I've been wanting to make an under-the-table tablecloth cubby house for ages now but it isn't really practical at our house. Our dining table currently doubles as the Mr's work desk so we don't really want to encourage little people to hang out there. So when a friend was trying to come up with a present for her daughter's fourth birthday I seized my chance and talked her into it! To be fair, she was a little apprehensive about the scale of the project and I cajoled her into it with my excitement and enthusiasm. I may have even used the phrase, 'it will be quick and easy!'.
In hindsight I wouldn't exactly say it was 'quick'. It took quite a bit longer than I thought it was going to and there was a lot of math involved as we nutted out all the sizes from my dream house sketch! But seeing as we were working on it as a collaborative effort it wasn't too bad and I think the end result was worth it. The kids had great fun at the party popping in and out of the new cottage!
The main structure of the house is made with a bunch of old sheets. We used purple for the 'roof' since it was going to have food on top and we didn't want it to look instantly dirty. There are four chair flaps on the sides so that most of the chairs can still be pushed under the table when it is in use. The door is a gorgeous floral vintage sheet and the appliqued flowers are made with some liberty scraps I had in my stash.
If I'm honest I'm pretty unhappy with these photos. They don't really do the play house justice (it is even more adorable in real life!). I didn't really have the right lens on my camera and the kids weren't really in the mood to cooperate amongst the party revelry. I might have another go at it another day but for now I'm trying to relax and not be so much of a perfectionist!