Hello friendly Friends! For Christmas this last year we gave the boys a fort building kit (because we love them and I was tired of my blankets and pillows being abused daily 🙂 Anyways, I thought you might enjoy a little tutorial on how to put one together for your little ones! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 twin sheets (somehow I didn’t have any extras laying around, so I got a couple new ones at Walmart for $5 a piece)
- suction cups with hooks
- clips (big and small)
- small length of rope
- glow sticks
- old t-shirt (or other fabric that won’t fray when cut)
- sewing machine with very basic sewing skills (you know that’s how I roll!)
Alrighty, go ahead and take you old t-shirt and cut it into strips. I also cut the bottom hemmed part off and didn’t use it. I cut straight across the shirt and then cut up the side seams of the shirt. You will need 8 strips for each sheet.
Fold each strip in half (mine measured about 8 – 9 inches when folded) and sew a wide zig zag stitch down the middle. This is just to keep the fabric together. Don’t worry about being too neat; your kids really won’t care 🙂
Make sure to backstitch on the ends so nothing unravels.
Now, take your sewn strip and make a loop. Sew loops onto each corner of the sheet. Then sew a loop onto the center of each side of the sheet. Each sheet should have 8 loops in all, four on corners, four between corners, all on the edges.
Okay, fold you sheets and put all your supplies into a bag (we used a pillowcase because why not?) Present it to your kiddos and soak in the goodness of knowing you are a crafty mama (or dad – Branden did all the sewing for this project!) who just earned yourself a few extra hugs and kisses 🙂 Then help your little ones build their dream fort!
“What is a fort good for?” you ask? What isn’t it good for!
…general playing and enjoyment…
…reading about Spiderman or other such superheros…
…admiring new Christmas presents…
…and of course, naptime 🙂
Alrighty all, hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Happy fort building!