build a fort kit DIY (update)

We originally posted this tutorial a year ago in September, & it quickly became a favorite online, at Birthday parties, & in our home.  So I was thrilled when given the opportunity to make a video tutorial with KinCommunity featuring the beloved fort kit.  Click the video below and find out why!

Irresistible, yes?  Doesn’t that make you want to scribble a list of all the young children in your life to make kits for!?

Here’s the scoop (you prob already know this)…  kids love building forts, but doing so typically leads to tearing apart every bed in the house & the inevitable tears that come when blankets collapse.  That is why the kits are so great.  The ties help it stay up & it’s far more pleasant to fold a couple sheets and wrangling some clips than put all the beds back together.  Plus sheets, being so light weight, are the choice of fort building champions.  For sure.

Bonus; they are fun to put together outside for playtime, summer reading, a picnic or family photo ops.

Enough chatting your ear off….  Written instructions are below and  you can download the coral tags (HERE) & green tags (HERE).

Before those of you that don’t own a sewing machine let it stop you from putting one together, think of someone you know that DOES have a sewing machine, give them a call & ask if they have 15 minutes to help you sew ribbon to the corners of a sheet.  Most likely they will be delighted to help, curious about your project, & answer with a big, “hellz, yeah!”

Continue to read for written instructions, pin for safe keeping & let me know if you have any questions!

XO . Rae
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our boys + their friends and building {weather with legos or blankets} go hand in hand.  so when espen’s friend brady invited him to his 6th birthday party, a fort building kit seemed fitting.  it ended up being a big hit with the boys and was quick and painless to put together.  you can head on over to brady’s mom’s blog to see pictures of the built fort + read below for the tutorial.

first, gather the supplies.

INCLUDED IN THIS KIT WAS:  2 flat sheets, a lantern, laundry clips, rope, hefty ribbon (for ties), tags (click to download coral or green) and a bag, pillow case or tote to hold all the goodies.  i purchased a sheet set from target for $14, but exchanged the fitted sheet for a flat one from our linen closet.

next, cut 6 to 10 long strips of heavy ribbon or strips from an old t-shirt, 16″ long.  then, find the center of each strip and pin to the corner and sides of your sheets {see drawing above}.  then sew each strip in place going back and forth several times.

lastly, stuff the goods into your bag, write a thoughtful note to the recipient and head out the door with a handmade gift that kid-os and mamas are sure to gush over!

please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for items to include in the fort kit by leaving a comment below….  i would love to hear from you!

xo . rae

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  • Christine July 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    This is so cute!! What size sheets do you recommend? Where did you find the lantern?
    Can’t wait to make up some of these.

    • rae July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      I recommend twin or full sheets and found the lantern in the camping section of Target. They also have fun headlamps as an option 🙂 xo

  • Patricia Polmanteer July 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Don’t forget..IF you don’t have a sewing machine remember that it is ok to thread a needle and sew by hand.

  • Julie@jam-n-jilly July 27, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Hi Rae! I love this! I want to make one! Or two or three:) It’s so true, my cuties love to pull everything out of the bedrooms to make a hideout! I just wish I would of made one at the beginning of the summer! Did you use 2 flat sheets? It looks like you used 1 but I read that I needed 2? Do I sew 6 or 10 pieces of ribbon to the sheet? Thanks for your help! I need it!

  • VictoriaGrace December 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I just found out about kincommunity and I love it!
    Although I am not a mom, I’m only 17 haha, but I’m a Sunday school teacher for 3-5 year olds, and this is a great idea for play! I can’t wait to make this for the little ones! (:

  • Kristin January 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I have made this about 6 times each time to a 5-8 year old who has just loved it. It’s handmade enough to be well appreciated but not so ho,e made as to appear cheap, if you know what i mean. It’s an atypical gift for kids this age who are into all kinds of licensed products and it always hits the mark with kids and parents.

    • rae February 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      thanks so much for your sweet comment on our build a fort kit tutorial…. so glad to hear you are getting a lot of use out of it!

      xo

  • Linda G August 29, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wal-Mart also has twin flat sheets for $4 each, & they come in some fun colors!

    • rae August 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      thanks for the tip linda! xo