Create a doll-sized teepee for hours of imaginative play, inside or out. Makes a great hideaway or alternative to a more traditional tent.
This intermediate-level PDF pattern download includes step-by-step photo instructions for building the teepee frame from CPVC pipe and flexible poly tubing (found in most plumbing supply departments), as well as pattern pieces and instructions for sewing a fully-lined fabric cover secured with a combination of fabric tabs and cording.
Options for the teepee's exterior include the two-toned cover shown on the front page or a solid panel version made from a single fabric. Features include flaps covering the rounded door, with elastic bands and buttons used as tie-backs.
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Get inspired by these samples made by our Team Tillie Testers!
– Two 10-foot almond color CPVC CTS pipes – 1/2 inch (cut pieces total approximately 16 feet, not accounting for waste)
– CPVC 1/2-inch fittings (slip): 18 TEES
– 8 feet of 1/2-inch (OD)* x 3/8-inch (ID)** flexible poly tubing (typically found with plumbing supplies)
– 1 inch of 5/8-inch (OD) x 1/2-inch (ID) flexible poly tubing
– One 3/8-inch (ID) nylon hose barb (splicer)
– Optional: sandpaper (medium and fine grit), spray paint for plastic, contact cement
*(OD) = outer diameter
**(ID) = inner diameter
– 2 1/3 yards fabric for teepee exterior (2/3 yard for lower section, 1 2/3 yards for upper section) – cotton, lightweight denim or broadcloth. Yardage based on 44-inch wide fabric. Additional yardage may be needed for directional or patterned fabrics.
– 3 yards fabric for teepee lining
– 10 inches of 1/4-inch wide elastic
– 1 yard extra-wide double fold bias tape
– Two 3/8- to 1/2-inch wide post-style buttons
– 2 small cord locks
– 3 yards cording or jute (Check to make sure the cording or jute fits your cord lock and that the cord lock does not slip easily when cinched.)
– Small handheld PVC pipe cutter, hacksaw or miter saw
– Measuring tape or yardstick
– Hair dryer (for heating poly tubing when assembling frame)
– Fine point permanent marker
– Sewing machine
– Iron & ironing board
– Seam gauge
– Loop turner
• Basic measurement
• PVC cutting using a handheld PVC pipe cutter or hand saw
• Beginner-level machine sewing
• Ability to read & follow assembly instructions
Approximately 26 inches wide by 36 inches tall
Matilda Jo Originals, including the brands Matilda’s Closet and AptOne8, is not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®. No endorsement is implied.