So I have been seeing some really cute homemade fort kits on Etsy and I’ve thought “Oh I can make that.” Well you know how that goes… a year later, well almost, and I’ve just now finally made one.
Embarrassing, I know, but that is truly how my life is. all. the. time. All the greatest intensions and aspirations and NEVER enough time to do it. I have so many unfinished projects lying in various places around the house that sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all the undone-ness that I just go around and throw them all out! Sad, I know.
Well this time I succeeded! Yay! And I must say it really wasn’t that hard. I followed this tutorial here with a few changes. It was so much fun and I had such a great feeling of accomplishment to have another project finished and done! So I just had to share it!
Here’s a picture of all the supplies I used for the project. I’ve also listed them below. Also pictured are supplies I used to make a drawstring backpack to carry it in. For that I followed this tutorial but made some tweaks to fit what supplies I had.
Supplies for DIY Fort Kit:
1 Full Sheet
3 yards of rope, ribbon, or ties of any kind
6 suction hooks
1 Lantern, battery powered
You will also need your sewing machine with all your various supplies.
I cut 6 ties out of my 3 yards, each 18 inches in length, and the pinned them in place to be sewn. Pictured below.
The placement where I attached the ties was just one at each corner. Then on each of the two long sides of the sheet I also attached a tie at the center point. So six ties in total. It should look like you have three ties on each long side of the sheet, spaced evenly apart, like below.
This is what the stitching I used looks like up close. Whatever stitch you use just make it strong. I have a Janome Magnolia and I used the #20. But you can use whatever you like.
If you are making it for a gift as I did, you can make a cute tag to attach, or a card, or anything really. Spruce it up and customize it however you like. They will have tons of fun with it…
Do you have any recent DIY triumphs or experiences you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about them. You never know, you might be someones next inspiration!