Monday, September 24, 2012

Make It: Indoor Pirate Play Fort

A month ago Captain Nelson requested a "Pirate Fort". Unfortunately, an awesome outdoor pirate fort/play house isn't in the budget. We also don't have unlimited play space indoors, so I started brainstorming ways to make my favorite Pirate a fort ...
These were my requirements for the fort:
- Something that I could set up and take down quickly/easily
- Something that would not take up a lot of space when stored
- Something the boys would LOVE and require them to use their imagination
- and something that could GROW with him!

so this is what I came up! :)
Welcome to Pirate Camp.
I decided the hallway outside the playroom would be the perfect spot! I knew that I wanted Wild Man to have access to his toys in the playroom, so I didn't want to block the door. That means that my "fort" only has three sides, as the fourth side is the wall/door to the playroom.
The secret to our pirate camp is the Shower Curtain Rods and Shower Curtain Rings.
This was the simplest way I could come up with and it works! :)
It's really easy to take down and it just stores in a bag in Wild Man's closet. 
So do you want to make your own Pirate Fort?
Here's what you'll need:
- 2 Twin Flat Sheets (Walmart, $5/each)
- 2 Tension Rods/Shower Rods (Walmart, $5/each)
- 2 packs of Shower Curtain Rings ($1.16/each)
- Any "Pirate" decorations, Dollar Store

So I promise my tutorial is probably way more complicated than actually making the fort! I didn't take pictures while sewing ... I had a very antsy toddler breathing down my neck the whole time. I was on a deadline people. Unfortunately, two year olds don't understand "Hold on while I take a picture for my blog", haha.  

Let's get started! The first thing you want to do is cut your brown sheet in half. This will be the two sides of your fort. Now it is time to decide how "wide" you want your fort to be. Mine is about 3/4 of the Blue Twin Sheet. (Save the other 1/4 you will use it later).

 Sew the three "sides" together! I decided that I wanted my "seam" to be on the outside of the fort (since it would be blocked by the hallway), so I just sewed it accordingly. This is easy, I promise. Just place two sheets together and sew a straight line! ;) Then add one more sheet. You'll have a 3-sided box (if you call it that). I cut two slits in the "front" of the fort for a "door". I just used some bias tape to "neaten" up the edges because I was lazy and didn't want to iron a hem.
Now let's attach the shower curtain rings to the sides. I just cut VERY tiny X's, using fabric scissors and slid the shower curtain rings in. You'll only attach the shower curtain rings to the brown sheets. The blue one will just pull taut when you put the tension rods up between the hall walls.
 Wild Man DEMANDED a "top" -- so I just cut up the remainder of the blue sheet into thin strips. I didn't even bother to make them very nice, just ripped them. Again, I cut little X's and added it to the shower curtain rings on either side (so the rings have a blue and brown sheet). I thought it kinda looked like waves. or maybe sails. All appropriate for a Pirate Fort, right?
I added a few extra decorations from the Dollar Store. They had just pulled out the Halloween stuff. I randomly found the Pirate Flag at a thrift store for .49! Score.
The boys LOVE their pirate fort.
and I'm not going to lie ... I love grabbing a pillow, plopping down on the floor and listening to Wild Man's story about sailing the ocean, sword fighting with Captain Hook and stealing Treasure.
Oh and in case you were wondering, a flashlight is a must in the pirate fort.
and the "port hole" you see above is one of their favorite parts ....
you can find a good tutorial for that here.

So what do you think??
I know that probably seemed really confusing.
I promise it's not.
What was unclear?
I'll answer any questions as best I can. 

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1 comment:

  1. That is SO cool and SO fun! Do they ever come out? haha! Love it!


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