Step 1: Materials
Fabric, old sheets, remnants, or scraps
Buttons (doesn't matter if they match)
Bias tape (at least 4 yards, more if your table is large)
Sewing machine or hand sewing needle and patience
1/4 inch elastic
A child who wants to play in a tent (Or hey I guess this could be for adults as well. I'm not going to judge.)
Basically, this table tent is only a step up from throwing a sheet over the kitchen table. It isn't hard to make but it will use up some scraps or remnants, and it will let you use the table for drawing or eating or what have you without taking the tent down. You could make this as complex as you like, with windows and pockets and doors in every side, or just as simple as four featureless sides. I made each wall different.
Step 2: Measure Your Table.
Our table top measures 36" x 27.5" and it is 22" high. So I am going to be using 2 pieces of material 37" x 23" and two for the other sides that are 28.5" x 23".
Wash and iron all of your materials, particularly if they came from a thrift store. All of the fabrics I'm using have been crammed in the scrap bin so they were extra wrinkly.
Cut out the material you will be using for the walls of your tent based off the measurements of your own table, adding seam allowances if you will be doubling it over. (I did on the quilt top sides) If you want you can just finish the edges with seam binding, pinking, or just leave them raw if you are using a knitted material for the walls.
Step 3: First Wall
Decide where you want the window to be. I made this window in the center of the wall panel, so I folded the panel in half and cut out the shape of the window. Then I added bias tape all around the edges and across the center of the window to approximate windowpanes.
Step 4: Doors
Cut the piece of fabric into two equal strips, and if you like you can round off the corners. Apply seam binding all around the edges of the panels. I used pink and brown because I ran out of the brown.
Step 5: Side Walls
Step 6: Layout
Step 7: Table Top
If the table that you are using has legs close to the edges of the table, sew elastic loops and buttons onto the panels to keep them attached to the table at the sides. I have left mine unattached. At the corners where the panels meet I stitched buttons also.
Step 8: Done!
This has been my first Instructible. I hope it is useful to someone .