No-Sew Tee Pee

No-Sew Tee Pee

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • 3-1/2 yds of solid of extra wide Fleece
  • 2 yds of print of extra wide Fleece
  • Paper
  • See pattern measurements for Teepee
  • 3/4" PVC pipe, 66" long (5)
  • 3/4" PVC slip Caps (5)
  • 3/4" white rubber leg tips (5)
  • Tape measure
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • 3/4 yd. of narrow nylon rope
  • Emery board or nail polish remover (optional)
  • Drill


To make TeePee pattern: Fold paper in half. Measure 51" in height along fold line, 23" width at bottom, 7-1/2" for the top of TeePee. Connect a line from the bottom to the top. Unfold pattern (makes one panel).
Cut 2 print and 3 solid panels for TEEPEE.
Knot ties: 12"x1", cut 18.

1. Place fleece panels wrong sides together alternating colors.
2. For fringe: Cut 6" into fleece at 1” intervals along sides only.
3. Knot fringe pieces together, using one strand from the top layer and one strand from the bottom. Repeat around all sides and all panels.
4. Cut one panel 35" up the center to make opening for the door.
5. On all pipes--Measure down 6" from top of pipe and drill two small holes places at an angle (large enough to fit rope through).
6. If the lettering on the PVC pipes shows, sand off with an emery board or use nail polish remover.
7. Thread rope through openings in pipes and tie tightly.
8. To stabilize Teepee to pipes, knot ties to pipe and through knot on Teepee, one at the bottom, two more 15" each apart.
9. Cut two small slits just above the opening of the door and knot a tie. This will secure the opening so that raw edge doesn’t tear.
10. Door ties: measure up 19", cut two slits right next to each other on each side of door. Pull through a tie on each of the slits and knot to secure. This will keep the door closed or tie to leave open.


No-Sew Tee Pee is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unlike other teepees, love the fringy look! This gets a 5 for inspiration, but a 2 for instruction and accuracy. The finished dimensions would have been helpful. I couldn't tell from the picture if it would fit an 8 year old or if it is made for toddlers. I went to purchase PVC which was available in 5 or 10 foot lengths. This project requires just over 5' which is why you are asked to purchase the additional pieces to extend them. Better solution is to purchase the 10' PVC and cut them to size (they fit in my Honda SUV). I chose to cover the PVC poles with wood grain contact paper instead of trying to remove the lettering. I could not find the chair caps as suggested, but purchased 1 1/8" instead as another reviewer mentioned and hot glued them in place. (they come in packs of 4, so get two) Once home, I decided to take advantage of the longer length, and cut my poles to 84" which in the end gave me an 8' diameter teepee. After securing the tops of the poles together, I placed a circle directly underneath that had been divided into fifths, and taped it to the floor. I was then able to follow the lines outward toward each leg to accurately position the legs. This was extremely helpful and worth the extra effort, especially as I began to attach the panels and could keep the poles in proper position. I also found it easier to attach the additional ties to the pole, as I completed a section. If you decide you need a paper pattern, Christmas wrapping paper is usually at hand and often times has a grid printed on the back side and is a great solution. All in all, I am glad that I made this, but if your intention is to save money over purchasing one, this is not the DYI for you, do the math first. Even using great coupon offers, I spent twice as much as I originally planned for. Because I changed the dimensions, I can't speak to the accuracy of the suggested yardage, but it appeared confusing with potential short falls. My last thought is that his project requires a certain amount of "on the floor time." No matter how I tried to avoid it, I couldn't! oh my aching knees.
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs a little adjusting. I made this for my children as a gift this Christmas. I did not use a paper pattern, but measured out each panel. If you plan to use more than 1 solid color like I did, make sure to get the fleece in 1 and 1/3 yard increments (as you will need 23 inches on the fold, not 18 as per 1 yard). I used acetone to remove the PVC lettering and it worked well but did leave a slight smudge of color on the pipe. Make sure to use in a well ventilated area. For the rubber chair tips - 3/4 inch chair tips will not fit 3/4 inch PVC. You will need 1 & 1/8 inch chair tips to fit the diameter of the PVC pipe.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible instructions great concept, instructions say "paper" what kind? how much? how long? how wide? I have scoured the internet for better instructions, they are not out there
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Instructions EVER! The measurements are impossible based on the amount of fabric. Ugh!! Waste of time and effort.
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take your time read instructions carefully Kat 26, there are 5 poles because there are 5 panels (5sides) to the teepee.. I'm going to be making a bunch of these once I'm done all my christmas projects :):)
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from great idea this is so cute i could do more than one i put one in all my bed rooms this is so cute and very usefull
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Horrible instructions Love the idea of the project but the instructions are horrible. The amount of fabric they tell you to get is not enough when they have you cut out the sections. I made it work by making smaller sections but they should have the math figured out to tell you the right amount of fabric to get.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just made this and it came out Amazing!!! The only advice I have that differs from the directions is that it says you must use "extra wide" fleece. Not necessary, all of the regular fleece measures 59" tall and works pergectly! I think I may have gone with wood instead of PVC, it's less expensive and has no barcodes to sand off. All and all these instructions are fool proof! I was confused about the extra wide fabric instruction and an employee at a Joanns fabric location took the time to read through my printed out instructions and help me with choosing my fabric (7corners VA).
Date published: 2015-01-04
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