Vintage Toddler TeePee

As Summer approaches I can’t wait to get my toddler into the garden and away from the TV!

I thought I would make her a Vintage Toddler TeePee to enjoy tea parties in. It was so easy so I thought I would share the pattern.

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1. You need four metres of fabric (I used a polycotton with a strawberry and butterfly print from our shop), four poles (I used garden canes) and a sewing machine. I also made use of my overlocker (also called a serger) but it’s not essential.

2. Cut the fabric into four triangles. I simply folded the fabric in half and cut them all at the same time so they were symmetrical. Cut the tops off each of the triangles approx 5cm from the tip. This it to leave a space for the poles to poke through.

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3. Start to sew the long edges together with right sides together. Keep sewing until all four triangles have been sewn into a pyramid.

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4. Cut a hole in one piece to form a door. The size of this depends on how tall your toddler is! I made mine 60cm tall for her to crawl in. I serged the edges but you can neaten them by adding bias binding or just folding the edges over to form a hem.

5. Time to make the tubes for the poles. With wrong sides together, sew a new seam over your existing side seams to make a tube for the poles to fit into. At approx 5cm from the top, turn a right angle and sew back towards the edge, This is to form a casing otherwise the fabric slips off the poles.

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6. Finally, neaten the top and bottom by either serging the edges or perhaps zig zaging round.

7. Insert the poles and welcome your toddler in to play!

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Added Extras

I sewed a pocket onto the side of my teepee so my toddler could put her teddy in. I also waterproofed it from light showers using a waterproofing spray. Lastly, I added a bow with some stiff ribbon to hold the four poles in place.

If you make your own Toddler TeePee, please do share your photos with us at info@craftybaba.co.uk!

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The Great London Sewing Crawl-26th October

One thing lacking in Suffolk  (only one for a blog should be brief) is a really good place to buy fabric and haberdashery, by which i mean somewhere with a mixture of good quality with bargains with fun fabrics and a really excellent range of haberdashery. It is with this in mind we are holding our first Great London Sewing Crawl to plug the gap.

You are cordially invited to board the sewing bus and come on a magical mystery tour of my favourite London haunts. Those places that sell fabric for 50p a metre and where they pile the ribbons high. We will also be stepping out into some of the more discerning emporiums before finishing with a cheeky drink by the Thames to compare bargains before heading home.

Want to come with? It’s £25 for a seat on the bus and no obligation to buy. Strictly no little people, this is an adult only affair. Sign up here

Just 15 seats available.

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Sewing a simple pin cushion

I found this really simple tutorial and thought I’d share it. Every sewist needs a pin cushion and this one is rather cute!

It’s very simple to make, so today, I’ll show you how.

Because we’re all about recycling here,
I’m using this old t-shirt.
But go ahead and use fabric scraps.

Cut a rectangle (this one’s 7 ” x 5″) out of the fabric,
fold it in half & sew the ends together.

Sew a running stitch on one end & pull
the thread to “seal” the bottom.
Knot the thread.

Turn the fabric inside out.
Add stuffing.

Close the top with running stitch.
Pull the thread & knot the end.
 

To make the tomato “ribs”, pass a threaded needle at the “core” to the outside. Do this several times, making the stitches as tight as you want.
Make the “crown” from green felt & stitch this to the top of the tomato.
TADA! Your very own pin cushion!