This project took me about three hours (not including my trip to the fabric store, which probably took just as long because "oooohhhh, look at this one!" tends to happen when I'm in a fabric store). Anyway, a fairly quick and easy project, and inexpensive, too! I found this great arrow fabric at Joann's for $2.99/yard (on sale), and the poles were just $2.50 each at my local Ace Hardware! I purchased four yards of the fabric and four poles (I already had the white fabric and twine on hand), for a total cost of about $22. Not bad, considering the Land of Nod tee-pee which inspired this project retails for over $100!
Repeat these steps all the way around the tee-pee, then cut a slit in the center of the piece you want to use as the front and simply hem on both sides. Voila, sewing is finished!
I chose to use 1"x2" firring strips cut to 6' lengths as my poles instead of dowels because the cost difference was huge. Dowel pricing hovered around $10 each, versus the firring strips, which were only $2.50. It was a bit more difficult to get the whole tee-pee to balance properly when using the firring strips, but it was worth the cost savings for me.
After threading the poles through the sleeves, it took some adjusting to get it all balanced (having a helper for this step is recommended!). Then, just grab some rope or twine and lash all of the poles together, and you're done!
I threw down a knit blanket and lambskin rug under the tee-pee for a little padding on our hardwood floors. The girls (and their friends) love it! Here's hoping your littles love it, too! :)