Tuesday, April 05, 2011

cowboys and indians




i have the sweetest little nephew named miles.
i love this kid with all my heart.
that's him with my dad...his grandpa jess.


he turned 5 in january and...

he is a lover of homemade treasures.
so back in january, i made him something special for his birthday.
(i also started this post back in january and am finally getting it posted)


it's a TEE PEE...but not just any old tee pee...

 if you dare open this particular tee pee...



you might just get attacked by some cowboys and indians!



i packaged up this tee pee and sent it on down to california.

miles called me when he opened it, and as soon as he saw what was inside this tee pee...well, he forgot he was even talking to his Aunt Tanya he was so excited about it :o)


originally i was just going to use cowboy and indian figurines, which i still think would be such a cute idea!  but, this kids loves legos so much i hunted some some down on ebay.  

you can get cowboy and indian figurines in packs at toy shops, hobby stores, amazon, ebay, or even at the dollar store sometimes.



i made sure it had a little handles so miles could pack it around where ever he went.



Here is the pattern below for you to download if you would like!


Tee Pee



Here's how to make it:

























*After you have sewn the sides of your teepee together, fold your teepee right-side-out and push the inner fabric inside the outer fabric.  it will look like the photo below.  the top of your teepee will be unfinished.  just fold the top 1/4" inside the teepee and pin closed.  this is where i added about 2 1/4 inches of ric-rac inside the top of the teepee before i sewed it shut at 1/8".






*make sure your inner fabric is facing out.






then your done!
good luck, happy sewing, and hooooeeeeehh to all those little boys who will be playing cowboys and indians!



28 comments:

Lisa said...

So, nice to see you blogging again, I have missed your creativity. Hope you are finally on the mend( I know you have been taking good care of that wee little baby). Love the teepee idea btw. Thanks for sharing.

Megan Marie said...

so darn cute! love it!

Happy Mom said...

Cute as all get out! What a fab aunt!

She Made It Crafts said...

What a fabulous project! I love that you did this for your nephew! It is so cute, you did a great job! I love your blog and I am glad you are feeling better! Thanks for sharing!

Julia said...

this is so unbelievably cute! i have two nephews that would get a kick outta this! thanks for sharing, so glad you are feeling better!!

Kelly Munns said...

sew cute! i kill me.

you can call me aunt choody said...

Miles LOVES it and now you are his new favorite person (second only maybe to Trey.) He tells me everyday how he wishes that he could live at your house.

jlthomas said...

Adorable! What a lucky boy to have you for an aunt. I hardly do anything for my nieces and nephews! :(

Sky @ Capital B said...

This is adorable! SO so so good to see you again! :) The legos are darling!

Melendez Family said...

I'm so happy to see you blogging and crafting and being your beautiful self!!

caitlindye said...

really??? this is so creative, and so adorable!!! I may just have to get my son interested in cowboys and indians so I can make it for him!

T Harrington said...

Wow! You have so many amazing skills! This is so cute!

casserole said...

This is sooo cute! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-tee-pee-playset-and-zippered-pouch/2011/04/12/

--Anne

Laura Bray said...

Now that's a cute project! And your step-out photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

She Made It Crafts said...

Hey I want you to know that I just linked to you from my blog. I made earrings from buttons, love them, so cute! Come check me out!

sofsterfrenchy said...

Love it absolutely adorable, especially with the Lego which we are all about here!

Jillian said...

What a fantastic boy toy. So creative. I think we just may need to add one to our lego collection.

Angie said...

Really cute. I have a house full of boys so it is nice to see some cute things to make for those little guys. TFS.

Trina said...

This is so cute!! I am showing it off over at my blog in the morning!!

alove2create.blogspot.com

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

That is so cute! What a great idea and fab tutorial!

I would LOVE to have you share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by and join the fun!

http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-kids-friday-11.html

Colette said...

that is so adorable! you must be the favorite aunt

Ismail N said...

Very clear tutorial - I believe I can do it, too, if I could figure our how to use the sewing machine! Thank you for sharing!

shantel said...

Awesome! So cute!
I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow!
seemesew.blogspot.com

Jason Smith said...

Hey,
This is really an amazing tutorial.... Great to be here... It's looking so cute... thanks very much!

Regards,
Jason Smith
Astermeds.com

mama saartje said...

I made this tonight for my godson's 5th birthday. Hope he likes it. I'm sure I'll make it for my son when he gets a bit older. Thanx! (the result will be on my blog tomorrow)

Care said...

GENIUS. :o)

Tango said...

It looks amazing, I love the design and the colors, excellent work.
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