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Card Table Playhouse Tutorialette

Okay, I know that some of you have been requesting a card table playhouse tutorial. Since I basically figured it out as I went, I didn’t take pictures along the way, and since there’s lots of different ways to make the playhouse depending on what you want it to have, I thought we could compromise and I will do a “tutorial-ette”. If I were to do it over again I would also do some things differently, so here are my thoughts and tips for the whole thing.

First, here are some pictures of the inside and outside that I did not post earlier.
Back wall porthole.

Inside back wall (flap covers secret porthole).

Side wall with picture frame. (Every army tent should have pictures from home, right?)

Outside wall.

Side wall with pocket.

Some basic directions to get you going:

  • I used a full sized sheet set for the fabric. It was enough for everything other than the roof, for which I just used a brown broadcloth. I lined the entire playhouse, but my friend Jenn made one with a heavier fabric that was not lined and I think she said she used almost 4 yards of 60″ wide fabric. Please correct me if I’m wrong, Jenn!
  • Very important: know what size of card table you will be using before you sew the playhouse. I made this mistake (Google has never led me wrong before). Apparently the cheaper tables at Walmart and Target are closer to 34″ around the top instead of the 36″ that more expensive tables tend to be. Luckily I figured this out before I had the sides sewn to the roof so I just had to take them all in an inch.
  • Measure the top and side lengths and widths of the table and add one inch to each measurement. For example, my table was 34″x34″ on the roof and 34″x29″ on the sides. I cut (or should have cut, if I knew my correct dimensions before I started cutting and sewing) one 35″x35″ piece for the roof and 4 35″x30″ pieces for the walls. Remember you will need to also cut those pieces out of your lining fabric if you choose to line the playhouse. Adding the one inch will allow you 1/2″ seams.
  • After you cut your pieces out, complete each wall with any embellishments you wish before you sew the walls together. Cut out your windows and door, add your curtains and door panel, and any pockets. Otherwise you’ll later be working with a lot of fabric at once. The only exception to this rule that I used is that I did not finish the window openings with bias tape until the very end so that it would be a cleaner finish.
  • Once your walls are individually completed, you can sew the 4 walls together at the side seams. Note: if you are lining the playhouse, do not sew the lining walls together exactly the same as the outside. The two walls adjacent to the front wall need to be reversed. Otherwise when you sew the lining to the outside walls those two walls will be switched. I know that sounds confusing, just trust me, once again I learned that tip by my own error :). It will make more sense when you read about how to sew the lining to the outside.
  • Next sew the side seams to the roof. I rounded the corners on the roof slightly so they would sit nicer on the card table and not poke out. If you are not lining the project, you can hem the bottom of the playhouse and you should be done. Remember that without lining you will want to make sure your edges are finished nicely since they’ll be visible from the inside of the playhouse.
  • If lining the playhouse, after the roof and wall are sewn together, match the two pieces wrong sides together. Stitch around the entire bottom raw edge (I also stiched around the door opening that I had cut out), leaving a 8-12″ opening. Trim around any corners and pull the right sides through the opening, turning everything right side out. Press around the lower edge and topstitch around the entire bottom and door opening. If you decide to finish the windows with bias tape, you can do this now. If you have square windows, it is a lot easier to iron the corners into the bias tape before sewing it onto the playhouse rather than as you go.
  • Wow, that all sounded like it should have been a lot faster than it was when I actually made the playhouse.

Some other thoughts:

  • If I were to make another one, I would consider using a heavier twill or denim and skipping the lining. The nice thing about having it lined is any pockets or embellishments that you sew on the inside will not show stitch lines on the outside. I guess the ideal thing would be to use heavier fabric and line it as well, but it would definately cost a lot more to do.
  • My SIL made one that makes me hate the one I made. Although I can say I did give her some ideas, she really took them to the next level and made an adorable playhouse! You gotta look at hers if you want to make a cute one. And if you do please send me the link. Anyway, she had the thought to put clear vinyl in the windows. The reason for this is that if your children are pretty young still like Wyatt is, they prefer to use the windows as doors instead of the actual door. Plus, they can hang on the window and have more fun, so why would they use the door?! The vinyl would prevent this from happening but still let light in. Just an idea.

Card table playhouse done!

Update: you can now see my mini-tutorial for a card table playhouse and more photos here.

I finally finished Wyatt’s card table playhouse. I think I’m happy with how it turned out. I made one big mistake. As I thought I was getting close to finishing it, I thought to myself, “Wow, I haven’t had to use the seam ripper even once.” If you know me, you know that the seam ripper and I know each other well. So of course my thoughts jinxed myself and I had to rip out things left and right from that point on. I will post more pictures soon and some tips on making a card table playhouse when I feel like looking at camo again. The inside is more exciting than the outside.

Oh ya, and apparently Wyatt is scared to go inside. I’ve tried to get him to twice but he won’t go in. Hopefully he’ll decide that he likes it, maybe he just doesn’t want to ruin his Christmas surprise.

