Added Dec 10, 2009
Upstate, South C...
So—- I want to start first by explaining that my husband actually sewed this tipi, not me. But, I felt I needed to show it off for him and also explain that this tipi is the whole reason I started sewing! About ten months ago, he showed up with an old sewing machine and tons of canvas drop cloths and told me that he was going to make a real tipi (said it had been his dream since he was little). I had told him before that I learned to sew when I was really young, so we sat down together and learned how to use the machine. It all came back to me! I decided to try a project myself and haven’t put down the fabric since! He spent several months sewing (burned out the old sewing machine— got a new one) and we did lots of research about sewing as well. I was a consultant as well as the help when it came measuring the 30+ feet of canvas. The smoke flaps are working, so there could feasibly be a fire in the middle inside and we think it will sleep about 6-8 people. We haven’t taken it camping yet. He just finished the liner also. He split two by fours in half and used a draw knife to make the poles. They are two 10ft pieces connected by a piece of pvc pipe. There are 17 poles in all and the diameter of the tipi is 16 ft. It was the cause of many a headache since it was being sewn in my living room for ten months, but I am so impressed with the finished product— and so proud of him for actually doing it!