How to Make a Teepee

  1. A tepee is the traditional Native American tent, a 10-feet cone-shaped house. If you want to make a teepee, start by trimming canvas in the shape of a half circle, with the length twice as long as the width (15×30 ft). 10 feet is the minimum height the tents have to be to make them worthy of practical use.
  2. Cut two smoke flaps in the center of the canvass. In each end of the canvass, cut a semicircle door opening which makes a rounded door opening when the edges are drawn together. Then make a door by hemming a pocket into another rounded piece of canvas, and put in a weighty stick that will keep the door closed. Hem this extra canvas to the main canvas of the teepee.
  3. Make small pouches of three cornered parts of canvas. Stitch them to the apex of the smoke flaps. Utilize another canvas to strengthen or support the areas of the smoke flaps whenever there will be a considerable amount of tension within or unto the tent.
  4. Turn up a rope surrounding the circular foundation at the base of the canvas. Use evenly spaced rope loop around it to hold down the teepee. Fasten a rope at the topmost to secure the wrapping canvas to the poles when the teepee is set up.
  5. You will need twelve poles which are as smooth and as straight as possible.
    The poles should be 13 or 14 feet long and about an inch thickness at the top.
    Poles were important in the community of Native American Indian as Native American women in the recognition of their personality and foundation as a family. Irregular, uneven, and bent poles are considered signs of a weak housekeeper.
  6. Make three of the most durable poles into a tripod. Tie the poles together a little higher than the cover using rope. Rest what’s left of the poles against the trivet to form a cone shape.
  7. Draw the cover surrounding the frame and secure it at the top with wooden hooks. Attach the base of the cover to the floor and extend the poles to make the cover bigger. Place in two thin poles into the pouch of the smoke flutter. This acts as a pipe, where the smoke can go out.