Because I had bought a jersey knit sheet set for my kit it came inside a handy little bag, and who am I to not put a handy little bag to good use?? That bag became the fort kit bag! This led to another pin - freezer paper stenciling.
|How About Orange|
I printed out the wording that I wanted onto a plain sheet of paper and then traced it onto my freezer paper (shiny side down). I then took out the exacto knife and cut all of the lettering out. Once I was happy with my handy work I found my iron (yes, I had to literally find it - I am not a fan of ironing). I ironed a piece of an old t-shirt so that it was wrinkle free and then ironed the freezer paper (shiny side facing the t-shirt) to the t-shirt. I then ironed another piece of freezer paper to the back of the piece of cloth. **I used the cotton setting because I was ironing a t-shirt, but I would use the appropriate setting for your fabric.** Once the freezer paper was good and stuck to my cloth, I got out some stencil paint and painted my lettering. I am inpatient girl and let's face it, I do all this crafting with the small windows we call nap time, so I went and found my hair dryer (and yes again, I had to literally find it) and dried the paint faster. Once my quick drying paint was finished I just peeled off the freezer paper and TA-DA a stenciled piece of fabric.
Now that I had a label, it just had to be sewed onto the front of my bag. After pinning it down and sewing it onto the front of the bag... time to fill this sucker up!
I put into my fort kit a king size sheet, 50 clothes pins, clothesline rope and flashlights (six to be exact). You could get as fancy as you want with this. You could even add a book to read or headlamps. I stuck with the basics. After everything was neatly packed into the sack, I tied it up and under the tree it went! I know that this was not the most high tech gift the kids got this year and I know it didn't come with cool games and music, but I hope they liked it. It was something that seemed like it could be so much fun to me!!