Handmade Giving: Fort Kits for Kids

Well folks, its our last day of the Handmade Giving Series and I so hope you’ve enjoyed it…gotten inspired…and found some new favorite blogs.  This last project is mine…and its super easy. Surprise, surprise.  And actually I got this idea out of Family Fun a while back, but I’m putting my own spin on it.

Ok, so the gift you need for a little boy or girl…for cheap….for quick.  Here ya go:

Fort Kits

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Essentially you’re taking a pillowcase, stuffing it with a flat sheet, clothes pins, a book, and a flashlight.  Its fun, trust me.
Here’s what you need.

Flat sheets and pillow cases. (I’m making two kits here.)  
Scrap fabric
Iron-on adhesive paper (I use Pellon 805)
Clothes pins
The first thing we did was clip all our clothes pins to the sides of a bucket and paint them white.  We wouldn’t want the fort clothes pins to get mixed up with Mom’s clothes pins.  After we got a couple coats of white paint, we painted fun stuff on them: polka dots, stripes…..

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Next we made a monogram for the pillowcase-bag.  You need your scrap fabric and your iron-on adhesive paper stuff.  Peel the back off and iron it to the wrong side of your fabric.  Write your initial on the paper with pencil…make sure you do this backwards, or else you’ll cut it out and your letter will be backwards…been there.

After you cut it out, they’ll look like this….

…then you’ll peel the back off the letters and iron them on to your pillow case.  Easy peasy.
Then you stuff your pillowcase with the flat sheet for fort-making, the pretty clothes pins, a book, a flashlight, and whatever else a kid would want for a fort.  Tie it shut and you are finished!
Thanks so much to all my guest bloggers AND to you, who read along and was hopefully inspired to do some handmade giving this year.  Here’s a recap if you need one.  Click on the label Handmade Giving to see all the posts!


  1. These are THE cutest!!! What a great idea!

    Really, again – thanks so much for having me be a part of this series – it was so fun! I hope we get to work together again in the future:) <3

  2. I love this idea! I'll have to tuck it away for future gifts.
    Also, loved the series. It got this not-so-crafty mama inspired!

  3. This was a great series would love to receive any of these. I am going to attempt Sophia s candy canes with my nephews.
    Merry Christmas sweet gal!

  4. I love simple, GENIUS ideas like this!!! I only wish I had found out about this earlier…It's going in my "arsenal" now though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love your series! I made several gifts this year and I plan to make even more handmade gifts next year and use some of your fantastic ideas shared here! Merry Christmas! Alisa

  6. This is such a wonderful idea!! My boys would have loved this; my girls too, actually.
    Such a wonderful series. Thanks, Alicia!
    xox- susan @SugarBeans.org

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