No-Sew Fort Kit

An easy No-Sew Fort Kit that will bring hours of entertainment!

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No-Sew Fort Kit Includes: 

  • sheet with ties
  • rope
  • clothespins
  • clamps
  • suction cups
  • flashlights

My kids adore making forts, and I know this will be a fabulous addition to our playroom. It’s also quick, easy, and inexpensive, making it a fabulous holiday or birthday gift!!

I knew I wanted to make one that was no-sew–I have a sewing machine, and I can use it, it’s just not my favorite thing to do, and it usually takes me a lot longer than I want it to.  The ones I’ve seen have ties sewn into the corner of the sheet, but I knew there had to be another way. So…I went searching at JoAnn Fabrics and came across a large eyelet kit, one large enough that ties would fit through, and would go through fabric.  HOORAY!!! It had everything you needed, except a hammer–perfect.

I’ve seen all other fort kits in bags, and I really didn’t want to use a bag for a couple of reasons.  Okay, one of the reasons is that I didn’t want to make it, lol, but the main reason is that I have all the toys in our playroom either in labeled bins or buckets, and I like the look of everything stacked up together.  I decided to use a Rubbermaid container instead, and I LOVE it.  It’s perfect on our toy shelves!

No-Sew Fort Kit Directions

SUPPLIES

*I bought all of the supplies except the Rubbermaid container at the dollar store.  I found the container at Walmart for $2, and I already had the sheet at home.  I bought four flashlights–one for each of my littles that would be using the fort–because I didn’t want any fighting about them, and I knew they would each want one. You don’t have to have that many, and it would decrease your cost by $1 each.  My total cost:  $13, including the eyelit kit from JoAnn Fabrics. I had more than half of the eyelets leftover, so you if wanted to do this with a friend, it would decrease the cost even more.

  • -12 Qt. plastic container (mine is Sterilite)
  • -large eyelet kit
  • -jersey tee shirt
  • -clamps
  • -clothespins
  • -rope
  • -flashlights
  • -suction cups
  • -sheet
  • FREE LABEL PRINTABLE

DIRECTIONS

1.  Following the directions on the eyelet kit (I found it in the aisle with snaps and other fasteners), place one in each corner of your sheet, plus two about 1.5 inches apart in the center of the sheet. I cut apart an old jersey tee shirt (they stretch really well, and don’t fray) into strips, threaded it through each eyelet, and tied knots on the ends so they couldn’t come through.  I threaded one strip through the center two eyelets, and tied knots in the ends as well.  Fold the sheet so the ties are in one corner.

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2.  Gather your supplies, and place them inside your container.  The 12 qt. is the perfect size!!!

no sew fort kit | oldsaltfarm.com
no sew fort kit | oldsaltfarm.com

 3. I created a printable to go on top of the lid, so we would be able to keep track of the contents.  I printed it out on a full sheet white label (you can get them from Office Max), or if you have the printable white adhesive paper from Silhouette, you can use that too. It was super easy to print, peel off the back, and adhere to the top of the lid.  You can download the printable HERE.

That’s it!  Super easy to put together, and took less than 30 minutes. Woot!

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9 Comments

  1. Can you also post a picture of the fort “in action” so we can see how it’s supposed to be used? I assume the kids tie the sheets to chairs?

  2. Yes, can you post a picture of the fort…thanks for sharing. This will make a great present for my niece and nephew!

  3. I would love to see how you use this with your kids…do you use the suction cups on the windows? And what about the rope? A visual would complete this great idea! Thanks.

  4. Yes, I will update with pictures of the fort in action! I haven’t given it to the kids yet–it was a surprise–so as soon as I unveil it this weekend I’ll come back and post with pictures!

  5. I would love to make this kit for my grandson. Yes, please post pictures.I’d like to see how it’s used!

  6. what size sheets do you recommend?
    I love this idea and am thinking of using it for Christmas gifts this year!!!!
    thanks for the no sew option…love love love!

    1. I used a twin sized sheet, because I didn’t want it to be too big for my little ones to handle. You could probably use full size sheets, depending on how your kids are! And you are welcome…I’m all about no-sew projects. :)

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