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The Tropical Theme Teepee from Allee Marderosian of I Love to Create is a beautiful, out-of-the-box tie dye idea, perfect for the summer! It's a fun craft the whole family can create and enjoy. See you in the backyard!

Tropical Theme Tepee


Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit™

  • Tropical Twist
  • Tulip Soft® Fabric Paint (Crimson Red, Grape, Hot Pink Neon, Mandarin Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Tropical Green)
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Paper towels
  • Foam brushes
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Large faux feathers – multiple colors
  • (2) Queen-size sheets – white – 100% cotton
  • PVC pipes
  • Foil
  • Tepee sewing pattern Butterick B4251
  • Heavy string


  1. Follow sewing pattern to create tepee using two 100% cotton queen-size sheets.
  2. Once tepee has been created, prewash before dyeing; do not use fabric softener and do not dry.
  3. Cover work surface with a plastic tablecloth.
  4. Lay damp tepee flat on prepared work surface.
  5. Wearing plastic gloves from dye kit, fill dye bottles with water to lines indicated on bottles. Shake until dye is fully dissolved.
  6. Squeeze each color of dye onto tepee in order shown or as desired, leaving some white space in between each dye section.
  7. Cover with tepee with plastic tablecloth to keep damp and let set for 6 to 8 hours or longer for most intense colors.
  8. Rinse tepee thoroughly before washing. *Recommended: Because tepee is so large, rinse outside over the grass with a hose. Wash tepee in a large load of hottest water suitable for fabric with a small amount of laundry soap. Dry separately.
  9. Lay tepee flat on clean prepared surface.
  10. Squeeze puddles of Soft Fabric Paints onto foil. Load foam brush into one color, paint hands then press randomly onto tepee. Repeat until desired, cleaning brush in between colors. Let dry.
  11. Insert PVC pipes into tepee and set up. Place large feathers in PVC pip openings and tie in place with heavy string.
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This is a GREAT idea for a backyard camp-out!! My 10 14 yr old boys are ALL for this!! I've ALWAYS loved tie-dyed clothes, but NEVER imagined I could go "outside the box"... THANK YOU SOOOOOO much for Such FUN and CREATIVE projects!! FaveCraftsTieDie

Oh how super cute and it really looks like it will be fun to play in this teepee. What kid would not want one. I can see my grand sons and grand daughter playing with this for hours. I like the tie dye effect. I am going to let them pick out there colors. Will be making this for them to play in for summer. Thanks. Any one make one yet?

My kids would have loved this when they were younger! I think this is a great project to do as a family and I cant wait to share it. I am wondering how it would turn out with my old striped and flowered sheets? Will the dye cover the print? I just dont want to spend money on brand new sheets for this project.

So, would this be considered cultural appropriation, or do you think I'd be in the clear to make one of these this summer?


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