How To Make A Tepee For Your Dolls

After I shared the photos of the Kaya goodies Sarah made for her daughter to play with, I emailed her asking if she would be kind enough to share her secrets for making the Kaya accessories. Sarah sent me the how to photos for the tepee this morning and said she will share the others soon, too. THANK YOU SARAH!!

The only step-by-step photo instructions she has are for the tepee  and they are pretty basic.  She basically eyeballed the project based on the 18 inch doll size and how many dolls we wanted to be able to fit in there.  Sarah used 3 foot craft poles from Joann‘s Craft Store as well as  faux leather material for the outside.  All panels are about 33 inches tall. The four side panels are approximately 19.5 inches wide at the base. The front panel is about 25.5 inches at the base.  All panels leave enough space for .25 seam on each side making the final panel widths 19 and 25 at the base.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

Step 1 – Cut your five panels with one being slightly larger than the rest.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

Step 2 – Cut the front panel in half length wise.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

Step 3 – Arrange the five poles to look like a tepee.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

Step 4 – Sew all panels together and sew little guide pockets at the top and bottom of each seam for each pole to slide into. Create a tie from the same material to hold the poles together at the top.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

Step 5 – Create a bedroll for your dolls using left over faux leather and another fabric.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

Step 6 – It looks like you can do the front flap a few different ways – either split down the middle or with a cut out opening you can roll up.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

You can reattach the front flap to give your dolls a dark sleeping environment or to store their accessories when not in use.

How to make a tepee for 18" dolls like American Girl Kaya

And watch out – you just might find your daughter hanging out in there, too!

LOVE IT! Thanks again Sarah. This turned out amazing and your daughter is so lucky to have such a creative Mom!

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Comments

  1. Delaney says:

    Firstie! This is AMAZING!

  2. Kathy says:

    Great idea!

  3. Isabella says:

    secondie! I am SOOO going to do this!!!!!

  4. Isabella says:

    I mean thirdie!

  5. Audrey says:

    fourthie! and that is the coolest thing ever!

  6. Isabella says:

    and how much of the fabric do you need to buy? like what are the measurements before you cut it?

  7. Ava says:

    So cool!

  8. Sharry A. says:

    That’s pretty cool! I can’t sew worth beans, but this looks like a great project for the people who can!

  9. Jordy says:

    I need my Nana to do this for me! She is like the qween of sewing.

    I can’t sew at all.

  10. Kourt says:

    I know two dolls who will absolutely LOVE this. I was just going to buy them one on Amazon but looks like I’ll be making it instead. The little bedroll inside is so adorable. I didn’t even think of that

  11. Molly W. says:

    This is so cool! Thank you Sarah. I probably won’t be doing this soon, *drumroll* (no, not really….it’s not really big news–I’m just really dramatic ;) ) but I’m asking for my first full sized (Mini Molly, don’t be offended: there’s nothing wrong with being little) American Girl doll for Christmas (Marie-Grace), so *if* I get her, this could be really fun!

  12. StoryTeller says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, Sarah!

  13. this is perfect, I am planning on making a tepee for my daughter, this tutorial will be very helpful!
    I like the bedding too, it seems easy to make some bear/deer fur to keep dolls warm!
    thanks

  14. Maddie says:

    Wow thats really amazing!! Good job Sarah!

  15. Audrey and Marie-Grace says:

    Audrey who are you? I’m Audrey too! I changed my name thingy though, so we won’t be mistaken for each other!

  16. Jean says:

    Very cute!!

  17. Ashleigh says:

    ooh! aah!

  18. Samira says:

    AMAZING :)

  19. Amanda :D says:

    OMG! It is huge! And awesome!

  20. 20th! LOL

  21. abbi says:

    i am making one of thoes this weekend

  22. Karon says:

    Please help. How do you stabilize the poles at the bottom of the teepee?

  23. abbi says:

    I am going to make it now

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