How to make a Wigwam for children – by Cherry Menlove
How to make a Fabric Wigwam for children by Cherry Menlove
have three sides, using three poles for the construction. Two of
the sides would be the walls of the tent and the third side would be the door to the wigwam, made up of two pieces of fabric.
- Cut the two side panels of fabric that you are using for the walls so they measure 150cm x 130 cm
- Double hem the pieces using a 2cm hem
- Cut two pieces of fabric, these will be the doors, each 50 x 130 cm
- Double hem the pieces using a 2 cm hem
- Lay all four pieces of fabric, two walls and the two pieces that make up the doors, out in front of you in the order that the pieces will be tied together. From left to right :- door – wall – wall – door
- Snip or pierce ten small holes along both sides of the two wall panels (130cm length side) and along only one side of the two door panels. Start 3cm down from the top before making the first hole and then make each hole 10cm apart thereafter.
- Once all the holes have been made cut 30 pieces of yarn all measuring 30cm each. These pieces of yarn will be used to tie the sides of the wigwam together.
- Start by attaching one of the doors to one of the wall panels
- Thread the pieces of wool through the holes using the large darning needle.
- To secure the pieces of wool tie them in a double knot and then a bow. Pretty & strong!
- Tie the two wall panels together at the back of the wigwam
- Finally, tie the other door panel to the other wall panel using the same method of threading the wool pieces through the holes and tying them together.
Note: It might be a good idea to grab an extra pair of hands for this next part as you may need some help holding the fabric in place whilst it is being secured to the poles.
- Take the three poles (broom handles) and erect them so that they make a conical shape
- When you are happy that the poles are forming the shape you want take the string and start securing the poles together by weaving the string between and around the tops of the poles, leaving around 6cm of pole free at the top.
Secure the frame with a little hot glue
- Once the poles are tied together use a hot glue gun to glue the string to the poles to ensure the structure will be staying put!
- Once the hot glue has dried hang the fabric panels over the top of the wigwam frame
- To hold the wigwam in place at the top gather into pleats the two fabric walls and the two corners of the door panels that are attached to the walls.
- Use pins to secure the pleats – no need to sew them.
- It should look something like this……..see pic below…..
Wrapping it all up at the top
- Once the wall and door panel corners are pleated and pinned securely hold together at the top by wrapping the wool around the bundle.
- Leave 2 inches of fabric at the top for some frou-frouing
- Remove the pins
Making it look nice, neat and pretty
- Cover the wool up by tying a 1.5m length of decorative ribbon to tie around the top.
- Use the same wool for the door ties that was used to tie the panels together
- Cut eight lengths of wool, each piece measuring 80cm, this makes the ties extra full
- Use four of the lengths of wool for each tie-back
- Pull back one of the doors, gathered loosely in the middle & secure it to the pole with the wool tie
- Repeat with the other door and tie
- Truly liked the door ties in particular
Making loops to secure the wigwam to the ground
- Cut ten lengths of ribbon all measuring 14cm each
- Fold each piece in half, creating a loop, and sew to the inside hem of the wigwam, around all sides
- Three loops for each wall panel – evenly spaced (see pic below for how they should look)
- Two loops for each door panel – evenly spaced (see pic below for how they should look)
Securing the wigwam to the ground
- Using tent hooks bang the loops in to the ground – ALL THE WAY – not as shown in the picture which is merely for illustrative purposes
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