It's always hard when a seven-year old learns that a sewing machine can't make spaceships.
His next pick was easy enough: a curtain for the bunk bed. The boys have a bunk bed and they are constantly playing on it. They call me in the room often to tuck a blanket into the top bunk so it will hang down over the bottom bunk and the whole thing becomes a fort. So, I went to the fabric store, seven-year old in tow, and we found nice fabric that wasn't 'girl-ish'. The reward for his efforts was that I took him to see "The Lorax" afterwards.
The curtain was easy enough: I measured the bunk bed to see what size curtain I wanted... I cut and pinned the fabric to that size... and I sewed 'er up. Easy-peasy. I didn't take pictures of this, apparently. I am ridiculous.
Next, I made some loops for the top. I sewed some magnets into the loops and into the curtain. I hand-sewed these because they were so tiny.
I sewed the loops to the curtain and sewed them shut. They are only attached to the curtain in the back... the idea is that the loops will go over the side rails of the top bunk and attach the curtain using the magnets. This way, if they tug on it, it will pull off as opposed to being ripped off.
With boys, this is inevitable.
I found some cheap buttons at Wal-Mart...
And I hot-glued them over the hand-stitched magnets.
And that was that... they have a curtain for the bunk bed, which makes for a ready-made fort in a hurry. You've gotta love that.