TeePee Pattern, wonderful outside or inside kids tent

I battled to find the correct spelling for TeePee as there seem to be so many variations of spelling. It is sometimes called Tipi, Tee Pee, Tepee, Tp, Tpee or Wigwam. No matter how you spell it, it is a wonderful item to make with my super-duper pattern. My grand kids have spent a lot of quality time playing with their kids play tent. Whether for indoors, outdoors or for photography shoots, the TeePee is a wonderful accessory to any home decor.

My grandson’s TeePee is permanently set up in his bedroom. He uses it A LOT – for general playing but also as his refuge when he gets into trouble. It is also his change room - he drags all his clothes in for dressing and disrobes there before bathing. Just too cute.

There are so many games and toys for toddlers but this one is my favorite and I note that it is still being used by grand daughters and the oldest is 7.

Creating your own item is just so rewarding and scores you lots of brownie points with everyone you decide to bless with this little tent. The kids will think you are a superhero, your friends will be envious with this handmade item that they didn't think of trying for themselves and let me just tell you, this African Granny will be very impressed. I have included tons of personal tips with the sewing and creative ideas for other versions of the same item, such as a frilly bows and lace affair for photo-shoot’s and photo props.

Although the sewing is relatively easy and suitable for a beginner sewer, the item is quite cumbersome under the arm of the machine.

The standing height is approximately 63 inches (160 cm) and the floor coverage is approximately 57 Inches (145 cm) in diameter. The tee pee has six sides.

The instant download DIY pattern includes printable instructions and pattern for the smaller pieces with placement on A4 size sheets. There are also printable dimensions and diagrams and many photographs.


  • US Imperial Measurement / Metric Measurement
  • Approximately Height 63 inches (160 cm)
  • Floor coverage approximately 57 Inches (145 cm) in diameter.
  • The tee pee has six sides

Materials you need at home:

  • 3.5m (3.5 yards) Main Material
  • 1m (1 yard) Contrast Material
  • Red and Blue Ric Rac
  • 25m (28 yards) Red Bias Binding - Narrow
  • Velcro and Iron-on Vilene
  • Iron-on Fusible glue or applique paper (optional)
  • 6 PVC Poles and Rubber stoppers
  • 1 Ball String, Drill and Pinking Shares
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Nora Lemmon

I started out sewing for myself at the very young age of about 12 on our non electric Singer Sewing Machine that had a treadle foot mechanism. I continued sewing throughout my life - making clothing for my family including some items for my husband. I sewed my first play tent for the kids about 35 years ago. I am also an artist (painter) and have sold my art and sewing patterns all around the world from South Africa. Since retiring from a career as a school librarian about 15 years ago, I have enjoyed experimenting with my sewing and my art and am always game to try something new or different. My experimenting techniques have lead to some interesting patterns and designs - I have many more to upload to this site but it is such a big interesting world and so little time. The grandchildren sometimes come up with the most incredible ideas and one of my granddaughters, at the age of eleven even gives me very specific drawings, for instance, of exactly how she would like her ninja outfit. Such a joy to sew for them.

As a young lady and well into my senior years I was petite and sometimes would buy clothing from the children's section. Sadly, as I have travelled through the latter years, the body tended to go a bit pear shaped and not always in the right proportions. Shop fitters seem to cater mainly for the younger figure and I am always having to alter shop bought clothing. I intend listing some new patterns that will allow you to be comfortable when prolonged seasonal party time comes your way without having to have a thin and a fat wardrobe. My eyesight is also not what it used to be so #Super Easy has also become my new motto. Trust you will enjoy what I have to offer.

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