Need an adorable, inexpensive, and truly inventive gift for the kiddo (or kiddos) in your life? This DIY fort in a bag does the trick. It’ll spark any child’s adventurous side and can easily be personalized for maximum fun. Make one for their birthday, holiday, or just for a rainy day. And check out this article for even more DIY gift ideas for little ones.
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DIY Fort in a Bag Kit
- Twin-sized bedsheet
- Fabric for the ties, bag, and bag drawstring
- 6 clamps
- 6 suction cups with clips
- Rope (I used a clothesline)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Safety pin
- First, you’ll make the ties for the fort sheet. From the scrap fabric, cut six strips measuring 3×8 inches.
- Fold the long edges of each strip toward the center and iron, then fold in half again (folding where the edges meet at the center) and iron. Stitch along the folded edges (two short and one long) of each strip.
- Now sew the strips to the bedsheet, one at each corner and one in the middle of each long side of the sheet. To do so, fold the strips in half, then sew them to the sheet by stitching a small rectangle over the folded center, sewing through the tie and the sheet.
- Now you’ll make the drawstring bag. For the bag body, cut two rectangles measuring 16×21 inches. Fold down 1/4 inch along the top edge of both rectangles, toward the wrong side of the fabric, and iron in place.
- With right sides facing, sew the two rectangles together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Sew along the sides and bottom of the bag, and leave a 3-inch opening at the top of one side (for the drawstring opening).
- Fold the edges of this opening inward and iron, then stitch in place.
- Fold the top of the bag down about 1.5 inches (so the top edge lines up with the bottom of the opening) to form the drawstring “tunnel” and stitch it in place close to the edge. Turn the bag right-side out.
- To make the drawstring cord, cut a piece of fabric 3×40 inches. Use the same technique that you used for the fabric ties, folding the long edges toward the center twice, ironing and sewing in place.
- Secure a safety pin to one edge of the drawstring and use it to feed the drawstring through the bag. Knot the ends of the drawstring together.
- Fill the bag with the clamps, suction cups, rope, clothespins, and the sheet.
- Include flashlight, books, or small portable game to enjoy inside the fort.
- Use a pillowcase to make the drawstring bag, as done here
- Use pre-made bias binding for the ties. Or use this technique to make the ties out of an old T-shirt.
Give the gift creativity with this DIY fort in a bag kit. Little ones of all ages will get a kick out of setting up cozy play spaces throughout the house — and since the configuration possibilities are endless, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!