Wednesday, 16 November 2011

My Creative Space : A Tepee

A week or so ago I posed the question: can you guess what I'm making? If you guessed Tepee then you were correct!

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(The vital statistics: Pattern: From the book Growing up Sew Liberated, $6 op shop curtain fabric (the pattern calls for a canvas type fabric – but I figured this would be just as strong and durable, if not more.) Bamboo rods from Mitre 10 Mega around $2.50 each.)

I haven’t quite finished it (still have to saw about 30cm off the top of the poles and drill  holes through each to thread the cord through to fasten it.)

I have to say that although it looks quite impressive it is actually pretty easy to make. If you can sew straight lines then you can make this. Also it’s nice and tidy as all the exposed seams are on the outside but then covered by the rod pockets.

It was awesome to get the fabric from the op shop. I think fabric can be one of the best things to buy at an op shop, especially when it comes to a project like this when you’re using a lot of it – it just makes it a lot more affordable.

I still have about 3-4 metres of the blue contrast fabric left, Perhaps I’ll use it to make another pattern in my Sew Liberated book – the dress up box.

And the kids reaction to the tent? They love it! I got out some of Noah’s old baby blankets and a few cushions for him to snuggle in it. He then decided to put all his soft toys in there too (I’m surprised there was still room for him!) When it got dark, he sat inside it with his torch and did ‘smoke signals’/ ‘morse code’ out of the top of it by turning his torch on and off repeatedly. Safe to say, it’s out of batteries now! When the weather settles (it’s been a bit changeable here recently), I look forward to taking it outside for some outdoor fun.

Joining in with our creative spaces.

And don’t forget to check out my giveaway!

Jen x

EDIT: I keep looking at the spelling of ‘tepee’ thinking it should be ‘teepee’ as first tried to type it – however the spell check tells me it should only have 3 ‘e’s’! Dictionary.com tells me either is correct! Just in case you wanted to know!!

11 comments:

LionessLady said...

Fantastic! I have always been tempted to try and make one of these but I guess the size has put me off!

Jill said...

Oh that is fabulous! I remember hours of fun in our teepee as a kid!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

Beautiful! Great job!

another donkey design by kate said...

Your teepee looks great. I am looking at making one for our son - we were even playing around with some poles and sheet on the weekend. So glad to hear they are easy to make. Very inspirational. And i have never thought to check out op shops for fabric! Great idea.

Kelly said...

love! this is another thing on my 'to do' list - but I think it might be sitting there a while longer

Miss Amy - weepantz said...

This looks fantastic!! The kids very obviously love it - well done :)

Tammi said...

Am loving this teepee!!

Heart Felt said...

How clever are you! Bet they are having fun in that! jxx

Notchka said...

Kids to tepees - like bees to honey? This is on my list of things to make - but its such a long list! Great inspiration though!

Sally said...

That teepee is absolutely awesome.

Jane said...

argh, I love this tepee Jenny! Too much so, because I want to make one right now! It will have to wait tho...too many things to do before xmas! Am going to check out the sew liberated book on amazon, it sounds great...