Land of Nod Teepee DIY Copycat

It’s been two and a half weeks since we came home from the hospital and the reality that my husband is returning to work soon is finally setting in. We are so fortunate that he was given three weeks paternity by his employer and our older son and I have really gotten used to having him around the house. We have been having so much fun as a family, I almost forgot to post about the last two projects I completed before heading to the hospital.

To complete the “camping” theme of the nursery, I really wanted to have a tent for my toddler son to play in. When I saw this teepee on the Land of Nod website, I was in love, but I definitely didn’t have $159 to spend on it. The striped tent also only comes in orange/beige or black/beige, neither of which matched my nursery colors.


So, naturally, I decided to DIY it. I found this pattern on the blog Pink Toes and Power Tools and then made some adjustments to accommodate for the striped look I wanted. I used duck canvas instead of denim and wooden dowels instead of PVC pipe. To sew the duck canvas I used a heavyweight needle for my sewing machine and heavy duty thread. The wooden dowels I purchased at Home Depot (they are generally used for closet bars) and I bought them at 6.5′ lengths instead of 67″. The rubber feet were also found at Home Depot and are usually used to cover table legs. Land_of_Nod_Copycat_Tent_PatternRecreating the pattern to work with my stripes concept took some trial and error and a lot of math. To cut the pieces, I cut the fabric into 9″ wide strips (or in some cases 9 1/2″ or 5″ – see pattern) and then I measured the top length and bottom length to connect the sides. I folded the fabric in half and halved the top and bottom measurements to make working with the large scale fabric a little easier. Land_of_Nod_Tent_Sew_Side_PanelsOnce I had my pieces cut, I started sewing the side panels together with 1/2″ seam allowance. When I was finished, I pressed all the seams.Land_of_Nod_Tent_Sew_Front_PanelThen I sewed the front panel pieces together and pressed those seams. I used 1/2″ seam allowances here as well.Land_of_Nod_Tent_Sew_Pole_CasingsSewing the pole casings were a little tricky. In order to get it to line up perfectly, I re-measured each stripe width against the side of the front panel so that they would be exactly the same. In some cases I adjusted the seam allowance to 1/4″ here so that it would be the right length.

After I had my striped pieces sewn together, I simply followed the tutorial on Pink Toes and Powertools to complete the teepee. Once sewn into one piece, I simply slid the poles into the casings and added the feet on the bottom. Then, I tied together the top with some string.

Land_of_Nod_Copycat_DIY_TentMy son loves his new teepee and my husband has been reading him his bedtime stories inside of it each night. Another great use for the teepee is that it has become a great storage space for the stuffed animals. I had been searching for some way to display/hide them and once the teepee was set up in his room, it was sort of a no-brainer.

This project is really pretty simple and provides a great space for imaginative play. It took me a little longer because I had to calculate a lot of measurements, but it should be feasible to accomplish this in a weekend (or an afternoon if you don’t have a toddler). It really completes the room and adds a fun aspect for the boys.

Check back on Friday and I’ll be sharing how I spaced those MUR triangle decals on the wall behind it!

***UPDATE: Many of you have asked how much fabric I purchased. It depends on the width of the fabric you use. I bought 3 yards of the cream, 1.5 yards of the teal, 1 yard of the yellow and 3/4 yards of the grey. I believe the fabric width was 54″ for each.


  1. says

    I can’t believe you found time and energy to do this before the new baby! It’s great in that it also creates a little private space for him… and the hiding area for toys!

    • says

      Great question! It depends on the width of the fabric you use. I bought 3 yards of the cream, 1.5 yards of the teal, 1 yard of the yellow and 3/4 yards of the grey. I believe the fabric width was 54″ for each.

      • nikki says

        Hi, Yvonne! I see here and there and I greatly admire this project! I want to do this for my son’s 1st birthday at the end of this month (ahh!) I am using a medium weight wide striped duck cloth, so I don’t have to see individual strips of fabric together, but I wanted to be clear on the measurements. The link says 5 1/2 yards, but you added an additional 3/4. Is that necessary or only if you are splicing the fabric. Thank you so much :)

  2. Nikki says

    How much did it end up costing? I just got the Land of Nod book and thought the same thing. A little pricey and thought I bet I can make that….

  3. diane johnson says

    This is so cute and I hope to make this for my granddaughters for Christmas. What angle degree did you use when cutting this pieces

  4. Crystal says

    So cute! I am going to attempt this for my boys for Christmas! quick question….

    Do your measurements include the 1/2 in inseam?


  5. says

    Lovely work!
    I wonder if the details of the different dimensions inclues edges for sewing? I would like to make one teepee (in a single color…). Would it be 7 times 9″ for height?
    thanks for help!

  6. says

    I’ve been looking at Land of Nod teepees as well for my grandkids. I really wanted to DIY it but really had no idea how to go about it. This is a great tutorial and your tee pee is every bit worth $159 !!

  7. says

    Hi! Wonderful project! I am making the tipi for my grandson, and I had a little confusion about the measurements (although I think I’ve figured it out…). The bottom of each stripe is 1 inch longer than the top of the next stripe, which didn’t make a lot of sense to me at first. Is that because when you sew the stripes together with 1/2 seam, you lose 1/2 inch on either side of the stripe above, so it really works out to look even? Thank you for your reply – and for sharing your pattern and project with us all!

      • Stacey says

        I’m really hoping my teepee works I had the same confusion regarding the measurements being 1inch longer than the previous bottom measurement. So when I sew these did you line the strips up and at one end it looked like it was overhanging until you sew this to the next side panel?

        • says

          Mine – for my grandson – turned out really well! Thank you for posting. Great project. (I had asked the original question about the measurements. The seams were good; stripes matched up (mostly) perfectly.) It was time consuming, but a labor of love.

          • Shayna says

            Did anyone feel it was too big? I’m about to make it and I’m afraid it’s going to be huge!

  8. Michelle says

    Thank you so much for the pattern. My friends and I made one yesterday. I am putting it in my Year Four class room to replace a very bad one I made with a sheet and garden stakes. I would love to send a photo but don’t know how to!! Thanks again.

  9. Jennifer Avila says

    would you consider sewing it and selling it without the poles. I would purchase the bowls but I don’t have a sewing machine and don’t know how to sew so even if I wanted to I couldn’t make it.


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