We did it.
We did a little teepee-putting-together-action (also known as B's Christmas present) just in time for Christmas (actually Christmas eve since we decided to celebrate our "little family of three" Christmas the night before Christmas since it'll be just us at home that night). We'll wake up Christmas morning with my parents, my brother and my nephew.
Long ago....back in July when Katie (whom I'm
hugely mildy obsessed with) posted about her teepee that she made her little man I fell in love. I feel in love with the teepee for little kids idea. Then I started seeing lots of cool ones all over the internet and blog land. Originally we thought we would give it to him for his birthday in October but we never got our rears into gear to actually get it done.
So what's the next best celebration? Christmas, of course. Jer and I read some blogs and scoured pinterest for some pictures of diy teepee's and set out to make ours for our little man since it seemed pretty easy to do.
While shopping at Ikea (two times in one week, I know, lucky girl I tell ya) I found some black and white fabric. One with thick stripes and one with thin stripes. It was an immediate corporate decision.....we would be using that fabric on this teepee somehow some way. I had all kinds of thoughts and ideas running through my head.
So yesterday, we claimed that day as teepee day. We were to plan nothing other than putting this monster together and finished. We had not time for playing around. We got down to business once B went down for a nap.
This is how it went:
Pillowcases - I made my pillow cases with some leftover "Boston" fabric and some of the thin black and white striped fabric. The Boston pillow case was 20x20 since I already had a pillow insert in that size to go inside of it. I also made it by using the "pocket" method so that I could take the pillow case off to wash. The other (black and white striped) pillow cases were 16x16 (I got the pillow inserts at Ikea) and I ended up sewing those completely shut.....fingers crossed they stay clean. Wishful thinking, perhaps?
Jer got 6 8 foot 2x2's from Home Depot for our structural base. He arranged them so that the base of the teepee would be wide. I wanted it wide enough for B to put a blanket and lots of pillows and to be able to lay and read and be comfortable.
Warning: please excuse the playroom/craft room. A tornado decided to tear through our upstairs last week (actually one comes through at least once a week) and throw toys everywhere.
We had to work quite but fiercely since Boston's room was right around the corner and he was taking his nap at the time.
Nice and trimmed and primed for our stripes.
We set it all up and took a long look at it.
Buuut......it looked a little too plain. So we jazzed it up with some Christmas lights (we thought little man would need some light while reading)....
.....and some grommets and leather cording.
Here she or he is. Here's what B gets to walk in and see tonight (Christmas Eve) after he opens up all of his other gifts downstairs by the Christmas tree.
I added some pillows and a comfy blanket for toddler tooshy. We want it nice and cozy for him. I must add that there's tons of room inside. Can't wait to have some reading/lunch/singing dates with my little guy.
The polka dot pillow case is one that I made last year for our living room.
All in all, we give ourselves a blurry thumbs up.....
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!