Native American (Kaya) Tipi for your American Girl doll
Tipi is 36" high x 36" wide x 36" deep
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What you need
- beige suede fabric (min 38" x 73")
- matching thread
- 9 poles 40" long (dowls,branches,bamboo, .. I used bamboo garden sticks from HomeDepot)
- self sticking (commercial) Velcro
- 2 - 3 medium sized safety pins
How to make the Tipidownload Tipi pattern here
Please use for home use only, this pattern is copyrighted by me, Read Creations !
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I made this Tipi without taking pictures, so I am just recreating the steps. To be able to capture it on camera, some of the pictures are not to scale, just for demonstration purpose.
1. Fold suede in half right sides together so that long side is half the length (36 1/2")
2. On folded side go in 1" and mark the spot on the fold (this will be the center of your quarter circle)
3. Draw a quarter circle around that marked spot with a radius of 36" (to do that I took a marker and tied a 40" string on it, then I measured 36" from tip of marker and made a knot in the string at 36", then I held the knot on the marked spot on the fabric and started drawing my quarter circle, make sure you hold your marker straight down)
4. Stop with your circle 1" from the front of the fabric (the last 1" is your flap, see drawing)
5. Draw a straight line from the circle to the front of the fabric (this is part of you flap and chimney)
6. Cut along your quarter circle and the 1" straight line
7. Unfold, you should now have a half circle, 72" in diameter
8. Take Kaya's chimney cutout and center its cross onto your mark (center of your half circle), mark and cut (This will be the opening for the poles and the longer flaps will be part of the chimney
9. Take the Kaya's chimney liner pattern and put it on fold on some of the leftover suede and cut
10. Place the chimney liner onto the tipi (see above picture) right sides together
11. Sew along the front sides and around the opening
12. Turn liner to the inside and top stitch liner to the tipi around the unfinished sides (now, when the chimney flaps are open, it will have a finished look)
13. Top stitch around the opening and the front
14. At this point you could paint on it, if you wanted to decorate the Tipi
15. Layout your poles, space them evenly. Leave 6" on both fronts (this will form the door)
Space the other poles around 12" apart.
16. Put small pieces of the Velcro (soft part) on the bottom, (middle optional) and top where each pole goes (I had it tried with ties, but it didn't work, the poles were sliding out, that's when I added Velcro and it works great)
17. Put small pieces of the Velcro (rough part) on each pole corresponding to where the soft parts are on the tipi
18. Attach poles to the Velcro on the Tipi
19. Use the safety pins from the inside to close the top part of the Tipi (leave some room on top for the chimney, stay in the lined area)
20. Fold the chimney flaps outward
You are done, have fun !!!
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