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I watch 2 grandsons, big brother (4 years) and little brother (20 months), 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.  I am always looking for ways to keep them active and happy.  I have been wanting to create a cloth covering to put over our card table, to turn it into an easy fort, tent or place to “HIDE”, as little brother always says.  Finally this past weekend I took up the challenge and “gotter done”.  My grandsons have used it and love it.
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Step 1:

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5 yds. of material (I finally opened the bolt of unbleached muslin that I bought years ago)
Clear plastic (bought by the yard, easy to sew, left over from a past project)
White thread
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Sewing scissors
Fabric markers
Straight pins
A couple of books/ magazines (one larger than the other)
Card table cutting mat
Rotary cutter

Step 2:

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First I set up the card table and measured it.  The top was 34 inches (85 cm) square.  From the top of the table to the floor was 28.5 inches (71 cm).  So I added 1 inch (2.5 cm) to each measurement, to provide space for seams. 

Step 3:

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And I cut out a piece of 35x 35inch square muslin to cover the top of the table.  Then I cut 4 pieces of material that were 35 inches by 29.5 inches, rectangle.  These would cover the 4 sides.

Step 4:

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Since I had rounded corners on the table, I thought it would be a good idea to round the corners of the fort.  So I fold the top square together that all 4 corners were together, found a cup that had about the same amount of curve, the traced the curve onto the corner and cut off the corner.  It does not have to be perfect.