Caleb’s No Sew Teepee

Last night I finally got around to making Caleb’s new teepee and He Is THRILLED!! I don’t know if he’ll ever sleep in his bed again. The kids just wants to sleep in it every night. He’s pretty cute all curled up in there. 
Here’s what it looks like as of today. 
No Sew Teepee
Drop Cloth Teepee
I thought it would be nice to put a few pillows in there for sitting on and Rexy to play with. So I staged it all nice and called Caleb in.
But Caleb saw it, hauled all of the pillows out {except for the red striped one} and rummaged around for all of his blankies to throw in there. Even Rexy didn’t make the cut. This is his idea of a comfy teepee I guess. 

This teepee isn’t perfect, but its perfect for this little boy. In case you’re wondering how I built it; here you go!


  • 3/4 inch wood poles cut to 6 feet each {although 5 1/2 feet would have sufficed as well)
  • rope/twine
  • 4′ x 15′ drop cloth
  • hot glue gun
1. I started by tying the string to one of the poles and then lining up the rest of the poles where I wanted and then wrapping and crisscrossing and securing them all together. 

2. After, I draped the drop cloth around the poles. Then I pinned the top together to keep it where it needed to be.  Then it was time for HOT GLUE!! At first I thought to sew the top together but I saw my hot glue gun just sitting there and decided to get my glue gunning on! It created a great, no-fuss seam…exactly how I like things. No-fuss!

3. I had a lot off excess on the bottom, so I got my scissors out and trimmed, trimmed, trimmed away. I’m actually pretty surprised with how straight I got it! I’m leaving the edges raw but I think they’ll be fine. Then I took the glue gun again and attached the fabric to the bottom of each leg to keep fabric in place.

And there we have it! Done…for now!

drop cloth teepee

I don’t mind it plain, but part of me wants to funk it up a little {yep, I really just said funk} Here are a few options I came up with.

Option 1: Paint the Middle Flap

Option 2: Blue and Red Bottom Stripes

Option 3: White and Blue Bottom Stripes

Option 4: Chevron Stripes 

What do you think? Should I just keep it plain or do something to funk it up? Part of me is also thinking pom-pom tassle. That could be lots of fun!

The important thing is that Caleb loves it though!

In the meantime Caleb’s having a blast {and Brooke’s whining because Caleb gets 2 fun things in his room!}


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  1. Krista thehappyhousie says:

    Oh it is sooo cute! I wish I had room for one in my boys’ bedroom but now that they share it is a little too tight. Could maybe squeeze one into the playroom though. How fun!! I love the red and blue bottom stripe best I think, but the black chevron is a super cool option too. Hmmm… tough choice!

    • Kathryn Ferrie says:

      I’m leaning toward leaving it too! I don’t think I could dismantle it now anyway long enough to paint it without WWIII happening. There would be a lot of tears I think. He likes it just the way it is.

  2. Nicolette says:


    This is a perfect hiding spot. I LOVE this idea for my boys. I’ve been hardpressed to think of “things” to get them for Christmas, when they already have so much stuff. Perfect idea!

    Jo-Anna and I are featuring you on our blogs today for Our Sunday Best, and pinning to our party’s board at Pinterest….

    Thanks for linking to Our Sunday Best last week.

    Have a great weekend,

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