Make a teepee for indoors or outdoors

This fabric teepee is perfect for indoor or outdoor play.  In the summer months it will keep children out of the sun and also keep them occupied during the cooler months.


4 of 20/25mm PVC pipes cut to 170cm

8 end caps for PVC pipes

Nylon cord

Sewing machine and accessories

5 metres of heavy-weight fabric such as bull denim (min 140cm wide)

1 metre of light-weight contrasting fabric for loops (min 140cm wide)




1. Cut patterns out using tissue or brown paper. The dimensions are shown below.  Pin these to your fabric and cut out the pieces. Note that the fabric is folded over along the centre line, so some pieces you will cut two of each.

The measurements shown include a 12mm seam allowance.

Cut 2 pieces for the lower front section - as mirror images of each other. Note that the middle piece (one of the three side pieces) is on the centre fold.

1. Hem the [1] top of the upper front piece (560 x 130mm) and hem the side (910mm) of the [2] lower front pieces (910mm).

2. With right sides together, stitch the [2] lower front pieces to the [1] upper front piece.

3.  Use a zigzag stitch along the edges of the seam to finish them and then iron flat.

4. Turn the piece over and use a running stitch to hold the seams flat and give the front piece extra strength.

5. Make sure the bottom hem is even and then hem the tops of all three side sections.

6. Check the bottoms on all three sides so they will end up the same length as the finished front panel and sew the bottom hem.

7. Cut the fabric sections to cover the PVC pipe but allow an extra millimetre or two to easily slip over the pipe. These fabric sections should be as long as the pipes (excluding the top section where the pipes will be tied together) so that the bottom end caps can be placed to hold the fabric firmly in place once the teepee is finished.

8. Sandwich the fabric pipe covers between the sides and sew together and then use a zigzag stitch to hold all the layers together.

Ensure the fabric covers are inserted with wrong sides together.

9. Drill holes through the top section of the PVC pipe approx. about 80mm down from top. Thread thin nylon line through the holes.

Wrap the ends of the nylon line with masking tape to prevent unravelling.

10. Pop on the top and bottom end caps. The end caps will prevent the fabric pipe covers from slipping down off the ends of the pipe. Use Tangit PVC adhesive to glue on the caps if you are worried about little ones choking.


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