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« on: May 19, 2004 10:00:52 AM »

I originally made this for my friend's little boy, but as soon as i finished it, my cats decided that they wanted one too.  So I thought I would share this.   I posted the pictures and directions here:  http://www.geocities.com/bmorrette/cattipi.htm   (sorry, I haven't quite figured out how to post photos on here yet)

And here's the directions:

I made this kind a cool, kinda quick cat tipi for a friend of mine (acutally it was for her son, but it turns out my cats had more fun with it).  So I thought I would post the instructions in case anyone was interested.
Hope you like it!


2 yards of canvas (I got mine at walmart for pretty cheap)
6 36 inch dowel rods
glue gun
and anything you want to put on it for decoration


Take 3 of the 6 dowel rods and lean them into each other so they form a tripod.  Hot glue these three together.  Then once, the glue dries, grab the other 3 and place them in the spaces in the tripod.  Hot glue those to the original tripod.  Thats your basic framework for the tipi. 

Next take the twine, hot glue it into place and wrap it around where all the poles meet (or where the bulk of your hot glue is).

Heres the tricky part You can probably do one of two things here.  What I did to get the size for the canvas cover was to take a piece of extra long twine, hold it at the top, where all the poles meet, and run it down one of the poles.  I cut the twine where it met the floor.  From there I spread out my canvas and pinned the twine that I used to measure, to the center of the canvas.  I stretched out the twine with a pencil at the end, and created a semi circle. (I had a lot of extra fabric at the bottom.  I had to pin the fabric to the twine and go back and re-cut the fabric)

Or I think you could take the tripod, lay it on its side, roll the tripod over your canvas, following the bottom part of the poles with a pencil to get your basic shape.

 I cut out about an in of extra fabric so that I could stitch up the bottom, so it looked a bit neater and the canvas wouldnt unravel.

Next I took top of the cover for my tipi and hot glued that to the twine.  And thats basically it.  I still need to decorate it.  As soon as I put it on the floor to take a picture of it, Jimbo and Kinky D (the cats) had already claimed it as theirs. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2004 12:46:03 PM »

I love that idea! And wow, my two cats look EXACTLY like yours! Here's a pic, because I'm such a dork.

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Well, those aren't the best pics that I have of them... but you get the idea.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2004 01:45:50 PM »

Your cats are SO CUTE! (both of you...) and the tipi is so cute I can hardly stand it. Sometimes it's a bummer having a violent terrier that would rip something like that down in an instant...

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2004 02:11:36 PM »

Our cats could be separated at birth!  The tipi was super easy to make.  The hard part was keeping them away from it from it long enough to finish!
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2004 10:32:23 AM »

Now I want to make one for my cat, but its soo dumb it would probably pass it up and go sleep on a bed.  At least i could have the fun of making one, maybe my nefew would want to play with it??

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2004 12:06:03 PM »

Ah!  That made me giggle with the visual of my cat, Onineko, starting at me like I had gone off my rocker, if I made her something like that!

I personally think it is adorable.  Oni, on the other hand - has a distinct preference for sleeping and hanging out on everything she shouldn't.  Every time I make or buy her a bed - she'll choose to sleep on my clothing, or on the package the bed came in.  Or worst still, my kimono - if I am doing kitsuke!

I might still have to try it one day though!  Thank you for the instructions!

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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2004 08:00:07 PM »

haha.  he stuck his tongue out at me.  oh dear, i'm slap happy from homework.  your cat tipi is the shizzle.
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2004 08:23:09 PM »

Because I love kitties so much (I work/volunteer at an animal shelter) - anything cat related gets a huge smile from me!
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