When it came to birthday presents for our little girl's second birthday last week, my husband, Steve, and I gave lots of thought to what we could buy.
We ended up with a few smaller things - puzzles (one of which you can see here), musical instruments, a special book and a DVD - but still wanted that one big, main present for her.
Steve had seen tepee style things in the shops but they were $200+ which seemed a little excessive. But we loved the idea of it - a little hideout for Abbey, somewhere she could put her toys, organise things (something she loves doing!) and have her own small space.
Then I remembered seeing something online - a tepee pattern (for only $4) on a blog that I love, Childhood 101.
I suggested to Steve that we make one using this pattern, and we both loved the idea - so I bought the pattern and headed to Spotlight for some material.
The pattern was really simple to follow - it was my/our first sewing project! (the hardest thing was figuring out the sewing machine I'd bought a while ago with the best intentions...) - and we made a couple of slight alterations. We decided not to have a floor to the tepee, instead attaching rubber feet to the base of the poles and putting a couple of crossbars across the sides, as the floor would provide stability that we lost when we decided not to do that.
Anyway, here it is (don't look too closely - my sewing skills are far from perfect!):
Head here to purchase the tepee pattern.