Sew the ribbon ties into the seams of the front two panels. When the tipi is finished, go back and sew three sets of two ties onto each of the side seam allowances. I sewed one set very near the top, one an inch or two up from the bottom and another somewhere in the middle. Mark your poles at each of the sets of ties and then drill a hole. Thread one of the ribbon ties through each hole and knot it tightly around the pole with the other ribbon.
You shouldn't have to take the fabric off the poles in order to take the tipi down. Simply gather it up like an umbrella and use the three sets of ties in the front to secure it. As a side note, this is precisely why I wish I would have made the front ties a bit longer. Instead of eight inches, they should be more like 10 or 12.
Overall, this was a very easy project! And that's saying something coming from me since I have a habit of overcomplicating things. It definitely helped to print out the instructions and make a few diagrams, which I plan to keep for future tipis. Sorry I didn't take more pictures...maybe I can post more later. If you have any questions, definitely let me know!