen, I like 5 better.
What'cha think?

tutes I've found (shall update as i search out others I've saved 8-[ )
http://clementineshoes.diana_jones.fastmail.com.au/patterns/CeesTeePee.pdf
http://lolovie.blogspot.com/2011/06/tee ... orial.html
http://mytinysweetcheeks.blogspot.com/2 ... eepee.html
http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/look/r ... pee-088782
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2008/07/sum ... ilds-tent/
http://www.veryveryfine.com/imported-20 ... 0/tag/rody
http://racheldenbow.blogspot.com/2010/01/teepee.html
http://www.thetraintocrazy.com/2011/09/ ... orial.html
http://www.themudpiemakers.com/2011/09/ ... eepee.html
http://soggy-toad.blogspot.com/2009/11/ ... al_21.html
http://pinktoesandpowertools.com/2010/1 ... -tutorial/

Ideas:
poles-dowel, bamboo, pvc pipes,
-drilled at top to tie together when setup
-half dowel lengths joined with small pvc joints to make more compact
-extra poles to hold it up at the base?
-chair foot cap thingies to stop it sliding on wooden floors?
fabric-canvas drop cloths, sheets, old curtains, flash quilting cottons ;)
base fabric- not needed but could be good for outside to have it sewn in already rather than picnic blankets?
doors- one panel split in 2 with ties, snaps, velcro?
windows- 'not needed' but could be cool, portholes, windows with wee curtains..

please add ideas!!
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Post by Darny » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:08 pm

yep, do you need special stick bits though? I can re-purpose sheets but don't have any sticks....
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Post by hannah » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:12 pm

You can use dowel or thicker bamboo. This lady had an ingenious idea, from her dad I think, of using pvc pipe to join her cut in half dowels (so it'll pack down way smaller than full length dowel rods 8-)) http://lolovie.blogspot.com/2011/06/tee ... orial.html
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Post by jhcsmum » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:21 pm

I'd love to make another one, from sewing the first one it's not too bad, but is easily pushed over/moved around, so I think perhaps something to stick the legs into at the bottom might be a good idea, I was thinking perhaps some PVC pipe or dowel rods/broom handles with holes drilled into them so it keeps the shape better.
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Post by hannah » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:26 pm

Does yours have a base Deb? I guess that wouldn't keep it standing though...hmmmm. I have seen some with holes drilled at the top of the poles and then they are tied, would that help keep it up properly?
eta: oh not sure I read your post right, was that what you ment?
or did you mean this http://thegreenfamilia.co.uk/wp-content ... teepee.jpg
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Post by jhcsmum » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:43 pm

No floor in ours, thought it would be easier to keep clean if it was separate, we just use a mat or blanket.

It is exactly like the link what I'm thinking, or the poles can get moved a little and falls over, although this is with a couple of boisterous kids, but I'd rather not have to be putting it up upteen times a day.

I drilled holes in the tops and put ribbon thru and tied it but it doesn't help that much with the stability. It is four sided and apart from the falling over its fab.
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Post by Megan » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:44 am

I used the top link for ours - I think that's six-sided? We get a bit of shifting around too, but it's not too bad. We used bamboo for the poles and I'm yet to drill holes through the tops of them to hold them in place better. Ours hasn't been knocked over by over-enthusiastic kids yet (touch wood 8-[ ).

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Post by Darny » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:15 am

you could have a sewn or snapped in base and put silicone sealant in stripes on the bottom - it's rubbery and sticks to fabric so will make a non slip base which will hopefully stop everything moving around?
I'd imagine the wider the base is the less likely it is to fall over too...
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Post by shortlette » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:36 am

I made this one for Christmas http://pinktoesandpowertools.com/2010/1 ... -tutorial/

I used dowel instead of PVC and used a boot lace through holes in the top to tie it together. It was a bit wobbly at first but once DH figured out the best eay to put it up it has been ok.

Hope you can see this pic https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hp ... 7527_n.jpg

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Post by hannah » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:32 am

cool...so my biggest dilemma is will mine (well Arlos :lol: ) be plain canvas with contrasting details or allover printed fabric? And will it have the pole bindings on the outside as a detail or hidden as clementinesshoes pattern has them...hmmmm :huh:
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Post by jhcsmum » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:39 am

I think that perhaps it is the four poles that is making it unstable, after thinking all night I have decided I will cut some bamboo just a bit bigger than the length between the legs and rubberband it on when we want it up on three sides.
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Post by Megan » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:52 am

hannah wrote:cool...so my biggest dilemma is will mine (well Arlos :lol: ) be plain canvas with contrasting details or allover printed fabric? And will it have the pole bindings on the outside as a detail or hidden as clementinesshoes pattern has them...hmmmm :huh:
What about two patterned panels and the rest plain ;) . I quite like the poles on the outside although ours are inside. I'd go outside though. Get cutting lady!

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Post by tastic » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:37 am

Id love to join in too, Adeles birthday is the 9th feb so might have to make her one
then one for the boys hahahaha
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Post by Dunners » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:07 am

I'm keen, it's been something I've wanted to do for years (and had thought I'd make one for Will's birthday but that's not until September). Not sure what style I'll make yet, I think I'll make it with the kids, they're always keen to do crafty things and this may be a suitable project for them to give their ideas...
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Post by jhcsmum » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:43 am

Here's a pic of Jacobs, I've added bits of bamboo around the bottom three outside walls (held on by rubberbands) and it is much more stable. Today it's our reading place :wink:
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