Card Table Playhouse.

I just stumbled across the cutest idea. It is a card table playhouse. The playhouse just slips over the card table and can be taken off for storage. I need to make one ASAP for Wyatt, although the girly ones look so much cuter I think (and more fun to make!). The lady that made the one above sells them on Etsy, check out her store here. She has made some other really cute ones too, so make sure to look at them all. If I were a kid I would love one.

Here is another one that someone made:

More pictures and the post about this lady’s playhouse tent can be found here.

Update: see my completed card table playhouse here!

A Greenpoint Cardigan – Sewing for Kindergarten

greenpoint cardigan

Now that I have two little girls, my boys don’t make it onto the blog nearly as often. Partly because I love sewing girly things so much, and partly because my boys are at ages where they wear clothes out quickly, and it’s just not always worth the time to make everyday clothes for them. [Read more…]

Flashback Friday: Jessica from A Little Gray

Welcome to another Flashback Friday! Today we are lucky to have Jessica from A Little Gray share a flashback with us!
One of my very favorite project(s) from Jessica are her Film Petit posts, where she (along with Kristin from Skirt As Top) makes clothing inspired by some of their favorite movies. There, of course, is always a clever photoshoot to go along with each design, like she did with Moonrise Kingdom. So darling.
Jessica is a blogger that’s really well-rounded when it comes to the sewing machine (surely you saw her Charlie Brown ornaments all over blogland this Christmas) – I love the style of her quilts too, which you’ll get to see a bit of today!

Hi I’m Jessica, and I’m so happy to be a part of Flashback Friday! It’s been really great reading these posts and learning all kinds of sweet things about my favorite bloggers. 

When I look back at my own history as a sewist, it’s hard to pinpoint the real reason I got so hooked. I’ve been at it almost 5 years now, (I think?) and my skills and style have changed so much in that time. My mom has always been a very skilled quilter, all self-taught. I remember all the beautiful pieces that were on our beds growing up, lovingly made for us over many many hours (I know that now!) But I was never interested in doing it myself. That changed a couple years after I got married when I wanted new curtains, but couldn’t find any I liked. She taught me how to use her own machine and then gave it to me. 
I made the curtains and kept tinkering when I needed to, but what really got me into creative making and sewing was my son Hendrix. (His middle name is Gray, which came from my mother’s maiden name. So that’s where my blog name comes from- my two big inspirations.)

First Reactions

For Hendrix’s first birthday, I wanted to give him something extra special and I wanted to make it myself. Jill, one of the first bloggers I read regularly, had just made her son an amazing tabletop playhouse and I knew he would love something like that. I didn’t know exactly how to do it, but I thought maybe I could figure it out. So that’s exactly what I did. Even though it seemed like a huge project at the time, it wasn’t complicated to construct. And I decided to let myself take my time and get creative with all the details. 

Elephant side
Lion/ Giraffe side

The colors and designs were inspired by those old Fisher-Price circus train toys. My brothers and I always loved them as kids, and now my kids still go nuts for them at Nana and Papa’s house. I drew up the pattern pieces myself and carefully appliquéd it onto the tent pieces over the course of a few late nights. When it came out just as good as I dreamed, I felt like I could make anything! And of course, it didn’t hurt that Hendrix was so happy with it. Now he’s almost 4, and still loves whenever I get this out for him and his sister. You can read more about it here

LBB hoodie

This shirt was the first clothing item I ever made from a pattern. It’s LBB’s Recycled Tshirt Hoodie, and I was so excited to see it on my kid! I realized sewing clothing for him was totally doable, and loved the fact that I could do it with a pattern I printed at home and a couple old shirts. I felt like another sewing milestone was conquered. 

Hendrix's quilt 1

Then, the year that Hendrix turned two and moved into a big bed, I decided to take a quilting class and make his bed quilt. I never thought I would have the attention span for quilting, or even like it that much. But after finishing this first one, I was completely hooked. And I probably wouldn’t have tried it if I hadn’t been so motivated to make something so special for Hendrix again. He loves it and still drags it all over the house. You can see more of this quilt here. 
I feel like these three things in particular were the beginnings of who I am as a sewer now. I make a lot of quilts, I make my kids’ clothes, (don’t worry, my daughter Elsie now gets a lot of special handmade things too!) and I dream up fun and playful projects for them. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to my story and having that strong desire to create things for your kids. I’m so thankful that it’s a part of how my children will always remember me as a mother. 
Thanks for having me today Abby, it’s been so much fun remembering these sewing “flashbacks” of mine!
Thanks Jessica! That card table playhouse would be a pretty great accomplishment even for an experience sewist, I love all the little details! Doesn’t she make a great use of bright colors when sewing for her kids? Always the perfect mix. Make sure to stop by A Little Gray and say hello to Jessica!