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Fabric Playhouse

Turn an ordinary table into a charming playhouse with just a few yards of fabric, some scissors, and a little imagination.

What you’ll need

  • Fabric (we used muslin, an inexpensive cotton cloth available in several widths, up to 10 feet)
  • Pinking shears
  • Adhesive-backed Velcro dots
  • Clear pocket page protector
  • Paper
  • Fabric markers

How to make it

  • First, decide which table you’ll be covering. Measure the top’s depth and width, and the table’s height, and plug the measurements into the pattern shown to find out how much fabric you need. Wash and dry the fabric to preshrink it.

  • Mark and cut the fabric with pinking shears (to prevent fraying), removing the corner squares as shown on the pattern.

  • Create a window by cutting out three sides of a square panel (leaving the top attached). Add two adhesive-backed Velcro dots to the outside of the tent just above the window. Roll up the window, and add the matching dots to the roll to hold the window in place. Make a roll-up door using the same technique.

  • Add a changeable sign by attaching a clear pocket page protector to the house’s side with Velcro dots. Slip in a paper sign. Decorate your tent with fabric markers.