How to Make a Tipi

Learn how to construct a tipi with a step-by-step guide and tips.



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With centuries of use, tipis are among the best, natural living spaces.
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Figure 1: The strips of the canvas should be laid together like shingles.
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Figure 2: When all strips are sewn together, locate the center of the longest strip.
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Figure 4: Flat seams are best for the tipi openings.
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Figure 3: Trim and hem the front edges of the tent.
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The reinforced stitching is essential to the structure of the tipi.
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Figure 6: The basic information for making the tipi cover.
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Figure 7: The floor plan of a properly pitched tipi is oval or egg shaped.
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Tipis are easily adaptable for summer heat, winter chill and everything in between.
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This illustration demonstrates how the Laubins transported their tipi poles. A version of this design should work for other cars.
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