Hey Peeps! I have a super cool project that I actually made a few years ago, but it’s still a good one so I thought I’d share it. All you need is a yard of fabric for the panels and a 20″x20″ piece for the bottom piece, a sewing machine, and 8 dowel rods that are 1/4″ wide. I got the original idea from a book titled “One-Yard Wonders” by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins.
After you cut your panels out you need to sew the sides of each three side panels together, leaving 1″ of space between the seam and the edge of the fabric. Then sew the ends of the insides of the panels leaving a pocket to push 4 of the dowel rods thought. Don’t put the rods in till everything is sewn though. Next sew the seams on the tops and bottoms, leaving the dowel rod openings.
Next for the Base cut a square that is 20×20″ wide and cut a square notch on each corner that is 2″. You will fold the sides in 1″ and sew the seam like in the picture, only I made all sides the same. Don’t forget to leave an opening for your last 4 dowel rods. These will have to be cut smaller to fit. Leave a few inches sticking out on each side.
After the bottom is sewn, attach it to the rest of the tepee by sewing the top of the bottom section onto the inside of the tepee. and then insert your dowel rods. I also tied a piece of fabric around the top to secure the dowel rods.
As you can see Gatsby claimed this one and still uses it! Lucy will sit in it occasionally but if your cat likes hiding in things (like most cats), then they will love a tepee!
This is the picture of how to cut the three side panels and two shorter front panels out of the yard of fabric. Lay the piece out in a single layer
Here are my crazy homemade patterns for the side and front panels since I made more than one
They don’t like to share!
I’ve been wanting to make a cover for the strap of my camera so I don’t look like a tourist with the factory strap. I had some time since we got all that snow so I sat down and made one, which didn’t take much time at all! If you make one you’ll have to measure out your strap. Mine is a Nikon and it was 20 1/2″ long and 1 1/2 ” wide. I cut the fabric out 22″ long so I could fold it over twice on each side and sew a 1/4″ hem. I made it 4″ wide so I could fold in in half and sew the seam. For whatever reason my machine would only sew a zigzag seam so yeah…, oh well if that’s the worst that happened! After everything is sewn use a safety pin to turn it right side out by pining an end and running it through to the other side. I also used a safety pin on the end of my camera strap to feed it through the cover. I made mine fit snug on the ends so that it wont ride up when I’m using it, but you can make yours however you want!
I had some fabric left from my kimono that I liked so I used that and then made another one out of some peppermint fabric that a friend had given me. I was saving it for the perfect project but I tend to do this with things and then they never get used! I had originally planed to make a pocket for my lens cap, but my cap is quite a bit wider than the strap so it would have to really stick out. Maybe I’ll add one later, we’ll see, but again up to you!
Happy Saturday! I finally got my sewing machine working so I’ve been trying to finish a bunch of projects I attempted to start and haven’t been able to do. The first one I finished was this running belt to hold phone, keys, music, etc.
They sell these handy little accessories at stores but they’re pretty pricy and for what it is, I figured I could make one for quite a bit less. They just have an opening or two where you stick your stuff and them flip them over to hold everything in place. Now I originally wanted to add a zipper and fold over elastic to the edges but after the issues with my sewing machine I decided to keep it simple and it still works great. Feel free to make yours more jazzy though!
First I bought 1/4 a yard of a nylon spandex mixed fabric from Joanne Fabric. I folded it over and sewed it together leaving an opening for the pocket. I then cut slits were the opening for the pocket were and folded them down and sewed. I them flipped the belt right side out and with the pocket facing out I sewed the ends together. When doing this step be sure to get it nice and tight. The fabric stretches so I had to make mine quite a bit smaller than I thought I would need to. Remember it’ll be bouncing around when you run so you don’t want it sliding or falling down. The fabric was a little hard to sew because it is slippery so definitely pin it. Then cut the extra, fill it up and flip it over so the opening is facing in. Then you’re ready to run. 😉 I’ve been trying to get up to 5 miles and I’m half way there so this should help me get there. Let me know how you use yours!