Fabric Teepee by Phat Quarters – Camp Sewing With Boys

Hi, it’s me again, Gemia, and I am so excited to be back here to share another day at camp with you! My little boys are fascinated with their Native American toys right now. We are having the perfect weather to set up camps, forests, and hunting grounds in our yard. They will spend hours pretending and playing and I love it! They needed some Teepees to go along with their toys but was unable to find what I wanted so I decided that we should just make some.

 First you will need to gather your supplies and your littles so that you can all work together on this project. Once you have everything you will start by prepping the paper cones. We want them to look like Teepees, so we are going to cut of the tip and cut a curved hole into the center base. This will require heavy duty scissors and should be done by the adult or older children. We made three cones and did this all at once for each cone. Once you have done this you can set the cones aside for a bit.

Now we need to prepare our animal skins, aka fabric scraps. I chose a few scraps of Tomahawk by Art Gallery, a coordinating geometric print, and bits & pieces of other prints that had a Native American feel. To prep you fabric you need to pull out your first print and one of the EZ-Steam adhesive sheet and your fabric scraps. I placed my fabric scrap Right-Side down on the table to start. Then, simply peel the backing off of one side of the adhesive sheet, and place that side onto the Wrong-Side of the fabric. Press this firmly as we are NOT heat sealing this. Then you, the adult, will need to trim the excess fabric off of the adhesive sheet. Grab one of the cones that you already cut and have it in front of you. Next, peel the backing from the other side of the adhesive sheet and slowly wrap this around the cone.

When you get to the point where the fabric is going to overlap, grab your scissors and cut the extra fabric, leaving enough room for the two ends to overlap slightly. DO NOT cut the fabric to match the teepee entrance that you cut in the cone- that will come next.

Now flip the cone so that the entrance into the teepee is down and you are looking at the inside of the cone. You are going to cut slits in the extra fabric from the edges up to the cone.

To make sure that the fabric stays down while the littles are playing with I decided to secure it with Duck Tape. This will also make for a fun background on the inside of the teepee. I choose this really cool leopard print roll and my little man choose a super hero roll. I love all the fun prints that Duck Tape has now!!! To do this you need to tear off little strips and simply press it onto the inside of the cone being sure to catch the raw edges for the fabric.
Now you have made a teepee, but of course we want to make it super cool, so we are going to use the Duck Tape to add a fringed trim and to make the tops of the teepees look like sticks are poking out. 
Grab the Duck Tape that you want to use, I am using the leopard print roll again, and peel a strip off that is just a bit longer than the height of the teepee. Next you need to fold over one side of the tape sticky sides together. Now take the scissors and cut tiny slits into the doubled-sided fold that you just created. Once you are done making the fringe, tape it onto the teepee using the exposed sticky edge. Start on the inside bottom edge, of the teepee, and work your way up to the top. Wrap the fringe around the opening at the top and press it all down. If you want to make more layers of fringe do that now. That’s it! You should have one really cool teepee to play with now!

 I am so excited at how well this project worked! My littles are having a ton of fun with these and they are sturdy and durable enough that they will last well beyond the summer time! Thanks for visiting with us today. I hope you stick around because there are a lot of more great adventures happening at our Camp her at Sewing With Boys!

Ice Painting – Camp Sewing With Boys


Today we have Katie from Stitchbox here on Camp Sewing With Boys. Have you checked out Stitchbox yet? It is a monthly subscription where you get everything you need to sew a project each month. Katie is showing us how to Ice Paint, his is something you will definitely want to do.

I decided a few weeks ago I wanted to try some ice dyeing with my son, and thought we should do pillowcases for when our family goes camping. I hate taking the regular pillows and pillowcases and having them come home smelling like campfire smoke, and I figured if they had cool new pillowcases, it might convince my kids to actually sleep on the pillows when we go camping, instead of trying to stay up all night!  It’s worth a shot, right? It’s summer in Texas, and the heat is typically somewhere between unbearable and completely ridiculous. But, of course, when it was time to start our project, we’re in the middle of some crazy rain every day for nearly a week (Tropical Storm Bill, anyone?)!


So we improvised, and did the project under our patio. The ice melted a little slower, but we still had fun!


 So here’s what we started with:  a set of 100% cotton white pillowcases, a tie dye kit (although regular fabric dye packets will work for this, too, I liked the colors offered in this kit and knew we could do several projects this summer with it), a bucket or plastic tub, metal cooling rack or tray to keep the fabric elevated so the dye will drain from the fabric, and a pitcher of ice!

I followed the pretreat instructions on the tie dye kit for our fabric, which said to wash the pillowcases in hot water and then make sure they’re still wet when you’re ready to dye them.  I filled four of the little tie dye kit bottles with the powdered dye in the colors my son wanted to use: lime green, red, orange, and blue.  You can choose to leave them in the plastic packages, or even put them into bowls, but working with my 4-year-old and his little sister, who is 3, I knew I didn’t want them having open access to the dye!  If you’re doing regular tie dye, now is when you’d add water to those bottles, but for ice dyeing, leave them dry.


Take your supplies outside (in the sun if possible), and set the metal rack on top of the tub. Arrange your pillowcases on the rack however you’d like.  My son chose to roll his up a little and then just plop it down, but my daughter let me leave hers mostly flat and just scrunch it smaller, making little wrinkles and hills all over.  Next, cover them completely with ice.  We used a mix of regular ice and crushed ice, and I think the crushed ice was easier for them to get onto the fabric and make it stay without it trying to fall off like the bigger pieces.


Once your pillowcases are covered with ice, use the bottles of powdered dye to squeeze little puffs of dye onto the ice.  Try to convince the kiddos not to touch the ice, which will be saturated with very concentrated dye!  Completely cover the ice with dye, and let the ice melt and drip into the tub below.



When the ice is melted, the pillowcases need to stay damp for 5-6 hours so the dye can really soak in, so I covered ours with plastic wrap to keep the moisture in.


After several hours, bring the tub inside and rinse the pillowcases in cold water until the water runs mostly clear. Then wash them twice in the washing machine – the first time with no detergent, and the second time with detergent, both times using warm water.  Dry the pillowcases on low heat in the dryer (or hang them to dry, if you prefer, but know that the dye will set more permanently if you go ahead and dry them).

There you go! Perfect camping pillowcases!  My son loves how his colors all ran together and made an almost camo effect, and my daughter’s favorite part is the big section of red on her pillowcase!

The more colors you layer on top of one another on the ice, the more color mixing you’ll get (like my son’s).  On my daughter’s, I convinced her to not add other colors on top of one another so we could see them stay mostly separate and get a different look.  I wish the colors had stayed brighter all over instead of just in spots, but I think next time we’ll be more generous with the dye and see if that helps!