DIY Cute Castle Tent That Fits Over Your Table

Stop pulling out the sheets to build a tent that eventually collapses.  This DIY castle fits right over any table that you choose to use as the foundation.  You don’t have to be a sewing pro to make this fun project.  The wee ones in your life will be so excited to see the castle you made for them.  Thanks to So You Think You’re Crafty for the fun playtime idea.

Step 1: Measure your table. To create each panel you’ll need to know
the length, width, and height of the table you’re using. I made the
castle to fit my dining room table, which measures 60 inches by 36
inches by 30 inches. But unless your table happens to be the exact
same size as mine, my measurements won’t do you much good. (Note that
this project works best on a rectangular table with relatively sharp
corners.)

Step 2: Gather your materials. I used about 2 yards of gray felt, 2
yards of light blue felt, and 3/4 yard of brown felt (all 72 inches
wide), plus an 18-inch length of velcro, 12 velcro dots, a Sharpie
paint pen, and the plastic packaging from several curtains.

Step 3: Cut fabric. I’ve placed my measurements in red, but more
importantly provided the general formula for you to create the design
to your table’s specifications.

Light blue felt:
Top Panel: {length of table + seam allowance} x {width of table + seam
allowance} – 61 x 37
Side Panels: 2 pieces {~1/5 height of table + seam allowance} x
{length of table + seam allowance} – 7 x
61; 2 pieces {~1/5 height of table+ seam allowance} x {width of
table + seam allowance} – 7 x 37

Gray felt:
Side panels: 2 pieces {~4/5 height of table} x {length of table + seam
allowance} – 24 x 61; 2 pieces
{~4/5 height of table} x {width of table + seam allowance} – 24 x 37
Turrets: 8 pieces {8 inches} x {height of table – 3 inches} – 8 x 27
Battlements: Cut several long strips 3 inches wide to be trimmed later.

Brown felt:
Door: {1/3 height of table} x {18 inches} – 20 x 18
Bolt strips: 2 pieces {18 inches} x {2 inches}

Step 4: Piece together side panels. Since felt is heavy and doesn’t
fray, the panels are pieced using raw seams. All fabric pieces should
be sewn with right sides up. Sew the light blue and gray side panel
pieces together with 1/2 inch overlap. The result should be 2 panels
30.5 x 61 inches and 2 panels 30.5 x 37 inches.

Step 5: Battlements. With fabric scissors, cut the strips of gray felt
into the shape of battlements, then outline around the edges with
Sharpie paint pen. With fabric glue, affix the battlements over the
seam between the gray and blue felt.

Step 6: Turrets. Place turrets on top of each panel so that outside
edges align (see diagram above). Sew down with right sides facing up.

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Images from So You Think You’re Crafty.

For the full instructions visit So You Think You’re Crafty.

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