The concept is relatively simple and you can find lots of different ideas on Pinterest, personal blogs, and craft sites. Some websites went (what I thought was) way over the top matching sheet colours and designs, flashlights with tools, and making instructions and labels. I tried to keep it simple and straight forward. I did most of my material shopping at the local thrift store. I shopped for the tools at the local hardware store. I did test the clamps to make sure that they were easy enough for wee fingers to use.
To make the gift a little more personal I labeled the fort kit bag (a simple pillow case) with iron-on letters that I found at Walmart.
I made bags out of an extra sheet that I had purchased for the TOOLS. Tools for the fort included small clamps, bungy cords, suctions cups with hooks (for windows), a flashlight, some bigger (wee finger friendly) clamps, and nylon rope (not pictured).
For fort walls/ceiling I included a single sheet and a queen sheet. One great idea that I saw on one of the websites that I checked out was sewing hooks using ribbons for better attachments points. I sewed 6 ribbons on to the single sheet.
Lastly, I made draw strings on the outside of the bags (pillow case) to tie everything together.
The gifts were a huge success and I think the next time I make them I'll also add dads' names to the bags because they've been playing with the forts as much as the kids.
Happy fort building, Tweedlefans!