A Christmas teepee

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Yeehaw! I made a teepee! 😀

Well, I actually made it back in October, but now the big monster finally moved in. The reason why I hid it in the basement for two months is that I didn’t want it to experience the same cruel fate as his cardboard box house earlier this year. Even though I was really close to throwing it out a few times because it was battered so badly, I ended up keeping it until it literally fell apart. It was just so invaluable during those moments where I was cooking and just needed to know the monster was not climbing onto the dining table or living room shelves. And I also thought that the teepee would make for a great Christmas gift, especially to give us more inside playing options for the winter.

I got the fabric at Ikea. I wanted something stable and durable and was happy to find a selection of heavy quality fabrics there. While I don’t love most of their patterns, they also have a few nice solids, so I decided to combine white and dark grey. I chose a hexagonal shape, sewed wide white and grey fabric strips together as walls and cut windows in two of these walls and a long slot in another to be the door. For the dowels I added fabric tunnels along the sides and in order to add some color accents, I trimmed the edges with lime green bias tape.

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Because I wanted the teepee to be as cosy as possible, it also got a floor mat that can be tied to the posts to also give the teepee a little more stability. And the monster was lucky: his new home comes fully furnished with a bunch of pilows. 🙂

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So yesterday, we set up the teepee in our living room. The big monster didn’t try to climb through the windows as I expected… but through the gap between the wall and the floor mat and still almost managed to throw the whole thing over. Oh well…

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This morning we finally succeeded in reading the first book together in there, sitting on the pillows. I hope this will become the main (peaceful!) use of the teepee and it will live a long and healthy life!

And exceptionally a picture of the proud builder… 😉

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6 comments:

  1. Rose

    WOW Astrid!

    The teepee is absolutely first-class! That is such an amazing project, and I love the colors you chose — This is definitely much better than anything I have ever seen at any store — again, very, very well done!

    1. Astrid *

      Thank you, Rose!
      The teepee actually moved to the kids room two days ago and I like it much better up there. I’m thinking of trying to establish a story time routine before bed time, but have to see how that goes… 😉

    1. Astrid *

      🙂
      I’m glad the windows are not bigger or lower, cause so far Yannick has actually used the door to get in and out…

    1. Astrid *

      Dankeschön! Spätestens jetzt sieht unser Wohnzimmer eindeutig mehr nach Kinderzimmer aus 😛 Mal schauen, wann das Teepee ins wirkliche Kinderzimmer umzieht…
      Küsschen zurück!

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