It was time to retire the refrigerator box playhouse. The kids had ripped out the curtains and one of the windows. My daughter spilled her brother's sippy cup in there, used a toy sword to make some holes in it, and pulled the roof down on the side. It lasted a good 9 months, which I think is kind of impressive.
So I started looking for a kind of replacement- something inexpensive and durable. I was browsing a craft thread on a parenting forum and found this awesome tutorial from Obsessively Stitching. The best part is that the material needed is just a twin flat sheet, only 4 dollars at Walmart.
Here's the finished teepee.
I actually made this owl because I got some sewing machine grease on my fabric, so I needed to cover it up. I have a thing for owls, and it matches the new playroom curtains I made.
A couple of things I noticed when making this-
- I had to make the pole sleeves closer to 2 inches instead of 1 1/2. I used 3/4 inch PVC pipe as instructed, so I'm not sure why I had to sew bigger sleeves.
-I spent a good 15 minutes staring at the pattern instructions for the door piece (step 2) before I realized the right illustration is zoomed in. I was so confused about where I should be sewing "along the upper left edge," but then I figured it out. It's just at the very top right of the door piece.
This is actually a really simple project. I really liked it. Total time start to finish was about 4 hours.