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.

Vintage teepee

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.


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

Vintage teepee

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.



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!



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!

Vintage teepee








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!

10 minute gardening gloves sewing project

Recycle your old Winter sweatshirts into useful Spring gardening gloves. It’s super fast and easy, no pattern required!

First grab an old sweatshirt.

Turn it inside out and insert your hand into a sleeve. Stretch out your fingers and pin at the deepest and highest points of your hand shape. You can also use the bottom edge of your sweatshirt to make your gloves. I plan to make 3 pairs from one small sweatshirt. I just started with the sleeves.

Take out your hand and mark your glove shape with a marker/pen using your pins as guides.

Sew along your pattern line.


On to glove #2. I used my already made glove to make a copy by tracing around my trimmed seams and sewing a bit inside  my line. You can do the pin & marker thing again if you want to though.


Turn the gloves right side out and marvel at your awesome free gloves!

These really took only 10 minutes and that included stopping to take pictures. Can’t wait to try them out this weekend in the garden.

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Leftover ribbons project


Left over ribbon cushion cover

Christmas often leaves me with a pile of pretty bits of ribbon from nicely wrapped presents. It’s too nice to throw away but you’re struggling for a use for it. We often tie ours to a door handle and leave it there forever…..

So I’m making some new cushions for my daughter’s den (more about that later) and thinking, why don’t I sew some ribbons onto a cover? So I did! Here’s how it’s done….

1. measure your cushion pad and cut a piece of fabric the same size. Slightly smaller if the cushion is flat and needs plumping up a bit.

2. with french chalk or a water soluble pen, draw several guiding lines across one half of the fabric on which to pin the ribbon.

3. pin the ribbons to the fabric and sew them on.

4. add in a few decorative stitches that you might find on your sewing machine. Wash or brush off any guiding lines made.

5. cut a piece of fabric for the back of the cushion, 1.5 times the size of the cushion pad. Cut it in to two even pieces and hem one long edge on each piece.

6. sew the back to the front by firstly lying the two back pieces on top of the front of the cushion with right sides together. Overlap the two hemmed edges of the back and sew the back to the front (as in the picture). This is called a pillow back.

pillow back

7. clip the seams and any excess ribbon and turn right sides out. Finished!

Ribbon cushion cover

Ribbon cushion cover

A bit about us

Crafty Baba`Crafty Baba is a Suffolk based crafts school offering a range of courses to inspire and instil confidence. We have a variety of courses from Beginners to Advanced Sewing evening classes to more specialised courses like curtain making, real nappy making or learning to crochet granny squares.
More traditional skills like knitting aren’t neglected and are available as a one-day weekend class.
Crafty Baba was begun in 2012 by Zoe Woods following the birth of her daughter. Zoe had been crafting since her childhood but after a series of City & Guild qualifications, felt it was time to turn her hand to teaching. She has since been joined by Cybele de Jong teaching crochet, and Howard Snow and his green woodworking skills.
New for 2013 are green woodworking courses in rural Suffolk. We start off by sourcing green timber and slowly fashioning it into a stool on our weekend course, or a Windsor chair in the week-long class.
Classes can be booked online at or by calling us on 01473 232 791. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome!
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