What do you get for the kid who loves to sit by herself and read books for hours on end? (Besides more books of course….)
A bunk bed fort!
My sister and I had a bunk bed growing up as kids, and always loved it. So when my two daughters were born, I knew I wanted them to share a room and have bunk beds of their very own. The cool thing about bunk beds? There is just so much cool stuff you can do with them! Hang things from the wooden slats, pass notes back and forth to each other through the back gap opening, have tons of fun sleep overs, and BUILD COOL FORTS!
Needless to say, I am super excited for her to open this handmade present on Christmas morning. My guess is, it will hang on her bed and not come off for months on end. And I know you are not going to believe me when I say this…it actually is NOT that hard to make. A lot of it is fabric glue! Let me show you how to make this awesome bunk bed fort.
Bunk Bed Fort DIY.
- 1 yard of felt fabric (for main fort)
- 1 – 2 yards of various other felt colors for accent
- Fabric Glue
- Basic Sewing Essentials
*I apologize in advance for my less than stellar instruction photos. It was hard work trying to get such a LARGE project on a decent white background. So I just said….eh. These can be on the hard wood floor in not good light for once. And PS – can somebody please tell Santa that Momma needs a brand new XLarge cutting mat? Thanks.
STEP ONE: Open up your 1 yard of main felt from selvage to selvage. It should be just about 2 yards wide x 1 yard long. Cut a slit up the center of your felt, leaving the top 6 – 8″ in tact.
STEP TWO: On either side of your slit, cut (2) square ‘window’ openings.
STEP THREE: Using your cut out window square as a pattern piece, cut (1) slightly larger square for ‘curtains’ and cut down the center for the left and right panel. Repeat for both windows.
STEP FOUR: Cut a green flower box shape for the bottom of your window opening and sew on.
STEP FIVE: Place your right and left curtain panel on top of your window, and sew in place along the top edge. Repeat for both windows.
STEP SIX: Cut a long strip of felt for the curtain tie, and wrap around the curtain panel. Pin the edge in place along the side edge of the window and sew.
STEP SEVEN: Cut a green awning shape and scallop the bottom edge. Place white felt strips on top of the green awning and sew in place.
STEP EIGHT: Place your green and white stripe awning above the window and pin around the top and side edges. Sew. Repeat for both windows.
STEP NINE: Cut a longer rectangle of felt for your Fort ‘banner’ and sew in place above the windows.
STEP TEN: Cut out various flower shapes, as well as the letters in your child’s name.
STEP ELEVEN: Using fabric glue, place flowers in desired location in the flower box.
STEP TWELVE: Repeat with the fabric glue for the name. Allow to dry fully.
STEP THIRTEEN: Cut long strips of ribbon (approx. 36″ in length), and fold in half. Pin the fold to the top of your fort and sew. Repeat all along the top edge.
And you are finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…